Many folks discovered a love fashion and dress-up by playing with the Betsy McCall paper dolls that were included in the back pages of McCall’s magazine. Each of Betsy’s outfits were carefully assembled; fabric choices and care were even delineated. I love this set for autumn in 1960, with a washable Orlon-pile-lined stadium coat, and a furry leopard coat accessorized with short black gloves. What 10-year-old wouldn’t want to slink around in wooly leopard at the county fair? Teri Pettit brings you free printable Betsy McCall paper dolls from 1951 to 1961.
Joanne made this jaunty be-giraffed quilt for her soon-to-arrive great-grandchild. This is the third quilt that Joanne has sewn, and she displays a competent choice of contrasting fabrics and bold color sense. I particularly enjoy her use of classic gingham and polka dots, to coordinate with the graphically strong giraffe silhouettes. This quilt is tied using brightly colored craft thread. Quilting cottons are found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.
It has been unseasonably (and unreasonably) hot and sunny in San Francisco, so this tutorial by Sandra Ericson at Threads magazine on how to recover an umbrella seems timely. Of course one may use these clear instructions to cover a patio umbrella, a decorative umbrella, a sun umbrella, or one to use in the drenching rain! I would love to make one in various menswear suitings for a tailored look, mixing colors and patterns willy-nilly. Of course, Britex carries a plethora of rain-resistant fabrics that would be ideal for this charmingly hand-crafted project.
Here are more instructions from Novita at VeryPurplePerson, and this time she shows us how to add slant pockets to pants to make them more functional and stylin’! I love how she uses navy polka dotted fabric for the pocket lining; it is a wonderful contrast to the blue and brown plaid pants fabric, and a charming detail.
Here are directions for basic fairy wings from the talented folks at Instructables and ThreadBanger. At Britex, we prefer to glam things up a bit, and believe that all fairy wings beg for feathery and rhinestone sparkly goodness! Bewitchingly lovely fairy wing gilding accessories can be found on Britex Fabric’s 3rd floor.
Novita from VeryPurplePerson and Tokyo made this free pattern for an easy-to-sew reversible bag for BurdaStyle. Here is in a version with black and white linen hounds-tooth on one side, and a graphic mustard and brown cotton print on the other side; we love the mixture of menswear and modern floral prints! This bag is roomy enough for a quick run to the farmer’s market to pick up vegetables for soup, or even an afternoon’s worth of shopping errands.
And from the folks at FreeVintageKnitting……..winter is coming; knit a ribbed coat for your favorite pooch. The ribs add a dashing touch, reminiscent of beatniks and midnight doggie rendezvous.
“You know my girl just called me up
And she woke me from my sleep
You should have heard the things she said
You know she hurt my feelings deep.
I’m gonna buy me a dog
‘Cause I need a friend now.
I’m gonna buy me a dog,
My girl, my girl, don’t love me no how.”
(By T. Boyce and B. Hart)
Here is a snazzy necktie silk from Britex Fabric’s 1st floor collection. This nautical print is in a seaworthy navy blue with boldly contrasting woven orange 3/8”caption’s wheels steering across its width. Sew this into a snappy waistcoat….perhaps in a double-breasted style with gold fouled anchor buttons. Silk necktie fabrics are found on Britex Fabric’s 1st floor. This particular fabric is 100% silk, 55” wide, and $39.99/yard.
Please email M. Du Jour at Britex Fabrics if you want to buy this fabric.
If you wish another fabric, contact us through our fabric mail order department for detailed mail order assistance.
This free knit child’s sailor middy top pattern by Crystal Palace comes in four sizes, 6m -9m, 12m, 18m -24m, and 2 years. We love the stripes along the sleeves and waist, the v-neckline, and the middy. This sweater would make any gurgling wee one into a hearty mate, calling out seafaring shanties and consulting compasses with the caption!
Diana is a professional hat designer from San Diego, and often shops at Britex Fabrics for millinery supplies. She sent us a photo of a très jaunty striped chapeau with an over-sized fleur. It is made of necktie silk from Britex Fabric’s first floor in toasty autumnal shades of wine and rust.