Molly came into Britex the other day with her mother, Kathy. Molly is 11 years old and an ice-skating artist; she has studied ballet for six years, and ice-skating for 2 1/2 years. She considers her costumes sewn from Britex fabrics and notions to bestow good luck upon her, and has won several performances wearing these glamorous skating costumes. The one-sleeved costume on the left is from her dramatic piece, ” The Dying Swan”, and the be-feathered costume on the right is from her light piece, “Mungojerrie and Rumpelteaser” from the musical “Cats”. Her mom says that “Costumes are a big part of skating presentation – they must accurately reflect the music choice and mood of the skater’s program. We’ve been asked at several competitions where we’ve been able to find such beautiful fabrics and trims and we always let people know it’s Britex.”
Heidi of MyPaperCrane crafted a PDF tutorial for this groovy Harry Potter felt doll! He even has a removable robe and gigantic round spectacles….just like the real Harry Potter! All you need is felt, embroidery floss, and a needle, stuffing, a couple of pipe cleaners, fabric glue, a stick, and pins. She made it using a sewing machine, but it would also be easy to hand-sew. This is a great toy for Potter fans of all ages.
Jessica from HowAboutOrange posted this tutorial on how to make super-cute fabric-covered thumb-tacks. This would be a fabulous way to use up tiny scraps of fabric, and to accessorize your bulletin board. Some made up in fabric printed with tiny teapots and teacups would be delicious in the kitchen holding up a collection of vintage recipe booklets – Cakes Men Like…..yum!
Phuong My sent us these photos of dreamy garments made from Britex fabrics. He said that he uses mostly silk and polyester, loves our vast organza selection, and that his inspiration for his Spring/Summer collection come from the intricate art of folding Origami. Look for more of his work on Facebook or online
Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes Exhibition is currently showing at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Founded by Serge Pavlovich Diaghilev (1872-1929), called in turns a dictator, devil, charlatan, sorcerer, and charmer, he revolutionised early 20th-century arts and continues to influence cultural activity today. Many of the amazing Ballets Russes costumes are available for online viewing on the V & A website, and their blog. Here is the cover of Le Théatre showing Tamara Karsavina in costume as the Firebird (May 1911) with a fillip of a white feather bustle, and a black and white photo of Ballet Russes dancers in costumes for Le Train bleu, wearing costumes designed by Chanel (Sasha – 1924.)
We just received a shipment of designer wool felt! This 3 mm 100 % wool felt is exceptionally dense at 0.28g/cm3, water repellent, and has a soft sheared surface. We have five natural heathered colors – charcoal, sky blue, beige, camel, and red. This felt cuts easily with regular scissors, leaving a sharp, clean edge. Designers are currently utilizing wool felt in jewelry-creation, messenger-style bags, phone and laptop covers, hats, coasters, and even decorative bowls! This 100% wool felt is 24” wide, $59.99/yard, and can be found on Britex Fabric’s 4th floor.
Please email M. Du Jour at Britex Fabrics or our fabric mail order department if you want to buy some of this amazing fabric.
Paris is swell. Designer Elsa Schiaparelli worked in collaboration with avant-garde artist Jean Cocteau in 1937 to design a jacket for that year’s Autumn collection. The jacket was embroidered with a woman caressing the waist of the wearer, and long blonde glittering locks cascading down one sleeve, with the embroidering being executed by the couture embroidery house of Lesage. This stunning garment is made of linen, gilded metallic thread embroidery, beads, and paillettes. This is in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
I’m in love with this sophisticated country fair Japanese cotton. It is lightweight enough to be perfect sewn up into a pair of urbane tailored pajamas, perhaps with chartreuse piping around the cuffs, collar, and pocket. I’m also much enamored of the color scheme and the taupe background. This soft fabric is found on… Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor, is 100% cotton, 45” wide and $24.99/yard.
Mel created this scrumptious scarf from imported print velvet on Britex Fabric’s 1st floor, and a solid ultramarine blue
rayon/silk velvet from our 2nd floor. The ends are accentuated with silk ribbon tassels that complement the abstract design of the print delightfully. This would brighten up any gloomy day!
Encourage youngster’s love of sewing and creativity! Children’s lace-up sewing cards are wonderful toys for preschoolers that teach little fingers fine motor skills by lacing the string or yarn through the holes. Here are several sets of free, downloadable and printable sewing cards. Kate has made up cheerful and simple flower, star and moon shapes;Tristan provides instruction for making banana, pear and apple fabric-covered lace-up shapes; and Alexandra has reproduced some amazingly cute vintage lace-up sewing cards on her blog and Flickr. I want to spend Sunday morning sipping hot chocolate with mini-marshmallows and stitching the perky little squirrel!