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  • Cross-Stitch a TARDIS iPhone Case

    May 31, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    The ever geek-tastic Haley from Brooklyn and master of The Zen of Making blog, made a groovy tutorial for cross-stitching a Doctor Who TARDIS iPhone case – perfect for all your time traveling needs! Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics' 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.

  • Sew a Swishy Full Skirt!

    May 31, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    The talented sewing enthusiast, Gertie of Gretie’s New Blog for Better Sewing, created an easy two-part tutorial for sewing a swirly, gathered dirndl skirt! We like how she incorporated the zipper into the waistband. Make an elegant ankle-length skirt with glamorous iridescent chocolate brown taffeta to go see Rigoletto, or a frolicsome knee-length version in a delightful airy Rose of Sharon cotton for picnicking on Stow Lake!

  • Typewriter A-Line Skirt - Sue

    May 25, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Sue made this groovy a-line skirt from Japanese linen/cotton fabric, and a self-drafted pattern. She is a student at Sew-It-All, and credits them with keeping her on track. She sews about half of her wardrobe, so it must be working! We love the fabric’s literary typewriter design and its soothing color combination of muted chartreuse and aqua….and how Sue accessorized her skirt with beatnik black tights, boots, cardigan, and knit top – so chic and playful!

  • Knickerbockers for all Seasons

    May 23, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    We love the devil-may-care attitude of plus-fours, plus-twos, and knickerbockers. Made with a spiffy buckle holding the bottom cuffs in place and of linen or wool, these sportif trousers are the height of chic for all genders! They are practical for bicycling, traditional for all manner of lawn sports, and the height of steampunk or dandy fashion for urban adventures. Here is a knickerbocker pattern from BurdaStyle....I’d like a pair in navy blue linen for summer, and another in bittersweet chocolate brown wool for fall.

  • Wheat Striped Linen Drawstring Pants

    May 23, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    We now have oodles of linen in our online store! This is a favorite with a warm wheat color, variegated stripes, and the rough loveliness of linen. It'd make a splendid pair of drawstring pants, and Liz at SewForHome made a tutorial for comfy drawstring pants -- perfect sunning on an island boulder under a paper parasol. Pass the pink lemonade, peel me a grape, and then let’s take a lazy afternoon siesta!

  • Recover a Parasol for Summer

    May 21, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Summer is here, bringing street fairs, carnivals, parades, sand dunes, and picnics....and with summertime comes the brilliant sun. We love the sun, but we need to protect our tender skin from her glaring rays. Sahrye from ItCameFromTheStash gives us some basic instructions for recovering parasols (Part II on trimming your parasol is yet to come.)What a glorious project; all you need is patience and 1 1/2 yards of fabric...we recommend a sturdy taffeta.

  • 1920s Sheath Frock - Gail

    May 21, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Gail was visiting Britex Fabrics the other day, while wearing a lovely frock that she made of a soft tie-dyed rayon and wool blend fabric that she bought from us. Miraculously, this is only Gail’s third sewing project! She did a wonderful job with the delicate lace trim, and use of contrasting fabric for the godets! The pattern is #2003 Hazel, a 1920s simple sheath dress from Decades of Style, and is available on the 3rd floor at Britex Fabrics. How delightfully chic – perfect for a special occasion!

  • Ascots for All!

    May 15, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Mister Wolfenbloode, honored member of the London Victorian Strollers worked up this ascot tutorial for a dignified and chic ascot, and Messrs. Andrews and Pygott (with the assistance of their cat, Pusspartout) graciously and meticulously constructed one. This method involves the laborious “snake giving birth to a baby snake, but the baby snake’s actually bigger than the mother snake, and it’s a snake that gives birth to live young instead of an egg” method of turning ones ascot right side out, but all turns out in the end! Gentlemen and chaps, snag some silk from Britex and make a stack of ascots for daily savoir-faire!

  • Simple Striped Dress - Jamie

    May 15, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Jamie from BurdaStyle likes to drop into Britex Fabrics when she is in foggy San Francisco visiting her family, and we always love to see her cheerful face! Recently she picked up this striped linen. She liked that it was minimal, but reminiscent of the sea and summer and thought that it would work well with the Anda dress pattern silhouette. In her Anda dress version, she did away with the casing at the waistline and decided to go with a belted look instead. This simple, easy to make dress would be great sewn with one of our silk solid fabrics, which are on sale at 20% off through May 25th!

  • Lace Couture Gown - Nima Shiraz

    May 14, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    We caught the fabulously talented Nima in Britex Fabrics’ lace trim department the other day, and swooned when he showed us one of his latest creations! We love the graceful lace neckline and the glamorous silhouette. He says, “The gown and accessories are 100% Britex made of crepe de chine, combination of multiple lace, Chantilly lace, beaded trims, and tulle and it could be worn on the red carpet or as bridal couture.” This gown is part of a collection of 12 couture gowns that he is currently working on. (Photography by Scott Marrs, models are Ashley Valentine & Ankur Jaswal, and the designer is Nima Shiraz Couture. See images for additional information)

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