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  • Free Infants Knit Middy Top Pattern

    September 22, 2010 by Britex Fabrics


    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!


  • A Chapeau of Necktie Silk - Diana

    September 21, 2010 by Britex Fabrics


    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.


  • Free Vintage Knit Clothing Patterns for Fashion Dolls

    September 20, 2010 by Britex Fabrics


    These vintage patterns from the folks at FreeVintageKnitting for 15” fashion doll’s knit clothing are the cat’s meow. Here is a pair of suave slacks and a spiffy v-neck cardigan for both Miss B. and Mister K, along with a chic Chanel-style suit for Miss B. These projects can be made with leftover yarnage, knit up quickly and would make fabulous additions to any child’s doll collection’s wardrobe.


  • Learn to Sew with Sewing Cards for Children

    September 20, 2010 by Britex Fabrics


    OTTOBRE Design, a Finnish magazine specializing in sewing for children's and youth, published this free charming set of sewing cards on their website. They designed these doggie-tastic sewing and coloring cards in to introduce children to sewing, and to keep their little hands busy while mom’s working on her own sewing project. I remember being amused for hours with similar sewing cards as a child, and can only speculate that it lead to a lifelong love of sewing.


  • Free Midsummer Night’s Dream Tu'Tu'orial

    September 17, 2010 by Britex Fabrics


    Kathleen of GrosgrainFabulous contributed this gossamer child’s free tutu pattern to BurdaStyle. Not only is it dreamily fairy-like, it is made mostly by knotting tulle to an elastic or ribbon waistband. We love the addition of greenery vines to the dandelion puff of a skirt. This would be sure to please every wee fairy in your life!
    “The moonlight fades from flower and rose
    And the stars dim one by one;
    The tale is told, the song is sung,
    And the Fairy feast is done.
    The night-wind rocks the sleeping flowers,
    And sings to them, soft and low.
    The early birds erelong will wake:
    'T is time for the Elves to go.”

    (By Louisa May Alcott)


  • Forest Creature Shirt and Wool Waistcoat - Avery

    September 17, 2010 by Britex Fabrics


    Here is Avery in another Britex Fabrics-inspired, and curiously debonair shirt and vest. Both are sewn from McCall’s pattern #2447. The shirt is populated with whimsical forest creatures in bright hues, and the waistcoat is made of pea green wool. This is just the thing to wear to the next way-too-gloomy poetry reading. Although we are currently out of this forest animal fabric, new wonderfully wacky cottons are always coming to Britex.


  • Turkish Home Decorating Fabric

    September 17, 2010 by Britex Fabrics


    This exotically stunning home decorating is imported from Turkey. We love its unusual coloring of a deep charcoal background accented with turquoise, salmon, pale gold, and teal green. This large pattern is a graceful Arabesque floral design adorned with scattered thistles and medallions, with each circular medallion measuring 6 1/2” across. Its boldness would lend itself to an accent piece such as an ottoman cover, or overstuffed lounging pillows. It is on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor, and 84% rayon/16% polyester, 58” wide, and $95.00/yard.
    “Istanbul was Constantinople
    Now it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople
    Been a long time gone, Constantinople
    Now it’s Turkish delight on a moonlit night
    Every gal in Constantinople
    Lives in Istanbul, not Constantinople
    So if you’ve a date in Constantinople
    She’ll be waiting in Istanbul”

    (By J. Kennedy and N. Simon)

    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.


  • Knit Skull Stockings

    September 17, 2010 by Britex Fabrics


    These knit thigh-high stockings by Severina of VintageStitchORama are amazing, with lacy skulls and crossbones tramping up the leg from foot up to garter top.
    Like Sparkle Moore says…….
    You should be labeled with a skull and a-crossbones
    You're a jinx to my soul, oh yeah
    You should be labeled with a skull and a-crossbones
    You're a jinx to my soul, oh yeah
    You're a menace to women, better lock you up in prison
    'Cause you're like child that's drivin' everyone wild
    Uh-uh-uh, a big X that means a-crossbones
    I said, a big X that means a-crossbones
    My heart sighs, my heart moans
    Then it cries and then it groans

    (By B. Morgan)


  • How to make Flat-Fell Seams by Hand or by Machine

    September 16, 2010 by Britex Fabrics


    French and flat-felled seams are innately glamorous. The folks at the Vintage Sewing Reference Library can assist you with hand-sewing techniques that will cause the underside of your garments look as neat and beautiful as the other side. Several seam finishes are depicted, including fell, French, rolled, bound, and French fold. These directions are from American Dressmaking Step by Step by Mme. Lydia Trattles Coates [1917]. And for a more modern set of instructions, BurdaStyle has directions on how to sew neat and beauteous French and flat-felled seams with a sewing machine.


  • Crocheted Pony Reins

    September 16, 2010 by Britex Fabrics


    We all know at least one child who is convinced that they are a pony, and while away their afternoons galloping with their model horses up and down the hallway. Every wee horse fancier would adore these reins to wear while racing about! Tonya Gunn at LivingCrafts presents a marvelously easy-to-make crochet project, saying “We'll guarantee hours of fun outdoors for your little ponies.”


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