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Our customer Carla visited us in December and picked out a fabulous Italian Silk Cotton blend fabric. She was looking for fabric for a creation that she wanted to take on her vacation in February. The fabric she decided on screamed “tunic” to her, so she modified the Burda 6935 pattern, which she picked up the same day,  created a hi low hem, and added a pom-pom fringe and neck and shoulder trim to create a fun and breezy feel. The colors went perfectly with the waters of the Caribbean. She had fun wearing it and showing it off on the Island of Mustique.

 

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Online Sale: 20% Off All Online Cotton Category Fabrics

Cotton Foxes Sale April 5 April 18

We fancy these frolicking foxy foxes for springtime knitwear – sew an adorable baby jumpsuit, a winsome sundress, or stretchy yoga pants! To make our frisky foxes even more enticing, this cotton knit is designed and made in Los Angeles, USA.

Cotton fabric holds a special place in our fashionable heart. First cultivated 7,000 years ago, cotton is a timeless natural-fiber fabric, whose breathability makes it ideal for many garments. We carry an ever expanding collection of cotton fabric in our online store, including delicate Italian and Swiss voiles, brilliantly colored hand-loomed Guatemalan ikat fabric, nubby couture-inspired cotton tweed fabrics, travelable cotton-lycra blends, and chic designer cotton fabric.

Quantities are limited, so order your swatches now! This sale is good for online cotton categories only 4/5 – 4/18.
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Polka Dot Shirt Dress With Button Placket Tutorial

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My favorite part of the design process is fabric selection. For this new spring shirt dress design, I elected to work with a crisp, luxury cotton shirting fabric by Burberry. To add interest to the overall design, I chose a contrasting hand-dyed blue cotton for the outer cuff layer and glazed marine blue buttons to highlight the polka dot print. Oftentimes, I find button cuffs to be a little restrictive, especially when I want to roll up my sleeves. Thus, I decided to draft a three-quarter sleeve with a full slit cuff for more freedom and less fuss. (Plus, you can still see a peek of the polka dot fabric sewn as the inner cuff layer.)

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In this tutorial, I will discuss how to draft a standard button placket with a straight fold-back facing using a basic shirt sloper (base pattern used as a template to develop patterns). In womenswear, buttonholes are placed on the right-hand side of a garment that closes at the front. Since I am sewing a shirt dress similar to a classic button-up shirt, I will be providing instructions for marking vertical buttonholes – the measurements for horizontal buttonholes are slightly different. In this design, the buttonholes run vertically down the placket, with the buttonhole on the collar stand sewn horizontally.

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Time to gear up for Halloween!

 Pop into Britex Fabrics today for your Halloween Endeavors!

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Come and play in our Sale Buttons on the 3rd floor in Notions!

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We’ve pulled out our Halloween themed Buttons, ready to amplify any garment!

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Our Pumpkin shaped Velvet trim (On Sale) along with our Swarovski Crystals & Gold Lace Trim!

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Our little villain Kirby showing off our Dark enchanted Silk, perfect for any villains on the prowl

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New Online Fabrics

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We’ve got some delicious new items on our website, so we decided to give you a little bit more of an up close and personal look of these fabrics in our store. Starting off are these beautiful and oh, so colorful cottons: our turquoise and watermelon “eyelet” and a metallic flecked orchid (which, by the way, is water resistant! Cool!).

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Tutorial: Hemming with Rayon Seam Binding

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Hello everyone, it’s Laura Mae from Lilacs & Lace here to share a tip using my favorite sewing notion . . . rayon seam binding! Hemming a garment is generally one of, if not the last, steps in the construction process – this means it is often rushed. But a bit of extra time and effort can make a huge difference to the quality of a garment. It really is all about the little details!

 

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Tutorial: Attaching a Zipper to a Lined Clutch

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Hello everyone!  It’s Tori again from One Eleven Studio and I’m back with another tutorial!  This time I’ll be teaching you how to make a foldover clutch with an emphasis on how to install a zipper.  Now, I know zippers can be very intimidating, but I assure you it’s not bad at all.  There are a few different ways to install zippers into bags but I find this way to be very simple, and because I produce bags in bigger quantities, installing a zipper this way helps me cut back on time.  I love a good print so for this project I used a beautiful Woven Ikat Striped Cotton fabric and for the lining I used this extremely soft Reversible Two-Toned Rose and Chocolate Cotton Twill fabric.  That being said, let’s get started!

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Cotton Honeycomb Kimono – Judy (and Titus)

Judy copyWhen we got the online order for Honeycomb Black & Ecru Cotton fabric from Judy we were super excited! Judy is the mother of Kristin, a Britex Fabrics’ employee, a photographer, and a roller skating fiend. We love helping our family create new items, and were wondering what Judy would sew from this sophisticated print. As it turns out, Judy was attracted to this because she loves anything that is black and white, and enclosed a photo including her cat Titus to prove her point. Judy used an older McCalls pattern, and happily reports that although the fabric is cotton, it does not wrinkle.  She says, “There was an option for using a contrasting trim and belt – and luckily I had a piece of textured heavy cotton in my fabric stash and it was just the right amount.  I lined the front and back – not the sleeves – and did not use muslin.  I found I had a piece of ecru thin cotton lining fabric and I used it because it was soft and not as bulky.  My stash finally paid off and I was able to use these fabric pieces that I had saved for a long time.” We love how the black trim and the simplicity of the kimono lines accentuates the geometric pattern of the fabric!

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Summertime Frock with Pink Daisies – Emily

pink dressEmily made this summertime frock from Britex Fabrics’ cotton from our 2nd floor. Her dress fabric is splashed with humongous baby pink and sand daisies, and accented with a delicate pink ribbon belt. Emily did a great job; we particularly like the gently pleated skirt and bodice shaping…and her pink and white spectator heels. Emily said, “I am honored to be on the Britex blog! I actually made this dress on my own without a pattern – I’m a self-taught sewer so I don’t use patterns too often. As for the occasion, I mainly made it just to have a fun 50’s inspired summer dress as I love and find much of my inspiration from the 1950’s. Just an extra tid-bit: there’s an attached pink tulle underskirt under the outer floral skirt :).” We think this cries out for matching pink lemonade and strawberry frosted cupcakes!

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Kristin & the Washi Summer Frock

Wow! Our fabulous Guest Blogger, Kristin from SkirtAsTop made a simple summer sundress from Britex Fabrics’ cotton. The simple lines and full skirt really play up the abstract print and rich colors of the fabric, and the pattern is the Washi, a downloadable pattern from MadeByRae. No zippers or closures are needed due to the lovely back shirring. The fabric is 100% cotton, 57″ wide and $22.99/yard. It is available in-store and can be bought by emailing us at service@britexfabrics.com.

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