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  • New Workshops Coming Soon: Hand Sewing 101 & Hand Sewing For Mending and Repair

    July 5, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Hands for blog

    Hand Sewing 101 (coming soon)

    Learn basic hand sewing techniques to banish your fears of stitching by hand. This beginner-level class will cover the essentials, from tools and materials to all the most common sewing stitches. No previous sewing experience required.

    Hand Sewing for Mending & Repair (coming soon)
    Rescue worn clothing with simple hand mending techniques. This class will cover basic hand-sewn repairs for tears, holes, and frayed fabrics. Students are expected to know basic hand-sewing techniques.before taking this class.

    Keep up with our upcoming events to reserve your space in our workshops.

  • How To Sew On A Button

    April 28, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    HOW TO SEW ON A BUTTON (This process works  best for shirt, suit, or pant buttons) What You Will Need: 1 sewing needle 1 thicker sewing needle or a toothpick to use as a spacer Button or Buttons Scissors Silk Buttonhole Twist IMG_3159 STEP 1: Thread the Needle and Knot the End of the Thread To start, be sure you have at least 12” of thread to work with. If you have 24” or more, double over the thread, which means you slide the thread through the eye of the needle, folding the thread in half until you have 2 equal sides of thread. Put a square knot in the end of the thread, using both sides together. IMG_3160 STEP 2: Create an Anchor X Point Starting on the back side of the fabric, run the needle through the front where the button will eventually live. Run the thread through to the back, and again to the front, to create a small X where the button will be centered. This X will also act as reinforcement for the thread so that the button doesn’t loosen from stress. IMG_3161 STEP 3: Position the Button Put the button on the anchor X and begin sewing from the back side of the fabric. Push the needle through the first button hole. At this point you will want to use a spacer. A second needle or a toothpick will work fine. Push the needle through the second hole from the front side of the fabric to the back side, encasing the second needle in a loop. Push the needle from the back side of the fabric and through the third button hole and pull the thread all the way through, while using your fingertip to keep the button in place.  Then push the needle back through the last button hole, while sliding the second needle in place to encase it a second time by a second loop. Repeat 3 sets of this process for each set of holes. (A total of 6 times) IMG_3162

  • Coats Made from Japanese-style Fabrics from Britex - by Jennifer

    January 5, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    Jennifer sent us photos of her handiwork. She says, “All of these Japanese-style fabrics are from Britex. Two of the coats are “personal designs”, and three are from combined patterns to make each more unique. Each coat is lined with silk, and has an inside pocket with a Betty Boop button, just for fun. Working with beautifully weighted cottons, rayon, or tapestry fabrics is the best reason to sew!” Photos were taken by Paul Kirshner Studios.

  • Denim Jeans Made by Ryan

    October 20, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    Ryan-licious from the second floor of Britex made his jeans in Britex Fabric cotton denim. Notice the insolent fit and the custom “keyhole” stitching rear pocket design. This fabric can be found on the 2nd floor (please call ahead to verify stock).
    Ryan's jeans copy

  • The Wizard of Oz pinafore

    September 11, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    Thanks to Tina from New York for sending us this fabulous photo of her granddaughter Alora wearing a "Dorothy" pinafore in her school's production of The Wizard of Oz. Tina made this with Britex's 100% Italian cotton gingham. She adjusted the neckline and bodice of Simplicity #4136, and then backed the fabric with lightweight cotton to provide the additional body required in stage garments. Tina did a great sewing job!
    Wizard of Oz for Facebook

  • Liberty of London Blouse by Colette

    September 9, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    Colette on the 1st floor made this from Liberty of London cotton lawn.
    The pattern is Decades of Style 5003. The blouse has cap sleeves with petal shaping at the shoulder edge. There are tucks in the front and darts at the back waist and shoulder to provide shaping. Draped collar and button closure. Liberty of London cotton fabric can be found on the 2nd floor (please call ahead to verify styles and colors).
    Gigi's Liberty top copy

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