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  • Tutorial: Hemming with Rayon Seam Binding

    May 12, 2015 by Lilacs & Lace

    001   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!   Continue Reading

  • Welcoming Polka Dot Rayon Dress

    June 24, 2014 by Britex Fabrics

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    Britex Guest Blogger Laura Mae of Lilacs & Lace welcomed another polka dotted dress to her wardrobe. She chose a beautiful and very popular rayon from our online store for this design. Fortunately, she ordered the fabric in time, because it's all gone now! Continue Reading

  • Sewing Indie Month Review

    May 19, 2014 by Britex Fabrics

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    Sewing Indie Month is going strong. If you've been missing some of the activity, check out our previous post to find out what pattern companies are participating. Also, don't forget about the sewalongs. Here's an update from each of our sewalong leaders... Wanett of Sown Brooklyn just posted this summery look last week. She chose a blue Britex linen (so sorry, it's all gone). This drop waist pattern by Pauline Alice would also look mighty fine in our Sweet Wine Linen or Rust Linen & Viscose blend.

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    Jenny of Cashmerette will be posting this project on May 22 using our super fun Perky Floral Silk and this pattern by Sinbad & Sailor.

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  • Knockout Wool Dress Variations by Laura Mae

    February 24, 2014 by Lilacs & Lace

    000 Many patterns include multiple views that whet the creative appetite by showing one or two variations on a theme.  But there are so many more possibilities!  Add or substitute a piece from another existing pattern or draft your own, and things get even more interesting. Continue Reading

  • Part 4: Transferring Beading Pattern to Fabric by Laura Mae

    December 4, 2013 by Lilacs & Lace

    Our retro queen Guest Blogger Laura Mae of Lilacs & Lace has a fabulous project in store for us. There are so many details to this gala outfit that we have decided to break down the process into many fabulous technique-rich posts. Be sure to check out Part 1, which offers tons of pattern handling tips & tricks,  Part 2, an exceptionally thorough bound buttonhole tutorial and Part 3, a reinforced gusset tutorial. — [Britex has generously provided the fabric and sewing supplies for a dress I will be wearing to a formal event in October. I will be sharing some of the steps and construction techniques with you as I work on this project over the next couple of months.]   01 Continue Reading

  • Part 1: Retro Gala Dress Pattern Handling Tips

    October 7, 2013 by Lilacs & Lace

    Our retro queen Guest Blogger Laura Mae of Lilacs & Lace has a fabulous new project in store for us. There are so many details to this gala outfit that we have decided to break down the process into many fabulous technique-rich posts. Part 1 offers tons of pattern handling tips. Part 2 is a thorough bound buttonholes walk-through. Part 3? You'll just have to wait and see. --- [Britex has generously provided the fabric and sewing supplies for a dress I will be wearing to a formal event in October.  I will be sharing some of the steps and construction techniques with you as I work on this project over the next couple of months. All materials were selected in-store.]  

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  • Tutorial: Vintage Finishing Techniques

    September 12, 2013 by Lilacs & Lace

    Hello everyone!  I am back with a tutorial on finishing edges with Hug Snug Rayon Seam Binding from Britex Fabrics, and will be using this rose strewn soft and sheer cotton/silk voile fabric from Britex Fabrics.

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    Different fabrics require different finishing techniques, but this is my absolute favorite.  And best of all, it requires only a straight stitch from a basic machine! Continue Reading

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