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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

  • Launch Party Re-cap: Celebrating in Good Company

    July 1, 2014 by Britex Fabrics

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    How was our big workshop space launch party, you ask? Amazing!

     

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    These ladies were spectacular, making our party a huge success. Each one offered their own unique glimpse into sewing, and consequently, there was something to inspire every type of sewer. 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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  • Part 2: Beautiful Bound Buttonholes by Laura Mae

    November 5, 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 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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      I am an avid fan of the bound buttonhole.  There are quite a few variations, but today I will focus on one of my personal favorites. 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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  • Tips: Vintage Pattern Primer

    July 23, 2013 by Lilacs & Lace

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    Hello fellow sewing enthusiasts! I'm Laura Mae from Lilacs & Lace. It will probably come as no surprise that I am a huge fan of vintage patterns.  I adore reproductions, which are generally a little more forgiving because of the added markings and updated instructions, free of damage and strange smells.  But there is something wonderful about working with a vintage pattern that is decades old.  Some have written notes or postmarks, and even contain newspaper clippings, or facing pieces cut from newsprint.  I love to imagine what the original purchaser had in mind when she picked out her pattern! I chose a beautiful lightweight navy wool for this mail order pattern from the late 1940s.  A classic fabric for a classic silhouette!

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     If the idea of working with a vintage pattern intimidates you, here are a few hints. Continue Reading

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