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September 26, 2016 by VintageOnTap2016 has been Vintage on Tap’s year to finally tackle sewing with knits. This year, I’ve already made three knit pieces: a bathing suit, cropped sweater, and a yummy jersey top. For this project, I was looking forward to bringing rich Fall colors into my wardrobe, so I went with a Purple Rayon Jersey Knit. Continue Reading
September 14, 2016 by Britex FabricsAndrea Kneilands a Britex Fabrics customer from Port Hope, Canada ordered a lovely stretch silk print fabric online, and created a lovely dress and silk tie. Britex Fabrics ships internationally, to almost everywhere! Check out this silk print fabric and others here."Hello, I was so happy with my silk fabric I ordered from you I thought I would share a picture of the finished dress and tie. Thank you for the great customer service." - Andrea KneilandsAndrea has been sewing since she was about 7 or 8 years old. Her Mother and Nanny sewed. They taught her how to sew. She made dolls and doll clothes. In High School she took Home Economics and private sewing lessons. This is when she started to make clothes for people, and she has been making them ever since. She had a small business when her children were little, where she made children’s clothes and some ladies wear. She has always sewn her own dress up clothing. Continue Reading
September 13, 2016 by MsJennyHomeMakerHello! I'm Jenny and I blog at Jenny Homemaker. I'm so excited to join the team of talented Britex Fabrics guest bloggers and share my first project with you! Apparently, I decided to go all out for my first garment, but how could I not after spying Britex's beautiful selection of rayon blend satins?! This "summer sky" in particular caught my eye immediately, as I'd sketched this dress (Simplicity 1873) in a similar color last year. By the way, in case you’re curious if it really is as vibrant as the website shows, it is! I've worked with a lot of light silks recently, but I had volume in mind for this particular dress, and this rayon/cotton satin gives that a bit of a head start. For a party dress like this, I recommend starting with a fabric with a somewhat stiffer hand than your average satins. This will give the pleats a great shape. Then, there are a few things you can do for even more "oomph". Side note: you can use these tricks on softer fabrics as well, just be careful to choose the right weights for your fabric. The first trick for volume, is to underline your satin with petticoat net. This will add a bit of that petticoat shape, without having to wear an extra garment. A huge plus for those of us who have hot summers. To underline your satin, cut the net using the same pattern pieces as for your outer fabric. Then, cut your outer fabric, marking all stitching lines (including pleats, darts, etc) and the fold line for your hem. Pin the net layer to the wrong side of the satin and hand-baste the two layers together using cotton or silk thread, right along all of the traced lines. Then, construct the garment as you normally would. Bonus: if you like to hand-stitch your seam allowances in place, you can do so, stitching them only to the net and you don't have to worry about any stitches showing on the outside. Continue Reading
August 9, 2016 by CityStitchingWhen Britex offered me some midnight navy spotted silk to sew with, I thought I might make a kimono robe or another lounge item. But when the silk showed up, it was just too gorgeous to only wear at home, so I decided to sew the Clover Dress from Paper Cut Patterns, and it was a perfect match. When sewing with silk, especially one that is semi-transparent, having gorgeous seams is key since there’s a good chance that they will be visible through the garment. This is when using a French Seam is a perfect choice, and if you don’t know how to sew one, here’s a handy tutorial for you! Note: the tutorial is sewn using a scrap piece of the silk, not on the garment itself. Step 1: After you have cut all your pieces according to the pattern instructions, the key is sewing them in a reverse order from how they instruct you to sew a regular seam. So instead of right sides together, we will be putting wrong sides together. Pin in place. Step 2: Sew the seam at 3/8” seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance down to 1/8”. Step 3: Press the seam allowance to one side. Step 4: Fold the fabric so right sides are together and the seam sewn in step 1 is right at the top of the fold. Press the seam. Step 5: Pin the fabric together and stitch at 1/4” seam allowance. The 1/4” and 3/8” will equal a 5/8” seam allowance. Should your project have a different sized seam allowance, these two amounts added up will need to match the total seam allowance and adjust accordingly. Continue Reading
July 26, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
We love sewing with knit fabrics. Our knit fabrics are great for making zipper-enhanced hoodies, upscale t-shirts, comfy yoga pants, warm weather scarves, or chic Diane von Furstenberg wrap style dresses. Knits are especially great for travel since they are wrinkle resistant! We carry polyester jersey knits, viscose knits, cotton knits, two way and four way knits, scuba knits, and tissue knits. These fabulous knit fabrics are all available online for 20% off from 7/26 - 8/8.
Quantities are limited, so order your swatches now!
This sale good for online knit category purchases* only 7/26 - 8/8. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.
July 13, 2016 by Chuleenan of CSewsHow to Make a Decorative Removable Ribbon Hat Band (Part III) For my second hat band, I had two yards of two ribbons: A striped 1.25″ Petersham ribbon and a 5/8″ solid black Petersham to go on top of the striped ribbon, which adds a thick stripe. The extra yard was for the embellishment that covers where the hat band pieces join. (To read about my other hat band, see Part II.) I cut a 25-inch length of the striped and black ribbons for the crown and gently stretched and pressed them. The striped ribbon wasn't as pliable as the black ribbon so I required a little more tugging to get it to curve. For more information on pressing and stretching Petersham ribbon, see Part II. Next I pinned the solid black Petersham ribbon to the striped ribbon and used a ladder stitch to baste it in place. It's called a ladder stitch because the other side looks like a ladder. Then I folded over each end of the ribbon twice, about 1/4 inch - just enough so that that the length was a little less than the crown circumference of 23 inches. The elastic would bridge the gap. I machine stitched the ends and then attached a 2-inch piece of wide elastic, securing it with a double row of stitches. one row of stitches follows the stitch line I made from sewing the ends of the ribbons. I used a longer piece than I needed because it makes it easier to sew. Then I just trimmed the excess after it was sewn. The elastic looks like this. Continue Reading
July 12, 2016 by Chuleenan of CSewsHow to Make a Removable Ribbon Hat Band (Millinery Part II) I've had this hat for years and then the hat band began to show some unfortunate discoloration. It turns out the manufacturer used a double-sided adhesive to attach the hat band to the hat. The adhesive became greasy and leaked through the ribbon. A high quality hat would not use adhesive of any kind. I got it because I liked the shape and the small brim. It goes with a lot of my wardrobe. My solution was to remove the old hat band and the adhesive and make a removable replacement hat band. I decided to make two. This is the first one. To see my striped removable hat band using two ribbons, see Part III. My first step was to choose my Petersham ribbon. Petersham is a type of ribbon that has little notches on the edges that enables it to go around a curve. It has some flexibility to it, which lets you manipulate it so it can go around a curve and lay flat against the crown of the hat (the part that covers the head). Britex has a huge selection of Petersham in solid colors and even striped Petersham, which isn't as common as the solids. Here’s the ribbon I selected for the first hat band: A solid gray, 1.5 inch width First I measured the crown of the hat at the widest part - about 23 inches there. Make sure your tape measure is at the same level around the widest part of the crown, where the ribbon will go. I moved it slightly up so you could see the measurement. Cut a length of ribbon the circumference of the crown plus two inches. You won't need more than an inch or so extra but you can always trim the excess. I like to have a little extra for safety. When you put the ribbon around the crown, it won't lay flat because the crown is wider at the bottom. You will have a slight gap at the top of the ribbon, like this photo. To make your ribbon lie flat, you gently stretch the bottom edge of the ribbon as you press it with your steam iron. Start at the center and pull it to one side and then repeat on the other side in the opposite direction. You just want it to be slightly wider at the bottom, about 1/8 inch on each side of the ribbon. Don't forget to use a press cloth to protect the ribbon. If you don't it could get shiny. I used a scrap of organza as my press cloth. Now the ribbon will lay flat against the crown because of the slight stretch you gave it. Continue Reading
July 11, 2016 by Chuleenan of CSewsPart I: Making a lace hat The first part of this tutorial is about making a lace hat using milliner Patricia Underwood’s Vogue pattern (V8891). I made version D – a small-brimmed hat – and trimmed it with Petersham ribbon. The materials (Available at britexfabrics.com and / or at the Britex Fabrics brick-and-mortar store in San Francisco)
- Millinery wire
- Lace fabric
- Petersham Ribbon (not pictured)
- Pins or pattern weights
- Press cloth
- Fray Check
July 8, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
Want to increase your sewing speed? Here is one of the easiest ways to accomplish this. Check out this awesome post by one of our guest bloggers.
"The time it takes to sew a project is largely the sum of the time it takes to complete each task. The time it takes to complete each task is primarily driven by body motion, so the more motions that are required, the more time it takes to complete a project. What all this means is that the key to decreasing the overall time to complete a project is to decrease the necessary motions." - Orange Lingerie
July 8, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
We adore linen for its beautiful natural texture, breathability, and classic good looks. Made from the fibers of the flax plant, linen is one of the oldest known textiles. Britex is pleased to offer you a unique collection of linen fabric, including amazing Irish linen. Equally wonderful for home decorating use and garments, we love linen fabric for elegant duvet covers, comfy lounge pillows, tailored curtains, louche summer suits, chic dresses, and delicately pleated skirts.
Quantities are limited, so order your swatches today! This sale good for online linen fabric category purchases* only 7/12 – 7/25.