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Meet our growing team of Guest Bloggers! Hand-picked for their unique styles, they each contribute a fresh perspective to the Britex Blog through project highlights and complete tutorials. Our Guest Bloggers will inspire new projects and walk readers through the skills needed to tackle those intimidating little details.
  NORMA LOEHR
Orange Lingerie

What do you do if you have a life long love of sewing and lingerie and are tired of toiling on Wall Street? You quit and start your own custom bra and lingerie making business, right?! Well, back in 2010 that is exactly what I did.

Spending all my time sewing for clients, I longingly followed all the garment sewing I did not have the time to do by reading sewing blogs. As I met the bloggers and other sewists, I could not help but notice the interest in bra making. The natural thing for me to do was to write a book about fitting and constructing bras to share my knowledge. Next it made sense to create a bra sewing pattern, based on my custom clients favorite design, so sewists could put my book to good use.

Now, many years after I started my business, I have stopped taking on new custom clients to focus on working with the sewing community to get everyone sewing their own beautiful and professional looking lingerie.

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SHAMS
Communing With Fabric

I am Shams, and I love to sew! I have been sewing since I was a wee thing. I sew to express my creative side, but also to fit my body. Compared to most sewers, I seem to have a rare body shape: large bust, no waist, small hips and legs. Most pattern companies do not draft their patterns for my silhouette, so my sport of choice is Xtreme Pattern Hacking. I particularly specialize in altering patterns for the uber busty. (A term I coined several years back, because a "large" bust can mean anything from a DD cup, to my morebodacious G cup, and beyond.)

I also like to write: By day, I am a mild mannered, funky dressing, technical writer working in Silicon Valley. By night, I am an enthusiastic fabric lover with a penchant for interesting hardware and unusual designs.

I am thrilled to join the ranks of my sewing sisters, the Britex Bloggers. My two daughters are now grown up and have left the nest, which means that I have more room in my house to accommodate fabric, notions, patterns, and machines.

You can follow me on my blog, Communing with Fabric.

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JENNIFER MARQUES
Miss Jenny Home Maker

I created my blog in January '11 as a way to organize my thoughts and my projects in a little spot all my own. Publishing what I'm working on encourages me to finish tasks and try new things that I likely wouldn't otherwise. You'll find I most commonly post about my stitching project of the week (or month) because housework, though valuable, doesn't vary much from day-to-day. However, when I stumble upon a great new product or trick, you'll be the first ones to know! I'm also sure to throw in a new recipe or two from time to time as I experiment in the kitchen.

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JAMIE
I’m a self-taught designer, sewing instructor, fashion writer, author, and native San Franciscan. I received a sewing machine for my twenty-fifth birthday and haven’t put it down since. I left the world of government cubicles to intern at BurdaStyle in 2010, where I then went on to co-author BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern and become the site's Editorial and E-commerce Manager from 2012-2013.

For my line Jamie Lau Designs, I enjoy transforming simple silhouettes into fashion-forward frocks sewn from Japanese prints, luxurious brocades, and handwoven ikats. In addition to doing custom work (including bridal) I teach sewing courses at Textile Arts Center, Britex Salon, and across the country. In the summer of 2015, I relocated my design studio from Brooklyn, NY to San Francisco, CA. Follow me on my blog, FacebookInstagram, and Pinterest for the latest updates and inspirations. 

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CHRISTINE HAYNES

Christine Haynes Patterns

Christine Haynes is a Los Angeles-based sewing author, teacher, and pattern designer with her own line of sewing patterns–Christine Haynes Patterns–which are perfect for the vintage-loving modern seamstress.

Christine grew up in Saugatuck, MI, a small beach community on the southwestern coast of Lake Michigan, where the arts were part of her daily life. Christine attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in the department of Film, Video, and New Media.

Her mother taught her to sew around the age of 10, and it grew as a personal hobby, until it eclipsed other mediums and became her main artistic outlet. After selling ready-to-wear garments for many years, Christine turned her focus to teaching others to experience the joy of making clothing for themselves through her patterns, books, and workshops.

Sewing empowers you to be in total control of all the details of your clothing–fit, fabric, style–and frees you from having to rely on trends and fast fashion for a more thoughtful and conscious approach to your wardrobe.” – Christine Haynes

She has written four books, How to Speak Fluent Sewing (2015, C&T), Skirts & Dresses for First Time Sewers (2015, Barron’s), The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction (2014, CPI), and Chic & Simple Sewing (2009, Potter Craft), and has contributed to other books, such as One Yard Wonders (2009, Storey).

Christine’s articles have been published in Sewstylish, Sew News, Craftstylish, and Craft Zine magazines. She teaches sewing classes both in person and online, and has presented lectures and workshops at the American Sewing Guild Conference, Camp Stitchalot, Camp Workroom Social, the 2012–2016 Craftcation Conferences, and the 2016 QuiltCon West Conference.

Christine was a featured guest on seasons 2 and 8 of PBS’s Sew It All TV show, and her work has been featured in Threads magazine, Mollie Makes, the New York Times, the New York Post, the Los Angeles Times, Martha Stewart’s radio network, People.com, LA Weekly, Daily Candy, and NBC’s Today Show, among others.

Shop Christine’s patterns and books at her shop website. Follow Christine’s adventures in sewing, life, and her love of travel on Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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NICOLE
Nicole at Home

Like many seamstresses, I’ve been sewing since I could hold a needle thanks to my mom. I sew quite a bit for the house and my beautiful two boys, but beginning as a little girl drafting Barbie dresses, I’ve always most-enjoyed sewing clothing. It’s a great feeling to wear something you’ve made yourself! A couple days a week, I pack my bag with me-made work clothes, hop on my bike and cycle to my job as a part-time biology instructor at a local community college. Essentially, when I’m not teaching or cycling, I sew!

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BIANCA SANTORI
Vintage On Tap

Fabric and sewing is what I do.”

“My name is Bianca and I’m a twenty-nine year old textile designer and seamstress, interested in vintage and traditional techniques. I dream in loud, flowery prints and aspire to create beautiful couture-level garments. I have 15 years sewing experience and studied at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

After stumbling into Sailor Moon when I was twelve years old, I fell down a rabbit hole.

Anime, Japanese music, and eventually Japanese street fashion culminated in my interest in “Elegant Gothic Lolita” when I was seventeen. It was during those years that I ventured into sewing and creating garments for myself as a way to recreate the styles I loved.

I started sewing because I couldn’t find pieces that fit or were affordable for a teenager. Shortly afterwards, I decided to design textiles because I couldn’t purchase what I wanted to sew with.

From my eight year love of Lolita I found vintage.”

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ERIN FOSMIRE
Miss Crayola Creepy

For Christmas 2009 my husband bought a sewing machine at my request. He was hesitant to buy it because he "wasn't sure if I would use it." Isn't that funny? Now, a few years later, I'm sewing up a storm and he is begging me to make him things. I still feel like a beginner in the sewing world, but feel lucky to "know" and learn from so many talented ladies on the world wide web.

I started knitting in April 2013 because I was told that it would help manage the stress and anxiety I was feeling. Little did I know, it would become one of my favorite things to do! Since then I can't seem to keep the knitting needles out of my hands and love learning new techniques and making things to wear.
When I'm not at my machine I enjoy reading books, eating healthy foods or really fattening desserts, obsessing over Old Hollywood stars, learning about the 1920s and 1960s, and walking my dog on the beach in San Luis Obispo County. Even when I'm not sewing I can't help but daydream about my next project and I try and fit in a little fabric shopping when I can ;)
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JAMIE KEMP
Male Devon Sewing

Jamie is from the UK and blogs as Male Devon Sewing. He has been sewing since he was a little boy, and was taught how to sew by his Gran. Now many years later, he is still sewing and enjoying it more than ever. He is lucky to be a stay-at-home Dad who looks after his son (and is lovingly supported by his wife), which allows him more time to sew.

His passion is sewing menswear and he is starting to venture into a tailoring, but still enjoys making women and children’s clothes.

When he is not sewing, he enjoys spending time with his family and walking in the countryside.
Recently, Jamie has appeared on The Great British Sewing Bee on BBC.

 


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CHULEENAN SVETVILAS
CSEWS

What I like about sewing is that you have a tangible product when you’re done – whether it’s a fun bag, a cute bib, or a unique jacket. I always get a great feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment when the last seam is done.

C Sews is about the various things I’ve collected or created, including the many mistakes I’ve made along the way. I hope this site will be useful or at least interesting to you.

I’m also the organizer for the Bay Area Sewists meetup group. I organize an event once a month – from fabric and pattern swaps with more than 50 people in attendance to smaller group events of 20 or so members for fitting sessions or just sewing together. Go to our page for more info or to join the group. You can also check out the Bay Area Sewists page on my blog that lists past and current Bay Area Sewists meetups. If you are visiting the Bay Area and want to come to an event, please let me know and I’ll let you attend as our guest.

 

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If you have a current blog about sewing, that includes tutorials, and would like to be a Guest Blogger for Britex Fabrics, please email marketing@britexfabrics.com

 

 

 

Supporting Indie Pattern Companies

 

What are the amazing patterns our Guest Bloggers are using? Here are some of our favorite independent pattern companies contributing to our projects:

 
 
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Sophie Parslow

Ada Spragg

 

When I decided to learn to sew, a few short years ago, I didn't expect it to take over my life. Sewing my own clothes was something I always wanted to do but it seemed so out of reach. Like maybe it required some special talent or level of patience I didn't have. And then there was the problem of the ugly patterns. In fact, if I'd gazed into a crystal ball in 2010 and seen a future filled with sewing, blogging and abandoning recreational shopping, I probably wouldn't be alive today. Having choked on my dagwood dog in the gypsy woman's tent. But fast forward a few years and a period of sewing puberty later, I'm a walking stitching testament to the fact that everyone can learn to sew. And now thanks to the rise of some great independent pattern companies (think patterns you actually want to wear, not just hoard for grandkids amusement), I'm on the way to creating my ultimate hand-made closet!

 

What I love most about sewing is creating something from nothing. Which sums up my sewing journey thus far, the highlights being: taking first place in series one of international sewing competition Project Sewn and spreading the joy, leading sewing workshops at The Craft Sessions retreat in the Yarra Valley, Australia in 2013. 

 

When I'm not sewing or sharing my makes with the blogging world, I can be found ankle deep in lego with two little lads in Brisbane, Australia.  

 

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