Making an Outlander Inspired Wrap from Britex Fabrics

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An unexpected visit to Britex Fabrics in the heart of San Franciso led me to purchase some of my favorite materials for this next DIY project.  Britex Fabrics originally opened its doors in 1952 and has since been considered one of the best locations for designers and anyone else seeking “creative inspiration.”  You are sure to find exactly what you are looking for, especially with four complete floors filled with an immense variety of fabrics and accessories.

Come take a look at our next DIY project.  We also included a tutorial video at the end of this blog to highlight todays Outlander inspired wrap.

Stepping into Britex Fabrics is like walking back in time where prized customer service can be found and original hand written receipts are given.

I found my chosen plaid wool and satin fabric in the remnant section on the fourth floor.  I was drawn to this specific fabric due to the color scheme and gold thread inlay that was integrated into the material itself.  I was able to locate a perfect match of gold satin to compliment the colors of the wool, accenting the details I was originally drawn to.  Once I found my primary materials, I went in search of some accessories.  I decided to utilize antique lace and intricate buttons to accent my project.

With over 75,000 button choices, the selection I made had a very special significance.  This button was chosen specifically for this DIY project to accent the colors of the gold in the wool fabric. However, if you take a closer look, you might also recognize this button design on one of the costume pieces worn by Outlander’s Jamie Fraser, created by Terry Dresbach.  The same button, in a different color, added to the heartfelt link to Outlander in todays project.  You can see this costume and more by pressing here.

Jamie Fraser’s black silk suit with cream embroidered waistcoat; Embroidery by Outlander’s Costume Department Embroidery Team.

Supplies Used For This Project

This beautiful piece of fabric was a remnant, so I had to be specific as to what I hoped to create with it.  Due to the size and cut of the remnant, I felt it was an excellent opportunity to create an Outlander inspired wrap.  Here is a list of the supplies and tools I utilized.

  • 1/2 yard of a plaid wool fabric (approximately 59″ width)
  • 1/2 yard of satin fabric
  • 4 accent buttons of your choice
  •  Antique lace measured as per the width of the wrap
  • An iron to press the material during and following project completion.

Starting Your Project

♦  The first step was to clean up the edges of the remnant.  It was important to even the edges, making them as symmetrical as possible to avoid excess material on the inside seam.  Thankfully, I did not have to cut too much, enabling me to salvage as much as I could  in order to maintain the size of my design.


♦  Once I had finished preparing the material, I pinned the right sides of the fabric together ready for sewing.  I made sure to stay within 1/2 inch of the edging to use as much of the material as possible.  I chose to sew the long sides first, followed by the shorter sides.  I left an approximately five inch opening to pull the material through, making it right side out.  I hand stitched the final opening to finish it off.


♦  Next, I used a damp cloth with my iron to press each seam.  It is important to use a damp cloth to make sure the sheen of the satin is not altered or stained.  Once this step is completed, the edging of the design becomes much cleaner and the inseam is predominantly hidden.


♦  Almost there!  The final touch was to add the anique lace by hand stitching it to the inside of the wrap.   This added a subtle vintage detail to the design.


♦  I hand-sewed the decorative buttons to add a finishing detail to the front of the wrap, adding a cherished link to Outlander.


The Wrap

We feel this wrap will compliment any outfit.  The neutral colors and gold accents are also perfect for any season.  The beauty and ease of wear is this design’s best feature!  We hope we have inspired you to create your own piece of Outlander.  ♥


Youtube Video

Please take a look at our DIY video below.  Filled with a mini tutorial and video of our wrap, it truly captures the magic of the materials purchased at Britex Fabrics.

 

 

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