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Tutorial + Free Pattern: The Cadet Cap

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Hello Britex readers, this is Mary from Craft Buds and I’m excited to be guest posting here today! I’ve put together a free cadet-style hat pattern for you. Just download the pattern from Craftsy here (you’ll need a free Craftsy account) and we’ll get started. I’ve used two fabrics provided by Britex in my hat, a beautiful midweight herringbone olive & espresso wool for the exterior, and a silky smooth chocolate brown rayon/cupro for the lining. The fabrics are both high quality and were a perfect set of fabrics for a warm and comfortable hat. Click here to read more »

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2014 Blog Re-cap: Skirt as Top

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The 2014 Guest Blogger Re-cap is here—because you’ve probably missed a few pretty amazing projects along the way this year and because we are so proud of each blogger’s ability to transform Britex fabrics into beautiful garments and accessories. During the next few weeks you’ll be treated to exclusive re-caps of our favorite guest blogger projects. We’ll show you the best of the best from each of our guest bloggers with all of their individual style. First up: Kristin of Skirt as Top.

If you haven’t already visited Skirt as Top, go now. You’ve got to check out Kristin’s Film Petit series where she replicates costumes from cult favorites such as Life Aquatic, Psycho and Back to the Future in miniature versions for her kiddos. Also, keep this blog in mind for awesome indie pattern recommendations—Kristin always knows about the coolest kids clothing patterns and the newest ladies patterns from independent pattern-makers.

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Tutorial: Knit a Loop Scarf with Fabric

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Kika Knaup led an awesome workshop last week that left several—locals and non-locals—wishing they could have joined us. We decided to pull out our camera and document the process so that anyone could give this easy project a try. Please keep in mind that this tutorial does not teach the basics of knitting—though we have linked to some helpful videos. This tutorial will show you just how simple it is to knit almost anything using fabric strips! Let’s get started…

Materials:
1/2 to 1 yard of two different fabrics – soft knits recommended
scissors or rotary cutter
knitting needles size 35 or 50

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Loop Scarf Workshop on 11/1

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It’s not too late to register for the Knit a Loop Scarf Using Fabric workshop on Saturday, November 1—yes, that is the day after Halloween. Local Designer, Kika Knaup, will walk us through the steps of making this simple art scarf. Click here to read more »

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Calling all Bon Vivants! Online Novelty Fabric Sale

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Get 20% off all fabrics in the Novelty Fabric category from Wednesday, October 29th to Tuesday, November 11th. Calling all bon vivants and glamour-pusses! Made of wool, silk, cotton, water resistant nylon, metallic and more, these fabrics make beautiful garments. Many of our novelty fabrics have a beautiful metallic shine which helps them stand out in the crowd, and many of our textured novelty fabrics are blends, lending them a wonderful pliability and sheen! Tweed, chenille, and bouclé novelty fabrics delight us with their contrast of nubby texture and soft hand, brocades possess a unique elegance, and our new Italian scuba knits are chic as Paris. Make a swinging bolero jacket, a floor length mysterious cape, a Chanel-style jacket, a water resistant rain cape, or a tailored vest; add elegance and style to any solid, understated little black outfit. This sale ends November 11th. For the best selection, order your swatches online now, and make your choices next week. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! (This sale is good for online Novelty Categories fabrics only – in-store novelty fabrics are not included in this sale)

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Silk Tunic Dress – Sandra Betzina

Photography of Power Sewings' Sandra BetzinaWe love this silk tunic dress that Sandra Betzina made; sewn with silk panels from Britex Fabrics, and underlined with a lightweight cotton/silk blend fabric. This silk print is unique, and Sandra was astonished by the fact that the cutting lines for the dress are actually printed onto the fabric! Imported from Italy. Each panel is 2 yards and 23” long by 54” wide. $245.00 per panel.

This fabric is available on Britex Fabrics’ 1st floor, via email at service@britexfabrics.com, or by phone at 415-392-2910. (Photo by Michael Mustacchi)

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Winners of the Halloween Costume Contest 2014

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1st place tie – based on costumes of Game of Thrones

 

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Connect with our Project Runway Star

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We’re so proud of Emily. She lasted so long on Project Runway! She never lost her cool, dealt with every challenge with the utmost of decorum, was entertaining to watch and her designs were absolutely eye-popping!

The good thing about Emily being off the show is that she’s back to Britex and her custom design work. If you love Emily like we do, there are several websites you should visit—and a few where you can shop.

Main Website

Leathertongue women’s line on Etsy

Devon Rose girls’ line on Etsy

And, connect on Facebook and Twitter.

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Costumes of Yesteryears + 2014 Contest Details

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Photograph by Kristin Demoro

We cannot count the number of shockingly awesome costumes in past years’ contests. This pair for example, bacon & egg, still has us chuckling because, yes, the egg is standing on slender slices of butter and was soon to be a mom. A few years ago this same duo did a rice & potato number. See below for complete contest details and how you can win a $100 Britex gift certificate. Click here to read more »

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Make Your Own Fabulous Mask

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We just couldn’t help it. A photo shoot was surely bound to happen since we just haven’t been able to keep our hands off the samples Natalie made for the Mask-Making workshop this Saturday. Natalie is the manager and buyer for the Notions Department, and is also an avid seamstress, specializing in hand-crafted reproductions of historical costumes and accessories ranging from the Renaissance to the Roaring ‘20s. For several years we’ve all had the pleasure of seeing her amazing costumes—often winning the annual Costume Contest—but learning from her is a rare opportunity. Follow her sewing adventures on her blog Frolicking Frocks, and of course, join us on 10/25! Click here to read more »

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