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Information and tutorials for folks interested in antique Italian lacework, nouveau fashion, sewing techniques and much much more!

Make Single-Fold Bias Tape with a Printable Template!

double1We love how contrasting bias tape can add a spunky accent to everything from collars to pot holders! Carla, the Scientific Seamstress crated this free PDF pattern to make printable 1” and 1/2” single-fold bias tape templates using cardstock and scraps of fabric. Go wild; trim an old-fashioned gingham apron or gussy up a dainty Peter Pan collared blouse!

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Decades of Style – Now Online!

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We are completely enamored with sewing patterns from small independent companies, so we’re expanding our online sewing pattern selection! In addition to Portland based Colette patterns, we now offer Oakland based Decades of Style patterns. Decades of Style is known for their authentic vintage reproduction patterns in sizes ranging from a 30” bust up to a 49” bust. Eras include the jazz baby 1920s, the glamorous 1930s, the war years of the 1940s, and the chic ladylike 1950s. Keep an eye out as we continue to add more patterns.

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In-Store Polyester & Rayon Remnant Sale!

sale2Save 50% off the remnant price of all solid color polyester or rayon 4th floor remnants during January. It is never too soon to daydream about warmer days! Fabric remnants run between 1/2 yard and 3 yards. In-store only.

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Free Necktie Tutorial – Make Like Mr. Astaire!

tumblr_m4mwrj2gat1qgxbs4o3_250Kristina created this free tutorial on Colette Patterns’ blog. Deconstruct an unwanted necktie for your pattern and interlining, and then use these clear instructions. Just like Mr. Astaire, we’ve been necktie crazy these days; going through our fabric stash and sewing neckties galore! Our favorites are made of plaid wool, kooky Japanese prints, or tiny floral cotton prints…you’re sure to have plenty of small pieces left over from holiday projects. If your stash is running low, just raid the 4th floor remnant section at Britex!

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Online Sheer Silk Category Sale Ends Wednesday, January 15

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Get 20% off all fabrics in the Sheer Silk category from Thursday, January 2 to Wednesday, January 15. From airy silk crinkled florals, to a rainbow of iridescent chiffons, you’ll find a silk sheer fabric for any occasion. Tease the imagination with draping layered skirts, or line a silk organza gazaar for a bold evening blazer! Sheer silk fabric makes elegant blouses, beautiful ribbons, and stunning scarves…and of course is perfectly charming as wispy lingerie.  Sale ends January 15. 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 Sheer Silk category fabrics only – in- Sheer Silk category fabrics are not included in this sale)

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A Necktie Gift Bow & A Glamorous Silk Bow

bows copyPaper Crave came up with this dandy gift wrapping idea for all your necktie wearing pals – tailored and marvelously classic! Virginie from Chatelaine created a tutorial for The Perfect Bow – this bow is the epitome of silken lush glamor. Make these with luxurious silk satin ribbons found online, or from Britex Fabrics’ 3rd floor.

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Vintage Felt Circle Skirt Tutorial

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Technicolor Cutie made up this swingin’ felt circle skirt tutorial for all you vintage lovers out there. This skirt is easy-peasy…make it with felt, and you don’t even need to stitch the hem! Decorate with kittens, musical notes, anchors, or swallows and make one for each day of the week. Acrylic felt is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, via email at service@britexfabrics.com, or by phone at 415-392-2910, and a splendid selection of readymade appliqués are available on Britex Fabrics’ 3rd floor.

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Furoshiki Gift Wrapping with Fabric

Use fabric instead of throw away paper this season! The Ministry of the Environment Government of Japan published a guide on Furoshiki, an origami-like fabric folding technique for wrapping gifts. Combine beauty, creativity, and sustainability when wrapping your gift. And, of course, Britex Fabrics has scads of beauteous fabrics!

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Decorate With Pom-Poms!

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We love the alliteration of pom-poms…precious, plump, puffy pom-poms! The talented Dana from the craft-liscious blog, Dana Made It presents this handy tutorial for making pom-poms. Pom-poms are perfect to add a little pizzazz to holiday gift wrapping. Don’t stop with just red, green, and white, but use any loose bits of yarn in your stash and cut loose with all the colors of the rainbow…or be all seeing with this eyeball pom-pom tutorial from Mr. P of Mr. Printables.

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5th Annual San Francisco Renegade Craft Fair Winter Market

logo-RCFCombine last minute holiday shopping with the beauty of local crafts, woodcut & weaving workshops, and luscious artisanal treats, with the 5th Annual San Francisco Renegade Craft Fair Winter Market on December 21 + 22, 2013 at the Concourse Exhibition Center! Info Time: 11am – 6pm. Place: Concourse Exhibition Center – 635 8th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 Cost: Free to attend! Makers: A curated selection of 250+ talented Makers! Workshops: Create your own woodcut map with Woodcut Maps – Build a wooden beer case with Indie Mart – participate in a weaving demo with the Textiles Department of San Francisco State University – print your own bespoke gift wrap at the DIY Gift Wrap Station, hosted by the San Francisco State University Printmaking Guild.

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