Hello, sailor! Priscilla designer and owner of BeBops: Custom swimwear design from Gulfport, Florida makes bespoke vintage style swim suits adorned with buttons from Britex Fabrics. This seaworthy style is suited for swingin’ gals everywhere, from the girl next door to pinup glamorpusses. We love the boy shorts style and the fact that she makes each suit to fit your unique measurements! As Pricilla says, “keep your toes in the SAND!”
Get 20% off all fabrics in the online Stretch Cotton Category through Wednesday July 31st. We love stretch cotton fabric. Breathable, washable, and fabulous for fitted garments, stretch cotton has it all! Stretch cotton’s versatility, comfortable wearability, and ease of fit makes it a wonderful fabric to work with. Britex Fabrics carries a scrumptious variety of stretch cottons — from imported Italian beauties, to all-purpose khaki, to prints that are perfect for tailored shirts, to imported woven brocades, to soft stretch velveteens. Sale ends Wednesday July 31st. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! (This sale is good for online Stretch Cotton Category fabrics only – in-store cotton fabrics are not included in this sale)
We love bow ties, ascots, and cravats, and Mister Moffat agrees, “See the bow tie? I wear it and I don’t care. That’s why it’s cool.” – Steven Moffat from Paisley, Scotland (writer and producer of Dr. Who.) This free pattern for a knit bow tie is available from the Knit Picks Design Team on the knitting site, Ravelry. This sweet number only takes 231 yards of fingering, so you can easily knit a baker’s dozen,, in order to express your suave dapperness every day of the week.
Emily made this summertime frock from Britex Fabrics’ cotton from our 2nd floor. Her dress fabric is splashed with humongous baby pink and sand daisies, and accented with a delicate pink ribbon belt. Emily did a great job; we particularly like the gently pleated skirt and bodice shaping…and her pink and white spectator heels. Emily said, “I am honored to be on the Britex blog! I actually made this dress on my own without a pattern – I’m a self-taught sewer so I don’t use patterns too often. As for the occasion, I mainly made it just to have a fun 50′s inspired summer dress as I love and find much of my inspiration from the 1950′s. Just an extra tid-bit: there’s an attached pink tulle underskirt under the outer floral skirt .” We think this cries out for matching pink lemonade and strawberry frosted cupcakes!
The San Francisco Renegade Craft Fair is returning next weekend for two days! Visit and be prepared to be awash with crafty workshops, super fantabulous craft items, yummy treats, and groovilicious tunes. It is next weekend, July 27 + 28, 11am – 7pm at Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, Marina Blvd. and Buchanan Street (Reserve parking for Saturday and Sunday). There will be over 250 craftpersons, a DIY inspiration lounge, make-and-take workshops, interactive activities, a color installation by Vera Chroma, entertainment, a photobooth, music , food and drink and more! As Girl Scout kitten says, “Be Prepared!” (Decisive kitten print is by Renegrade Craft Fair makers, Berkley Illustration, aka Ryan and Lucy Berkley of Portland, Oregon)
We have a super sewing crush on Miz. Elaine May, AKA The Selfish Seamstress. She is a fabulously quirky combination of smart aleck attitude and red hot talent! She created this pattern for a sophisticated sleeveless cowl-neck sweater in size XS-S. The pattern is a simple three pieces and designed for knits. We’d love to see it made up in this soft burnt orange sweater knit– perfect for an afternoon drooling over the lushly colored paintings at the Diebenkorn exhibit!
All buttons in our ginormous online Plastic Button category are 50% off until July
16th 23rd! There are over 250 styles of plastic buttons, with something for everyone. As Gershwin said, “You like potato, and I like potahto”, but whether you pronounce it plastic or plastique, it all comes down to great-looking plastic buttons. Spiff up your older garments; summer is the ideal time to replace sweater and jacket buttons, and one of the fabulous advantages of plastic buttons is that they are washable. We carry faux wood plastic buttons, chef’s studs, imported Lucite, mock tortoiseshell, chic Italian, toggle buttons, and many other distinctive styles of plastic buttons. Fall sewing season will arrive more quickly than we think; stock up for future sewing projects! (This sale is good for our Online Plastic Button Category only – in-store buttons are not included in this sale. Quantities are limited to stock on hand.)
Mademoiselle Floriane from the French crafting blog, Larbreaidees has a plethora of charming cross-stitch designs, including unique geometrics, silhouettes, a tangoing couple, butterflies, and that iconic symbol of Paris and all things romantic…the Eiffel Tower. Stitch this up for a throw pillow cover or wall hanging, then daydream about lazy mornings nibbling buckwheat galettes while sipping sparkling apple cider at Breizh Café, and leisurely afternoons cavorting through Paris. Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.
By turns slinky….and then elegant, sometimes we just want to go crazy and cut everything on the bias! Here are directions from Fashion Service magazine (August 1931, pg. 14) for a 1930s Magic Bias Slip: “Falling into the lines of each individual figure as if by magic, this slip, ultra modern because of its bias cut, is a perfect foundation under fitted frocks. And it’s as fascinating to work out as a picture puzzle, built up, as it is, from squares and triangles of fabric.” This is brought to us by James, costumier and archivist from Dressmaking Research. He says, “Now I read meticulously for any mention of cut and construction, illustrated or not, to expand the information in my archive. Over the years I have learned a great deal from primary source materials. For example, images and information on petticoats and understructures fascinate me because I believe they are the “key” to a silhouette. The diagrams I have found pertaining to Capes, Cloaks, Mantles, and similar garments are enthralling in their ingenuity and simplicity.” We greatly admire his dedication to preserving and maintaining this fabulous educational archive for us. Hint: Make one of silk fabric for a chic yet airy summertime frock!
Jazz Age novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald stars the beautifully glamorous Daisy and the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby. With the recent release of the film, The Great Gatsby, we’re spending this summer dreaming of silk frocks, twilight lawn parties, dapper tuxedos, and fountains of champagne. Vintage Sewing Reference Library has a wonderful collection of sewing books online, including 1926—The New-Way Course in Fashionable Clothes-Making Correspondence course; it is lavishly illustrated and comes with complete instructions for learning the art of clothes-making. Includes 56+ lessons covering everything you could want to know about sewing in the 1920′s from basic stitches to opening your own dress shop.