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Wool Sale


July and August – Britex Fabrics just designated a table crammed full of wool fabric at 50% off the regular price. These are marked down just in time to make elegant pleated front slacks, chic pencil skirts, gentlemanly Norfolk jackets, cozy ponchos and other items for fall and winter. Included on this table are worsted wools, stretch wools, imported wools, cashmere/wool blends, metallic wools, polyester/wool blends, solids, and plaids. These wools are all over 55”/wide, and regularly cost $27.99 on up a yard. This sale is good through August 31, 2010. (no mail or phone orders)

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Striped Thigh-High Socks


I understand that it is sweaty and hot in the rest of the country, but I’m happy to say that here in San Francisco it is chilly enough for striped thigh-high socks. Kelly, from Knitty.com designed these circus-y winners. You can use up bits and pieces from your yarn stash and make them in a crazy mélange of colors, knit them up in your favorite color combination, or even make them in one solid swooningly luscious color. I lust for a pair in warm rust and cool French blue.

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Knit Hat by Alexa & Cape by Great-grandmother Anna


Alexa knit this bubblegum pink hat out of thick and cozy yarn from Britex’s 3rd floor. It keeps Kristin’s head warm even when the weather is spitting fog and chill. Kristin is also wearing an old-fashioned, lacy dropped-stitch cape made by her Great-grandmother Anna. Help! We want to reproduce this cape pattern; has anyone seen one like it in their knitting travels?

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Chic Black Linen Summer Bag – Nathalie


Nathalie from mais pourquoi tu brodes made this charming handbag from Britex Fabric and notions. The supply list for this classy tote includes black linen, brown silk, cord-wrapped teardrop trim, and sheer polka-dotted ribbon. This bag would be a perfect accessory for a simple black linen shift, bare legs, a wide-brimmed black straw hat, and Italian strappy bronze sandals. The dangly teardrop trim is found on Britex’s 3rd floor ($19.95/yard), and the heavy-weight linen on the 2nd floor (55’ wide/$45/yard).

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Japanese Town Musicians of Bremen Fabric


Here are town musicians of Bremen; it is raining cats, dogs, donkeys, and roosters in this quaint little town. Wouldn’t this be enchanting made up into a full swirly square dance or contra-dance skirt? This border print fabric is Japanese 45% cotton/55% linen, 45” wide and $29.95 a yard. It can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.

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Vintage Knit Hat – 1938


Who could resist this hat? This jaunty knit hat is a study in chic, urban sophistication; it goes with red lipstick and a tailored wool suit like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. This pattern was originally printed in “Knitted & Crocheted Chic Hats” (1938), and is here courtesy of the kind folks at vintageous.com.

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Fabric Sailor Hat


Hey, sailor! As we all know, everything goes better with a saucy dollop of trollop. With this in mind, Vivian of VivianVonDimples made this tutorial for an adorably flirtatious sailor hat.

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Striped Linen Vest – Avery


Avery is très officious in this vest made of Italian black and natural striped linen, featuring gold metal buttons with engraved sailboats, and sewn from McCalls pattern 2447. A stupendous selection of imported linens can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor, linen remnants on our 4th floor (up to three yard pieces!), and the exceptionally snazzy buttons and pattern are available on the 3rd floor.

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Easy to Crochet Trivets and Potholders


Just in time for lazy summer cook-outs, here are a bushel of fruity, easy to crochet trivets and potholders brought to you by The Purl Bee. These are so easy to make that you could practically make one up while your zucchini and ricotta galette bakes!

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Japanese Cotton-Linen Fabric & Overalls


This fabric would be pop-art chic sewn up in a pair of wide-legged overalls. This pattern for retro 1930’s overalls is from Decades of Style (#3008.) This vintage pattern from the late 1930s has inset pieces at the waist to provide a flattering fit, and a center back zipper at waistline. Cross-over straps have button closure at the shoulders, and the bodice and waist insets are lined. The fabric is Japanese 45% cotton/55% linen, 45” wide and $29.95 a yard. The fabric can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor, and the pattern on our 3rd floor.

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