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Category Archive: Fabrics

Silk Organza – The Perfect Addition to Any Sewing Room

Hello everyone!  I am back with a new vintage dress and an underlining tutorial. Along with this yummy fuchsia chenille, I received a length of silk organza for this project.

Silk organza really is a miracle fabric, in my opinion.  It is crisp, lightweight, and can perform so many different functions.  First off, it makes truly beautiful garments, especially when embroidered.  At the other end of the spectrum, it can make an excellent press cloth.  Tear it into strips, and it can help to stabilize a zipper opening.  I even substitute organza for fusible interfacing on facings.  I could go on and on, but perhaps I should get back on point!

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Sew a Vintage Inspired Blouse of Silvery Silk

These two go together like blinis and caviar! Pair Colette’s Sencha Blouse with this geometric silk from Britex Fabrics. Rated for beginners, the vintage influenced Sencha sewing pattern has a discreet je ne sais quoi that only flatters the sedately boisterous silvery silk. Sew this up over the weekend, and be prepared for moonlit adventures.  To make it all even sweeter, this diamond patterned silk is now 50% off in our newly created half off fabric section!

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Make a Linen Biker Jacket for Summertime Fun

We believe in summertime – spontaneous afternoon picnics, slow moving carousals, midnight row boat rides, and linen…..always linen. We also think that this linen disguised as denim would make the most marvelous biker jacket – perfect for all summertime shenanigans.  Pattern is from the wonderful folks at BurdaStyle and available at Britex Fabric’ SF store (Biker Jacket 03/2013 #135 ) This chic denim look linen is available in Britex Fabrics’ online store, and is on sale through May 31st.

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Tutorial: Mitered Corner Napkins, Two Ways by Nicole

At our house, we’ve been exclusively using cloth napkins for a while now.  I typically use quilting cotton for our “regular” napkins, so when I received the cotton and linen yardage from Britex, I almost felt guilty for using such incredible, beautiful fabric essentially for wiping dirty hands and mouths.  But as I worked with the linen in particular, I came to the realization that I wasn’t making a throw-away, disposable item; well-made table linens, from high-quality fabrics are the type of item one might inherit.  That thought made me especially happy since I chose the linen fabric to coordinate with a set of German breakfast dishes handed down to me from my grandmother.  How fitting!

Napkins come in all shapes and sizes, for all occasions.  For more “casual” napkins, I sew a narrow hem and little mitered corners.  For formal, special occasion linen napkins, I use a wider hem and the traditional sewn mitered corner.  This tutorial shows you how to make both! Click here to read more »

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POP-UP Britex: Color Blocking Workshop 5/16

Our next pop-up is right around the corner (rumor is that there are still a few seats left). This workshop will be taught by Jamie Lau, a designer, sewing instructor, fashion editor, and author. Jamie is no stranger to Britex—maybe you’ll remember—in December of last year Britex hosted the SF launch party of BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern, of which she is the co-author. On Thursday, May 16 she’ll teach POP-UP Britex: Color Blocking Workshop at Photobooth in the Mission.

Here is a little color blocking preview…

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Art Deco Stretch Cotton Pants by Natasha

Remember Natasha from Natty Jane Sews? She was the first blogger to contribute to a Britex project about a year ago with the cutest summer frock ever! Well, this gal is never without inspiration. Take a peek at what she’s created with one of our soon-to-be-on-sale fabrics. Here she is with some awesome sewing tips, too…

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Unpacking Fabric…Including Liberty of London

We’re pleased to be adding a slew of new springtime fabrics to our online store, including several from our humongous eight ton shipment back in December…and two luscious Liberty of London cotton lawns. Keep your eyes peeled as we add more this week, including several Italian silks in stunning Art Deco influenced large prints.

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Tips & Tricks: Button Up Shirt

Hi everyone, Jen from Grainline Studio here again! Today we’re going to talk tips & tricks for making one of those amazing silk button up shirts you see popping up everywhere. From the French brand Equipment to J.Crew and Madewell and everywhere in between these shirts scream spring, and while the silk may seem intimidating it’s really not bad if you’ve got the right tricks up your sleeve. For this tutorial we’ll be using my recently released Archer Button Up pattern paired with this super dreamy Britex knotted rope print habotai, but these tricks will hold true for any shirt pattern. Click here to read more »

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Tissue Knits & More!

We heard you…you asked for knits, and we’re diligently scouting them out and adding them to our online store! Welcome the newest category of fabrics in our expanding collection of fabrics – soft, drapey knits! For starters, and just in time for spring, we present a colorful collection of tissue knits imported from Japan. These cotton semi-sheer tissue knits are perfect for tissue tees, pullovers, tunics, or even airy scarves. Tissue knits are perfect for layering, great used in combination with other knits, and fabulous for the rigors of traveling. Watch weekly as we add more fabrics.

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Tutorial: Shoulder Pads are not the Enemy

Hello, again. Here is the shoulder pad tutorial I mentioned in my Sunglasses and Sunshine post. These days, shoulder pads have a bad reputation.  They really are not the enemy, but rather an excellent way to balance out a silhouette!

SUPPLIES:

Paper (to draft your preferred shoulder pad shape)
Scissors (one pair for the paper, one for the fabric)
Cotton Quilting Batting
Thread
Chalk or Fabric Pen
Lining Material (to cover batting)

Most shoulder pads are shaped as half of an ellipse.  I have seen a few triangular shaped pads in vintage patterns, but the pointed edges can create problems with lighter-weight fabrics.  And, of course, raglan armholes require a different shape entirely. Click here to read more »

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