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Category Archive: Fabrics

A Baker’s Dozen of New Silk Fabrics!

Britex Fabrics just added a baker’s dozen of new silk print fabrics to our online store, including this dynamic twosome. We love this growl-tastic imported leopard silk charmeuse, paired with a cloud-like soft wool and mohair bouclé coating – made them into a glamorous clingy shirred silk sheath dress under a vintage-styled wool swing coat. And this imported matte crimson floral silk print is stunning paired with a French metallic wool blend – maybe sewn into a shimmering violet bolero over a soft red floral 1930s jumpsuit. Either combination are the cat’s meow!

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Make a Peplumed Jacket for Fall

BurdayStyle’s new jacket pattern, Novelty Jacket #119 is sweetly tailored. We love the vintage details, including the rounded Peter Pan collar and the flatteringly chic peplum. Take advantage of Britex Fabrics’ online wool suiting sale; sew it up for fall in this luscious plum and smoke grey herringbone fabric, and then line it with ripe apricot silk charmeuse for a yummy fall jacket. All you need now is a leisurely afternoon with a dashing chapeau, a latte, and the (almost!) newly released Garment of Shadows by L. King.

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Free BurdaStyle Shift Pattern – 8/10/12 Only

Today, Friday the 10th only, BurdaStyle is offering this easy, but sleek shift pattern for free! This pattern comes with two neckline versions – either a mandarin collar, or collarless and with a gentle rounded neckline. It only takes 2 3/4 yards of fabric, and is a breeze to whip up…make it in Italian imported slate grey stretch wool for a flattering and sophisticated frock.

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Free Child’s Swing Jacket Pattern

It’s always time to sew for growing children! Destri from the blog TheMotherHuddle created this free Central Park swing coat PDF pattern and tutorial for a charming child’s short-sleeved, reversible jacket. It is sized in 3t-5t, but she provides instructions for resizing the pattern. This would be enchanting made up in cheery carmine red Guatemalan cotton…add buttons up the front and your sprouting youngster can wear it through autumn and winter as a jumper!

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Contributing Sewer – Amy’s Dusty Rose Jenny Skirt

Amy, from the blog Sew Well: as by reflection, is a bioorganic chemist, cat lover, BurdaStyle member, and sewing enthusiast. Amy describes her interest in sewing as a gratifying balance to her science research; she enjoys the relatively immediate results she gets with a sewing project, compared to the often less timely results with scientific research.

Amy made BurdaStyle’s Jenny Basic Skirt pattern #6058 with Britex Fabrics’ Italian Dusty Rose Lightweight Stretch Wool Blend and had lots of helpful comments. Click here to read more »

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A Summer Frock – Imported Stretch Cotton, BurdaStyle, and Natasha

Natasha from the sewing blog NattyJaneSews made this summer-licious frock from Britex Fabrics Italian stretch cotton and 10/2010 Full skirted dress with cut-out bustline #116 (available as a print at home PDF.) Natasha is a self-taught seamstress, hails from Berkeley, and is featured in The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook. She said she was instantly attracted to the vibrant color and subtle stripes of the watermelon sherbet fabric, and was surprised at how easy working with stretch cotton turned out to be. She loved how the fabric’s lycra accentuated the bodice fit. We think this dress is swell – perfect for riding San Francisco cable cars on a breezy summer day!

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Imported Italian Swimsuit Fabrics at Britex!

Beachcomber alert! Britex Fabrics’ new imported Italian swimsuit fabrics are swimmingly swell. Find them on the 2nd floor. Nylon and lycra blend, 59” wide, and $39.99per yard. Out of town, and can’t make it into our brick and mortar store? Use Britex Fabrics’ Customized Fabric Swatch Shopper Service to order and see swatches of our exclusive new swimsuit fabric.

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How to Make a Custom Swimsuit Pattern

We love the beach at Britex Fabrics….looking for sand dollars, sipping lemonade, watching the waves roll in, and sultry afternoon naps. To help you enjoy yourself this summer, Britex has a bounteous selection of stunning imported Italian swimwear fabrics on our 2nd floor, and Stuart ‘s fashion design blog, Pattern School: The Original Home Of Stretch-fit Pattern Making offers detailed instructions for drafting swimwear and dancewear for women, men and children. He even has a section called Lazy People’s Patterns for folks that don’t have the time to make their own patterns. His patternmaking instructions are sophisticated, detailed, and diverse, including guidelines for maternity swimsuits, micro swimwear, catsuits, men’s thongs and briefs, and toddler’s and children’s swimwear and leggings. His love for swimwear is evident; check out his swimsuit of the week on his home page! Use Britex Fabrics’ Customized Fabric Swatch Shopper Service to see swatches of our exclusive new swimsuit fabric.

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Classic Shirting Fabric at Britex Fabrics

Britex Fabrics just got a trunk full of classic, high thread count cotton shirting remnants, which are flying off the 4th floor shelves the minute people touch them. These luxurious shirtings are 58” wide, and the yardage ranges from one to two yards – get creative and mix and match! (In-store only)

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Wheat Striped Linen Drawstring Pants

We now have oodles of linen in our online store! This is a favorite with a warm wheat color, variegated stripes, and the rough loveliness of linen. It’d make a splendid pair of drawstring pants, and Liz at SewForHome made a tutorial for comfy drawstring pants — perfect sunning on an island boulder under a paper parasol. Pass the pink lemonade, peel me a grape, and then let’s take a lazy afternoon siesta!

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