If you are seriously looking to sharpen your sewing skills and you live in the San Francisco area, you go to Apparel Arts, which you probably already know about since the design school hosted several Pop-up Britex workshops last year. What’s new is that Suzy, director of Apparel Arts, is now offering patternmaking classes on Craftsy, an online community of makers. Yes, it’s true. You can now learn the basics of patternmaking at your own pace, in your own home. Of course, this does not take the place of participating in an Apparel Arts class in person, but it is a good fix for greatly advancing your patternmaking skills!
Patternmaking Basics: The Skirt Sloper
Patternmaking Basics: The Bodice Sloper
Patternmaking + Design: Creative Darts & Seam Lines
Take a look and let us know what you think!
Combine 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.
Every year, for as long as any of us can recall, Britex has a staff Halloween costume contest that is off-the-wall. We invite our customers to be judges of creativity and sewing skill by casting their vote for best costume. This year, Natalie was the winner with her Magpie costume. Jeanette, as a Fairy Ice Queen, took second place.
Get ready to be amazed by the other contestants, which run the gamut from absolutely hilarious to awesomely witty. Join us next year and judge for yourself. Click here to read more »
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)
The world of linings and interlinings can sometimes be mysterious, and because of that, can often be an afterthought. That’s why, when our POP-UP Britex sponsor Apparel Arts ran an article explaining the differences between these unique layers, we asked if we could share it on the Britex Blog. Read on and let us know if you found it helpful!
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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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Join us this Thursday at 7 For All Mankind in downtown San Francisco for a special do-it-yourself denim distressing event.
Experience the untold art of distressing denim and take home the tools to create your won vintage story. Enjoy the distressing bar—demonstration by Britex Fabrics team member—cocktails and gift with purchase!
Thursday, April 11
5 – 8 PM
7 For All Mankind, San Francisco
224 Grant Avenue
RSVP “San Francisco” to firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s not everyday that Britex has teachers, and even more rare, that a Britex teacher gets a pro bono Tinype portrait taken at Photobooth in the Mission. This rare moment is due to the fact that Photobooth will be hosting POP-UP Britex taught by Jamie Lau on May 16.
It was an awesome experience. We arrived, were made comfortable and had great conversation about art, photography and our current projects. Within about 15 minutes the plates were set and our photographer was ready to shoot.
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If you haven’t met Sonya Philip of 100 Acts of Sewing, here’s your chance. She’ll be teaching our very first Pop-up Britex on March 14 where she’ll demonstrate all the skills necessary for making an a-line tunic dress. Here’s a peek into her creative process using two pieces of linen from the our online selection.
Why did you choose these fabrics for your project?
I adore linen. It is wonderful to work with and has a beautiful hand. Living in San Francisco, I find I can wear linen almost year-round. I chose the main fabric (Golden Wheat Linen/Silk Blend) primarily for the color–mustard and curry yellows just really speak to me right now. I wanted a strong contrast color and was taken by the richness of the Two-tone Raspberry Linen. Click here to read more »
Every month Britex Fabrics proudly presents Pop-up Britex.
Pop-up Britex brings textile and design education to neighborhoods across San Francisco in collaboration with our favorite venues and artists. To help us sharpen our wits, Four Barrel Coffee provides drinks and bites for every pop-up. Special thanks to our sponsors Apparel Arts, Makeshift society and Photobooth.
Join us for our first pop-up at Makeshift Society with Sonya Philip of 100 Acts of Sewing on March 14. Register HERE.