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Category Archive: Classes, Events & Shows

BurdaStyle Sewing Book Launch Shindig at Britex Fabrics – 12/18

Party at Britex Fabrics on Tuesday December 18th from 7:00-9:00 pm – Celebrate the launch of BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern at Britex Fabrics! Meet author and SF native Jamie Lau, the BurdaStyle team, and other DIY makers! Space is limited, so RSVP to TEAM@BURDASTYLE.COM with “12/18 SF Book Launch Party” in the subject line.
Festivities include:
-Champagne & drinks
-Sweets from Tartine Bakery and Miette Confiserie
-Photos by Portraits To The People
-DIY make-and-take projects, including brooch/hair fasteners and button making with fabric from Britex Fabrics
- Door prizes from Britex Fabrics, MOO, and Makeshift Society

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Fashion Incubator SF Filling New Designer in Residence Spots

Designers Tony Sananikone (left), Bethany Meuleners, Justin Jamison and Tamara Jaric watch models show off some of their designs during the first SF Fashion Incubator show at Maiden Lane in San Francisco. Photo: Jason Henry, Special To The Chronicle / SF

The Fashion Incubator San Francisco (FISF) is now accepting applications for six new Designers in Residence for its second annual session which begins February 5, 2013.

The year-long program nurtures and mentors promising local design talent and provides them with the tools and resources needed to establish and grow businesses of their own.  FISF offers training in business operations, sales, marketing, branding and merchandising from experts in the San Francisco fashion and economic development communities.

Application deadline is Friday, November 30, 2012 at 5 p.m. PST. Applications are available on the FISF website, where submission details are provided.

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Designer Spotlight Series – Menswear & Shirtmaking Event, Sept. 20th

Designer Spotlight Series – Menswear & Shirtmaking, Britex Fabrics, Thursday, September 20 from 7 – 9 PM. Who hasn’t dreamed of wearing a custom-made three-piece suit?! Make mine in purple velvet! Everyone will find tailors to suit their every angle and curve at this special 60th anniversary design community event. Join us for festive evenings of mingling with some of our favorite designers, dressmakers and tailors. Choose the perfect collaborator for your custom garment, from an array of top-notch talent–and bring your ideas to life. Designers and tailors include Carlos Morin of Scissors & Cloth, DeAnna Gibbons Millinery, Escobar Tailors, Duchess Clothier, and Al’s Attire. Please RSVP for this event by calling the store at (415) 392-2910 or by sending an email to rsvp@britexfabrics.com.

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Craft Bar at MOCFA on Thursday, August 2nd

Join Britex Fabrics and the Museum of Craft and Folk on Thursday, August 2nd from 6 – 8 PM with CRAFT BAR, at 51 Yerba Buena Lane, SF, CA. (@ Mission between Third & Fourth) This month’s craft workshop project is a hand-sewn Cloth Tool Kit, good for all crafters from sewers, to book binders, to knitters. $5 includes admission and materials. RSVP: craftbar [at] mocfa.org. For those who prefer less structure, there is also a Stitch and Bitch area to continue projects or start new ones. Trumer Pils provides refreshments and Britex Fabrics provides materials. Take inspiration from the Museum Gallery and the Store while you explore the creative process @ CRAFT BAR!

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Costume and Corsetry – July 26, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012 from 7 – 9 pm at Britex Fabrics. From cabaret to red carpet, from Burning Man to the Dickens Fair, this event brings you the designers responsible for the most daring and memorable costumes.

Due to an overwhelming positive response, this event is full and we’re no longer accepting reservations!  Please visit our website for information about future events! http://www.britexfabrics.com/events

INTRODUCING:
House of Nines Design is an independent hat maker based in San Francisco. All our hats are individually made by hand using a mix of traditional and modern techniques and only high quality materials. We produce custom hats and three ready-to-wear collections per year. Photo by Joel Aron.

Dark Garden – In business since 1989, Dark Garden’s uniqueness lies in their approach to making people feel beautiful – they create corsets and wedding gowns that truly express each individual’s personality and style, bringing out their natural beauty and boosting confidence. They believe every person has the right to feel gorgeous, not only on their wedding day, but any day they choose to make special. Through careful design and fitting, they produce beautiful, timeless and stylish garments that flatter and fit with amazing comfort. Photo by Joel Aron.

Sheri Jurnecka, a practicing San Francisco attorney, costumer, and corsetiere, has enjoyed creating and wearing fantasy and historical costumes since she was a teenager. Her interest in costuming has evolved over time to include embellished and imaginative corsetry as the basis for opulent evening and bridal wear.

Satin Shadow custom designs historical costumes for both men and women. From English Regency evening wear for men, including fall front breeches, to enchanting and highly embellished Victorian Gowns that are perfect for a romantic period wedding, to alluring Jazz Era dresses, exceptional for dancing away the night. Our goal is to make your fantasy costume a reality.

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Britex Fabrics Designer Spotlight Series – Wardrobe Essentials on Thursday, May 31

Thursday, May 31 from 7-9 PM. Designer Spotlight Series – Wardrobe Essentials: We focus on the everyday pieces that define your uniqueness – skirts, pants, dresses, jackets and more, designed just for you. Join us for this festive evening of mingling with some of our favorite designers. Choose the perfect collaborator for your custom garment, from an array of top-notch talent, and bring your ideas to life. Additional details, including information about our talented designer participants are on the Britex Fabrics Events Page. Britex is now taking RSVP reservations for this event at 415-392-2910.

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SFMade Week: a celebration of local manufacturers and their products

SFMade Week is Monday, May 7th to Sunday, May 13th. Saturday, May 12th is Shop SFMade Day! SFMade presents a week-long celebration of San Francisco’s vibrant manufacturing sector and the companies and people that bring locally produced products to fruition. SFMade Week features seven days of educational events, factory tours, and retail adventures designed to heighten awareness of local manufacturing and its critical role in our local economy. Visit sfmadeweek.org for a list of retailers who support local manufacturers. Events include factory tours of Ritual Coffee Roasters, Anchor Brewing Company, Rickshaw Bag Works, Foamorder, Timbuk 2, Kika’s Treats and Cocoa, and an SFMade introduction and orientation.

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Free Improv Sewing Workshop at Britex Fabrics: Make Your Own Scarf


Britex Fabrics is please to host Nicole Blum & Debra Immergut as they teach a scarf making workshop on Friday, May 4 from 2 -4 PM at Britex Fabrics in San Francisco. The sewing world is about to go improv! Join authors Nicole Blum and Debra Immergut and discover how to have more fun with your sewing machine in this free demo/workshop. Learn simple techniques for embellishing inexpensive knit jersey and adding a ton of personal style to your sewn projects. Get hands-on experience and leave with a beautiful, comfy jersey scarf. Beginners are welcome! Nicole and Debra are the authors of the just-published book Improv Sewing: A Freeform Approach to Creative Techniques: 101 Fast, Fun, and Fearless Projects: Dresses, Tunics, Scarves, Skirts, Accessories, Pillows, Curtains and More. Nicole is an artist, crafter, blogger, and sewing entrepreneur who sells her sewn jersey creations through her blog, One Golden Apple, and at craft fairs. Debra is a writer and content packager, and senior editor at FamilyFun magazine. She blogs with Nicole Blum at Improv Diary. The workshop, including materials and instructions by authors are free of charge (There are limited spaces.)

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Bridal & Evening Wear Event Review

Thank you to everyone who joined us on March 15 for our Bridal & Evening Wear open house, the first event in our Designer Spotlight Series where we invite customers to meet and mingle with a select group of seamstresses, tailors and designers. It was an exciting night of eye candy and information at Britex Fabrics with a plethora of talented designers, along with samples of their beauteous bespoke work…..all surrounded by the amazing silks and wools on Britex Fabric’s first floor. These events are the ideal situation to choose a designer for your custom garment needs. We would love to hear your feedback! Let us know what you thought if you joined us, or what kind of themes you’d like to see in future events. Don’t miss our Upcoming Events — Wardrobe Essentials (Thursday, May 31, 2012 from 7 – 9 pm), Costume & Corsetry (July 26, 2012), and Tailoring & Shirt-Making (September 20, 2012). See more photos on Britex Fabric’s flickr page! Photography graciously provided by Nadine Priestley.

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Quilters Anonymous 31st Annual Show in Washington

A little bird tweeted in our ear that the Quilters Anonymous 31st Annual Show, “Alive with Color!” will take place in Monroe, Washington on March 16, 17 & 18, 2012 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds. There will be 500+ Quilts Presented by the Northwest’s Largest Quilting Guild, with the featured artist, Dorothy (Sally) LeBoeuf. Depicted is their 2012 raffle quilt, “Flowers in my Garden”, made by Linda Tellesbo all members of the Judy Niemeyer Satellite Group.

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