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Category Archive: Classes, Events & Shows

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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Bridal & Evening Wear Designers at Britex – Thursday, March 15 from 7 – 9 PM

Join Britex Fabrics as we meet with local bridal and evening wear designers March 15, 2012! Six Bay Area dress and millinery designers will be on hand with samples of their creations to advise and assist you in this Designer Spotlight event – Karen Tierney of Studio Trousseau, specializing in custom-made wedding gowns and historic gowns; Amy-Jo Tatum, author of the forthcoming book “Bride Chic”; Helena Chenn, specializing in couture design and wedding gowns; Hester Michael, specializing in custom sewing and pattern making; Monique Zhang of the high style custom design studio Cicada Couture; Melissa Bolin of hand-crafted chapeaus at Kitty Andrews Millinery. Space is limited, so please RSVP to info@britexfabrics.com or by phone at (415) 392-2910.

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Wooden Trains with Britex Button Wheels

Over 1,000 folks made crafts at the Randall Museum during their Holiday Craft Day on December 3rd. Britex Fabrics was pleased to help out with a donation of 1,200 buttons, which were used by the children as train wheels on the wooden trains that they crafted in the museum’s woodshop. The Randall Museum is owned and operated by the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department, and features a live animal exhibit, a woodshop, art and ceramics studios, a lapidary workshop, a 188-seat theater, a greenhouse, and gardens.

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12/12/2011 – The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook Launch Party

Monday, December 12 from 5pm-9pm – Join BurdaStyle on Monday, December 12th from 5-9pm at TechShop SoMa for The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook Launch Party in San Francisco. Head over to our Britex Fabrics table for some seriously fashionable DIY holiday gift ideas for women, men and kids including a Cozy Slipper Demo with take home instructions for everyone….not to mention, the first 50 guests to arrive receive a free Clip-on Bow Tie Kit!
Stop by for food, drinks, fun and activities: grab a seat at our Make + Take booth to whip up your own drawstring bag project with specially printed book cover fabric from Spoonflower and Renaissance Ribbons; test your luck at Bingo with our friends from ModCloth; grab some friends and jump in our photo booth; get creative with Instructables’ LEGO jewelry workshop. So mark your calendars for December 12th and meet us at TechShop SoMa – 926 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA for The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook San Francisco Launch Party! If you don’t already know and love BurdaStyle, visit them! They are the best online sewing community out there.

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The Corduroy Appreciation Club and 11/11/11

All hail to the wale…..unfurl your corduroy attire! 11/11/11 is 5th Annual 1111 Grand Meeting of The Corduroy Appreciation Club. Emulating old, secret societies and social clubs, the Corduroy Appreciation Club seeks to create a community and, in turn, a sense of fellowship rooted in the historic and culturally significant fabric known as Corduroy. As a social club, the CAC has membership cards, traditions, bylaws, strange rituals, a secret handshake and meetings. Meetings of the CAC occur only on dates which resemble Corduroy and 11/11/11 is special indeed! Members must wear at least TWO ITEMS of Corduroy at meetings, effectively referred to as the “Two Item Rule.” The Corduroy Appreciation Club wishes to cultivate good fellowship by the advancement of Corduroy awareness, as well as, understanding, celebration, and commemoration of the fabric and all related items. Now, all I need is a butterscotch, wide-wale corduroy three-piece suit, a cream club-collared linen shirt, a cobalt blue corduroy driver’s cap and pointy-toed brown and cobalt blue cowboy boots.

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“The Party Dress Book” book signing with Mary Adams

Join notable fashion designer and entrepreneur Mary Adams at Britex Fabrics for a book signing celebration of her new book “The Party Dress Book” (pub. Random House) at Britex Fabrics is Tuesday, September 27 from 2pm-5pm. Mary will be signing books and showing off her collection of one of a kind pieces for special occasions. Mary grew up in the Pacific Northwest where she started her business designing and sewing dresses. She migrated to New York City in the 80′s where she was part of a group of unique individuals that set up shops and pursued their goals, revitalizing the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Mary has continued her creative endeavors through dressmaking, developing her own techniques and style which she shares with you in her book, along with her inspiration and influences which include Japanese prints from the Edo period, jellyfish and the fabulous 50′s. Mary’s collection embodies her particular style that comes out of years and years of following her own distinctive vision. Receive 20% off on regular priced fabrics with your book purchase. Visit http://maryadamsthedress.com/ to learn more about the book and the beautiful dresses.

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