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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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Who Loves Spats-Spats? (Craft Bar & Britex Fabrics do!)

We love spats-spats! Here are photographs taken by the über talented Kate from September’s Craft Bar at The Museum of Craft and Folk Art. These stylin’ spats were made by local dandies with Britex Fabrics’ oilcloth and buttons. These colorful, charming and practical ankle-high protectors will come in handy during San Francisco’s upcoming rainy reason!

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Make Snazzy Spats at Craft Bar – 9/1/2011

CRAFT BAR with ETSY LABS – Thursday September 1 – 6-8pm! Where: Museum of Craft and Folk Art, 51 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, Ca 94103. September’s CRAFT BAR is sure to delight the dressiest of dandies and dandizettes! Join us in welcoming back local favorites Britex Fabrics, whose fashionable staff will teach you how to make your very own pair of spats. Choose from beautiful fabrics provided by Britex, learn the basics of hand sewing and construction, and get inspiration from the Museum of Craft and Folk Art’s gallery. After this CRAFT BAR, you’re guaranteed to want to strut through town looking snappier than ever in bespoke spats. $5 includes admission, tips and tricks. Drinks kindly provided by local (and MOCFA) favorite Trumer Pils.

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Marcy Tilton Trunk Show at Britex – June 15!


Come to a Trunk Show Presentation at Britex Fabrics with Marcy Tilton on Wednesday, June 15 from 7PM to 9:30PM! See a trunk show of Marcy’s inspirational & wonderfully creative wardrobe, the result of experience and research, including garments from her own closet as well as original garments and accessories from her Vogue designs. Marcy will discuss current fashion, sewing and textile trends, how to recognize foolproof fabrics, and choosing the right style/designs/patterns. You’ll be treated to a lively collection of tips, techniques and ideas from one of the premier mavens of the sewing world and will go home with a fresh set of eyes’ so your sewing ‘to do’ list; your closet will contain clothes that work together, look and feel great on you, and fulfill the needs of your current life, including extraordinary everyday clothes. The class fee is $60 and includes 30 minutes of shared consultation time with Marcy. Call Britex at 415-392-2910 to make your reservation for this workshop.

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Make a Monster at Craft Bar – June 2nd 6-8pm


Join MOCFA on Thursday, June 2nd from 6-8pm and make a plush Cyclops at Craft Bar with author and artist Diana Schoenbrun! Sew your very own Mini-Cyclops softie from her book, Beasties: How to Make 22 Mischievous Monsters That Go Bump in the Night. All ages welcome. $5 admission includes materials, tips, and tricks. $1 Beers provided by Thirsty Bear Brewing Co.

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Over 127 Bow Ties Later……..


127 dandies strutted away with clip-on bow ties at last Thursday’s CRAFT BAR. To our pleasure, there were a plethora of first-time craftsters. This infamous collaboration between Britex Fabrics, The Museum and Craft and Folk Art, Bretts and Avery from Whippersnapped, and Etsy was a hotbed of mad stitchery, and there have been requests for a repeat performance. Can we say Guinness World Records for community bow tie making?

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Learn to Make a Bow Tie at Craft Bar – Thursday, April 7th


Join us on Thursday, April 7th from 6-8pm for a Craft Bar worthy of the most discerning dandy. We are excited to announce that MOCFA will be joining forces with Britex Fabrics to present a make your own Clip-on Bow Tie Workshop! Designed by local crafters, Bretts and Avery, this project will add style and joie de vivre to any outfit. And if bow ties aren’t you thing turn your accessory into a pin or hair clip! $5 admission includes materials, tips and tricks.

Don’t forget to take inspiration from the gallery and Museum gift-shop while you explore the creative process. Materials kindly provided by Britex Fabrics. A San Francisco landmark since 1952, Britex is a must-visit for designers, sewers, do-it-yourself-ers and anyone seeking creative inspiration. The four story, family-run shop contains beautiful quality fabrics and sewing accessories from around the world. Drinks provided by Trumer Pils. CRAFT BAR is an innovative Museum of Craft and Folk Art public program which connects the crafting community to the museum’s educational and curatorial mission by creating a vibrant and dynamic after-hours collective crafting environment. The love of making and the desire to socialize are brought together under the MOCFA artistic programming umbrella @ CRAFT BAR. Museum of Craft and Folk Art is located at 51 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, Ca 94103.

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Fast Fit Seminar with Sandra Betzina – April 5, 2011


Britex Fabrics and Sandra Betzina team up again! Sandra will be presenting her amazing fitting seminar on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 from 7 pm to 9:30 pm! Call Britex Fabrics at 415-392-2910 to make your reservation. Space is limited, and the cost for the seminar is $60.
Are you often disappointed in the fit of your garments? Confused about what size to buy? Have you outgrown your old size in one area and not another? Are you intimidated by good fabric because you are afraid of yet another fit failure? Let Sandra Betzina explain her fit formula and how it will work for you!

  • Lots of new pattern alterations, including altering the bust without affecting the armhole, downsizing for the short, upsizing for the tall, and high hip considerations.
  • Learn how sizing differs from one pattern company to another, what size to buy, how to alter for narrow shoulders, full back, sloping shoulders, full hips, protruding or flat seat, full tummy, large waist, small waist, sway back, and more.
  • Turn pant “hopefuls” into a thing of the past.
  • Eliminate baggy seats, pockets and pleats that pop open, accommodate full thighs, and reshape crotch curves to mimic your body curves.
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“Symphony of Color” 2011 Quilt Show & Sale – Feb. 26/27


San Francisco Quilters’ Guild presents the “Symphony of Color” 2011 Quilt Show & Sale this Saturday February 26th (10 m to 5 pm) and Sunday the 27th (10 am to 4 pm)! Featuring work by quilting artists Janet Mednick and Marcia Stein, along with show quilts, wearable art, sale quilts, merchant mall, children’s activities, special exhibits, and demonstrations. This fabulous event is held at The Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 – 8th St. at Brannan St. in San Francisco, CA. Admission is $10 for both days, with children under the age of 12 admitted free.

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Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave


Be sure and mosey on down to the Legion of Honor between now and June 5th for the magnificent exhibition, Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave. This show consists of over 50 pieces, including nine frocks in black and white to highlight the intricate detailing and craftsmanship. “Working in collaboration with leading costume historians and young fashion designers, de Borchgrave crafts a world of splendor from the simplest rag paper. Painting and manipulating the paper, she forms trompe l’oeil masterpieces of elaborate dresses inspired by rich depictions in early European painting or by iconic costumes in museum collections around the world….Pulp Fashion draws on several themes and presents quintessential examples in the history of costume—from Renaissance finery of the Medici family and gowns worn by Elizabeth I and Marie-Antoinette to the creations of the grand couturiers Frederick Worth, Paul Poiret, Christian Dior, and Coco Chanel. Special attention is given to the creations and studio of Mariano Fortuny, the eccentric early-20th-century artist who is both a major source of inspiration to de Borchgrave and a kindred spirit.

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