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Category Archive: Classes, Events & Shows

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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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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