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Category Archive: Hand-Made with Britex Materials

Partaking Patrons! (vol. i)

Welcome to Partaking Patrons volume 1!

This is a bi-monthly post where Britex will be celebrating our customers and the gorgeous items they create with our materials. Interested in participating? Email us at [marketing@britexfabrics.com] for further information!

 

Today we are featuring Trudy of Poppy von Frohlich and her gorgeous tote bag! The cotton she used is from our gorgeous Guatemalan collection, available in store on our 2nd floor.

 

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Tutorial: Piping a Mary Poppins Carpet Bag & Pattern Give Away!

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Hello, it’s Nicole from Nicole at Home to show you my fabulous new Companion Carpet Bag made from this incredible silk brocade!

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Cotton Asymmetrical Moto Jacket

I’ve been intrigued by the moto jacket recently.  It’s one of those garments I’ve heard fans of the capsule wardrobe call an “essential.”  It pops up on Pinterest over skirts and jeans alike, and every time I see it I think that the woman wearing it looks fantastic, but I’d never even tried one on myself.
Lately, I started thinking it might be the type of piece that I never knew I missed until I had one of my own.
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Britex At The Symphony

As many know, Britex has been a long standing San Francisco icon, along with many other wonderful places. One of which is our famous San Francisco Symphony. Last month, the two met in a spectacular event celebrating music director Michael Tilson Thomas’ 70th birthday.

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Tutorial: Reinforcing a Kimono Sleeve Like an Expert

Hello everyone! Today I have a few tricks to help you reinforce the curved edge of a kimono sleeve using this wool and mohair boucle.

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I love a kimono sleeve. The design feature is classic, easy to wear, and very easy to construct. As a fan of vintage silhouettes, I have made quite a few dresses and blouses with this design feature over the years. But I have never liked the fact that it requires clipping into a seam that sees a lot of movement and potential wear. Click here to read more »

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Adding Buttonholes to Lightweight Knits

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For my first Britex blog post of 2015 I was excited to work with the beautiful selection of silks that Britex carries!  I chose to sew our new Camas Blouse pattern using a drapey and incredibly soft silk jersey knit.  I added a contrast panel to the back of the blouse using a floaty grey silk chiffon.

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Tutorial: How to Sew a One-Piece Flat Collar

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For this garment, my goal was to create a color block resort-inspired look. Linen seemed like the perfect choice for a relaxed fit, lowered-waist shirt dress. I chose a midweight blue linen for the primary body of the dress and combined it with a semi-sheer natural linen for the color block elements. I thought that the embroidered polka dots would work great for accent features on the collar, button placket, and skirt and sleeve hems. I most recently wore this dress to my art exhibition in Kyoto, which featured my hand dyed, handwoven, and handsewn kasuri (ikat) fashion designs. Click here to read more »

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2014 Blog Re-Cap: Nicole at Home

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The 2014 Guest Blogger Re-cap continues—because you’ve probably missed a few pretty amazing projects along the way and we’re so proud of each blogger’s ability to transform Britex fabrics into beautiful garments and accessories. During the next few weeks you’ll be treated to re-caps of our favorite guest blogger projects. We’ll show you the best of the best from each of our guest bloggers with all their individual style.

 

In the last few years Nicole of Nicole at Home has contributed everything from outerwear to underwear. She’s also created a ton of awesome tutorials and has even created a Free Cowl Neck Top Pattern exclusively for Britex and Nicole at Home blog readers. Nicole’s fabric choices are fun and sophisticated—a good balance for her job as a college level biology teacher. The other thing you can trust Nicole with is a perfect small bust adjustment (a.k.a. SBA). So, if you often find yourself in the situation of having to minimize the bust, follow Nicole. Really. She works with great indie patterns, and blogs about her alterations all the time. You can thank us later.

 

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2014 Blog Re-Cap: Jamie Lau Designs

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The 2014 Guest Blogger Re-cap is here—because you’ve probably missed a few pretty amazing projects along the way this year and because we’re so proud of each blogger’s ability to transform Britex fabrics into beautiful garments and accessories. During the next few weeks you’ll be treated to exclusive re-caps of our favorite guest blogger projects. We’ll show you the best of the best from each of our guest bloggers with all their individual style.

Jamie of Jamie Lau Designs contributed a total of 5 projects this year—busy bee, she is. If you haven’t noticed, she loves fabrics with structure like linen and cotton, and has a special interest in colorblocking patterns, which pretty much guarantees beautiful and uncommon garments.

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Here’s a perfect example. Jamie’s Palazzo Pant Jumpsuit is a favorite of ours. The linen choices are perfect with just the right amount of drape. For those that love linen but aren’t big fans of the wrinkle factor, Jamie recommends using fusible knitted tricot interfacing for collars and other areas you’d like to keep crisp.

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Collar Confection Silk Blouse

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For my last-of-the-year Britex blogger project, I chose the pattern first: the unusual and lovely design from Decades of Style, the Collar Confection blouse. The blouse design is interesting and a bit more challenging than a basic top, but still very doable. The blouse style dictates a fabric with drape, but it also must be fairly opaque because there are facings along the armholes. This midweight dotted ivory silk fits the bill and, in my humble opinion, is the ideal fabric for this top! Click here to read more »

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