Every year, for as long as any of us can recall, Britex has a staff Halloween costume contest that is off-the-wall. We invite our customers to be judges of creativity and sewing skill by casting their vote for best costume. This year, Natalie was the winner with her Magpie costume. Jeanette, as a Fairy Ice Queen, took second place.
Get ready to be amazed by the other contestants, which run the gamut from absolutely hilarious to awesomely witty. Join us next year and judge for yourself. Click here to read more »
Join us this Thursday at 7 For All Mankind in downtown San Francisco for a special do-it-yourself denim distressing event.
Experience the untold art of distressing denim and take home the tools to create your won vintage story. Enjoy the distressing bar—demonstration by Britex Fabrics team member—cocktails and gift with purchase!
Thursday, April 11
5 – 8 PM
7 For All Mankind, San Francisco
224 Grant Avenue
RSVP “San Francisco” to firstname.lastname@example.org
The ever lively Natalie from Britex Fabrics and the costuming blog Frolicking Frocks, presents a wee tutorial on how to embellish shoes with paint and other crafty supplies. This is the American Duchess “Pemberley” shoe, which is the perfect accessory for ladies’ costumes of the 1790s through 1810. Natalie used Britex Fabrics’ imported petersham grosgrain ribbon and imported 30wt silk thread in the process of gussying up her dancing shoes. She plans on wearing these striped numbers to the upcoming Jane Austen Ball; we predict exuberant dancing and modest carousing.
The dapper-licious, delightful, and debonair Douglas in what Judy calls his Western yin-yang vest made of wool felt from Britex Fabrics. We love his use of warm, delectable color-blocking and the leaf green buttons…and we also adore his oh-so dashing moustache (not sold at Britex.)
Babies are bursting out all over, and one tenacious infant held off through weeks of false labor only to arrive on Avery’s birthday! Avery made the stubborn wee one a bright quilt incorporating Britex Fabrics’ flannel. Loosely based upon the old-fashioned log cabin pattern, this quilt is filled with low-loft cotton batting, and tied with orange embroidery floss. We love the googly eyed owls and wacky stripes, combined with bubbly polka dots.
Kristin is nonplussed by the enormous furry spider perched upon her head. She made this spooky All Hallows’ Evening fascinator with Britex Russian netting, sequins and other notions…the cheery spider just tagged along for the fashion ride and is not available at Britex.
Casual Friday attire at Britex Fabrics means Liberty of London bow ties and gingham shirts. Avery is wearing a dashing clip-on bow tie made of Liberty of London cotton printed with prideful prancing unicorns, hearts, lions and rainbows! And in case you want to make your own, here are easy-peasy clip-on bow tie instructions. Britex Fabrics carries a wide range of Liberty of London fabric on the 2nd floor of their San Francisco store, and clip-on bow tie findings on the 3rd floor. Sadly, this particular classic print is no longer available.
We think that cowboy boots and Missoni zig-zags go together like spaghetti westerns and revenge! Natalie agrees. Natalie from Britex Fabrics’ 3rd floor notions department looks pleased as punch, and who wouldn’t while wearing this modified boat-neck top made of luxurious Missoni knit fabric from our 1st floor Missoni collection! Natalie whipped this snappy number from just one yard of fabric, and edged the neckline with wool fold-over trim from the 3rd floor.
What do crafty moms do when they need a babysitter? Molly, our diligent 3rd floor assistant, is wearing a one of a kind dress made by Emily, the second floor manager and sewing wiz. Sure, they are friends, but this dress goes beyond friendship; it is a trade for two nights of babysitting! The Guatemalan cotton fabric is sold both in our San Francisco store and our online store, and the pattern was McCalls 5577 (discontinued).
Shhhh……the talented and warm-hearted Melody, from Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor, created this crazy quilt heart block as her contribution to a very special Mother’s Day project for Mrs. Spector, the founder of Britex Fabrics! The square measures 12” by 16” and is completely hand quilted and hand embroidered. It took Melody about five weeks to design and execute the project. We love the pictures of Mrs. Spector, Melody, and the iconic Britex Fabrics’ sign that Melody included in her quilted masterpiece. Photos by Charlie Wambeke.