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Category Archive: By folks at Britex

All Hallows Eve or Dia dos Mortos Clips


Kari and Jessica from Britex Fabrics created these spooky soft sculpture skulls and pumpkin heads for All Hallows Eve or Dia dos Mortos clips. They can be worn jauntily as a tiny hat or hair clip, or as a debonair boutonnière. The hat veiling adds a stylish and mysterious touch. These are available on the 3rd floor of Britex Fabrics. Please email M. Du Jour at Britex Fabrics, or stop by the store if you want to buy one of these fabulous adornments!

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Conversational Heart Dress – Darlene


Here is Darlene from the 3rd floor in her candy heart dress. This sweet little number is made of a conversational heart strewn cotton print, has handy side pockets, and is wonderfully fitted. Darlene drafted the pattern herself and hand-picked the side zipper. We love how she added a rainbow scattering of bugle beads to beautify the zipper-line…this kind of detailing is what makes hand-sewn items so charming! Although we are out of the black heart fabric, Britex has bubble-gum pink heart fabric on the 2nd floor.
Please email M. Du Jour at Britex Fabrics if you want to buy this fabric.

If you wish another fabric, contact us through our fabric mail order department for detailed mail order assistance.

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Forest Creature Shirt and Wool Waistcoat – Avery


Here is Avery in another Britex Fabrics-inspired, and curiously debonair shirt and vest. Both are sewn from McCall’s pattern #2447. The shirt is populated with whimsical forest creatures in bright hues, and the waistcoat is made of pea green wool. This is just the thing to wear to the next way-too-gloomy poetry reading. Although we are currently out of this forest animal fabric, new wonderfully wacky cottons are always coming to Britex.

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Britex Sign – Kari


Kari, our all-around craftress on the notions floor of Britex made this brilliant sign highlighting Britex buttons, lace, sequins, and miscellanea. We love how she constructed the famous vintage neon Britex Fabrics sign, the Transamerica Pyramid made of trims, and the be-buttoned road to San Francisco, our own Baghdad by the Bay. Look for this sign on the 1st floor, and over the elevator.

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Knit Silk-Linen Top – Secretary


Secretary made this loose top for her mother’s upcoming birthday. Her mother lives in southern Florida, and this will be perfect for those hot, humid days! We love the soft drape of this light-weight silk-linen knit fabric. This fabric is on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor, is 50” wide, and $39.99/yard. We also offer a fabric mail order service and can ship to most countries. Please contact us through our fabric mail order department for detailed mail order assistance.

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Bib, Scarf and Blanket – Eleanor


Eleanor is only 7 ½ months old, but she is already showing a dashing sense of style! Her mother, Kari, made her bespoke bib with attached sea-foam green bow-tie and matching pocket square, Maya knitted the dusty pink and cream scarf with cascading ruffles, and Kristin made her awesome nursery rhyme and gingham themed blanket. All fabric and yarn is from Britex Fabrics.

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Knit Hat by Alexa & Cape by Great-grandmother Anna


Alexa knit this bubblegum pink hat out of thick and cozy yarn from Britex’s 3rd floor. It keeps Kristin’s head warm even when the weather is spitting fog and chill. Kristin is also wearing an old-fashioned, lacy dropped-stitch cape made by her Great-grandmother Anna. Help! We want to reproduce this cape pattern; has anyone seen one like it in their knitting travels?

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Striped Linen Vest – Avery


Avery is très officious in this vest made of Italian black and natural striped linen, featuring gold metal buttons with engraved sailboats, and sewn from McCalls pattern 2447. A stupendous selection of imported linens can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor, linen remnants on our 4th floor (up to three yard pieces!), and the exceptionally snazzy buttons and pattern are available on the 3rd floor.

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Liberty of London Scarf – Melody


We adore Liberty of London! Melody made this gorgeous 2 ½ yard long, patchwork scarf out of over 30 Liberty of London cotton lawn prints. Every type of Liberty print is represented, from swirling paisleys, to dainty florals, to charming conversationals. Each patchwork piece is 2 ¾”, and the entire scarf is double-faced. It is for sale on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor ($225)

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Chantilly Lace Belt – Mary


Who could ever guess the amount of structure that goes into making this lacy waist-enhancing confection? Mary made this wide belt that is reminiscent of a waist cincher, of delicate French Chantilly lace. Beneath the lace, there are multiple layers of buckram, power net, silk chiffon, Swiss batiste, all fastened in the back with a leather buckle. (click photo to see a similar Chantilly lace trim)

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