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Category Archive: By folks at Britex

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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Double-Tiered Wedding Veil & Pearled Silk


Laura is wearing an enchanting handmade double-tiered wedding veil. The veiling is made of silk tulle, and it is adorned with silk ribbon and vintage silk lace edging. The edging lace has a pyramid motif that is reminiscent of the Art Deco era, and is lightly embellished with glass seed beads. One veil is 21” long, and the other one is 24” long ($345).

We have paired it with a stunning, understated silk from our 1st floor. This gleaming ballet pink silk is scattered with luminous white pearls. It is $49.99/yard and 45” wide.

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David Sebastian is here!

Britex Fabrics’ stockroom maverick, Luis, and his wife, Rachelle are now beaming parents! Rachelle gave birth to David Sebastian last week. Weighing in at over 10 pounds, David is a healthy strapping lad!

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Skate Toe Guards – Kristin

Kristin made these stylin’ skate toe guards from Britex Fabric’s leather scraps. Now we can all feel tha funk while skating in Golden Gate Park. Get down and disco boogie!

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Decades of Style Aprons – Alex

Mother’s Day will arrive Sunday, May 9th, and Alex made these delicious aprons as gifts to special mothers from Decades of Style pattern #2802 1928 One-yard Bias Cut “Flapper” Apron. This wonderful apron is the answer to the question, “what can you make out of 1 yard of fabric?” It is cut on the bias and is designed to be made from a 36” square of fabric. The drape is great and it fits everyone. Alex made one apron with fabric covered in humongous chocolate covered strawberries and trimmed cheery polka dots, and the other apron with a more laid-back coffee theme print. Mothers have been internationally revered with a celebratory day beginning with ancient Greece’s late March festival to Cybele, to Anna Jarvis’s 1912 proclamation of declaring the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day in the U.S. Why don’t you commemorate the fabulous mothers in your life with a hand-made present?

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Capelet by Judy

We have been busy at Britex! Steph is wearing a queenly capelet that was hand-crafted by Judy. This charming capelet is knitted from Polyamide yarn, the trim is made of chunky wool yarn, and it is tied with a length of black ribbon edged in faux white stitching. This stylish item is just the thing to keep your shoulders warm on a cool evening!

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Cloche by Alexa

Alexa knitted this cloche for Stephanie from Britex wool yarn in shades of berry, and using the cover pattern from the book “Boutique Knits: 20+ Must-Have Accessories” by Laura Irwin. This cozy knit hat is perfect to wear while drinking hot chocolate at the beach on chilly San Francisco nights.

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Très Sportif Fabric at Britex – Including Water Repellent Fabrics!

Some of us at Britex are très sportif, and some of us are not, but all of us are shivering and damp with the latest spate of winter rain. We can recite “Rain rain go away, Come again another day” all we like, but we might as well resign ourselves to paddling away like little soaking wet, fashionable ducks! Britex Fabrics can help though; we carry a range of outdoor wear fabrics. Here is a pair of elastic waist coated cotton, water repellent pants that Secretary made to keep her toasty and dry (notice the charming waistband lining detailing.) And here is a list of sportif fabrics, along with their properties, that can be found on Britex Fabric’s 4th floor.

  • Polartec fleece (for very cold weather)
  • Windpro fleece (for very windy cold weather)
  • Microfleece (for underlayers or moderate weather)
  • Coated Rip-stop (water proof)
  • Waterproof Polartec Windblock (3 in one)
  • Stretch Windblock soft shell (great for activities with a lot of movement like rock climbing)
  • 1000 denier Cordura – DWR coated (DWR – Durable Water Repellent)
  • Neoprene in 2.0 and 3.0 mm (for wetsuits)
  • Wikaway pique and other light weight knits

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Flying Geese Wall Hanging by Melody

Quilter and Britex worker, Melody, made this Amish quilt wall hanging just in time for the De Young exhibit, Amish Abstractions: Quilts from the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown. The pattern is Flying Geese, with feather design quilting, and made of Britex Fabrics Japanese ombre cottons. Currently it is being displayed at Britex. Coming soon: Melody is working on an Instructable in how to make a Flying Geese wall hanging!

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