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Category Archive: Made by You

Leopard Dress & Cotton Piqué Dress – Shirley

Shirley made these two dresses from Britex Fabrics. She says, “The dress itself is leopard print silk chiffon (a 2 3/8 yd remnant) with an overlay of your finest lace (a 7/8 yd remnant), lined in silk. I bought a Vogue shirt pattern for the sleeve cap and armhole shapes, then made the actual pattern in order to get the shape I wanted. The total cost was approximately $180 (the lace!), but it was inspired by a magazine photo of a Valentino dress that retailed for $4490………..not only a major savings, but I like mine much better! I’ve also included another Britex project from this summer. I recently wore this in the store, and of course, everyone recognized the fabric. I got so many compliments!” The black and white cotton dress is made from a lovely ribbed, cotton piqué fabric has a decidedly graphic feel; with a black and white pattern of varying sized rectangles, this design is reminiscent of skyscraper windows or city street maps (available in our online store!) We love how Shirley paired it with a bright yellow cardigan.

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Alençon Lace Boloro – Michele

Michele created this ethereal bolero with Alençon lace trim from Britex Fabrics. She notes that the shaping darts are hidden by lace to create a seamless look in sheer organza. We love the delicate gossamer effect, and the way the flowers spill gracefully over the shoulder.

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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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Jackets from Italian Tweed – Amanda

Amanda visited Britex Fabrics all the way from Ely, United Kingdom, and bought two jacket lengths of Italian wool tweed to make jackets for her children. One of them was this Italian olive and turquoise tweed wool blend. and the other was another coloration of this luscious tweed fabric. She used Vogue patterns, and we think they turned out superbly! We especially love the red buttonholes, which act as a charming foil to the blues.

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5′ Long Hot Pink Zipper = A Vibrant Guiter Case! (by Aniyia)


What do you do with a 5′ long hot pink zipper? Aniyia crafted this joyously vibrant guitar case from Britex Fabrics’ goods; one hot pink zipper, cushy batting, and sturdy strap materials…..all from Britex! She says, “I couldn’t have done it without you ♥”

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Dark Garden & Britex Fabrics!


Kristin from Dark Garden shared this amazing corset and skirt made for Jonelle from Britex Fabrics’ goods! Jonelle says, “I love how it looks sedate and tailored and “daytime” from the front, but the lacing in back is like a shot of Sriracha. Corsets make me feel beautiful. And I love that after I put one on, I can be confident that it’ll stay exactly the way it looked in the mirror until I take it off again. It does all the work of looking good so I don’t have to worry about it.” This sophisticated and stunning outfit is constructed of classic wool fabric, piped with in a coordinating blue, and finished with metal buttons.

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Child’s Mushroom Jumper – Jody


Jody, San Francisco mommy blogger of RocketCityDigs and newly hatched seamstress, whipped up this sweet jumper for her toddler from Britex Fabrics mushroom-sprinkled cotton.  This simple style is perfect for wee ones, and once they have gotten too tall to wear it as a dress, this frock performs admirably as a top!

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Japanese Honey Quilt – Erin


This golden hexagon quilt is sweet as honey! It was made by Erin, inspired by Malka Dubrawsky’s book Fresh Quilting: Fearless Color, Design and Inspiration, got design assistance from the gals on Britex’s 2nd floor, and fabric from Britex Fabrics. We love the inclusion of all the quirky Japanese fabric, and ‘specially the spotted jaguar!

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1810 Lace Wedding Gown – Karen


Here is another stunning wedding gown made of Britex Fabrics fabrics and lace by Karen. She says, “It’s a beautiful Italian ivory lace which was hand pieced to configure into this gown. My inspiration was the 1810 Empire style made famous by Napoleon’s Emperess Josephine….or the fashions of Jane Austen.” She worked with the debonair Douglas on this wedding gown also. This makes me yearn to waltz in the starry moonlight at midnight.

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1880s Steampunk Wedding Gown – Karen


We are in awe of this stunning red silk steampunk wedding gown sewn and designed by Karen. It is a reproduction of a 1880s bustle dress, and includes such historically accurate details as a corset, bloomers, bustle pad, under skirt, over drape, detachable train, jacket, bodice and the hat. Karen bought the scrumptious red silk and the lining at Britex Fabrics (with the assistance of the always effervescent Douglas on the first floor!)

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