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Category Archive: Made by You

Classic Tweed Skirt – Kristy


Kristy is a designer, blogger at SewKansas.blogspot.com, and seamstress in Wichita, Kansas. She visited Britex for the first time during a recent trip to foggy San Francisco. She bought some beautiful wool tweed on our 4th floor at a bargain price and made a skirt from McCall’s pattern #3830. She tweaked the pattern by adding a lining and higher vent in the back. She says, “Love the fabric. Love the skirt!!” We adore the classic simplicity of this straight skirt.

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Ice Skating Costumes – Molly


Molly came into Britex the other day with her mother, Kathy. Molly is 11 years old and an ice-skating artist; she has studied ballet for six years, and ice-skating for 2 1/2 years. She considers her costumes sewn from Britex fabrics and notions to bestow good luck upon her, and has won several performances wearing these glamorous skating costumes. The one-sleeved costume on the left is from her dramatic piece, ” The Dying Swan”, and the be-feathered costume on the right is from her light piece, “Mungojerrie and Rumpelteaser” from the musical “Cats”. Her mom says that “Costumes are a big part of skating presentation – they must accurately reflect the music choice and mood of the skater’s program. We’ve been asked at several competitions where we’ve been able to find such beautiful fabrics and trims and we always let people know it’s Britex.”

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Elegant Silk Garments – Phuong


Phuong My sent us these photos of dreamy garments made from Britex fabrics. He said that he uses mostly silk and polyester, loves our vast organza selection, and that his inspiration for his Spring/Summer collection come from the intricate art of folding Origami. Look for more of his work on Facebook or online

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Green Leather Clutch – Michelle


Michelle sent us a photograph of this stunning green leather clutch that she crafted. She wrote, “People had been telling me about Britex for years and I finally made the trip in. It was so beautiful, I started to cry. I had a few hours before I needed to be anywhere, so I started at the top and worked my way down. When I was upstairs, I fell in love with the leather remnants. I’m a vegetarian, so I rarely buy leather, much less sew with it, but I figured that remnants from a tannery is as close to recycling as one can get. I saw these pieces and just knew they would make a perfect little clutch. They also gave me a good reason to use the beautiful yellow silk scarf that had been waiting for the right project. Thank you for creating such a wonderful place!” You’re welcome, Michelle….we are happy that we were able to be part of your creative process!

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Jumper of Vintage Double-Knit Fabric – Jody


Jody of RocketCityDigs made this adorable a-line holiday jumper for her daughter out of vintage double-knit fabric from Britex Fabrics. The festive Kelly green rick-rack and cherry-red buttons add a smashing touch, and were also bought at Britex. To make it even more impressive, Jody self-drafted the pinafore pattern from one of Eliza’s old jumpers and some newspaper! Check out Jody’s blog for what she did the remainder of her vintage fabric. FYI: We just found some more vintage fabric, including some slinky polyester jerseys. All vintage polyester can be found on our 4th floor.

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Bespoke Vest with Welt Pockets


Melissa from Art of Sewing has detailed her process in sewing a lined vest with welted pockets for her friend, The Professor. This charming bespoke waistcoat was made with Britex wool and lining, and accessorized with favorite buttons from an old vest of The Professors. Her journey starts on August 26th and ends October 7th, with the welted pocket tutorial running Sept 20th to the 24th. I love the beautiful contrasting red top-stitching and buttonholes!

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Irish Dance Costume – Cameron


Cameron made this gorgeous green and white Irish dance costume for her daughter with fabric and notions that she bought at Britex Fabrics. I love the graceful Celtic-inspired front piece, Elizabeth’s cascade of spiral ringlets and her brilliant smile!

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Amish-Inspired Wall Hanging – Susan


Susan made this wall hanging for Mel from colorful Kona cotton from Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor. The coloring is Amish-inspired and piecing patterns include the old-fashioned Pinwheel. Susan is a member of the San Francisco Quilters Guild. We love the all the berry, plum and purple colors, combined with the underwater blues!

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Be-Giraffed Baby Quilt – Joanne


Joanne made this jaunty be-giraffed quilt for her soon-to-arrive great-grandchild. This is the third quilt that Joanne has sewn, and she displays a competent choice of contrasting fabrics and bold color sense. I particularly enjoy her use of classic gingham and polka dots, to coordinate with the graphically strong giraffe silhouettes. This quilt is tied using brightly colored craft thread. Quilting cottons are found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.

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A Chapeau of Necktie Silk – Diana


Diana is a professional hat designer from San Diego, and often shops at Britex Fabrics for millinery supplies. She sent us a photo of a très jaunty striped chapeau with an over-sized fleur. It is made of necktie silk from Britex Fabric’s first floor in toasty autumnal shades of wine and rust.

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