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!
Category Archive: Made by You
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
Josh Rotter has dreamt of wearing a wine-colored fedora with a pink silk ribbon and black lace veil à la Prince, ever since watching the classic “When Doves Cry” video when he was a precocious child of six. Tricia of House of Nines Designs provided personal hat-making instructions, and Britex Fabrics provided the black tulle for the veiling, pink silk for the brim ribbon, and black lace trim. We think Josh did a splendid job making this marvelous chapeau.
Lynne from Sacramento stopped by Britex while visiting her sister. She made this simple, yet lovely loose shirt from floral print linen bought at Britex. Linen is perfect for hot summer days. She used a Vogue pattern, and we particularly liked the detail of the topstitching on the collar. This 100% linen print is 56” wide, $29.99/yard, and can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.
Heidi from Oakland School for the Arts whipped this chic high-waisted black skirt together overnight. Really…overnight! She did not use a pattern; it is essentially a sewn rectangle with an attached sash and pockets. We love the style’s combination of carefree insolence and practicality. It is made with 1 ½ yards of 55” wide cotton. The cotton she used cost $5.99 a yard, and can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.