The fabulous Rhonda is not only a pilot, she is also the talent behind the sewing blog, Rhonda’s Creative Life. We love this floaty loose silk top from fabric that she made from fabric bought from Britex Fabrics during a San Francisco visit. Check out her blog for hints on sewing this chic tunic, and of course we have lots of lovely silks online!
Category Archive: Made by You
We’re always excited when we hear from Britex customer and Persian couture designer, Nima of Nima Shiraz Couture. Here is a glamorous, sophisticated cocktail dress he designed of double-sided silk duchess satin and various lace trims that were acquired at Britex. One side is princess blue and the other side is lavender. The lovely embellishments are a combination of multiple Venise lace trims and beaded trim from Britex Fabrics’ 3rd floor. His designs are always glamorous, often sultry, and 100% stunning! (Photo by Scott Marrs and the model is Danielle Hartono)
Duane from the sewing blog Mainely Dad is one of our favorites, and we are one of his. He recently made a purple velvet jacket with velvet from Britex Fabric. He is a fan of hand sewing and does beautiful tailoring work; we love his detailed photos of lining the sleeve in this garment. He says, “I’m giving it it’s first outing at my nephew’s engagement party this weekend. I’m sure no one will be wearing anything like it. I must say this was a very challenging project, working with two pretty finicky fabrics.”, but we suspect that he is this handsomely debonair all the time.
Britex Fabrics is pleased as punch to assist folks from the Make it With Wool Contest find fabrics to make their creative vision come true, and our Customized Swatch Service is a dandy way to find fine fabrics if you don’t live in San Francisco. Hannah took top honors in the Utah junior category with her skirt and jacket entry, which qualifies her to go on to the national finals in January 2014. She used Britex Fabrics’ bright blue Italian wool and corozo nut pea coat buttons for her jacket, along with Butterick 5927 for the jacket pattern.
Emma from the British sewing blog, SewWhatAreYouWaitingFor visited Britex Fabrics, picking up a length of this vibrant Missoni knit fabric. She wrote about her process of making a muslin, and then sewing her dress. She says, “I’ve made a rather nice sweater dress good for the British weather. It got a bit hair raising at the beginning as after carefully cutting out the pieces, a pin got stuck in my overlocker and essentially ‘chewed’ off the shoulder! The cuffs and hem were overlocked and then hand stitched in place to form neat edges, the neckline is banded with royal blue woolen binding.” Emma fretted that this made her look like a frumpy librarian, however we think her frock makes her look like a cozy and brainy Emma Peel! Britex Fabrics has a selection of Missoni knits available on our 1st floor. If you cannot make it into the store, then I recommend that you buy our Customized Fabric Swatch Shopper Service.
Long-time customer Belinda is hard to miss. She has great style, is hilarious and vivacious—the sort of person you notice from a distance, quite literally. She is especially hard to miss at Del Mar. Here are her fabulous designs for the last two years using all Britex fabrics.
We were astonished when Dizzy the Unicorn paid a visit to Britex! Dizzy’s namesake is the notorious dandy, Queens’ consultant, and Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass inhabitant, Benjamin Disraeli. Unfortunately, Britex Fabrics was plum out of plum-cake when they stopped by, and Dizzy neglected to bring any. Dizzy’s splendid attire was made by Mr. Silver, Beach Blanket Babylon’s Mad Hatter. We loved the wee rhinestone twinkle in Dizzy’s eye! Mr. Silver and Dizzy had spent a taxing day in downtown San Francisco, and informed us that “all the girls like unicorns.” Judging by the clamoring fans, that appears to be true! We’re pleased to report that Dizzy was clothed by Britex Fabrics!
“The Lion and the Unicorn were fighting for the crown:
The Lion beat the Unicorn all round the town.
Some gave them white bread, some gave them brown;
Some gave them plum-cake and drummed them out of town.”
Nikita emailed us photos from her latest sewing projects sewn of fabrics that she bought in Britex Fabrics’ online store. She says, “Not too long ago I placed an online order for different fabrics; one was the silk/cotton guest blogger pick, and the others were the midweight spicy mustard cotton fabric, and the lightweight white double weave cotton knit. Here are some photos of the finished clothes, thanks for stocking such lovely fabrics!” We love the way Nikita worked with the large rose print in her silk blend top and skirt, developing a graceful flow of blossoms from her shoulders, traveling through the bodice, and continuing in the skirt…and the ruching on the tee-shirt adds a flattering fillip to the plain white knit top!
Karen from the sewing blog Fifty Dresses, made this adorable blanket for her old-fashioned wooden trundle bed, and a matching rick-rack trimmed doll’s blanket from rose and cream checked wool from Britex Fabrics. She says she was captivated by this “friendly jacquard-woven deer, set amongst the bold pink checks, with that subtle gold woolen thread traversing its expanse, seemed to be a blend of Tyrolean style, buffalo checks, and frontier whimsy!” FYI: this limited stock imported checked woolen fabric is available online and in our San Francisco store. It is on sale online at 20% off until October 31st.
“Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
Is a wee one’s trundle-bed.
So shut your eyes while mother sings
Of wonderful sights that be,
And you shall see the beautiful things
As you rock in the misty sea,
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three:
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.” (Eugene Field)
Dr. Jeff is clearly a Renaissance man; he is a senior lecturer in anatomy and pathology at Australia’s The University of Adelaide, music graduate, opera aficionado, and designs and sews astonishing men’s formal dress jackets from unusual textiles. He bought an assortment of fabrics from Britex Fabrics during a visit to San Francisco, and tailored these jackets. He says, “The excitement of the opening night and the Baroque opera Divos, the castrati, inspires this collection of flamboyant and extravagant textile art and music installation. My art takes an ‘iconic’ item of male clothing (a suit jacket) and entertains the stereotype of masculine image, constructing jackets with opulent fabrics which are often entirely unsuitable for traditional tailoring techniques. I have to ‘audition’ my fabrics for the ‘roles’ they will play, before I can begin to cut and sew. The ‘roles’ are inspired by the personae and art of the extraordinary baroque opera divos, the castrati. Some jackets are extremely painful and difficult to make. Some fabrics are demanding and behave like impudent superstars. Some projects end in disaster with the fabric and concept unable to meet in the performance of the finished item! Whether an opening night or stage production, what we wear and how and why we choose our clothes is a dramatic statement on life’s stage. Our clothing is a personal, anthropological and political statement about how we wish to be known. Personal identity is constructed as we look, and are looked at, by each other. This is highly gendered in our society, and the rules and morals which underpin this glancing are not always clear cut.” You can see more of his work at Opera Night Couture.