Ellen sent us this picture of her and her husband at the Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery’s Historical Ball at the McDonald Mansion in Santa Rosa (the mansion was used for filming exterior scenes in Pollyanna – starring Hayley Mills. It is a stately Victorian and absolutely spectacular!) She told us, “I’d bought an antique lace ball gown at the Sonoma County Museum’s de-acquisitioning sale a few years ago, and brought it into Britex to figure out how to re-fashion it to fit me (the original owner of the gown was at least a foot short than I, and half my weight!) The original gown was of unusual cotton lace over silk – and the silk was in shreds. I took apart the lace and brought it into Britex. Douglas helped me choose just the right satin for the foundation of the gown. Many months later, the photo is the finished product! I rate visiting Britex up there with visiting Disneyland – and I am a major DL fan! I especially value the excellent customer service from staff who really know what they are selling. Thank you!!!” We are amazed at the magnificent job she did with this gown – and are thoroughly taken with the joy and charm that Ellen and her husband radiate.
Category Archive: Made by You
Melody sent us the photos of her new quilt, the Fashionista Crazy Quilt. She says, “This Fashionista Crazy Quilt was a two year project completed by Melody Chan Doss in 2013. Members of the San Francisco Quilt Guild (SFQG) pieced 19 friendship blocks for this quilt from original theme material provided by Melody. They returned the pieced blocks after a year and Melody spent the next year embellishing each block individually before piecing them together with border, binding, and back. It is a unique quilt, never to be duplicated exactly. The center six blocks are decidedly more red than the balance of the White, Black, Red, and Gray color motif. Hope this provides some ideas for your own creative projects. Charlie Wambeke’s beautiful photography made this quilt come alive through his images presented here. This Crazy Quilt is a tribute to fashion; to my mother who is a former factory seamstress, and to Mrs. Lucy Spector who is the founder of Britex Fabrics where I have worked for 34 years, and who opened my eyes to fashion.” And of course, much of the trims and buttons are available on the 3rd floor of Britex Fabrics!
Armin sent us this photo of a model wearing an exquisite one shouldered evening gown made of cable knit lace fabric from Britex Fabrics. Made by The Factory by The Evans Group, this couture gown is just one of six different styles in The Factory’s Custom Design collection. We love the combination of tailored cable knit, sensuous cling, and understated warm creamy color – perfect for warm summer nights and into the cooler evenings of fall.
Paula emailed us photos of this elegant full-length evening frock that she made from silk bought at Britex Fabrics. She says, “I was very much influenced by the watching of Downton Abbey as I designed this dress, with large sleeves, scarf neck, right skirt, high waist, semi-fitted. The print has a touch of Japanese flavor, which was also common in that period. I found the dress to be perfect to wear during formal evenings in a recent cruise; the turquoise matched perfectly with the sea, and the pinkish color matched the sunset!” This dress is perfect for a romantic moonlit dance…try dancing the sliding and poetical Castle Walk to The Castle House Rag!
When we got the online order for Honeycomb Black & Ecru Cotton fabric from Judy we were super excited! Judy is the mother of Kristin, a Britex Fabrics’ employee, a photographer, and a roller skating fiend. We love helping our family create new items, and were wondering what Judy would sew from this sophisticated print. As it turns out, Judy was attracted to this because she loves anything that is black and white, and enclosed a photo including her cat Titus to prove her point. Judy used an older McCalls pattern, and happily reports that although the fabric is cotton, it does not wrinkle. She says, “There was an option for using a contrasting trim and belt – and luckily I had a piece of textured heavy cotton in my fabric stash and it was just the right amount. I lined the front and back – not the sleeves – and did not use muslin. I found I had a piece of ecru thin cotton lining fabric and I used it because it was soft and not as bulky. My stash finally paid off and I was able to use these fabric pieces that I had saved for a long time.” We love how the black trim and the simplicity of the kimono lines accentuates the geometric pattern of the fabric!
It is a year filled with love for Cherie of you and mie and Hideko, as the legalization of same-sex marriages led to a swift and sweet trip to San Francisco’s beautiful gilded-topped City Hall, and they expect another child this fall. Cherie made her wedding frock from cotton eyelet, cotton shirting for lining, and silk ribbon for her sash…all from Britex Fabrics. We love how she incorporated the eyelet border along the hem and her soft butterfly sleeves! Psst…Cherie also made their daughter Yuki’s adorable dusty plum eyelet frock.
Hello, sailor! Priscilla designer and owner of BeBops: Custom swimwear design from Gulfport, Florida makes bespoke vintage style swim suits adorned with buttons from Britex Fabrics. This seaworthy style is suited for swingin’ gals everywhere, from the girl next door to pinup glamorpusses. We love the boy shorts style and the fact that she makes each suit to fit your unique measurements! As Pricilla says, “keep your toes in the SAND!”
Emily made this summertime frock from Britex Fabrics’ cotton from our 2nd floor. Her dress fabric is splashed with humongous baby pink and sand daisies, and accented with a delicate pink ribbon belt. Emily did a great job; we particularly like the gently pleated skirt and bodice shaping…and her pink and white spectator heels. Emily said, “I am honored to be on the Britex blog! I actually made this dress on my own without a pattern – I’m a self-taught sewer so I don’t use patterns too often. As for the occasion, I mainly made it just to have a fun 50′s inspired summer dress as I love and find much of my inspiration from the 1950′s. Just an extra tid-bit: there’s an attached pink tulle underskirt under the outer floral skirt .” We think this cries out for matching pink lemonade and strawberry frosted cupcakes!
Michele from Culpeper, Virginia visited Britex Fabrics with her Aunt Jan, stopping by our 2nd floor to buy an armful for cotton batiks for quilting. She commented, “I was very impressed at what a helpful, knowledgeable sales staff Britex employs. The wall hanging, “Savannah Road Lagoon”, is my own design. The king size quilt, “Savannah Swamp”, was created using the book Peeled Back Patchwork by Annette Ornelas (added outside border is my design). “ We love the watery and restful green and blue color scheme, and the water lily pad quilt top. The languid turtle wall hanging is Michele’s design; you can see more of Michele’s work at Sleepy Horse Quilting.
Local award winning advertising agency, Goodby Silverstein & Partners decided to spontaneously celebrate an exuberant week of GLBT Pride by covering 66 large windows in their downtown office in a rainbow of colors! They wanted to accomplish this marathon of redecorating within three hours; Britex Fabrics and the ever sweetly effusive Greg on Britex Fabrics’ second floor were there to assist! Kristin says, “He was AMAZING. He helped me figure out how much fabric I needed, helped me find the most affordable and good looking options, and did it all in lightening fast time. He was also incredibly cheery and friendly the entire time. Greg went above and beyond, and I am happy to say I’ll be a loyal Britex customer for the rest of my life because of it.” What can we say….we’re pink tickled to be part of such a great community!