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Category Archive: Made by You

Delicate Vintage Influenced Lingerie

Stephanie, founder and designer at Honey Cooler Handmade makes scrumptious vintage influenced lingerie with silks, lace, and ribbon from Britex Fabrics. We’re particularly enamored with these two camisoles, with their use of delicate heirloom insertion lace and Art Deco motifs. (Photography by Antonette Streeter Photography)

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Tutorial: Silk Tassel Scarf

Hi, I’m Jen from Grainline Studio and I’m super excited to present my first project in collaboration with Britex Fabrics, a tutorial to make this super cute polka dot chiffon scarf with tassels! This scarf is the perfect thing to throw on with your sweaters this winter, it dresses things up a bit and also adds a new texture to a typically knit heavy season. The silk was a dream to work with, softer and silkier than any chiffon I’ve worked with before and with a most beautiful sheen. Also can we talk about the color and print? It’s not just ivory, it has a subtle blush hint to it that makes it super flattering on everyone who’s tried it on so far and I’m a huge fan of the scattered polka dot. It’s a perfect way to throw an updated polkadot into your wardrobe. This was actually my first time working with silk thread (other than needle turned applique) and it really added a subtle polish that probably only I will notice, but isn’t that the best kind really? I think so. Make this scarf with or without the tassels, I think they’re pretty fun but unfortunately so does my cat who tried to steal one right before we took these finished project photos. You can follow the instructions below to make your own, click on the project supplies to order your own scarf materials!

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Vivid Floral Men’s Shirt – Britex Fabrics plus Scissors & Cloth

We love this vivid floral cotton fabric in shades of blue, violet, and puce. Alex sent us this photo of himself wearing a bespoke shirt made of Britex Fabrics’ cotton created by local shirt-maker, Carlos from Scissors and Cloth. Our scrumptious imported cottons are found on Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor. This one is made in Italy, 61” wide, and $39.99 per yard. To buy this fabric, come into the store, or order via email at service@britexfabrics.com.

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Child’s Wintery Cape by Kristin

Hello Britex readers, I’m Kristin from skirt as top and I’m so thrilled to be here today! I have wanted to sew a cape for my 4 year old daughter for about a year now, and partnering with Britex Fabrics was the perfect opportunity for me to sew a soon-to-be-released cape pattern by Oliver + S with some truly wonderful wool.

forest path cape in britex fabrics

I chose this peacock blue midweight wool for a playful twist, since my daughter is only four years old and I always aim to make her clothing both beautiful and fun. Sewing with this gorgeous wool was a dream, and in person it almost shines. My husband even remarked on how nice it looked – it’s a level above the fabrics I typically sew with and the fabric quality is apparent at first glance!

forest path cape in britex fabrics Click here to read more »

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Alpaca Vintage Frock – Karen

We’re always excited when someone emails us the results of creating from Britex Fabrics’ fabrics; this is a dress sewn from gorgeous herringbone Alpaca (made in USA.) Karen of the blog Fifty Dresses: Sewing classic fashions from mid-century patterns, made this elegantly swank frock from the vintage pattern Vogue 9353 (c. 1957.) We love the yoke and sleeve design, and how Karen utilized fabric scraps for her bound buttonholes. She said, “Even though I did not have “plaids” to match, I needed to pay close attention to the rows in the herringbone weave, so that none of them were crooked.  This is where Clover two-pronged pins (recommended by Susan Khalje in The Couture Dress class) came in handy and helped me keep those rows lined up evenly.” The vibrant Kelly green leather gloves and scarf provide a chic accent!

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Silk Capelet and Pearled Evening Bag – Deleuse

Local designer, Janet has a taste for glamour, and it shows in the elegantly austere caplets & evening bags she creates.  She says, “I’ve been visiting Britex since I was a young girl and have dreamt of designing with their incredible fabrics.  This year I was able to produce my new endeavor–hand-sewn silk mini capes with scarves, scarves and cultured pearl bags and belts.  Britex has supplied all the fabrics and notions primarily online.  I couldn’t have done this collection without Avery’s help not only shipping to my various seamstress, but also with advice. I’m planning on expanding this into a larger collection and possibly offer it wholesale.  Each time I visit Britex online or in the store I become overwhelmed with the beautiful fabrics and like an addict want to buy them all!  My creativity explodes on the first floor where the silks are located—just ask James, the sales associate! My collection is made entirely in San Francisco and I owe credit to my pearl weaver, Atelier & my seamstress, Kika.” Sigh!

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Peplumed Blouse from Vintage-Look Silk – Nicole

Nicole from the Bay area blog, Nicole At Home made a charming peplumed blouse from this vintage-look floral imported Britex Fabrics’ stretch silk. She says, “During my recent visit to Britex I purchased a beautiful stretch silk floral fabric, the most expensive piece of fabric I’ve ever purchased (but so worth it!).  I only got a small amount, with some kind of sleeveless shell in mind.  After making the Minna blouse by Salme patterns, their Peplum blouse caught my eye.” We love the effort that Nicole made with the fit, from decreasing the flounce of the peplum, to deepening the arm scythe, to decreasing the darts.

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BF Contributor: Heather Habig

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Heather in her fabulous design

Heather Habig is an expert in her field, which is why we invited her to participate in December’s BF Contributor. She lives in San Francisco, is launching a clothing line in 2013 and offers custom design services. The black & white wool double knit was a perfect choice for her pattern. After seeing her classic-but-bold, perfectly fitted jacket, we had a few questions for Heather. Here’s what she had to tell us:

1. Why did you choose the black and white double knit for your project? What did you love about the fabric? What did you learn about the fabric?

I’m always drawn to fabric and prints that are high-contrast, especially in black and white, and when I saw this fabric I was really excited. The fact that it’s wool and a double knit sounded like fun to work with, and I knew I could get a great-fitting garment out of it.
When I made the pattern for the jacket, and I kept the silhouette relatively simple because of the bold pattern. As I was working with it, I was surprised by how much it was shrinking under the steam iron. I might recommend to someone else using this fabric to buy an extra 1/4 to 1/3 yard – to account for shrink as well as matching the stripes. Click here to read more »

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Nima Shiraz and Britex Fabrics – Together Again!

Our favorite Bay area Persian clothing designer, Nima Shiraz is now clothing Hollywood actresses! The November 2012 issue of LA Fashion magazine features Shahs of Sunset’s Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi, in a delicious lacy custom couture gown constructed from Britex Fabrics’ materials. Delving inside the glossy pages, there is a humongous editorial spread inside of GG wearing five more Nima Shiraz gowns made from Britex materials, and interviews with GG and Nima. We love it when local designers are featured in high fashion magazines, and Nima’s sensuous and glamorous frocks are irresistible! (Photographer: Barry Druxman, Make up: Sara Dashty; Hair: Lorenzo Diaz)

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Bling-tastic Madador Costume – Michelangelo

Here is another marvelous collaboration between Britex Fabrics and one of our customers; Leslie from the 3rd floor helped the dapper and distinguished Michelangelo freshen up his matador costume with several hundred of our Swarovski Elements crystals to make it blindingly sparkly. Michelangelo says, “As promised, here are some photos of the finished Matador Costume. I could not have done it without your assistance! Thank YOU for being such an important part of making this costume come to life! It is truly a ‘Suit of Lights’!” We think the glorious bling lends it a very special San Francisco traje de luces touch!

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