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Category Archive: Made by You

Wool Cashmere Winter White Coat – Laura

Laura made this amazing winter white coat in an Italian cashmere wool coating fabrics from Britex. She used Simplicity Project Runway pattern #2508; we love the dramatically wide cuffs, double-breasted front, asymmetrical collar, and back shaping details…..and are in awe with the meticulous job Laura did with tailoring this beautiful garment! Laura gave a special thank you to Douglas, on Britex Fabrics’ first floor, for assisting her with her fabric choice. Psst….we carry a selection of our coatings online!

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Tutorial: Shoulder Pads are not the Enemy

Hello, again. Here is the shoulder pad tutorial I mentioned in my Sunglasses and Sunshine post. These days, shoulder pads have a bad reputation.  They really are not the enemy, but rather an excellent way to balance out a silhouette!

SUPPLIES:

Paper (to draft your preferred shoulder pad shape)
Scissors (one pair for the paper, one for the fabric)
Cotton Quilting Batting
Thread
Chalk or Fabric Pen
Lining Material (to cover batting)

Most shoulder pads are shaped as half of an ellipse.  I have seen a few triangular shaped pads in vintage patterns, but the pointed edges can create problems with lighter-weight fabrics.  And, of course, raglan armholes require a different shape entirely. Click here to read more »

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Sunglasses and Sunshine by Laura Mae

Hello Britex fans!  My name is Laura Mae and I blog over at Lilacs & Lace.  I am absolutely thrilled to be the latest Britex Guest Blogger, and am even more excited to share my first project with you.  And here it is!

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Silk Swallow Blouse – Kacie

This is the ultimate perky and chirpy springtime blouse – made of Britex Fabrics’ silk from our online store by Kacie from the blog Thimble and Cork. She says, “This was my first (online) purchase from Britex fabrics, and I will definitely be back for more!”  We think she did a great job inside and out; she was charmingly modest about her diverse skills when she boasted that she has no less than four different seam finishes in this baby! The pattern is the Minna Blouse from Salme Patterns. Unfortunately, we’re out of this particular print, but we have other marvelous silk prints.

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Weddings and Britex Fabrics

We love this sweet video of Katie and Don’s wedding day, and are super proud that we got to help them on their fantabulous day! Katie wrote, “Britex, I just wanted to share with you my wedding video. At the beginning of the video the Britex bag was in a couple shots. My mom made my white top hat, my bouquet, all of the bridesmaids bouquets, and all of the boutonnieres for the bride/grooms men and parents from fabric from your store. Thank you Britex for helping me and my mom pick out such amazing fabric for my wedding, you and your amazing staff helped my wedding be a very creative and the most special day of my life.” Britex Fabrics now has an online bridal collection, including difficult to find silk tulle, silk bridal gown fabrics, specialty bridal laces, silk ribbons, and more!

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Wedding Gown by Rebecca

The talented Rebecca from Alaska recently made a bridal gown for her son and daughter-in-law’s wedding that took place at Anini Beach in Kauai.  She made this romantically graceful wedding gown of delicate lace fabric bought from Britex in the 1980s and 4-ply silk charmeuse, and then trimmed the veil and created the sash from pale ballet pink silk satin ribbon bought from Britex Fabrics’ online store. She said, “An interesting tidbit….in order to apply the narrow 1/8 inch satin ribbon to the diamond white shimmer veiling, I used adding machine tape to stabilize the tulle and back it for stitching.  I then carefully stitched with my machine, taking care to gently move the fabric and paper together, and at the curves, carefully tore the paper and again inserted to allow perfect matched lines for end of veil, which also was much longer than the chapel length train of gown.  The most time consuming aspect of it was carefully tearing the paper away from the stitching without disturbing the integrity of the stitch, but with care, everything turned out fine.  The silk satin ribbon was amazing to use, and had the best quality, being a double sided variety I chose for gown and veiling.”

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Chanel Style Jacket in Autumnal Shades

Paule from Alsacea emailed us photos of her latest couture creation, a semi-fitted, collarless Chanel style jacket made from Missoni knit fabric bought from the first floor of Britex Fabrics.  We love the hand-stitched detailing, and the way she accentuated the warm autumnal colors of the knit fabric with wine colored trim and toasty brown buttons.  Julie said, “One of my coup-de-coeur was this knit from Missoni. Thick and overdecorated, it was still fairly light in weight. I decided to use Vogue 8804 pattern, a tweed knit vest Chanel style from Claire Shaeffer. A lot of hand sewing went into this project.” Novelty wools are available in-store and online, and Vogue patterns are available on Britex Fabrics’ 3rd floor.

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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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