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Category Archive: Made by You

Silk Brocade Sheath Cocktail Dress – Carol

Carol wrote us recently looking for silk chiffons and brocades to make some new dressy holiday raiment. She mentioned that she’d visited Britex earlier this year, and that James had helped her with a length of icy blue Japanese brocade. She sent us a photo of her blue brocade sheath dress. She said, “The photos really do not do it justice.  It is so beautiful on, in part because as one moves, the material subtly changes color and has a satiny glow.  I used a simple Vogue sheath pattern which came together perfectly; the longitudinal seams did a great job shaping the dress and matched the weight of the material nicely.” We’re sure that this glamorous dress would be a hit at any cocktail party or gathering.

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Abstract Nude Necktie – Jenny

Uber talented Jenny from San Francisco’s This Humble Abode produced a marvelous necktie sewn of Italian cotton from Britex Fabrics. The print is a divine design of abstract nudes…perfect for date night or museum hopping, and the cotton lining in bright coral also was purchased at Britex fabrics. Each necktie is cut on the bias and sewn almost entirely by hand. Width is 3 1/4″ inches which errs on narrow and is standard length.

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1880s Frock Coat of Red Wool

Designer, pattern-maker, and bon vivant, Jeremy was inordinately humble when he emailed me the photo of the frock coat, waistcoat, and top hat that he created. He received a Specialization in Draping, Patternmaking and Fashion Design from the the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne in Paris, France, his MA in Costume Design , and BA in French at the University of Oklahoma. He has been designing since 2004 and sewing/tailoring since 1994; we are sorely tempted to as k him if he’d undertake our plum velveteen dream suit. The coat and vest are made with a self-drafted pattern from Britex Fabrics’ red wool which Jeremy said was, “…AMAZING wool! It was perfect “! The hat was constructed from the same silk taffeta as the lining of the frock coat, and is roughly from the 1880’s. It is for a piece called “L’histoire du Soldat” (The Soldiers Tale) Choreographed by Professor James Clouser at the University of Arizona School of Dance. What a fine and debonair gentleman’s outfit.

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Wool Melton Coat by Poppy Von Frohlich

October’s contributing designer is Trudy of Poppy Von Frohlich. Read on to learn about her first hand experience with our beautiful wool melton.

“The coat is my own design and pattern.  I chose this rich Charcoal Melton and I accented it with a colorful Italian knit. The knit is backed with a silk organza that is fused and then blind stitched to the knit using the finest silk thread from Japan.  I lined the body in flannel and the sleeves in poly satin. The buttons are mock because I felt the knit would unravel if I cut buttonholes, so I used a hook/eye and some Click here to read more »

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Carcoal Grey Back to School Frock – Nicole

Nicole from the Bay area blog, Nicole At Home made a back to school frock from Britex Fabrics’ fabric – a charcoal grey, heavy-weight cotton and a burgundy Bemberg fabrics (both from the remnants department.) She used Vogue pattern V8755, with some variations including adding on-seam pockets…for caramels and school supplies. She also used the lining to create the hem. She says, “I can’t say enough about Bemberg lining fabric. Like poly, it still frays like crazy and is pretty slippery, but it irons wonderfully, is breathable and feels wonderfully soft against your skin. I’m ready for school–I just need my laser pointer and high heels!” We love this dress – it is fashionable and comfortable at the same time, qualities that can be dichotomous.

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Renaissance Themed Wedding – Nancy

We’re always pleased to hear back from customers with the results of their sewing projects made from Britex Fabrics’ goods! It is amazing to watch the transformation of flat folded fabric to garments and home decorating projects. Nancy from the sewing blog, The Dressmaker’s Muse spent the better part of May, June, and July making clothing for a Renaissance themed wedding. She made a daunting 75 garments to clothe 20 of the 24 participants, including the bride, groom, men and ladies in waiting, children, and parents. When she bought 10 yards of georgette from Britex Fabrics’ online store, I asked her to send me photos once she was done – the georgette was used in the sleeves of the bride and bridesmaids and the full length hooded cape worn by the bride. She said, “Your georgette was lovely to work with, and draped as beautifully and dramatically I had hoped.”

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Glamorous Taupe Lace Dress – SewingOutLoud

The talented seamstress from the blog SewingOutLoud made this ethereal lace frock out of opaque white fine stretch jersey knit and taupe lace fabric from Britex Fabrics. We’ll just let her speak for herself, “Be that as it may, it’s that same feeling of romance and nostalgia that I was looking to elicit with this project: a confluence of classic and ageless, yet bygone times when memoirs were penned in diaries and flipping the page involved more than a mere click of the mouse. With this in mind, clearly there was only one place to start with my project…lace. For some reason, whenever I see lace fabric, I feel like reciting poetry”…and we agree. She used BurdaStyles’ Ruched Sheath Dress 05/2012 #112; we love the elegant wide neckline and the 3/4 length sleeves, and her sweetly glamorous smile completes the outfit!

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3rd Grade Book Bag with Lizzie!

It is time to return to school, and we thought of Lizzie and her special San Francisco book bag! Nancy emailed us with photos of her and her granddaughter Lizzie’s Britex Fabrics summer vacation visit. Lizzie is 7 years old, learning to sew, reads the Britex blog faithfully, and was delighted to visit Britex in person. Nancy says, “We came home with a lovely stash of fabrics, and the first thing we made was her book bag (McCalls 6176) from your “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” fabric. She’ll put that to use when she starts 3rd grade in Denton, TX. Thanks to all of you, especially the 4th floor ladies who gave her a nice sampling of shiny fabrics. We look forward to visiting you again.” Lizzie, email us photos of your sewing and craft projects using Britex materials…we’d love to feature them on the blog!

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Magician and her Props – Tina

Tina, an animation student at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, made this adorable stop motion animation of an exasperated magician looking through her props. It is difficult to believe this is Tina’s first piece of animation. The puppet’s costume and her props are made from Britex Fabric goods; the black Lycra is from second floor, and the trims from the third floor. I love how she used a bit of shiny red satin elastic trim for the magician’s skirt….and I love the surprise ending!

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PPR and Britex Fabrics

Britex Fabrics, Susi and JustCraftyEnough are now strutting down PPR, Project Project Runway! Challenge #3 is met by the House of Cornish with this silvery grey silk ball gown. Suitable for any red carpet (including the Emmys), this gown owed the inspiration for its color from the Lexus car color, Nebula Pearl Grey. We love the dress’ graceful folds as the gently cascaded diagonally to the floor! This lightweight 54” wide silvery silk fabric is now on sale in Britex fabric’s online store; regularly $29.99, now $23.99 per yard!

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