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Category Archive: Made by You

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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Compass Rose Quilt by Priscilla

Melody, Britex Fabrics’ quilting second floor mistress, sent us an email with a photo of this stunning quilt. Priscilla made this lovely compass rose quilt from fabric from Britex Fabrics. The wider outer border is a Liberty of London fabric that she had saved for many years in anticipation of using it for something marvelous. We love Priscilla’s finely detailed trapunto work!

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Britex Struts Down Project Project Runway!

Britex Fabrics, Susi and her talented sewing cohorts, and the super crafty blog JustCraftyEnough are now strutting down Project (Project) Runway! Each week they’ll create an outfit for their doll-sized model based on that week’s Project Runway challenge. The Challenges will be posted on Friday and the finished outfits on the following Wednesday, allowing themselves the same amount of time to work as the designers on the show are given…whew, the pressure! The first collaboration between Britex Fabrics and Susi is the casual, yet fashionable House of Cornish. We love how Susi combined the delicate Italian paisley bandanna cotton voile with jaunty Italian stretch cotton. Molto di moda! You can see more from this Runway episode at the PPR Flickr group!

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Boned Waistband by Amy

We can’t resist writing more about the collaboration between Britex Fabrics, BurdaStyle and Amy; Amy’s meticulous work on her skirt’s waistband is what tipped us over the top! Her tailoring makes our heart beat quickly, and we sigh. Jenny is modest, and talks about her technique with scientific precision, “A structured waistband is not an essential part of the pattern, but I think it adds a lot of elegance to this high-waisted skirt. Marina von Koenig, BurdaStyle’s expert in all things couture, recently wrote about her experiences making a structured waistband for a high-waisted skirt. What I’ve done here is very similar. My waistband is essentially a sandwich of Rigilene, a plastic boning found in many sewing shops. The bottom layer of the sandwich, the facing, is made up of a layer of the fashion fabric, a layer of silk organza, and a layer of horsehair canvas – all quilted together. On top of this layer are silk organza channels into which the Rigilene strips are threaded. The top layer of the sandwich, which becomes the outside of the waistband, is made up of a layer of the fashion fabric and a layer of cotton flannel interfacing. The flannel helps give the waistband a smooth look from the exterior. The two halves are stitched together along the top and then the seams are graded and understitched so that everything looks lovely and stays put.”

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Guatemalan Cotton Chevroned Corset – Dina

Britex Fabrics’ store manager Dina, retrieving refreshments for our Designer Spotlight Series: Costume & Corsetry event in July. Dina’s enchanting deep purple corset was made from Guatemalan cotton from Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor collection by the talented folks at Dark Garden. We love the rich plum-tastic colors and the unique chevron pattern formed by the fabric’s stripes!

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Contributing Sewer – Amy’s Dusty Rose Jenny Skirt

Amy, from the blog Sew Well: as by reflection, is a bioorganic chemist, cat lover, BurdaStyle member, and sewing enthusiast. Amy describes her interest in sewing as a gratifying balance to her science research; she enjoys the relatively immediate results she gets with a sewing project, compared to the often less timely results with scientific research.

Amy made BurdaStyle’s Jenny Basic Skirt pattern #6058 with Britex Fabrics’ Italian Dusty Rose Lightweight Stretch Wool Blend and had lots of helpful comments. Click here to read more »

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