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Category Archive: Made by You

Couture LED Wedding Gown – Elizabeth

Douglas from Britex Fabrics’ 1st floor assisted Elizabeth for several months a few years ago as she created and sewed her wedding gown. She writes, “As promised, here are a couple of pics of the white LED wedding dress…Thank you so much for your help on this wonderful and very fun project.  We got married at Vizcaya in Miami, just after dusk, on a warm beautiful evening in March 2002.  The dress worked perfectly and was a great hit with all the engineers.” Elizabeth’s brilliantly lit dress is based upon a vintage frock designed by Charles James, with bias-cut lace gores, and adorned with sparkling firefly-like LED lights!

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Chic Winter White Vintage-Style Raincoat

What a glamour-puss! Karen from the blog Fifty Dresses: Sewing classic fashions from mid-century patterns made a sophisticated raincoat using Vintage Vogue pattern 9232 (circa 1957), and imported rainwear fabric from Britex Fabrics’ online store. The fabric is a chic winter white, made in France, an acetate/rayon blend, and water-resistant. We love the detailing that Karen included, including the bound buttonhole, the glass button, and the clever hidden tap closure.

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Emma Peel – Catsuit by Britex Fabrics

Britex Fabrics was pleased as punch to have a mitt in clothing the fabulously witty and athletic Mrs. Emma Peel for the recent Comic-Con in San Diego. As Mrs. Peel can attest, catsuits are both comfortable and fashion forward; she ended up using cotton/lycra and rayon/lycra fabric from Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor for her dashing ensemble. (Photography by Scott Sebring)

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A Summer Frock – Imported Stretch Cotton, BurdaStyle, and Natasha

Natasha from the sewing blog NattyJaneSews made this summer-licious frock from Britex Fabrics Italian stretch cotton and 10/2010 Full skirted dress with cut-out bustline #116 (available as a print at home PDF.) Natasha is a self-taught seamstress, hails from Berkeley, and is featured in The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook. She said she was instantly attracted to the vibrant color and subtle stripes of the watermelon sherbet fabric, and was surprised at how easy working with stretch cotton turned out to be. She loved how the fabric’s lycra accentuated the bodice fit. We think this dress is swell – perfect for riding San Francisco cable cars on a breezy summer day!

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Cotton Shirt and Burnt Orange Jacket – Wanda and Jim

Bay area residents Wanda and Jim were in Britex today wearing clothing made by Wanda. Jim had on a charming cotton shirt – he picked out the fabric, and chipperly informed me that it depicted his hometown of Franklin, Michigan. Wanda says she makes Jim shirts when he is “good”, and that he is good most of the time! Wanda made her burnt orange jacket from Britex home decorating fabric; we love her attention to fabric pattern detail with the matching shoulder and arm seams, cuffs, and tree centerpiece. She also made her earrings from passementerie buttons from Britex. Wanda started sewing when she was five by hand hemming handkerchiefs, and has been visiting Britex since 1962!

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Fox Shift Dress

We say that foxes are the new black, and no one wears the frisky critters better than this anonymous Britex customer! We love how she paired a simple animal adorned shift, with a sunny cardigan and boots. This foxy fabric can be found in Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor home decorating department.

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Typewriter A-Line Skirt – Sue

Sue made this groovy a-line skirt from Japanese linen/cotton fabric, and a self-drafted pattern. She is a student at Sew-It-All, and credits them with keeping her on track. She sews about half of her wardrobe, so it must be working! We love the fabric’s literary typewriter design and its soothing color combination of muted chartreuse and aqua….and how Sue accessorized her skirt with beatnik black tights, boots, cardigan, and knit top – so chic and playful!

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1920s Sheath Frock – Gail

Gail was visiting Britex Fabrics the other day, while wearing a lovely frock that she made of a soft tie-dyed rayon and wool blend fabric that she bought from us. Miraculously, this is only Gail’s third sewing project! She did a wonderful job with the delicate lace trim, and use of contrasting fabric for the godets! The pattern is #2003 Hazel, a 1920s simple sheath dress from Decades of Style, and is available on the 3rd floor at Britex Fabrics. How delightfully chic – perfect for a special occasion!

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Simple Striped Dress – Jamie

Jamie from BurdaStyle likes to drop into Britex Fabrics when she is in foggy San Francisco visiting her family, and we always love to see her cheerful face! Recently she picked up this striped linen. She liked that it was minimal, but reminiscent of the sea and summer and thought that it would work well with the Anda dress pattern silhouette. In her Anda dress version, she did away with the casing at the waistline and decided to go with a belted look instead. This simple, easy to make dress would be great sewn with one of our silk solid fabrics, which are on sale at 20% off through May 25th!

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Lace Couture Gown – Nima Shiraz

We caught the fabulously talented Nima in Britex Fabrics’ lace trim department the other day, and swooned when he showed us one of his latest creations! We love the graceful lace neckline and the glamorous silhouette. He says, “The gown and accessories are 100% Britex made of crepe de chine, combination of multiple lace, Chantilly lace, beaded trims, and tulle and it could be worn on the red carpet or as bridal couture.” This gown is part of a collection of 12 couture gowns that he is currently working on. (Photography by Scott Marrs, models are Ashley Valentine & Ankur Jaswal, and the designer is Nima Shiraz Couture. See images for additional information)

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