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Category Archive: Made by You

Sill Polka Dotted Blouse – Geanie

Geanie made this super cute blouse with fabric, lining, and buttons from Britex. She said, “It’s a polka dot silk chiffon. I remember seeing a remnant of it upstairs but it’s probably gone. The pattern is from the book, Twinkle Sews called Dark Secrets. The girl at Britex Fabrics spent a loooong time with me to help me find the RIGHT little button to put on this neckline. I got decision paralysis! She even poked through the box for perfectly round and shiny ones with no scratches or chips. Thank you for the great service!” We love the neckline detailing and unusual sleeve treatment. Geanie did a wonderful job working with such slippery, delicate fabric.

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Venice Lace Bridal Gown – Michele

Here is a romantic bridal gown designed and created by local designer Michele for the wedding of Brie and Brian. This dress is made with a lovely Venice lace fabric from Britex Fabrics – we love the simple lines, v-neck, empire waist-line accented with silk satin ribbon, and the delicate scalloped hem that floats around Brie’s ankles. Photography by Mike Milne.

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Sportif Hoodie by Joel

There are hoodies, and then there are hoodies par excellence! Joel “J-Man Rocketscience” made this black and blue hoodie from sports fabrics from Britex Fabrics. He said, “I started with a basic hoodie pattern from The Green Pepper. From there, I added seams, shaping, and a lining that was different from the shell. The only original line is the front pocket opening, everything else has been changed. The hood was too complex to flat draft so a made a styrofoam mock up of my shoulders and head. From there I used a wire frame to locate the seams and laid paper patterns on them. After about 9 weeks of design, practice, and rework, I came to what you see now.” Who says sportif designs can’t also be uniquely fashionable?

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Owlet – Paula and Billie

Every day is owlet day. Paula made this adorable owlet costume for her daughter Billie’s first Halloween, and then gave a shout-out to Britex special helpers Casey and Abraham. I love Billie’s feathery tufts, calico beak, and button eyes. What a chirpy bouncing baby owl!

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Missoni Knit Summer Frock – Paule

Paule from Quebec writes, “A lovely and extremely comfortable dress made from Missoni knit brought back to Quebec City from a trip to San Francisco this summer. Thank you Britex for these great fabrics!” We love the rich warm stripes, ranging in shades from raspberry, to rust, to taupe, to rose..…all interspersed with black. What a winsome summer frock!

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Simon Loves Britex Fabrics!


Simon loves Britex Fabrics. I hardly need to elaborate, but will let the footage speak for itself as this adorable tabby squirms, sniffs, nudges, and wiggles in a Britex fabrics shopping bag.  No, the bag was not spiked with kitty treats, but his parents, Marlo and Scott said, “Simon has been enjoying this bag all week. It is a big and stiff paper bag with upholstery fabric inside. He loves it. He just loved the pretty new fabric!”

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Holiday Sweater, OpenTable & Britex

What a cheerful duo! Erin and her boss at OpenTable made this wacky holiday sweater for the company holiday party, using Britex Fabrics materials. Notice that their URL is northpole.com…..is this really and truly an inside job? I guess we’d better be on our best behavior if we run into them around town.

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Brian Boitano & Britex Fabrics

Brian Boitano is an Olympic gold medal figure skater, acclaimed chef, San Francisco local, and…..South Park hero! He also shops at Britex Fabrics for his snappy attire. We’re loving these stunning fitted shirts, made with fabric from Britex.

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Reproduction 1849 Frock Coat – Jim

Jim of JimsForTheLoveOfHistory.Blogspot writes about his journey in tailoring frock coats, from a machine stitched starter coat, to the final hand-sewn reproduction 1849 black wool frock coat. He says that he choose to hand sew his garments because he enjoys the process, and used Britex Fabrics’ #50 weight silk thread for construction, and #30 weight silk thread for his buttonholes. This soft, three-ply, monofilament silk thread is the perfect thread for making hand-made buttonholes and fine tailoring techniques. It is pliant, has a deep lustrous sheen, and is an amazing pleasure to sew with. We love Jim’s concise list of six tips for tailoring; find the best possible materials, use an authentic pattern that is drafted from an original source, learn and practice basic tailoring techniques, study original coats, make a fitted muslin and correct to fit, this will be your final pattern, and finally, make the commitment to not cut corners.

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Sugary Pink & White Dress – Nima

With a crown of Venise lace & bell-shaped skirt, this amazing sugary pink and snowy white dress designed by artiste Nima Shiraz, is fit for any member of royalty….even queenly chanteuse Googoosh. Nima says the dress was constructed using hoop cage materials, Chantilly lace, trims, crepe de chine, pearls & leaves from Britex Fabrics. Gorgeous copyright image courtesy of Scott Marrs Photography. Model, Ashley Valentine.

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