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!
Category Archive: Made by You
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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)
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.
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.
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?