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Category Archive: Hand-Made with Britex Materials

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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Japanese Harajuku Style Doll Clothing

We don’t often call doll clothing dapper, but this black and white outfit made by Cinnamon of Liberty Jane Clothing is as dapper as can be. The outfit is inspired by Japanese Harajuku style, and is a delightful mash-up of British Victorian fop and modern goth. The Britex Fabrics lace trim used on the bloomers is a 1/2″ wide black Venise edging lace, perfect for doll clothing! Now, if she would just make this très fashionable suit in my size…….

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Delicate Ribbon Flowers with Curled Edges

Michele from Ifanhour made these classic and delicate hair ornaments from lovely ribbons, pearls and feathers from Britex Fabrics. She says, “I’m all about silk and natural, but, this is a unique opportunity for polyester. I discovered you can cut up polyester, acetate, “blend” ribbons, and delicately “dodge” the raw edges in a tea light flame to create curled edge ribbons. Stitch together, add embellishments (pearls, rhinestones, feathers, etc.) and……floral nirvana.” We love the dark and simply finished edges, and rich array of brilliant, yet soft colors.

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Leopard Dress & Cotton Piqué Dress – Shirley

Shirley made these two dresses from Britex Fabrics. She says, “The dress itself is leopard print silk chiffon (a 2 3/8 yd remnant) with an overlay of your finest lace (a 7/8 yd remnant), lined in silk. I bought a Vogue shirt pattern for the sleeve cap and armhole shapes, then made the actual pattern in order to get the shape I wanted. The total cost was approximately $180 (the lace!), but it was inspired by a magazine photo of a Valentino dress that retailed for $4490………..not only a major savings, but I like mine much better! I’ve also included another Britex project from this summer. I recently wore this in the store, and of course, everyone recognized the fabric. I got so many compliments!” The black and white cotton dress is made from a lovely ribbed, cotton piqué fabric has a decidedly graphic feel; with a black and white pattern of varying sized rectangles, this design is reminiscent of skyscraper windows or city street maps (available in our online store!) We love how Shirley paired it with a bright yellow cardigan.

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Alençon Lace Boloro – Michele

Michele created this ethereal bolero with Alençon lace trim from Britex Fabrics. She notes that the shaping darts are hidden by lace to create a seamless look in sheer organza. We love the delicate gossamer effect, and the way the flowers spill gracefully over the shoulder.

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Who Loves Spats-Spats? (Craft Bar & Britex Fabrics do!)

We love spats-spats! Here are photographs taken by the über talented Kate from September’s Craft Bar at The Museum of Craft and Folk Art. These stylin’ spats were made by local dandies with Britex Fabrics’ oilcloth and buttons. These colorful, charming and practical ankle-high protectors will come in handy during San Francisco’s upcoming rainy reason!

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Jackets from Italian Tweed – Amanda

Amanda visited Britex Fabrics all the way from Ely, United Kingdom, and bought two jacket lengths of Italian wool tweed to make jackets for her children. One of them was this Italian olive and turquoise tweed wool blend. and the other was another coloration of this luscious tweed fabric. She used Vogue patterns, and we think they turned out superbly! We especially love the red buttonholes, which act as a charming foil to the blues.

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5′ Long Hot Pink Zipper = A Vibrant Guiter Case! (by Aniyia)


What do you do with a 5′ long hot pink zipper? Aniyia crafted this joyously vibrant guitar case from Britex Fabrics’ goods; one hot pink zipper, cushy batting, and sturdy strap materials…..all from Britex! She says, “I couldn’t have done it without you ♥”

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Quilt of Mossy Green & Plumy Purple – Mel


From Britex Fabrics to Mickey; Melody machine-sewed this exquisite quilt, and Sharman picked out the charming Japanese focus print. This friendship quilt is constructed of a lively mélange of mossy green and plumy purple fabrics, with the patterns of each swirling square being reminiscent of an open camera aperture. The quilt is 44.5” by 61”, and took Melody 173 hours to complete.

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