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.
Category Archive: Hand-Made with Britex Materials
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)
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!
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!
Casual Friday attire at Britex Fabrics means Liberty of London bow ties and gingham shirts. Avery is wearing a dashing clip-on bow tie made of Liberty of London cotton printed with prideful prancing unicorns, hearts, lions and rainbows! And in case you want to make your own, here are easy-peasy clip-on bow tie instructions. Britex Fabrics carries a wide range of Liberty of London fabric on the 2nd floor of their San Francisco store, and clip-on bow tie findings on the 3rd floor. Sadly, this particular classic print is no longer available.
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.
We think that cowboy boots and Missoni zig-zags go together like spaghetti westerns and revenge! Natalie agrees. Natalie from Britex Fabrics’ 3rd floor notions department looks pleased as punch, and who wouldn’t while wearing this modified boat-neck top made of luxurious Missoni knit fabric from our 1st floor Missoni collection! Natalie whipped this snappy number from just one yard of fabric, and edged the neckline with wool fold-over trim from the 3rd floor.
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!