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Category Archive: Hand-Made with Britex Materials

Hollywood Vest by Wanett

Another beautiful project by Wanett of Sown Brooklyn brings us closer to the inevitable truth that winter is approaching. In her second Guest Blogger post, Wanett tells us how she modified a jacket pattern to make a quick wooly and wintery vest. For inspiration, take a look at our online wool fabrics currently on sale; Coating sale ends November 14 and Mid/Light Weight Wool sale runs from November 15-30.

For this, my second Britex project, I got to work with one of my FAVORITE fabrics (again!!):


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Magnetic Alpha Fibers Tutorial


What better way to learn about fibers and textiles than with a tactile magnetic experience. Follow these steps for a simple no-sew d.i.y. magnetic alphabet fibers gift project.

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Wall Planter Tutorial

Here’s a quick holiday gift idea from the GDS Cloth Goods workshop across the bay. It’s a burlap mini wall planter perfect for your green thumbed friends. Pack this little guy with succulents and it’s a great gift for your not-so-green-thumbed friends as well.


The supplies listed below are for making one mini planter, but keep in mind that you’ll be able to get 4-6 planters (depending on fabric width) from one 1/4 yard cutting of fabric. All materials can be found at Britex except for the mallet, which can be found at any hardware store.


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Britex Fab Chapeaux at Del Mar


photograph by North County Times

Long-time customer Belinda is hard to miss. She has great style, is hilarious and vivacious—the sort of person you notice from a distance, quite literally. She is especially hard to miss at Del Mar. Here are her fabulous designs for the last two years using all Britex fabrics.


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Dizzy the Unicorn Visits Britex Fabrics


Dizzy bottom copyWe were astonished when Dizzy the Unicorn paid a visit to Britex! Dizzy’s namesake is the notorious dandy, Queens’ consultant, and Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass inhabitant, Benjamin Disraeli. Unfortunately, Britex Fabrics was plum out of plum-cake when they stopped by, and Dizzy neglected to bring any. Dizzy’s splendid attire was made by Mr. Silver, Beach Blanket Babylon’s Mad Hatter. We loved the wee rhinestone twinkle in Dizzy’s eye! Mr. Silver and Dizzy had spent a taxing day in downtown San Francisco, and informed us that “all the girls like unicorns.” Judging by the clamoring fans, that appears to be true! We’re pleased to report that Dizzy was clothed by Britex Fabrics!
The Lion and the Unicorn were fighting for the crown:
The Lion beat the Unicorn all round the town.
Some gave them white bread, some gave them brown;
Some gave them plum-cake and drummed them out of town.

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New Sewing Projects – Nikita

Nakita copyNikita emailed us photos from her latest sewing projects sewn of fabrics that she bought in Britex Fabrics’ online store.  She says, “Not too long ago I placed an online order for different fabrics; one was the silk/cotton guest blogger pick, and the others were the midweight spicy mustard cotton fabric, and the lightweight white double weave cotton knit.  Here are some photos of the finished clothes, thanks for stocking such lovely fabrics!”  We love the way Nikita worked with the large rose print in her silk blend top and skirt, developing a graceful flow of blossoms from her shoulders, traveling through the bodice, and continuing in the skirt…and the ruching on the tee-shirt adds a flattering fillip to the plain white knit top!

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Halloween Contest Winner


Every year, for as long as any of us can recall, Britex has a staff Halloween costume contest that is off-the-wall. We invite our customers to be judges of creativity and sewing skill by casting their vote for best costume. This year, Natalie was the winner with her Magpie costume. Jeanette, as a Fairy Ice Queen, took second place.

Get ready to be amazed by the other contestants, which run the gamut from absolutely hilarious to awesomely witty. Join us next year and judge for yourself. Click here to read more »

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Get Ready For Winter – Rose Checked Child’s Blanket!

dsc_1037Karen from the sewing blog Fifty Dresses, made this adorable blanket for her old-fashioned wooden trundle bed, and a matching rick-rack trimmed doll’s blanket from rose and cream checked wool from Britex Fabrics. She says she was captivated by this “friendly jacquard-woven deer, set amongst the bold pink checks, with that subtle gold woolen thread traversing its expanse, seemed to be a blend of Tyrolean style, buffalo checks, and frontier whimsy!” FYI: this limited stock imported checked woolen fabric is available online and in our San Francisco store. It is on sale online at 20% off until October 31st.
Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
Is a wee one’s trundle-bed.
So shut your eyes while mother sings
Of wonderful sights that be,
And you shall see the beautiful things
As you rock in the misty sea,
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three:
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.
” (Eugene Field)

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Anise Jacket in Wool Tweed by Nicole


With the chill of Fall settling on the Bay Area, a new jacket was definitely in order.  With the classic double-breasted Anise pattern by Colette in mind, I selected this incredible Rose Madder and Plum Tweed Wool  fabric from Britex.  I loved the striking color and texture of the fabric and it seemed both modern and classic at the same time. Click here to read more »

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Tutorial: How to Sew a Dress with Attached Lining

With this project, I decided to venture into a different color palette and try out a fabric with some subtle jewel tones—brilliant blue, emerald green, and purple. I was mostly drawn to the metallic characteristics of this French floral novelty blend (I particularly love working with metallic brocades for my dress designs), but I knew this polyester, acetate, and metallic combo was going to be a challenge. I knew two things going into this. First, serging was a must. This fabric has an incredibly soft, wool-like hand to it—super luxurious feeling—but it also has a tendency to fray given its loose weave. Second, I would definitely need to line the dress for breathability, and also to keep the loose threads from snagging. Click here to read more »

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