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Category Archive: Organizations

Sewing Indie Month Review

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Sewing Indie Month is going strong. If you’ve been missing some of the activity, check out our previous post to find out what pattern companies are participating. Also, don’t forget about the sewalongs. Here’s an update from each of our sewalong leaders…

Wanett of Sown Brooklyn just posted this summery look last week. She chose a blue Britex linen (so sorry, it’s all gone). This drop waist pattern by Pauline Alice would also look mighty fine in our Sweet Wine Linen or Rust Linen & Viscose blend.

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Jenny of Cashmerette will be posting this project on May 22 using our super fun Perky Floral Silk and this pattern by Sinbad & Sailor.

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Click here to read more »

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SFMade Week Round-up

Wow! SFMade Week was a blast! Thank you to all that made it out to any of the many workshops, tours and celebrations that took place around town last week.

Our lovely friends at Bluxome Winery welcomed us at Masters & Makers on Tuesday with our very awesome and educational Textile Station.

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Simultaneously, a special SFMade tailored Warp x Weft took place here at Britex. Three Babes Bakeshop treated us to locally grown and baked apple pies graciously delivered by Good Eggs.

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We concluded with an After-Hours Textile Tour on Thursday with, of course, drinks from Bluxome Winery.

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It’s Sewing Indie Month!!!

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Guess what? Britex is a proud supporter of Sewing Indie Month happening right now! Sewing Indie Month is an online party with 21 independent sewing pattern designers and their best friends (that would be you)!

In the organizer’s own words…

“Sewing Indie Month is all about making new friends and sewing great garments. See, when you’re an independent sewing pattern designer sometimes you really wish you could ask your fellow designers’ advice, or even just commiserate about how little sleep you get when there’s an error in one of your patterns. That can seem weird and presumptuous though, asking a stranger, a competing business owner, to chat about certain things they’d rather keep private. But that’s the great thing about being an indie designer, your fellow designers aren’t your competition, they’re your allies.”

You won’t want to miss the sewalongs lead by some mighty awesome bloggers (including our very own Guest Blogger Laura Mae). Sewalong themes and blogs follow:

Indie Love Affair – Wanett of Sown Brooklyn
Dressed to the Nines – Laura of Lilacs and Lace
Everyday Casual – Jenny of Cashmerette
Pattern Hacking – Rhonda of Rhonda’s Creative Life

The best part is that you can participate and win! Click here to read more »

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Join us on 5/6 for Masters&Makers

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Kick off SFMade Week by joining us at Bluxome Street Winery to celebrate all things made masterfully, locally.  Enjoy demonstrations, samples and conversations with some of your favorite producers, alongside WesBurger fare, Bluxome wines and Magnolia brews (benefitting SFMade). Admission is free — come make and partake!

53B Masters&Makers
Tuesday, May 6th from 5-8PM
Bluxome Street Winery — 53 Bluxome Street (btw 4th and 5th St in SOMA)

all evening long…
Blackbird Guitar—Big Sound, Small Body
Britex Fabrics—Textile Station: Focus on Fiber
Crooked Nest—Bromeliads & Bolts
Magnolia Gastropub—Drink Beer, Benefit SFMade
WesBurger—Burgers & Fixins (think, fried McVicker’s)

plus…
5:20 SF Milk Maid—DIY Cheese: From Udder to Fork
5:40 ForeignSpell—Palatable Printmaking
6:00 ForageSF—Cure Your Own Meat w/ Wild Herbs
6:20 Foggy Notion—Fun with Mason Jars
6:40 McVicker’s—Pairing Your Pickled Favorites
7:00 Bluxome St Winery—Barrel Sampling
7:20 Dandelion Chocolate—Bean to Bar & In Between
7:40 Raff Distillerie—Gin is to Absinthe as Bummer is to Lazarus

What’s a Textile Station?
We’re so glad you asked! Our new Textile Station is a way for you to test your fiber knowledge. See and feel raw fibers—silk, wool, cotton and flax—and try to guess what fabrics are made from those fibers. Here’s a hint…there may be some trick blends.

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Britex & SFMade Week

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SFMade presents a week-long celebration of San Francisco’s vibrant manufacturing sector: discover locally made products, the people who make them, and where to buy them. SFMade Week is seven days of education, exploration, and innovation, designed to celebrate and heighten local awareness and understanding of the local manufacturing sector and the companies and people who bring locally made products to fruition.

Tour some of the City’s best known and emerging artisan manufacturers’ factories. Take classes and pick up a new craft with your favorite manufacturers across the city. Taste, tour, and toast during these special events with independent wineries and breweries. Wednesday, May 7, build a vibrant manufacturing sector with us, and come to SFMade’s Annual Fundraiser, Ramp It Up!

As SFMade members and SFMade Week sponsors, Britex is adding to the celebration with a Warp x Weft: Textile 101 (May 6) and an After-Hours Textile Tour (May 8).

Register here >

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SFMade Week Warp x Weft: Textile 101

 

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SFMade Week After-Hours Textile Tour

So much more in happening during SFMade Week.
Learn More >

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SFMade, Tote Bags & Britex Tradition

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After sixty plus years in San Francisco, Britex has seen unbelievable changes from the close of City of Paris and I.Magnin to the rise of tech in our very neighborhood. And now, even our usual style of keeping production local is receiving a different sort of attention. Our fabrics still come from all over the world, but our tote bags are made right here in San Francisco. We’re proud to announce that this year we are officially SFMade members.

SFMade’s mission is to build and support a vibrant manufacturing sector in San Francisco,  that sustains companies producing locally-made products, encourages entrepreneurship and innovation, and creates employment opportunities for a diverse local workforce. Visit SFMade before you shop and you’ll be surprised to find out how many local companies are contributing to our local economy from casual fashion to your favorite food truck.

If you want to celebrate with us with great design, purchase your limited edition tote bag soon before they’re all gone.

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MoAD and Britex

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We had the pleasure of working with this, at first energetic, group of gals from the Museum of African Diaspora last month. They were part of MoAD’s summer program, Behind the Lens: Girls of Color and the Media. Click here to read more »

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Interfacing, Interlining, Underlining, and Lining—Knowing the Difference

The world of linings and interlinings can sometimes be mysterious, and because of that, can often be an afterthought. That’s why, when our POP-UP Britex sponsor Apparel Arts ran an article explaining the differences between these unique layers, we asked if we could share it on the Britex Blog. Read on and let us know if you found it helpful!

Click here to read more »

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Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 with the V&A

Glamour-rama! We may not be able to make it to the V & A, but we can daydream. In this video by the Victoria & Albert Museum, we are privy to interviews with designers Nicholas Oakwell, Bruce Oldfield, David Sassoon, Mary Katrantzou and Roksanda Illincic as they examine the significance of the ballgown, and what it is to be truly gorgeously, over-the-top glamorous.

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Fashion Institute of Technology Online Museum

Is it another restless night in the smoldering summer heat? The online collection of the museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology has expanded! Pour yourself a glass of icy orangeade, curl up with your laptop, and prepare to take a virtual voyage through the world of couture fashion. Collections include the 18th and 19th Century, 1900s, 1920s and 1930s. 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, Accessories, and Menswear. Sigh…were these dapper suits worn in 2012 by your local barista, or are they circa 1850?

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