Hello everyone! My name is Tori, and I’m excited to be a Guest Blogger here at Britex Fabrics! I am from a small town in North Central Florida called Gainesville, home of the University of Florida (Go Gators!). Although I don’t live there anymore it’s always fun going back home to visit the Butterfly Museum, Art Festivals, Plays and Shows, and just enjoying fun times with my family.
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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.
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.
We concluded with an After-Hours Textile Tour on Thursday with, of course, drinks from Bluxome Winery.
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 »
It’s only fitting (though coincidental!) that it’s the start of Sewing Indie Month and the garment I’ve sewn up is from the incredible indie company, Victory Patterns! Here, I’ve interpreted their Chloe dress, a 60s inspired fitted sheath, in colorblock with lovely stretch grey and plum velveteen. While velveteen isn’t the easiest fabric to work with (I’ll give some tips to make it easier in this post), it gives an unexpected and (in my opinion!) fabulous twist to this dress.
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Britex Fabrics is going to the dogs! Deborah of Nicia Pet Couture fashions her canine accessories from ribbons from Britex Fabrics. Our dapper soft eared model is Nicia, an English Springer Spaniel, who is wearing both Martingale collar designs — the fuchsia pleat ribbon and the red ruffle satin ribbon.
Online Linen Fabric Sale! Get 20% off all fabrics in the Linen Category from Thursday May 1st to Thursday May 15th. We adore linen for its beautiful natural texture, breathability, and classic good looks. Made from the fibers of the flax plant, linen is one of the oldest known textiles. Britex is pleased to offer you a unique collection of linen fabric, including new additions to this summertime favorite fabric category. Equally wonderful for home decorating use and garments, we love linen fabric for elegant duvet covers, comfy lounge pillows, tailored curtains, louche summer suits, Roman shades, chic dresses, and delicately pleated skirts. For the best selection, order your swatches online now, and make your choices next week. Sale ends May 15th. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! (This sale is good for online Linen Category fabrics only – in-store linen fabrics are not included in this sale)
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!
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)
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.
I’ve been busy designing jumpsuits this month, including a style with a drawstring waist in embroidered Japanese cotton. For my latest edition of Fashion Travelogue, I selected two beautiful fabrics from the Britex linen category for a bolder jumpsuit look – a colorblock palazzo pant style with short kimono sleeves. For the yoke and necktie, I chose a lightweight linen that is a cross between hunter green and teal green. And for the volume-heavy part of the garment, I selected a midweight linen that is a lovely mix of warm copper and terracotta tones. The width on both of these fabrics is quite generous (58”-59” wide), perfect for wide leg pants. Click here to read more »
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).
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SFMade Week Warp x Weft: Textile 101
SFMade Week After-Hours Textile Tour
So much more in happening during SFMade Week.
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The much anticipated 50% OFF REMNANT IN-STORE SALE is here. The sale starts Thursday, April 24 at 10 AM and goes through Saturday, April 26, 6 PM. It’s hard to come by discounts as good as these—remnants will be 50% off their already reduced prices. You’ll find an assortment of fabrics such as fine woolens, wool suitings, silk prints, silk solids, linen and cotton fabrics. Find home décor fabrics as well. Remember, remnants range in size from about half yard cuts to 3 yard lengths, and cannot be cut. This sale is in-store only—on-line fabrics, phone and mail orders are not included in this sale!
If you’ve joined us for a remnant sale in the past, you know the drill. If you haven’t, here are some tips:
1. Arrive early for the best selection.
2. It gets crazy-busy on day one. So, if you prefer a mellower experience, stop by in the afternoon or on day 2 or 3 of the sale.
3. While you’re here, don’t forget your notions—thread, zippers, trims, rulers, marking tools, etc.. They’re not on sale, but it saves you a trip.
4. Have fun! Invite your sewing friends and make it a downtown San Francisco adventure. Check out the designer shops for inspiration, then stop by Otis Cafe for a gourmet coffee on Maiden Lane.
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