As a 60+ year-old San Francisco institution, Britex has seen and endured many waves of change. However, if you have been downtown lately you might wonder for yourself if this is different. Change is abound, but as you drive by the cranes and read about the latest tech start-up taking residence in SF, remember Britex is here amidst the construction to support and inspire you with the finest and awesome-est materials, plus loads of workshops to take your skills to the next level.
Our first block printing workshop of the year was, as suspected, a complete blast. Our teacher, Danielle Broder of The Recoverie, knows her craft. But, even better than that, she loves sharing her craft with others so that everyone can experience the satisfaction of creating their own surface designs.
For my first Britex blog post of 2015 I was excited to work with the beautiful selection of silks that Britex carries! I chose to sew our new Camas Blouse pattern using a drapey and incredibly soft silk jersey knit. I added a contrast panel to the back of the blouse using a floaty grey silk chiffon.
Don’t let snow and ice get you down, but dream of springtime! Be prepared to stroll in the park with newly blooming cherry trees and picnic amongst tulips and daffodils while wearing refreshing linen! Our lovely online Linen Fabric Category is 20% off from Tuesday, January 27th through Monday, February 9th! Shop from more than 50 rich, scrumptious linen fabrics, including a luxurious selection of Belgian linen fabrics and extra wide 118” linen. We love the cool, crisp feel of linen in the summer–perfect for garments and home decorating. For the best selection, order your swatches online now to be ready to choose your fabrics when the sale begins. Sale ends February 9th. 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)
Baby, it’s cold outside! All Online Wool category fabrics are on sale for 20% off through Monday, January 26th, 2015. For the best selection, order your swatches online now, and make your choices next week. Toasty coatings, imported classic boiled wool, natty plaids, snugly knits, literary herringbones, proper tweeds, practical pantweights and more! This sale is good for Online Wool fabrics only – SF in-store Wool fabrics are not included in this sale.
For this garment, my goal was to create a color block resort-inspired look. Linen seemed like the perfect choice for a relaxed fit, lowered-waist shirt dress. I chose a midweight blue linen for the primary body of the dress and combined it with a semi-sheer natural linen for the color block elements. I thought that the embroidered polka dots would work great for accent features on the collar, button placket, and skirt and sleeve hems. I most recently wore this dress to my art exhibition in Kyoto, which featured my hand dyed, handwoven, and handsewn kasuri (ikat) fashion designs. Click here to read more »
Ends Monday, January 12th! 20% off all fabrics in the Silk Print, Silk Sheer, and Silk Solid categories – We love silk print and silk sheer fabrics……from glossy charmeuse, elegant faille, to featherweight China silk, to form-fitting silk lycra blends. From airy silk chiffons to bold silk gazaar, you’ll find a silk sheer fabric for any occasion. Tease the imagination with draping layered skirts, or line a silk organza gazaar for a bold evening blazer! Silk fabric makes elegant blouses, delicate frocks, and stunning scarves…and of course is perfectly charming as wispy lingerie. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! (This sale is good for online Silk category fabrics only – in-store fabrics are not included in this sale)
The 2014 Guest Blogger Re-cap continues—because you’ve probably missed a few pretty amazing projects along the way and we’re so proud of each blogger’s ability to transform Britex fabrics into beautiful garments and accessories. During the next few weeks you’ll be treated to re-caps of our favorite guest blogger projects. We’ll show you the best of the best from each of our guest bloggers with all their individual style.
In the last few years Nicole of Nicole at Home has contributed everything from outerwear to underwear. She’s also created a ton of awesome tutorials and has even created a Free Cowl Neck Top Pattern exclusively for Britex and Nicole at Home blog readers. Nicole’s fabric choices are fun and sophisticated—a good balance for her job as a college level biology teacher. The other thing you can trust Nicole with is a perfect small bust adjustment (a.k.a. SBA). So, if you often find yourself in the situation of having to minimize the bust, follow Nicole. Really. She works with great indie patterns, and blogs about her alterations all the time. You can thank us later.
The 2014 Guest Blogger Re-cap is here—because you’ve probably missed a few pretty amazing projects along the way this year and because we’re so proud of each blogger’s ability to transform Britex fabrics into beautiful garments and accessories. During the next few weeks you’ll be treated to exclusive re-caps of our favorite guest blogger projects. We’ll show you the best of the best from each of our guest bloggers with all their individual style.
Jamie of Jamie Lau Designs contributed a total of 5 projects this year—busy bee, she is. If you haven’t noticed, she loves fabrics with structure like linen and cotton, and has a special interest in colorblocking patterns, which pretty much guarantees beautiful and uncommon garments.
Here’s a perfect example. Jamie’s Palazzo Pant Jumpsuit is a favorite of ours. The linen choices are perfect with just the right amount of drape. For those that love linen but aren’t big fans of the wrinkle factor, Jamie recommends using fusible knitted tricot interfacing for collars and other areas you’d like to keep crisp.
For my last-of-the-year Britex blogger project, I chose the pattern first: the unusual and lovely design from Decades of Style, the Collar Confection blouse. The blouse design is interesting and a bit more challenging than a basic top, but still very doable. The blouse style dictates a fabric with drape, but it also must be fairly opaque because there are facings along the armholes. This midweight dotted ivory silk fits the bill and, in my humble opinion, is the ideal fabric for this top! Click here to read more »