Our retro queen Guest Blogger Laura Mae of Lilacs & Lace has a fabulous new project in store for us. There are so many details to this gala outfit that we have decided to break down the process into many fabulous technique-rich posts. Part 1 offers tons of pattern handling tips. Part 3? You’ll just have to wait and see.
[Britex has generously provided the fabric and sewing supplies for a dress I will be wearing to a formal event in October. I will be sharing some of the steps and construction techniques with you as I work on this project over the next couple of months. All materials were selected in-store.]
I am an avid fan of the bound buttonhole. There are quite a few variations, but today I will focus on one of my personal favorites.
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We 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.”
Ama from the crafting blog Ohoh (named after her infant son’s first expression, “Oooh oooh!”, which translated into “there is a problem”) created this free quick ‘n easy throw pillow and elegant cat embroidery transfer pattern. A study in understatement, we love kitty’s dramatically expressive whiskers and inscrutable expression. Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and hoops, needles, and floss are available on our 3rd floor.
Nikita 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!
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 »
Calling all glamour-pusses! This sale ends Thursday, October 31st. Get 20% off all fabrics in the Novelty category from Wednesday, October 16th to Thursday, October 31st. Made of wool, silk, cotton, metallic and more, these texturally rich fabrics make beautiful garments. Many of our novelty fabrics have a beautiful metallic shine which helps them stand out in the crowd, and many of our textured novelty fabrics are blends, lending them a wonderful pliability and sheen! Tweed, chenille, and bouclé novelty fabrics delight us with their contrast of nubby texture and soft hand, while brocades possess a unique elegance. Make a swinging bolero jacket, a long mysterious cape, a Chanel-style jacket, or a tailored vest; add elegance and style to any solid, understated little black outfit. This sale ends October 31st. Quantities are limited, so shop now for the best selection! (This sale is good for online Novelty Categories fabrics only – in-store novelty fabrics are not included in this sale)
Karen 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)
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 »
Join us for two events as we celebrate this festive season. Visit our Upcoming Events page for details.
Halloween Costume Contest
Saturday, October 26 – all day
Rendezvous at Britex
Saturday, November 2 – 3 PM – 5 PM
These events are free of charge, so bring your friends! We look forward to seeing you soon.
Rice and Potatoes, two multi-talented gals who worked on the notions floor of Britex Fabrics stitched this up in time for Halloween. Using only a needle and thread, 3 items and our tutorial on Instructables, this easy to make flapper headband will transform you into a glamorous vamp in no time at all! Now you are well on the way to becoming the cat’s whiskers. Shimmy into a frock, pull up your silk stockings, get all dolled up, hussy on down to the Fairmont Hotel, and Bunny Hug the night away to the “Memphis Blues .”