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Ends Monday! Online Fall Wool & Lining Sale!

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Our entire online Mid/Lightweight Wool, Stretch Wool Fabric, and Lining Fabric categories are on sale until September 29th! Sale ends Monday, September 30th, enjoy 20% savings on all three categories! Get toasty with fall and winter sewing projects — find quality light and medium weight wool fabrics in stunning colors such as warm cardinal red, spicy Dijon mustard, soot black, peacock blue, persimmon, and deep cappuccino brown – from draping woolens for dresses (and even blouses), to worsted suitings for perfect pencil skirts, to flannels and gabardines for fitted trousers. We all aspire for artless elegance, and woolens help us make the trip! To make your new projects even easier to assemble and more elegant, we’ve included all of our linings in this sale, including the marvelous imported anti-static rayon bemberg. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! This sale is good for our online Mid/Lightweight Wool, Stretch Wool Fabric, and Lining categories only – in-store fabrics are not included in this sale. (photo 1953 Handmacher Advertisement)

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Keep up w/Emily of Project Runway

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Emily of Project Runway at Britex Fabrics

Every week, we watch with bated breath…will Britex Sales Associate, Emily Payne make it through this exciting episode of Project Runway…? Yes she did! Our Emily Payne continues to delight audiences with her lovely style, quick wit, and amazing designs. It’s on again this Thursday at 9pm on Lifetime. Last week, she created a lovely child’s ensemble using a Missoni knit much like the one we have online here.

Don’t miss the chance to meet Emily in person at the Patricia Field Meet + Greet at Britex on October 3rd at 11 AM. As well, don’t miss seeing Emily’s creations live at the Benicia Fashion Runway October 3-5.

 

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Oct. 25 Halloween Workshops + Contest

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Halloween is a big deal at Britex! That’s why we’re supplying you with so much more than just materials this year. The mask-making workshops on October 25 are guaranteed to inspire and transform. A mask is perfect for those that want to keep it simple, but still want to play. It can also be an impressive finishing touch on an already elaborate costume. The workshops are back-to-back on Saturday morning starting at 10:30 and 11:30 and the cost is $15 per person. Get the details and register HERE.

If you are a long-time customer than you probably already know about our fabulous Halloween staff costume contest that takes place every year. Take a look at last years costumes and see for yourself how committed to a good costume Britex staff can be! Join us on October 25 to vote for the winner and enter for a chance to win a $100 Britex Fabrics gift certificate.

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Winners of 2013 Britex Fabrics Halloween staff costume contest

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Dramatic Shawl for Stevie Nicks – Robin

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A long time customer at Britex Fabrics, Robin emailed us with photos and a scrupulously detailed description of a scrumptious garment that she made inspired by and for Stevie Nicks! Robin says it best:

“Less than a month before the deadline I saw in Rolling Stone that Stevie Nicks was holding a contest to design a shawl for her to wear in promotions for her upcoming tour. It was like a zing through the heart by cupid’s sartorial bow! I love Stevie Nicks, her songs, her aesthetic, and her longevity as a Troubadourian singer-songwriter. If you like it, vote here!

Click here to read more »

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Tutorial: Drafting a kick pleat for the Charlotte Skirt

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I was so thrilled to receive this gorgeous wool/silk tweed from Britex to sew my own version of the Charlotte Skirt from By Hand London. The Charlotte  is a lovely high waisted, slim fitting pencil skirt, with a below-knee length.  It’s a great shape for work, but with all the walking and stairs I have to do around campus, it’s a tad narrow around the legs.  In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to draft a simple kick pleat, which would work for any skirt or dress with a back seam and I’ve written the instructions to coordinate with a special underlining method that will be posted soon. Click here to read more »

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Elegent Silk Chiffon Summer Dress – Anne

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We are enchanted with everything about this photo that was sent to us by Britex online shopper, Anne…the sweet smiles, the love, everyone’s elegant style, the summery roses, Anne’s incredible blooming chapeau, and the sophisticated silk frock.  Laura Dyson in Chicago used Vintage Women’s Day Advance pattern 8440 (circa 1957) and a silk chiffon border print from Britex Fabrics when concocting this wondrous creation for Anne’s family wedding occasion. Pictured is Anne, her husband Mike, and their daughter, Emily. Anne also says, “A friend (and dress admirer) here has been to Britex in SF, when I mentioned Britex as the source of that fabulous find she raved about “4 floors of things you need and really knowledgeable people who work there”. I only knew that part :)”

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Ends Monday! Britex Fabrics Online Knit Fabric Sale – Perfect for Traveling!

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Our 20% off all fabrics in the Knit Fabric Category ends Monday, September 15th. Take off for a four day weekend, make a jar of sun tea and a stack of tea sandwiches, and grab your favorite escapist literature, because knits are wonderful for traveling and holidays. Sale ends September 15th. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! (This sale is good for online Knit Fabric Category fabrics only – in-store knit fabrics are not included in this sale)

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Perfectly Fall Pleated Dress + Tips for Ironing Wool

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In anticipation for fall, I designed a pleated dress with a little bit of sleeve coverage using a designer midweight wool in beautiful teal. I thought the subtle blue and green coloration would work great with the season change.

This fabric has a nice drape to it and was very easy to cut and sew. The generous width (59” wide) is perfect for a pleated skirt design – or even a circle skirt! Click here to read more »

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Tutorial: Scuba Curious, Scuba Wise

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Hi friends of Britex! Sophie here from Ada Spragg, with a brand-spankin’ new outfit made from this glorious Chinese dragon & Lotus scuba knit from Britex. You might have seen this scuba fabric trend making an appearance lately, perhaps even considered buying into it yourself? Well, don’t buy…DIY! If, like me, you are scuba-curious, I’m here to shed some light on this somewhat mysterious fabric & hopefully inspire you into sewing action. In short, Scuba fabric is a knit (stretch) fabric and not unlike wetsuit material, it comes in many different weights and thickness. As you would expect, it has a body and fullness to it, which lends itself to fun experiments with voluminous silhouettes—think peplums and circle skirts! For the skirt, I decided Vogue 9031 (version A/C) would make the perfect canvas for this pretty printed scuba with its snug fit through the hips and giant flounces around the sides. For the top, I started with Simplicity 1366, aka, the perfect boxy crop pattern, which I made a couple of mods to, including the addition of a chunky statement exposed zipper (tutorial below). Okay, so like this revival of two-piece matching sets we’re seeing, maybe scuba fabric is destined to become one of those trends we all look back and wince at but for now Scuba is HERE… and here and here and here! Click here to read more »

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We are Closed on Labor Day!

Britex Fabrics will be closed Monday, September 1st for Labor Day.

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