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Tutorial: Portside Duffle + Blanket in True Designer Wool

As the leaves begin to change color and Autumn evenings become shorter and more crisp, I have been longing to head out to the local beaches and forests for picnics.  I know many people might think of a picnic as something to enjoy in the heat of summer with lemonade and watermelon, but my favorite sort of picnic is of the fall variety – sitting on a windswept beach or amid crunchy burnt orange leaves at the park with a blanket wrapped cozily around me and a cup of hot apple cider in my hand.


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With that image of an ideal picnic hovering in my mind, I was very excited for the chance to turn this lovely Etro Olive & Pumpkin Plaid Wool, into a Fall picnic set!  This Italian wool is a unique mix of colors that are cheery individually (teal blue, bright orange!) while still decidedly autumnal over all.  It is a large weave and it is quite light but strong – perfect for a blanket, and, with interfacing, as a bag! Click here to read more »

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Wool Coat with Knitted Sleeves and Collar

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My favorite season is fall, and favorites to make are jackets and coats, so I am excited to unveil my first coat project in at least six months.

I had a lot of fun with this one!

I started with two yards of a striking navy and turquoise coating (90% wool and 10% poly) from Britex. (You might want to note that Britex is having a 30% off sale beginning on Oct 13th, both online and in store.)

I love the interplay of navy with turquoise, and this fabric has the look of a handwoven. It also has a wonderful selvedge that I was determined to feature.

I wanted a lined coat, so I used a teal colored Bemberg lining. Click here to read more »

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Tutorial: All-in-One Hong Kong Finish + Underlining

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Even made with such lovely and soft fabric as this wool/silk tweed, a slim fit skirt such as the Charlotte by By Hand London really begs to be lined.  Adding a layer of smooth and slippery fabric makes a wool skirt more comfortable to wear (especially with tights) and extends the life of the garment. Sewing a lining is fairly simple, however, there’s another technique that serves the same purpose: underlining.  Since I’ll be showing exclusively images of the inside of this garment for this tutorial, I wanted to remind you of what it looks like on the outside (you can find many more at Nicole at Home):

Click here to read more »

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Britex Fabrics’ Twinsies!

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It is another case of Britex Fabrics twinsies! Dina, Britex Fabrics’ manager, and Barbara from the first floor must have called one another before work to coordinate their clothing du jour. Barbara is wearing one of her own signature handsewn silk jackets and Dina is wearing a black and blue cocktail frock. We think their color scheme is reminiscent of peacock tails!

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30% Off Sale In-Store + Online

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San Francisco In-Store Sale: The big Britex Fabrics 30% Off Sale* is on Monday, October 13. Join us in-store from 10 to 7 PM for this store-wide sale. See below for details and exclusions.

Online Store Sale: If you cannot make it into the San Francisco store, everything in our online store is 30% off on Monday, October 13th from midnight to midnight PST. This is for online store items only. No phone or email orders. Clearance items excluded.

Shop on every floor (and every online category) whether your style is high glam or woodland natural–indulge in exquisite silks, top quality woolens and sharp suitings…or yarn-dyed linen, home decor rarities and the most fashion-forward cotton prints. Of course, already-reduced remnants and notions are also included!

Now, this is important: Share a picture of your favorite purchase using #BritexSale on Twitter on 10/13 for a chance to win a $50 Britex Fabrics gift certificate plus a tote bag of your choice. Don’t forget to follow us!

This is also important: Postcard subscribers, the postcard era is coming to an end! If you receive a postcard, we ask that you please sign up for our newsletter Warp. Weft. Wired. to stay in touch. Find news about new tutorials, see our fabrics in action as sewn by guest bloggers and learn about ongoing online sales and new products. This is where we share community news, too–so keep on sending us pictures of your inspiring projects.

Sign up for Warp. Weft. Wired. now by scrolling down to the bottom of this page to Newsletter Sign Up!

*In-store sale is limited to stock on floor. Imported/vintage lace, Liberty and specialty items not included. No mail orders, phone, or special orders.

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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!

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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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