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Wine-Colored Fedora – Josh


Josh Rotter has dreamt of wearing a wine-colored fedora with a pink silk ribbon and black lace veil à la Prince, ever since watching the classic “When Doves Cry” video when he was a precocious child of six. Tricia of House of Nines Designs provided personal hat-making instructions, and Britex Fabrics provided the black tulle for the veiling, pink silk for the brim ribbon, and black lace trim. We think Josh did a splendid job making this marvelous chapeau.

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Knit Silk-Linen Top – Secretary


Secretary made this loose top for her mother’s upcoming birthday. Her mother lives in southern Florida, and this will be perfect for those hot, humid days! We love the soft drape of this light-weight silk-linen knit fabric. This fabric is on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor, is 50” wide, and $39.99/yard. We also offer a fabric mail order service and can ship to most countries. Please contact us through our fabric mail order department for detailed mail order assistance.

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New Liberty of London Prints


Britex just got in eight new bolts of Liberty of London cotton. We are particularly enamored of this grouping of soft tawny prints. Someone told us that you could finger-press Liberty lawn to remove wrinkles, and to our surprise we discovered that they were correct. Liberty is incredibly drapable, long-lasting, and luxurious. The wee pairs of parrots would be chirpingly perfect for a child’s heirloom smock, and the rained-out looking abstract cityscape would make a stunning tailored shirt. Liberty of London cotton is 54” wide, $49.99/yard, and can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.

Please email M. Du Jour at Britex Fabrics if you want to buy any of these four fabrics.

If you wish another fabric, contact us through our fabric mail order department for detailed mail order assistance.

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Poufy Petticoat Instuctions


The immensely talented Sugardale from San Diego wrote and illustrated this set of instructions for making a poufy petticoat. It is constructed from 4 yards of 54” wide tulle or crinoline, and 16 yards of 7/8″ wide ribbon. This petticoat is guaranteed to make your skirt stand at attention, and swish and twirl most delightfully! Petticoats are gorgeous under wedding gowns, and add a saucy fillip to vintage shirtwaist dresses. http://sugardale.blogspot.com/2008/08/how-to-make-petticoat.html

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Cool Linen Shirt – Lynne


Lynne from Sacramento stopped by Britex while visiting her sister. She made this simple, yet lovely loose shirt from floral print linen bought at Britex. Linen is perfect for hot summer days. She used a Vogue pattern, and we particularly liked the detail of the topstitching on the collar. This 100% linen print is 56” wide, $29.99/yard, and can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.

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Sandra Betzina at Britex


Last week’s seminar on sewing with intimidating fabrics, and presented by Sandra Betzina went swimmingly. It was a privilege to have someone with Sandra’s knowledge and depth of skill instructing us. Sandra covered working with some of our favorite fall and winter fabrics including luscious Missoni knits, stylish wool knits, and gossamer imported laces. Britex Fabrics plans on continuing with additional workshops and seminars. Please let us know if there is a particular topic or presenter that interests you.

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Free Vintage Nautical and Playing Card Cross-Stitch Patterns


I found this vintage cross-stitch playing card when on a search for vintage nautical cross-stitch patterns. I eventually found what I desired over at The Antique Pattern Library and Tantes Zolder. Moderne Stickvorlagen: Dessins de Broderies [c. 1880] contained charts of amazing art nouveau anchors and fonts, and Le Filet Brodé: 50 Modèles Inédits Collection DAe Album No. 5 Les Dentelles De Lin. Lille [c.1900] has playing playing cards, mythological & astrological motifs, Louis IV era designs, and more. My nefarious plan is to embroider this spiffy King of Diamonds on the corners of a tablecloth for my next board game night. One king in rosy red, one in marine blue, one in espresso brown, and the last in midnight black. Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.

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Chantilly Lace


Britex has beauteous Chantilly lace. Chantilly lace was first made in France in the 17th century, and is renowned for its fine ground and scrumptious detail. Chantilly lace is a romantically delicate lace which is ideal for wedding and bridal use, including trim for gowns and veils. Here are two examples of Chantilly laces that live on our 3rd floor bridal department. The lace trim on the left is white, has fairly deep floral scalloped edges with light eyelashes, repeating center floral and leaf medallions, a lovely netting background, is 5” wide, $49.95/yard, and is made in France. The lace trim on the right is a winter-white, has very shallow scalloped edges with light eyelashes, a fine netting background with scattered leaves, a floral and swag border motif, is 6 1/2” wide, $49.95/yard, and is made in Italy. We also offer a mail order service and can ship to most countries. Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing this lace.

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New Tartan Wool From Scotland at Britex Fabrics


Britex just got in a shipment of stunning tartans from Scotland. These medium weight wools would be splendid as a snappy waistcoat, a casual shirt, or a tailored skirt. The colors are luscious, and each bolt is marked with the appropriate clan or regiment. Clans and regiments include: Douglas Grey, Ancient Anderson, MacKellar, Gordon, Stewart, Erskine, Wallace, Isle of Skye, Lindsey, Stewart Dress, Leinster, Stewart Royal, Fraser, Kennedy, Gordon Dress, Kilgour, Ancient Culloden, Douglas, Buchanan, Murray of Athol, MacDonald Dress, McLean of Duart, Black Watch, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Bruce of Kinnaird, Ancient Cameron, and Ancient Macrae. These 100% wool plaid fabrics are 60” wide, $110/yard, and can be found on Britex Fabric’s 1st floor. We also offer a mail order service and can ship to most countries. Please contact us through our Britex-by-Mail page for detailed assistance.

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Extreme Knitting with Rachel John


You’ve heard of extreme sports…… Rachel John has developed that most esteemed activity, extreme knitting! Rachel pulls between 3-200 mixed yarn strands simultaneously and hand knits the resulting yarn into large deeply dense carpets and other items. We love the blend of colors and textures that results from using such a wide variety of yarns in one stitch. Watch Rachel extreme knit!

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