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Boutonnières and Felted Flowers


The Art of Manliness and Du Jour believe that it is time to bring back the daily boutonnière for suit lapels, and we agree. Worn above your heart, your choice of flower can either convey a secretive message, or it can handsomely accent your attire. One can use fresh flowers, or knit hand-made ones such as these felted flowers. All you need is a suit with a lapel buttonhole. If the buttonhole is unopened, slit it open carefully with a blade and trim any loose threads. Attach the flower by carefully threading the stem through the buttonhole, and fastening it with a tiny safety pin on the lapel underside. A more debonair method is to sew a silk loop one to two inches underneath the lapel button hole to balance the flower’s stem.

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Vintage Paper Doll Linen


Some of us do not feel the need to grow out of playing with paper dolls (you know who you are!) Here is a new linen home decorating fabric at Britex scattered with vintage paper dolls and their outfits. From officious nurses, to playful ocean swimmers, to be-smocked artists…..these paper dolls are handsomely clothed. This print is oversized, and the children are 18” and 12” tall. I can picture this as lovely sweeping bed canopy curtains! This fabric is printed on natural 100% linen, is 55” wide, $59.99 a yard, and can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.

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Japanese Retro Fabric


This Japanese fabric featuring authentic vintage advertisements is charmingly retro. It would make a nifty apron, sewing room café curtains, ironing board cover, or tote bag. My favorite saying is “Here’s Mildness You Can Measure All Day Long!” This fabric is printed on a natural 45% cotton/55% linen blend. It is 45” wide and $29.99 a yard, and can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.

Please email M. Du Jour at Britex Fabrics if you want to buy this fabric.

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

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Zombie Cross-Stitch


Connie has created a classy Beware of Zombies free cross-stitch pattern to stitch this up for this Halloween. Braains……Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.

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Silk Wedding Gown – Moira


Moira is radiant in her elegant bridal gown. Moira’s mother-in-law, Glenda created her stunningly simple wedding gown from fabrics that they got from Britex fabrics. She started with a Vogue pattern but eventually ended up altering it almost completely, including adding a train. She made this delectably graceful confection out of silk satin, silk organza, silk crinkle chiffon, French lace on the bodice, rayon lining, hand sewn crystals, and a rhinestone banding on the veil….every bride should be so lucky to have such a talented and giving mother-in-law!

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OVER – Selected Silk Sale at Britex Fabrics


July 2nd through Saturday, July 10, 2010 – Britex Fabrics 25% off selected imported silks sale! We are clearing the way for a new season of silks. This sale selection of Italian silks features designers such as Cardin, Missoni, Armani, Valentino, and Pucci. Motifs include summery florals, sportif dots, more tailored geometrics and more. We also have sheers and a limited number of scarf panels in this sale collection. Most of these luxurious silks are 54” wide, and are regularly priced between $70 and $175 a yard. Look for the specially marked imported silk table on the first floor. No phone or mail orders!

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Vintage Apron with Swingin’ Pom-Poms


Everything looks better with a bit of ball fringe! This swingin’ vintage apron from the gal at Tipnut takes only 2/3 yard of fabric and 1 1/8 yard of pom-pom fringe. Make an apron to wear at your next chocolate Guinness cupcake baking extravaganza and samba while listening to Harry Bellefonte sing Matilda!

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Liberty of London Cotton Lawn at Britex


Here is a mélange of our Liberty of London cotton lawn fabric. This swooningly soft cotton sews up into a glamorous bathrobe, luxurious pillowcases, or chic bespoke French-cuffed shirt…..and of course Liberty of London is the classic dainty floral fabric to use for a child’s hand smocked frock! To buy a length of Liberty, either come into our store, or contact us via phone at 415-392-2910 or email.

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Knitted Baby Gators by Anna Hrachovec


Anna Hrachovec posted this free pattern for knitted miniature alligators. Don’t worry, their teeth haven’t come in yet! You can find more of her wacky animals in her new book, “Knitting Mochimochi”.

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Free Vintage Cross-Stitch Patterns


Is this Pauline gossiping with a curious dog? Who is this inquisitive pup? And where is our beloved ginger kitten, Francy? This charming vintage cross-stitch embroidery design is provided by Dominique Augagneur of Swappons. This pattern, along with a plethora of other free needlework instructions, is also available at The Antique Pattern Library. For a PDF of the antique brochure that this was taken from, click here. Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.

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