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Bridal Gown and Jacket – by Kelly & Joke


Kelly and her good friend (and sewing mentor) Joke made this stunning wedding gown for Kelly’s daughter, Tiffany. The classic long-sleeved jacket was made from 6 ¼ yards of delicate cream colored silk taffeta from Britex Fabrics, and has a beautifully beaded train. Sewing adventures were shared, with Kelly hand-beading one side of the jacket and train, and Joke hand-beading the opposite side! Both professionalism and love shine through in this exceedingly special dress!

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Clip-On Bow Tie


Bow-wow! An admirer made this howlingly delicious clip-on bow tie out of a wee bit of Britex Fabric brocade. We adore the Spaniel’s little pink tongue and the golden paisley background. You can buy clip-on bow tie findings on Britex Fabric’s 3rd floor, and brocade fabric on both the 1st and 2nd floors.

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Juicy Couture Knit Fabric


Just in time for autumn and school days, Britex Fabrics received a tabletop of Juicy Couture knits. These soft terry knits are 64” wide, the prints are $15.99/yard, and the solids are $12.99/yard. They would make wonderful, easy-to-care-for rompers, track suits, pajamas, or yoga pants. Prints include a pale yellow glittery Juicy crown, a Pucci-inspired swirl, a pink paisley, ripe cherries on a field of yellow, and vintage-inspired polka dots. Solids include black, navy, fuchsia, bubblegum pink, and pale pink. All are available on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor!

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Knitted Vintage Tea Cosy


Although this knitted tea cosy is shown in a kitcheny citrus color scheme, I want to make it in a colorway that will go with my Arzberg Silver Flight tea service, so think a black and white scheme with silver edging will gave it a très moderne look. Pour some English Breakfast tea, nibble into a warm ginger scone, and gather around for some witty banter. This vintage knitting pattern is brought to us by Morag at VintagePurls in New Zealand. (Cosy Knitted in Daffodil Stitch: from Cushions & Cosies by Madame Weigel, c. 1945)

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Vintage Double-Breasted Knit Vest


This boyishly chic vintage double-breasted vest was originally published by Spinnerin Bulky Classics in 1962, and has been revived by Jenna from glamarama.net. We adore the vest’s deep u-shaped neckline, and how it is worn over a flowered button-down shirt. Wouldn’t this outfit look adorable with the addition of a little string tie? A word of warning: Please review this size chart – check your measurements for the proper size! A vintage size 12 is not a modern size 12.

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Throw Pillows by Audrey


Audrey made these throw pillows to complement her grey sofa. We love how the antique silver and gold in the graceful Arabesque print picks up the rich slate tone of the sofa. The pillow fabric is cotton/linen, 55” wide, $27.99/yard, and available in the home decorating department on Britex’s 2nd floor.

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August Craft Bar at MOCFA


Craft Bar and Etsy Labs @ MOCFA on Thursday, August 5 between 6-9pm at 51 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, Ca 94103. Making books and munching on grilled cheese sandwiches…it doesn’t get much better! Guest artists Julie Schneider, Kelly Ball, Jen Hewett, and Maren Salomon will provide a variety of easy-to-learn bookmaking projects using found and recycled materials. Learn how to make an embroidered greeting card with Lauren Davis, from Crooked Sister. The LoinSF will be on hand with a simple silk-screening project that will suit all skill levels – bring a favorite paper-based item to screen on or screen on materials provided. Free-form knitting and crocheting in the Stitch ‘n Bitch area! Refreshments provided by Trumer Pils and Amber India. Purchase the best grilled cheese in town at the famous Toasty Melts food cart. Craft Bar is free with $5 admission to the gallery, and all materials and instructions for the craft.

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Sept. 2nd, Sandra Betzina at Britex Fabrics – Working with Intimidating Fabrics

Seminar by Sandra Betzina at Britex Fabrics – Working with Intimidating Fabrics
Thursday, September 2nd
6:30 pm-8:30 pm
8:30 pm-9:30 pm (fabric consultation w/Sandra and shopping)

Get tips on working with exciting yet intimidating fabrics: silk jersey, sequined fabric, wool jersey, silk chiffon, wool tweeds, double-faced wool, boucles and textures.

Also learn:

*How to underline

*How to prevent drag lines when making bias cuts

*How to seam and hem different fabrics

*How to insert flawless invisible zippers

Registration

Call Judy or Steph at Britrex Monday -Saturday 10 – 6 to sign-up, 415-392-2910. Please have credit your card handy for payment information. Class is $45 and is non-refundable. You may also register at the store, where cash and checks are acceptable. Registration limited, so sign up by Aug. 27th. For more information about Sandra Betzina, the Power Sewing WebTV Show and her books and patterns visit Power Sewing WebTV Show.

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To Dye For: A World Saturated in Color


To Dye For: A World Saturated in Color, July 31, 2010 – January 9, 2011, The de Young Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. To Dye For features over 50 textiles and costumes from the Fine Arts Museums’ comprehensive collection of textiles from Africa, Asia and the Americas. This exhibition showcases objects from diverse cultures and historical periods, including a tie-dyed mantle from the Wari-Nasca culture of pre-Hispanic Peru (500–900 A.D.), a paste-resist Mongolian felt rug from the 15th–17th century and a group of stitch-resist dyed 20th-century kerchiefs from the Dida people of the Ivory Coast. These historical pieces are contrasted with artworks from contemporary Bay Area artists. The exhibition highlights several recent acquisitions, including important gifts such as a pair of ikat-woven, early-20th-century women’s skirts from the Iban people of Sarawak, Malaysia and two exquisite hand-painted and mordant-dyed Indian trade cloths used as heirloom cloths by the Toraja peoples of Sulawesi, Indonesia.

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Renaissance Garment and Britex Trim


Britex Fabrics brocade and ecclesiastical ribbons are ideal to ornament Renaissance garments. You could duplicate Cecilia Gallerani’s gown and cloak as shown in this portrait. Her cloak is called a sbernia and is made of trimmed silk. Her hair is gathered together inside a sheer silky bonnet with a border appearing under a ribbon that is level with her eyebrows. Her gown has a quadrangular neckline with golden trim. Britex can assist with all but the silky, sweet stout that Cecilia cradles in her arms.

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