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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.

Posted: Lace Trims & Ribbon, Sewing
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Vintage Transfer Embroidery of a Well-Dressed Cook


From Floresita, here is a vintage embroidery transfer of a clever cook ornamenting a three-layer cake. Notice the chef’s très chic French cuffs, jaunty bow tie, and the skeptical look being thrown at the cherry! A linen tea towel with this ed on the end would a perfect gift for your favorite baker.

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Glamorous Biker Jacket – Jacquie


Jacquie from Perth, Australia made this glamorous biker jacket using a pattern from BurdaStyle Magazine (Dec. 2009), and smartly fastened with a decorative metallic zipper from Britex. I love her workmanship and style.

Posted: Hand-Made with Britex Materials, Made by You
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How to Work with Interfacing


Here are ten tips on working with interfacing from Kathleen Fasanella at Fashion Incubator. It is often the behind-the-scenes construction that makes all the difference in how a garment fits, and even the reader comments following this post on interfacing contain valuable information.

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OVER – Selected Home Decorating Fabrics Sale


Friday, August 6, 2010 is the final day of the Britex Fabrics home decorating fabrics sale! Selected home decorating fabrics on the 2nd floor are now 40% off the regular price. Original prices range from $15.99 to $69.99/yard, and the selection includes many patterns including sheers, stripes, solids, geometrics, floral prints, and neutrals. Choose from an amazing variety of colors, styles and weights. There is a one yard minimum.

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Wool Sale


July and August – Britex Fabrics just designated a table crammed full of wool fabric at 50% off the regular price. These are marked down just in time to make elegant pleated front slacks, chic pencil skirts, gentlemanly Norfolk jackets, cozy ponchos and other items for fall and winter. Included on this table are worsted wools, stretch wools, imported wools, cashmere/wool blends, metallic wools, polyester/wool blends, solids, and plaids. These wools are all over 55”/wide, and regularly cost $27.99 on up a yard. This sale is good through August 31, 2010. (no mail or phone orders)

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Striped Thigh-High Socks


I understand that it is sweaty and hot in the rest of the country, but I’m happy to say that here in San Francisco it is chilly enough for striped thigh-high socks. Kelly, from Knitty.com designed these circus-y winners. You can use up bits and pieces from your yarn stash and make them in a crazy mélange of colors, knit them up in your favorite color combination, or even make them in one solid swooningly luscious color. I lust for a pair in warm rust and cool French blue.

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Knit Hat by Alexa & Cape by Great-grandmother Anna


Alexa knit this bubblegum pink hat out of thick and cozy yarn from Britex’s 3rd floor. It keeps Kristin’s head warm even when the weather is spitting fog and chill. Kristin is also wearing an old-fashioned, lacy dropped-stitch cape made by her Great-grandmother Anna. Help! We want to reproduce this cape pattern; has anyone seen one like it in their knitting travels?

Posted: By folks at Britex, Hand-Made with Britex Materials, Knitting & Crocheting
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Chic Black Linen Summer Bag – Nathalie


Nathalie from mais pourquoi tu brodes made this charming handbag from Britex Fabric and notions. The supply list for this classy tote includes black linen, brown silk, cord-wrapped teardrop trim, and sheer polka-dotted ribbon. This bag would be a perfect accessory for a simple black linen shift, bare legs, a wide-brimmed black straw hat, and Italian strappy bronze sandals. The dangly teardrop trim is found on Britex’s 3rd floor ($19.95/yard), and the heavy-weight linen on the 2nd floor (55’ wide/$45/yard).

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Japanese Town Musicians of Bremen Fabric


Here are town musicians of Bremen; it is raining cats, dogs, donkeys, and roosters in this quaint little town. Wouldn’t this be enchanting made up into a full swirly square dance or contra-dance skirt? This border print fabric is Japanese 45% cotton/55% linen, 45” wide and $29.95 a yard. It can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.

Posted: Fabrics
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