Just in time for Dia de Los Muertos on November 1st through the 2nd, the ever creative Melissa at the hand sewing blog, Elemental Stitches made this free Dia de Los Muertos Sugar Skull Embroidery pattern. Dia de Los Muertos is a celebration to honor the life of those who are no longer with us and to remember our ancestors… honoring both death and the cycle of life. Stitch these sweetly adorned skulls in remembrance of your departed friends and family, using their favorite colors and colors that represent their spirit. Muslin is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss are available on our 3rd floor.
When: tonight, Thursday October 3rd from 6pm to 8pm! Where: Britex Fabrics and the Union Square area! Britex Fabrics’ first floor, home to woolens and silks, will be open until 8pm tonight for this special fashion event. Britex will be serving bubbly, along a free gift with purchase (while supplies last.) Get ready for the chill of winter; learn all about the different types of wool fabrics including worsteds and more, how to recognize quality and what garments they are best suited for. Carlina from the fashion blog Allergic to Vanilla will be on hand at Britex as well. The F3: Fall Fashion Fest is a myriad of over 25 Union Square shops and an evening of fashion, food and fun! We’re celebrating fall fashion, local trendsetters, food and music by bringing together over 25 shops to stay open late and throw parties with bites, bubbly, gifts with purchase, discounts, live music and more for one fabulous night on the town! Participants include 7 For All mankind, Agent Provocateur, Adam Neeley, Adriano Goldschmeid, Alain Mikli, Bonobos, Britex Fabrics, Cuyana, Diptyque, Fashion Incubator San Francisco & Nespresso Boutique, Favor, Ferrari Store, FINN Boutique, Fresh, Harputs, Joe’s Jeans, Kurt Geiger, Loehmann’s, Macy’s, Maiden Lane Studios, Optical Underground, Paul Smith, Porsche Design, Scoop NYC, Scotch & Soda, Theory, and Vince. Check out the FFF site for parking discount codes, downloadable event maps, and more.
It is October…time to get your mad costuming skills together for Halloween! Mike from Make: made these awesome germ costumes for his children, and shares his construction tips for making the dreaded and frightening Pink Paramecium, which is typically found in freshwater, brackish and marine environments, such as stagnant basins and ponds. We love the practicality of making the macronucleus into the face opening, and the gullet and food vacuole into a pouch for treats! Milk Duds and Sweet Tarts never tasted better. Paramecia propel themselves by violently swishing their cilia, and we can tell that this one is especially speedy! Make your germs from fleece or felt, both found on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 415-392-2910.
Britex Fabrics is pleased to offer bow tie hardware for the dandy amongst us; from standard bow tie hook, eye & slides in two finishes and three widths, to metal clips for child’s or adult’s clip-on bow ties, to the ever suave adjustable bow tie kit….we have all your bow tie needs neatly tied up! Bow ties add a fillip of dash-titude to any occasion from afternoon row boat picnics at Stowe Lake, to passionate musical evenings at the opera…although we can’t guarantee the elegance of Rudolph Valentino.
September Online Fabric Sale ends Monday, September 30th! Get 20% off all fabrics in the Silk Solid and the Silk Sheer Categories from Monday, September 16th to Monday, September 30th. We love silk solid and silk sheer fabrics……from glossy charmeuse, elegant faille, to featherweight China silk, to form-fitting silk lycra blends. From airy silk chiffons to bold silk gazaar, you’ll find a silk sheer fabric for any occasion. Tease the imagination with draping layered skirts, or line a silk organza gazaar for a bold evening blazer! Silk fabric makes elegant blouses and stunning scarves…and of course is perfectly charming as wispy lingerie. And to sweeten the post, we’ve added over 30 new silk fabrics just in time for the sale! This sale ends Monday, September 30th. (This sale is good for online Silk Solid and Sheer Silk category fabrics only – in-store fabrics are not included in this sale)
Dr. Jeff is clearly a Renaissance man; he is a senior lecturer in anatomy and pathology at Australia’s The University of Adelaide, music graduate, opera aficionado, and designs and sews astonishing men’s formal dress jackets from unusual textiles. He bought an assortment of fabrics from Britex Fabrics during a visit to San Francisco, and tailored these jackets. He says, “The excitement of the opening night and the Baroque opera Divos, the castrati, inspires this collection of flamboyant and extravagant textile art and music installation. My art takes an ‘iconic’ item of male clothing (a suit jacket) and entertains the stereotype of masculine image, constructing jackets with opulent fabrics which are often entirely unsuitable for traditional tailoring techniques. I have to ‘audition’ my fabrics for the ‘roles’ they will play, before I can begin to cut and sew. The ‘roles’ are inspired by the personae and art of the extraordinary baroque opera divos, the castrati. Some jackets are extremely painful and difficult to make. Some fabrics are demanding and behave like impudent superstars. Some projects end in disaster with the fabric and concept unable to meet in the performance of the finished item! Whether an opening night or stage production, what we wear and how and why we choose our clothes is a dramatic statement on life’s stage. Our clothing is a personal, anthropological and political statement about how we wish to be known. Personal identity is constructed as we look, and are looked at, by each other. This is highly gendered in our society, and the rules and morals which underpin this glancing are not always clear cut.” You can see more of his work at Opera Night Couture.
I was called onto the first floor a few weeks ago to see this amazing evening gown made of Britex Fabrics’ silk crepe de chine that Wesley designed and sewed. Both creative and intellectual, he is a mathematician, fashion designer, and sewist. We were much taken with the glittering bandolier of silk sewing pins. He said, “One night, while pinning the fabric pieces together, I dropped a box of 500 silk pins on the floor. That gave me the idea to incorporate the pins onto the dress, so I bought a couple more boxes of silk pins and attached over a thousand of them in parallel fashion onto the shoulder strap. This move created a sense of dangerous beauty– just what I needed. Nicknamed “midnight,” this mysterious dress is the final piece in my “Phases of the Day” couture collection. I designed it in the Greek style using my original pattern and created it from Gucci silk crepe de chine. The entire process took over 90 hours. This dress was custom made for a model”, however Wesley also does custom work. Online Solid and Sheer Silk fabric categories are on sale through Monday, September 30th -
Jeanne from the blog Sew Vera Venus: a modern make on vintage style is marvelous. Having said that, you should check out her blog for cheeky and stupendous free 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s clothing tutorials and patterns. She has instructions for risqué knickers, jaunty capes, sensuous lounging pajamas, sophisticated pencil skirts, flirty sundresses and more! We’re particularly enamored with these 1940s French panties with appliquéd lace bows. Jeanne created directions and patterns for both the dainties and instructions for the lovely bow! Britex Fabrics’ sheer silk fabric and solid silk fabric categories are on sale until September 30, and we have lovely vintage lace and heirloom lace for the trimmings!
Pressing as you go always makes garments look more polished. A tailor’s ham is used when pressing curved seams, such as a bust or a hip seam. You can also use a tailor’s sausage to slip into a sleeve to press open that hard to reach seam in order to press it flat. Kristiann Boos, of Victory Patterns made this tailor’s ham and sausage nifty tutorial and free pattern for UK blogger, Tilly of Tilly and the Buttons. Cover yours in scraps of butchly traditional plaid wool, or perhaps a bit of super cute Japanese cotton linen.