Hi friends of Britex! Sophie here from Ada Spragg, with a brand-spankin’ new outfit made from this glorious Chinese dragon & Lotus scuba knit from Britex. You might have seen this scuba fabric trend making an appearance lately, perhaps even considered buying into it yourself? Well, don’t buy…DIY! If, like me, you are scuba-curious, I’m here to shed some light on this somewhat mysterious fabric & hopefully inspire you into sewing action. In short, Scuba fabric is a knit (stretch) fabric and not unlike wetsuit material, it comes in many different weights and thickness. As you would expect, it has a body and fullness to it, which lends itself to fun experiments with voluminous silhouettes—think peplums and circle skirts! For the skirt, I decided Vogue 9031 (version A/C) would make the perfect canvas for this pretty printed scuba with its snug fit through the hips and giant flounces around the sides. For the top, I started with Simplicity 1366, aka, the perfect boxy crop pattern, which I made a couple of mods to, including the addition of a chunky statement exposed zipper (tutorial below). Okay, so like this revival of two-piece matching sets we’re seeing, maybe scuba fabric is destined to become one of those trends we all look back and wince at but for now Scuba is HERE… and here and here and here! Click here to read more »
Get 20% off ALL fabrics in our Lightweight, Stretch, and Midweight Cotton categories from Thursday August 14th to Wednesday August 27th…over 180 fabrics! Cotton fabric holds a special place in our fashionable heart. First cultivated 7,000 years ago, cotton is a timeless natural-fiber fabric, whose breathability makes it ideal for so much – bathrobes and pajamas, sundresses, pillow cases and curtains, aprons, dress shirts and more! We carry an ever expanding collection of cotton fabric in our online store, including witty Swedish home decorating graphic prints, brilliantly colored hand-loomed Guatemalan fabric, elegant imported shirtings, breezy eyelets, hand-blocked Indian prints, delicate voiles, stupendous Swiss batiste, and more! Sale ends Wednesday, August 27th. (This sale is good for online Cotton Category fabrics only – in-store cotton fabrics are not included in this sale)
Here we go! The Britex workshop space is in full swing this fall with workshops taught by fashion designers, mixed media and textile artists all offered on our 4th floor.
On September 6, the interdisciplinary artist Katrina Rodabaugh, will be sharing with us the very traditional craft of sashiko embroidery through the modern approach of a mini quilt. The lovely thing about sashiko is that once you learn the skill, you can upgrade almost any textile creation. Learn more and register for Katrina’s sashiko mini quilt workshop here. Click here to read more »
Hi it’s Kristin from skirt as top and I’m back with a project that has me ready for fall. The changing of the more “extreme” seasons (winter and summer) to the more “transitional” ones (spring and fall) always cause me to want to refresh. The temperature dipped into the 60s here for a couple days and suddenly I was very excited for it to be cardigan and jeans weather again. So for my project today, I chose this heathered gray and navy stripe cotton knit for a lightweight cardigan to ease me into the new season.
Hi, Britex readers! I am Shams, and I blog over at Communing with Fabric. I am excited to join the ranks of Britex bloggers, and I am happy to share my first project as guest blogger!
There is a bounty of riches to be found on britexfabrics.com. Where should a newbie guest blogger begin?
As I love border prints, and I also have a soft spot for paisley fabrics, it didn’t take me long to settle on this beautiful 100% viscose panel and border print from Italy. I made a bias, V-neck top using view C of Vogue 7906 (an out-of-print Vogue Basic Design) as a starting point.
You might ask (and rightfully so), “Is this fabric a panel print? Or is it a border print? Which is it?”
Cull your fall and winter sewing inspiration from these clips of a fashion show at the Savoy Hotel, London in 1951, taken from the legendary British Pathe. This elegant show features amazing coats, suits, and gowns of the early 1950s. We are particularly enamored with Sheila in her fern-like feathered antenna hat and black wool coat, then again in a wool jersey three piece suit with a hip mounted umbrella sheath. These women really knew how to wield an umbrella for great effect!
For an extra-special version of the lovely Myrtle dress by Colette Patterns, I used the most incredible stretch silk from Britex (unfortunately no longer available). I washed and dried the fabric (on gentle and low heat) and it looks just as good as it did when before pre-washing. The stretch is significant and the fabric has an easy-to-sew texture and weight. It’s a gorgeous fabric and was a pleasure to sew. Click here to read more »
Adam, a local tailor, made his client a suave and chic tailored jumpsuit of brilliant red viscose from Britex Fabrics. Britex Fabrics’ associate, Douglas, assisted Adam. We love the modest plunging neckline and sparklingly bright color. Adam says, “I am an independent designer working in Portland for the last twelve years. I have a collection of men’s and women’s pieces, as well as custom design that I create to order for a clientele. I design, pattern draft, fit, cut, and construct every garment myself in my studio. I am inspired by fabric, color, texture, and finding the perfect fit. Because my main focus is on fit and construction, my designs have often been called “classic”, although I personally strive to strike a timeless balance between fabric, line, and function.” This lovely 100% viscose is available is imported from Italy and on Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 415-392-2910.
This tartan gives new meaning to the phrase “blue moon”, with it’s marvelous combination of moonwalk smoke greys and earth ocean blues. This was inspired by the superbly iconic image of the earth rising above the moon and designed by Steve Sim of Arbroath, Scotland. Steve says, “I designed it on the actual anniversary of the photo being taken in December,” Steve said. “I was prompted to launch it publicly as it was the anniversary of Neil Armstrong landing on the moon a week ago.” Of course, Britex carries wool tartans on the first floor and cotton tartans on the second floor…but sadly, no moonwalk tartan!