Pantone has proclaimed that PANTONE® 18-3224 Radiant Orchid is the color of the year for 2014! Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute® says this luscious color is “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” Sew a pair of vibrant orchid lightweight wool slacks, a plum and rose madder tweed jacket lined in limpid navy blue silk charmeuse, and a beguiling floral silk blouse….and get ready for spring!
We love how contrasting bias tape can add a spunky accent to everything from collars to pot holders! Carla, the Scientific Seamstress crated this free PDF pattern to make printable 1” and 1/2” single-fold bias tape templates using cardstock and scraps of fabric. Go wild; trim an old-fashioned gingham apron or gussy up a dainty Peter Pan collared blouse!
We are completely enamored with sewing patterns from small independent companies, so we’re expanding our online sewing pattern selection! In addition to Portland based Colette patterns, we now offer Oakland based Decades of Style patterns. Decades of Style is known for their authentic vintage reproduction patterns in sizes ranging from a 30” bust up to a 49” bust. Eras include the jazz baby 1920s, the glamorous 1930s, the war years of the 1940s, and the chic ladylike 1950s. Keep an eye out as we continue to add more patterns.
Save 50% off the remnant price of all solid color polyester or rayon 4th floor remnants during January. It is never too soon to daydream about warmer days! Fabric remnants run between 1/2 yard and 3 yards. In-store only.
Kristina created this free tutorial on Colette Patterns’ blog. Deconstruct an unwanted necktie for your pattern and interlining, and then use these clear instructions. Just like Mr. Astaire, we’ve been necktie crazy these days; going through our fabric stash and sewing neckties galore! Our favorites are made of plaid wool, kooky Japanese prints, or tiny floral cotton prints…you’re sure to have plenty of small pieces left over from holiday projects. If your stash is running low, just raid the 4th floor remnant section at Britex!
Get 20% off all fabrics in the Sheer Silk category from Thursday, January 2 to Wednesday, January 15. From airy silk crinkled florals, to a rainbow of iridescent chiffons, 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! Sheer silk fabric makes elegant blouses, beautiful ribbons, and stunning scarves…and of course is perfectly charming as wispy lingerie. Sale ends January 15. For the best selection, order your swatches online now, and make your choices next week. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! (This sale is good for online Sheer Silk category fabrics only – in- Sheer Silk category fabrics are not included in this sale)
Paper Crave came up with this dandy gift wrapping idea for all your necktie wearing pals – tailored and marvelously classic! Virginie from Chatelaine created a tutorial for The Perfect Bow – this bow is the epitome of silken lush glamor. Make these with luxurious silk satin ribbons found online, or from Britex Fabrics’ 3rd floor.
Technicolor Cutie made up this swingin’ felt circle skirt tutorial for all you vintage lovers out there. This skirt is easy-peasy…make it with felt, and you don’t even need to stitch the hem! Decorate with kittens, musical notes, anchors, or swallows and make one for each day of the week. Acrylic felt is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 415-392-2910, and a splendid selection of readymade appliqués are available on Britex Fabrics’ 3rd floor.
Hello! Nicole at Home, here. Even with the onset of colder weather in California, I’ve not wanted to give up on wearing dresses. But tights with dresses, and the static that clings them together, make me completely crazy. So, with an opportunity to use some of Britex’s beautiful silks, I just had to make a slip. Click here to read more »
Use fabric instead of throw away paper this season! The Ministry of the Environment Government of Japan published a guide on Furoshiki, an origami-like fabric folding technique for wrapping gifts. Combine beauty, creativity, and sustainability when wrapping your gift. And, of course, Britex Fabrics has scads of beauteous fabrics!