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Silk Wedding Gown – Moira

Moira is radiant in her elegant bridal gown. Moira’s mother-in-law, Glenda created her stunningly simple wedding gown from fabrics that they got from Britex fabrics. She started with a Vogue pattern but eventually ended up altering it almost completely, including adding a train. She made this delectably graceful confection out of silk satin, silk organza, silk crinkle chiffon, French lace on the bodice, rayon lining, hand sewn crystals, and a rhinestone banding on the veil….every bride should be so lucky to have such a talented and giving mother-in-law!

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OVER – Selected Silk Sale at Britex Fabrics

July 2nd through Saturday, July 10, 2010 – Britex Fabrics 25% off selected imported silks sale! We are clearing the way for a new season of silks. This sale selection of Italian silks features designers such as Cardin, Missoni, Armani, Valentino, and Pucci. Motifs include summery florals, sportif dots, more tailored geometrics and more. We also have sheers and a limited number of scarf panels in this sale collection. Most of these luxurious silks are 54” wide, and are regularly priced between $70 and $175 a yard. Look for the specially marked imported silk table on the first floor. No phone or mail orders!

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Vintage Apron with Swingin’ Pom-Poms

Everything looks better with a bit of ball fringe! This swingin’ vintage apron from the gal at Tipnut takes only 2/3 yard of fabric and 1 1/8 yard of pom-pom fringe. Make an apron to wear at your next chocolate Guinness cupcake baking extravaganza and samba while listening to Harry Bellefonte sing Matilda!

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Liberty of London Cotton Lawn at Britex

Here is a mélange of our Liberty of London cotton lawn fabric. This swooningly soft cotton sews up into a glamorous bathrobe, luxurious pillowcases, or chic bespoke French-cuffed shirt…..and of course Liberty of London is the classic dainty floral fabric to use for a child’s hand smocked frock! To buy a length of Liberty, either come into our store, or contact us via phone at 415-392-2910 or email.

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Knitted Baby Gators by Anna Hrachovec

Anna Hrachovec posted this free pattern for knitted miniature alligators. Don’t worry, their teeth haven’t come in yet! You can find more of her wacky animals in her new book, “Knitting Mochimochi”.

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Free Vintage Cross-Stitch Patterns

Is this Pauline gossiping with a curious dog? Who is this inquisitive pup? And where is our beloved ginger kitten, Francy? This charming vintage cross-stitch embroidery design is provided by Dominique Augagneur of Swappons. This pattern, along with a plethora of other free needlework instructions, is also available at The Antique Pattern Library. For a PDF of the antique brochure that this was taken from, click here. Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.

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July Craft Bar!

Thursday, July 1st from 6pm – 9pm, join CRAFT BAR and ETSY LABS @ MOCFA SF for an evening of socializing and crafting, featuring three local felting artists; a needle felted necklace with Jamie Chan and Blas Herrera from Urban Fauna Studios, needle felt a penguin with Jackie Huang from Woolbuddy, and create a cute felted caterpillar with artist Lea Zalinskis. For those who prefer a less – structured experience, we offer free-form knitting and crocheting in the Stitch N Bitch area – enhance your skills or pick up a new one! Don’t forget to take inspiration from the gallery and the store while you explore the creative process. Museum of Craft and Folk Art, 51 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, Ca 94103.

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Spats Contest – Honor International Spats Month with Britex!

The Spats Contest end date has been extended a month to Monday, August 2nd! Britex Fabrics honors International Spats Month with a spats contest! Whether you call them spats, gaiters or jambieres, Monsieur Du Jour loves them. Spats add a debonair spark to anyone’s attire. Tan suede spats are foppish with summer seersucker pleated pants, and sparkly bubblegum pink patent leather spats are charming for prancing in parades. Here are two directions for making spats; one is an easy pattern from Minnie at thankyoufornotbeingperky, and the other is more complex directions from Threadbanger and Zoh Morrigan.

Contest Details: Send us a photo of your stupendous handmade spats by Monday, August 2nd at high noon. Judges include M. Du Jour and cohorts. The glorious grand prize includes a gift certificate to Britex’ online notions store, plus an additional, extraordinary surprise gift from Britex Fabrics.
Email Britex and Monsieur Du Jour!

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Covered Headboard Instructions – by Estee and Judd

Estee and Judd made this amazing headboard using Britex Fabric home decorating fabric. We love how they utilized the beautifully detailed sea creatures linen. She said: “I am happy to report that the headboard project went extremely well and we absolutely love the sea creature fabric we chose! This project took us the entire weekend, but we had the headboard installed first thing Monday morning! Judd and I are both crafty and love working on home improvement projects. He had made some readymade-esque items for the kitchen and I have reupholstered some dining room chairs. Other than that, this is our first major project together.” Just click here for printable illustrated directions.

Upholstered Headboard
For a queen-sized bed – by Estee and Judd

1. 4 ½ – 5 yards of 55” – 60” wide home decorating fabric
2. 25 – 11” by 15” wooden panels
3. 1 – 4’ by 5’ hardboard for the backing board
4. 1 – 4’ by 5’ piece of foam such as egg crate mattress pad
5. Staple gun and small staples to avoid sharp staples from poking through front of board
6. Glue such as Liquid Nails
7. 100 – ¼” screws (4 for each panel)
8. Screwdriver
9. Scissors
10. 2 – D-rings and D-hooks

1. Cut fabric down to size (large enough to wrap around board and foam), approximately 16” by 20”. Cut a piece of test fabric first to make sure the size is sufficient.
2. Cut foam down to the exact size of the panels
3. Place foam (egg carton side down) on panels and wrap the fabric around the panels.
4. Staple fabric into the back of the panels, starting in the center of each side and working outwards. Be sure and keep the fabric evenly taunt.
5. Place the large backing board on the floor. Arrange individual panels in the configuration you desire, paying attention to design and color
6. Glue the panels to the backing board using liberal amount of liquid nails, and lining panels up as straight as possible.
7. Allow liquid nails to dry overnight (we weighted the tiles down with heavy books and magazine in order to help the glue adhere to the tiles)
8. Carefully flip over entire headboard. Using 1/4″ screws, secure the panels to large backing board.
9. Hang on the wall using two D-rings and D-hooks. Look for the studs in your wall when mounting the headboard. Sweet dreams!

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My New Red Shoes – Gift Bags

Britex Fabrics was very pleased to be able to donate fabric to Joanie, Jenna, and Kathy, three generations of women who donated their time sewing gift bags for the local non-profit, My New Red Shoes. My New Red Shoes helps homeless children look and feel confident as they start the school year while educating the community about the challenges facing homeless families. They provide homeless children with brand new clothing and shoes, and it rallies youth and adults around this effort by raising awareness about homelessness. Join My New Red Shoes in delivering the magic of back-to-school shopping by packing gift bags for homeless children on Sunday, July 18th. Bring your whole family for this wonderful volunteer day. Email rebecca AT for more information.

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