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Red and White Shirtwaist Dress by Zoe

This charming red and white shirtwaist frock with its pleated skirt and pearl buttons was made by Zoe. Zoe made this dress with cotton from Britex Fabric’s second floor, and she used vintage Simplicity pattern 2444, circa 1958. She altered the sleeves and hem, by raising them slightly. She has accessorized her outfit with a narrow white belt and pearl necklace. Zoe is a history student at San Francisco State University, and has been sewing for (only) six months!

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Sale — Buttons and Fabric and Yarn, oh my!

Britex Sale – Folks have been asking if yarn and buttons are on sale, and yes they are!
Monday, February 15th and Tuesday the 16th
30% Off* All Fabrics ~ All Notions ~ All Remnants
*Sale limited to stock on floor
*Imported laces, velvets and specialty items not included
*No special orders, phone or mail orders

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Flying Geese Wall Hanging by Melody

Quilter and Britex worker, Melody, made this Amish quilt wall hanging just in time for the De Young exhibit, Amish Abstractions: Quilts from the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown. The pattern is Flying Geese, with feather design quilting, and made of Britex Fabrics Japanese ombre cottons. Currently it is being displayed at Britex. Coming soon: Melody is working on an Instructable in how to make a Flying Geese wall hanging!

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Vogue Pattern Wool Jackets – Lois and Gloria

Lois and Gloria are loyal and long-time Britex Fabrics customers, who have been shopping together since the early 1960’s! Lois made her stripped jacket from Vogue Very Easy pattern #8263, a lovely style with a curved front seam detail. Gloria also used a Vogue pattern for her jacket, remodeling it with a horizontal stripped front band. Lois and Gloria also made their beautifully sewn lined slacks. Douglas assisted them, and all fabrics were bought on Britex’s first floor.

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Antique Valentine’s Day Lacework: The Arnaldo Caprai Virtual Museum of Textile Arts

Antique Valentine’s day lacework from Arnaldo Caprai Gruppo Tessile Spa: this embroidered white linen cloth worked with punto antico and punto riccio, decorated with needle lace settings worked with punto in aria and reticello. The needle lace edging trims the entire perimeter and it is decorated by a chessboard pattern. The square lace insertions reflects 16th century patterns, while the embroidery of the cloth can be dated to the end of the 19th and the beginning of the following century. Among the designs are: a Cupid with a lance, a two-headed eagle, the bride and groom in the house, a fountain, a four-legged animal, a man among some animals, a woman between columns, a pelican (symbol of the Redemption). The setting that creates the internal frame shows a zoomorphic pattern with stylized bird with displayed wings, alternated with squares with geometric motives. Made in Italy between 1580 and 1600.

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BRITEX FABRICS SPRING SALE

Mon., Feb. 15th, 10am – 7pm & Tue., Feb. 16th, 10am – 6pm

30% Off*

All Fabrics ~ All Notions ~ All Remnants

*Sale limited to stock on floor
*Imported laces, velvets and specialty items not included
*No special orders, phone or mail orders

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Answers to “Basic Sewing with Patterns” – Crossword #1

ACROSS
2. DART—“V” shaped sewing technique used to make garments fit the body
4. BODICE—the part of a garment or pattern that covers the torso
5. FINISH—serge or use pinking shears to the fabric edge
11. FACING—finish armholes and necklines with fabric that is turned under
13. ALTERATION—changes to assist in fit
15. ARROW—symbol that indicates grain in a pattern layout
16. TISSUE—commercial pattern paper
17. CLIP—how to get curved edges to lay flat

DOWN
1. BASTE—temporary stitch
3. LINING—fabric on the interior of the garment that hides the seams
6. SEAM—5/8” stitching line
7. NAP—direction of fabric with pile
8. SELVAGE—finished edge of fabric
9. BIAS—at a 45 degree angle to the edge of the fabric
10. INTERFACING—gives body to sections of the garment, including collars and cuffs
12. NOTIONS—sewing supplies that are not fabric
14. GRAIN—parallel to the edge of fabric

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Vintage Embroidery Transfers from Floresita

I am much enamored with Floresita’s vintage embroidery transfers. I’d like to make some tea towels as a Valentine’s day gifts for all my special friends. I know a certain someone who would like the sailor boy, another pal who would roll over for these naughty puppies, and a third chum who would be coo-coo for this coffee time sparrow Britex has both plain and striped tea toweling that would be dandy to use for this project!

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Embroidered 1920′s Linen Dress by Julie

Julie Gallegos emailed us a picture of this graceful and lovely embroidered linen dress that she made from Britex Fabric linen. She says, “I was in Britex today, working with the delightful and very knowledgeable Melody, who referred me to you. The dress I am attaching photos of was made using sky-blue cotton-linen fabric I purchased at after working with Gigi, who was a wonderful salesperson and helped me in choosing the right fabric with a quick understanding of what I needed. I brought the original 1920s garment from my collection into Britex and she really nailed the right fabric choice for me. The originals are nearly always too small through the shoulders, so I just decided to use the original as a template, and make my own. It turned out wonderfully and I’ve worn this to Gatsby Summer afternoon two times now and get nothing but compliments. I hope to someday market these kits either for adult women, or for little girls. This blue dress is the #1 prototype. All the sales representatives at Britex have been really helpful and I look forward to each time I need to shop at Britex.”

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Toddler’s Fork Pants by Secretary

Secretary from Britex’s 4th floor made these easy-peasy two piece pants for her nephew, “Little Hog”. He likes to wear these while gumming and sucking down Brazilian barbeque. Yum!

(We think children’s pants would also be super cute in this retro-looking dotted mushroom or this swingin’ birdcage fabric)

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