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Sew a Flirty Lace Skirt for Springtime!

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Despite ice, snow, cold, and slush abounding, we hear rumors that spring is just around the corner. To celebrate the promise of warmer weather, bluebirds, and daffodils, here is a free pattern for a flirty lace skirt from BurdaStyle…and to make sure you don’t need to leave your cozy home to shop, Britex Fabrics now has lace fabric in our online store. I’m imagining our black floral lace fabric underlined in delicate bud green silk!
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Make a Linen Biker Jacket for Summertime Fun

We believe in summertime – spontaneous afternoon picnics, slow moving carousals, midnight row boat rides, and linen…..always linen. We also think that this linen disguised as denim would make the most marvelous biker jacket – perfect for all summertime shenanigans.  Pattern is from the wonderful folks at BurdaStyle and available at Britex Fabric’ SF store (Biker Jacket 03/2013 #135 ) This chic denim look linen is available in Britex Fabrics’ online store, and is on sale through May 31st.

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Free Pleated Skirt Pattern

Do you need a project utilizing the sale fabric in our current Mid-Lightweight Wool category? Wenlan of Twinkie by Wenlan and BurdaStyle team up to give you a free pattern and tutorial for this gently pleated skirt. We would love to make it in this oh-so studious skirt in our cardinal red twill wool fabric, then burn the midnight oil researching textiles…and for all you library fans, the Dewey call number for wool fabric is 677.31.

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BurdaStyle Sewing Book Launch Shindig at Britex Fabrics – 12/18

Party at Britex Fabrics on Tuesday December 18th from 7:00-9:00 pm – Celebrate the launch of BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern at Britex Fabrics! Meet author and SF native Jamie Lau, the BurdaStyle team, and other DIY makers! Space is limited, so RSVP to TEAM@BURDASTYLE.COM with “12/18 SF Book Launch Party” in the subject line.
Festivities include:
-Champagne & drinks
-Sweets from Tartine Bakery and Miette Confiserie
-Photos by Portraits To The People
-DIY make-and-take projects, including brooch/hair fasteners and button making with fabric from Britex Fabrics
- Door prizes from Britex Fabrics, MOO, and Makeshift Society

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Sew a Faux Fur Collar

A mock fur collar is an elegant and dashing way to spiff up a cloth coat. Whip it up with this luxurious foxy orange faux fur from Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, line it with sleek satin, and snuggle in for a fashionable fall. This shawl collar pattern is made with BurdaStyle 08/2012 #103.

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How to Draft a Peplum

Put a peplum on it! Peplums have been worn for centuries; the word originates from the ancient Greek garment, the peplos. We’re partial to wearing them in conjunction with elbow length gloves, elegant chapeaus, dramatically glamorous vintage suits, cobblestones, and Paris river walkways. BurdaStye has a detailed tutorial on drafting and adding a peplum to a garment…now all we need is Paris!

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Make a Peplumed Jacket for Fall

BurdayStyle’s new jacket pattern, Novelty Jacket #119 is sweetly tailored. We love the vintage details, including the rounded Peter Pan collar and the flatteringly chic peplum. Take advantage of Britex Fabrics’ online wool suiting sale; sew it up for fall in this luscious plum and smoke grey herringbone fabric, and then line it with ripe apricot silk charmeuse for a yummy fall jacket. All you need now is a leisurely afternoon with a dashing chapeau, a latte, and the (almost!) newly released Garment of Shadows by L. King.

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Dotted Silk Chiffon Top

What a marvelously pretty summer top by FabricAddict from South Africa and at BurdaStyle! Although it is simple to make, cool, and loose, using silk chiffon turns up the glamour by several degrees. We love the understated coffee brown and white polka dotted fabric, but think it would look lovely in black and cream dotted silk chiffon too. And to make it even more impressive, this charmer was made without a pattern!

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Free Skirt Tutorial from BurdaStyle


Britex Fabrics is pleased as punch to be able to work with BurdaStyle and their Project of The Week tutorial – a summery two-tier skirt. BurdaStyle made it up with 2 ¼ yards of 45” wide silk; we love the vivid peony pink and chartreuse combination of this silk charmeuse from Britex.

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Free Bow Tie Pattern

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We have had several requests for old-fashioned bow tie patterns recently…the kind that you need to tie yourself. Once again, BurdaStyle comes to our rescue with this open source bow tie instructions and bow tie PDF for a delightfully chic, yet retro bow tie pattern.  And Britex Fabrics’ online store now carries all the bow tie hardware you’ll need! And for all you bow tie fashion mavericks, here are directions on how to knot your new attire.

Download the PDFs and enjoy our very San Francisco photo shoot! Much more inspiration awaits at Britex.

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