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Perfectly Fall Pleated Dress + Tips for Ironing Wool

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In anticipation for fall, I designed a pleated dress with a little bit of sleeve coverage using a designer midweight wool in beautiful teal. I thought the subtle blue and green coloration would work great with the season change.

This fabric has a nice drape to it and was very easy to cut and sew. The generous width (59” wide) is perfect for a pleated skirt design – or even a circle skirt! Click here to read more »

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Wool Cashmere Winter White Coat – Laura

Laura made this amazing winter white coat in an Italian cashmere wool coating fabrics from Britex. She used Simplicity Project Runway pattern #2508; we love the dramatically wide cuffs, double-breasted front, asymmetrical collar, and back shaping details…..and are in awe with the meticulous job Laura did with tailoring this beautiful garment! Laura gave a special thank you to Douglas, on Britex Fabrics’ first floor, for assisting her with her fabric choice. Psst….we carry a selection of our coatings online!

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Black & White Wool Houndstooth Shirt by Scissors & Cloth

We’re so fortunate to have such talented and sweet-natured tailors in San Francisco! Carlos is from Scissors & Cloth; they build couture collared dress shirts, each hand-draped, hand-cut and handcrafted through various classic and modern shirt-making techniques. My goal is to provide exceptional customer service through one on one appointments in my downtown, underground shirt-making workshop. Each client is personally hand-draped with muslin to find that perfect fit.  Once the fabric is smoothed over all shapes of the upper torso, all seams are then drawn in using chalk, including the yoke, neckhole, armhole, side seams and hem.  This gives me an accurate pattern to work from. The muslin is then transferred over to paper and the patternmaking process begins.  I build as many samples that I need to until the client is happy with the fit. Once the fit is deemed perfect, I go to work on the final piece. Patterns are then filed away for future use.

Britex Fabrics and Scissors & Cloth collaborated over a length of classic black and white houndstooth wool fabric to come up with this warm and spiffy shirt. Contributing designer Carlos says, “I chose to work with a wool hounds-tooth because of its sheer classic beauty.  However, any fabrics with patterns can be more time consuming to work with.   As far as working with patterns goes, I typically cut each piece one at time, even if there are multiples of the same pattern. Take the yoke for instance, I start by placing my yoke pattern on one piece of fabric, trace around it, then cut out the piece.  I then take that cut piece and lay that down on more fabric while matching up all the patterns on the fabric to the first yoke.  If done precisely, the first yoke blends into the fabric pattern so beautifully that you cannot tell that there are two pieces.  This can be very time consuming but your guaranteed identical pattern pieces, which makes the end product that much nicer. Another issue I came across were raw edges that were fraying.  To better deal with this, any time I cut a pattern piece, I always ran a 1/4 stitch line around my fabric pattern pieces so that the fraying would not run over my 3/8″ seam allowance. “

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Chocolate Brown Wool with Abstract Felted Design

Colette from the 1st floor of Britex Fabrics longs to make this chocolate brown wool up into a sweeping full-length hooded cloak. It would be romantically enchanting lined in rust moiré silk taffeta, with outsized black horn buttons. This fabric is 35% wool/65% poly, with abstract loops of yarn that are lightly felted onto its surface. The swirling felted design is reminiscent of work by painters from the abstract expressionist movement. (58” wide & $59.95/yard)

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