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Events: Upcoming

Fashion Draping Part 2 with Richard Hallmarq

Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 10:15 - 12:15 | $20

Eventbrite - Fashion Draping Part 2 with Richard Hallmarq

 

If you loved our last demonstration and lecture by Project Runway's Richard Hallmarq, don't miss this next one. This time, Richard will demonstrate how to drape a poncho shirt. This is not your typical over-sized shirt--draped with a jersey knit, this top is fashion forward and complements any style. The second garment is a versatile cross back winter pull over. Richard will also demonstrate how to turn this awesome design into a flattering short dress with modifications for different body types.


You don't need to have attended the last workshop to attend this one. Part 2 will cover the basics as well. The entire draping process will be demonstrated, from fabric selection to garment completion with seam finishing recommendations. You'll drape with confidence after this two hour demo. Plan on staying after the class for fabric shopping advice from Richard!

The demonstration takes place in our new Fourth Floor workshop space. Doors open at 10 AM.

 

About Richard Hallmarq

 

From his first runway show in 2004, to presenting well-received collections at San Francisco Fashion Week, to being a cast member on the hit TV series Project Runway Season 11, Hallmarq has achieved acclaim for his designs as well as tapping into his passion for art and music.


With strict attention to fit and detail, Hallmarq takes his preferred textile–jersey- knit–from simplicity to luxury. Hallmarq is the ready-to-wear Jersey boy with a clientele that reaches from the woman of business to the world of celebrities. Hallmarq’s dresses can carry you from the office to dinner or to a red carpet event–wherever your fashion imagination takes you!

Britex Store Tours

Every Other Saturday at 11am sharp | FREE

Eventbrite - Free Store Tours at Britex Fabrics

 

This 25 minute tour starts on Maiden Lane with a bit of history that will knock your socks off. A quick walk through each of the four floors will give you the confidence and know-how to handle even the busiest Britex day. We'll show you where things are located, talk about our history and what's up our sleeves for the new year. Tours are led by expert Britex staff.

This is a fast paced tour so be sure to arrive early. Space is limited.

They all begin at 11am sharp. See you there!

Exploring Sashiko Embroidery: A Creative Approach with Katrina Rodabaugh

Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 1:30 - 4:30 | $35

 

Eventbrite - Exploring Sashiko Embroidery: A Creative Approach with Katrina Rodabaugh

 

We’ll use the mini quilt as an opportunity to explore patchwork, hand stitching, and embroidery with Sashiko. We’ll discuss how these techniques can be used to personalize our work for subtle or dramatic results. The mini quilt allows us to experiment with various materials and techniques while remaining small enough to tackle in an afternoon—they are also very useful as coasters, potholders, and placemats. We’ll discuss ways to personalize your work through an improvisational approach that can be adapted to large-scale projects or other creative pursuits. We’ll also talk about the fine line between art, design, and craft and why this benefits textile enthusiasts like you.

Basic sewing and stitching skills are required. All materials will be provided. This workshop takes place on the Fourth Floor.

 

About Katrina

 

Katrina Rodabaugh is an artist, writer, and crafter living and working in Oakland, CA. Her artwork, designs, and writing have appeared in various exhibitions, installations, performances, and journals across the country. She’s received grants, residencies, and awards for her work and earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College where she trained and taught in the Book Arts Studio. She maintains a weekly blog, Made by Katrina, and is currently on a yearlong fast fashion fast to deepen her commitment to sustainable fashion, Make Thrift Mend. Visit her website: www.katrinarodabaugh.com

Sew a Swing Top with Jamie Lau

Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM | $45

 

Eventbrite - Sew a Swing Top with Jamie Lau

In this Saturday workshop, students will learn how to sew a relaxed Swing Top using a pattern designed by fashion designer and Britex Fabrics guest blogger Jamie Lau. The instructor will discuss pattern and fabric layout and demonstrate various garment construction techniques including: sewing gathers, applying neckline and armhole bias binding, and hemming. The top features a front and back yoke and is a great canvas for colorblocking or mixing solids with prints. This easy-to-wear style slips on effortlessly without the hassle of a zipper and is great for layering or wearing as-is. This designer sewing pattern is available only in this workshop, so sign up today!

The workshop takes place on the Fourth Floor. Doors open at 10 AM. Some supplies will be provided including Jamie's Swing Top pattern. To pick out your fashion fabric, arrive at 10AM and take advantage of a 20% off discount on regularly priced fabrics. Sewing machines provided by Ray's Sewing Machine Center.

About Jamie

Jamie Lau is a designer, sewing instructor, fashion writer, and native San Franciscan based in Brooklyn, NY. A self-taught seamstress consistently inspired by her love of dresses, Jamie infuses a playful nostalgia into her work by transforming simple silhouettes into fashion forward frocks sewn from traditional Japanese prints, luxurious brocades, handwoven ikats, and her own textile designs. In addition to designing her clothing line Jamie Lau Designs and guest blogging for Britex Fabrics, Jamie is also the author of BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern and a sewing instructor at New York's Textile Arts Center. Follow her blog and Instagram for the latest updates and inspirations.

Block Print Your Own Fabric Gift Wrap With Danielle Broder

Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 10:30 - 1:00 PM | $30

 

Eventbrite - Block Print Your Own Fabric Gift Wrap With Danielle Broder

 

Block printing has been around for thousands of years! Despite this fact, it is still a great modern way to create unique handmade designs on anything from your holiday cards to soft home goods. In this class you will get down and dirty with learning the various methods of linoleum and rubber block printing onto fabric and paper. You will achieve a basic knowledge of tools, inks, process, insider tricks and tips, and will go home with your own uniquely carved block and a piece of your own printed fabric. You will also learn how to use your printed fabric as gift wrap to tie up a special holiday package.  All materials will be provided, but be sure to bring an apron or clothes you don’t care about just in case!

This workshop takes place on the Fourth Floor. Doors open at 10 AM.

 

 

About Danielle

 

A native California girl, Danielle was brought up creating. After a carefree childhood of glitter, glue gunning, beads, and paint, she decided to step it up and get serious about her hobbies. Eight years of art school later, she found herself in San Francisco running a small textile design business known as The Recoverie. Danielle holds a double bachelors in Illustration and Interior Design and is also a self taught graphic designer and printmaker. She spent many years as a children’s art instructor, but prefers to teach adults because she doesn’t like to give time-outs...(but don’t push her.)