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Exploring Sashiko Embroidery: A Creative Approach with Katrina Rodabaugh

Saturady, September 6, 2014 from 1:30 - 4:30

 

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.

 

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

Hand Appliqué Workshop with Lisa Solomon

Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 1:30-3:30 PM

 

Eventbrite - Hand Appliqué Workshop with Lisa Solomon

 

Appliqué is a fun way to add a personal and decorative touch to so many items–think t-shirts, tote bags, quilts, etc. In this workshop we’ll go over some quick and easy ways to approach hand appliqué. We’ll discuss fabric types, using [or not using] fusible web, where to get design inspiration, how to transfer designs to fabric, and how to stop [or incorporate] frayed edges. Several embroidery stitches and techniques for tacking down your pieces will be demonstrated as well. Basic hand sewing knowledge required.

 

About Lisa

 

Lisa Solomon is a mixed media artist based in the Bay Area who moonlights as a graphic designer and professor. She often questions and deconstructs the meaning of identity and personal histories through the use of mediums traditionally associated with domestic crafts. A “happa” [1/2 Japanese, 1/2 Caucasian] she feels as though hybridization is consistently at play in her work. She exhibits her work both nationally and internationally and is the author of Knot Thread Stitch – exploring creativity through embroidery and mixed media [Quarry]. Lisa shares her home with her husband, a young daughter, a bevy of pets and many many spools of thread.

Pattern Matching for Corsets & Other Garments with Autumn Adamme

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 from 7-9 PM



Eventbrite - Pattern Matching for Corsets & Other Garments with Autumn Adamme

Pattern matching is one of the quickest ways to step your sewing game up to the next level and is a true delight for people with a fondness for detail. Plaids, stripes, brocades and even lace can be taken from nice to tremendous with a little care and attention to detail. Autumn will show you how to plan your cutting layout to maximize your fabric's potential, as well as how to pin and stitch to ensure perfect matching. She will bring examples of finished work, as well as in-progress projects which will include plaid, stripes, lace, and brocade. There will be time set aside for question and answer and some hands on time with your projects.

About Autumn

Autumn Adamme founded Dark Garden Unique Corsetry in 1989. She has been instrumental in bringing corset wearing and making out of the past and into present day. She has a background and education in historical costume, fashion design, pattern making, and garment construction. Her education and experience have led her to focus Dark Garden towards corset making for foundation and fashion, as well as custom special occasion attire of many types. Her boutique and atelier have been located in Hayes Valley since 1997 where all her corsets and garments are produced by herself and several other highly skilled and talented crafts women. Their high attention to detail and focus on quality construction and materials have kept Dark Garden at the forefront of the modern Corsetry movement.

Yarn Deep: Surface vs. Woven Textile Design

Friday, August 8, 2014 from 12:30-1:00 PM

Join us at the Contemporary Jewish Museum for a Focus on Design Gallery Chat. Our textile educator, Geana Sieburger, will be leading the 30 minute talk taking place in the Koshland Gallery. These short gallery talks by design luminaries, trendsetters, and mavens spotlight the objects, people, and stories in Designing Home.

 

Location:            Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street, San Francisco

Admission:          Free with Museum admission; limited space available.

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Britex Store Tours

Every Other Saturday at 11am sharp

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!

Spotlight Family Studios

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 from 2-2:30 PM

 

Join us at the Contemporary Jewish Museum for Spotlight Family Studios, an in-depth opportunity for kids and their adults to explore the gallery with an artist, focus on a selected style or technique, and create art together. These workshops will spotlight art from Designing Home. Create art using a variety of fine art materials. Ages 5 and up.

 

Location:            Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street, San Francisco

Admission:          Non-members $15 for 1 adult and $5 per child ($5 for each additional adult); Members $5 for each adult and child.

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Warp x Weft: Textile 101

Next: Thursday, July 10, 2014 from 7-9 PM

 

Eventbrite - Copy of Warp x Weft: Textile 101 at Britex Fabrics

 

Be a textile know-it-all! In this class we'll detail the process from fiber to textile, show you loads of samples and dig into the terminology that will deeply improve your experience whether you are a textile lover already or needing a little help on a new venture. We'll start by demystifying the major fiber types through a step-by-step introduction to cotton, wool, silk, linen and their man-made counterparts. Next, we'll discuss woven fabrics vs. knit fabrics and how each of these are constructed. During the class you'll put together a useful swatch kit to reference in the future whenever a little refresher is desired.

This workshop is perfect for anyone wanting to improve their knowledge of textiles no matter the trade.

 

About Instructor

Geana Sieburger is the Marketing Director of Britex Fabrics, instigator of Pop-up Britex and teacher of Warp x Weft: Textile 101 workshops. Her knowledge of fibers and textiles is comprised of industry experience, trade seminars, independent research and many college courses. She was the Assistant Buyer of Britex Fabrics for four years after graduating from California College of the Arts in 2007. Geana is the owner of GDS Cloth Goods, a sewing and design studio highlighting her deep respect for fibers, textiles and design.


The fee for this workshop is $20. All materials are included.
 

Workshop Space Launch Party! Blogger talks, make-and-takes and more!

Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 1 - 5 pm

Eventbrite - Workshop Space Launch Party! Blogger talks, make+takes and more!

 

Please note that because we are anticipating a BIG CROWD, registration is required in order to attend. WE WILL BE HOLDING THIS EVENT AGAIN in the near future. Contact Geana (geana@britexfabrics.com) if you have any questions.

 

This is your space to learn about textiles, the basics of sewing, and to expand your skills to the next level of expertise!

 

On Saturday, June 28 from 1 - 5 PM, we are hosting an assortment of activities–talks by our favorite local bloggers, make-and-take projects, giveaways and more–at our new 4th floor event space.

 

Learn what it's like to have a sewing blog from the most prolific local bloggers--plus, some insight into ethical fashion. Here's the line-up:
1:30 - Shams of Communing with Fabric
2:00 - Beth of Sunny Gal Studio
2:30 - Jacqui of Birds of a Thread
3:00 - Erin of Seamstress Erin
3:30 - Nicole of Nicole at Home
4:00 - Laura Mae of Lilacs & Lace

 

Ongoing activities:
- VOTE on a name! You get to decide what our new event space will be called.
- Make a headband with Liberty cotton lawn and other fabrics.



- Test your textile knowledge at the Britex Fabrics Textile Station.
- Make a custom covered button from an assortment of fashion fabrics.




Our special guests are coming in from all over the Bay Area to share their experience with you–don’t miss out on this great opportunity to meet some of Britex's Guest Bloggers, too!

Nicole of Nicole at Home

After Hours Textile Tours

Next: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 from 7-9 PM

 

Eventbrite - After-Hours Textile Tours at Britex Fabrics

 

This after-hours excursion, made up of part Britex tour, part textile 101, starts on the Main Floor of Britex Fabrics. We'll share with you a bit of unknown history and talk about how fabrics from all over the world end up in our San Francisco store. We'll show you where to find what you're looking for in this floor-to-ceiling finely curated and solidly-packed store. From wool coatings and imported designer silks on the Main Floor to outdoor adventure wear and laminated linen on the Fourth Floor, you'll know the ins and outs of this 62 year old establishment after this two-hour tour.

We'll also talk about the basic textile categories and how they are created using different fibers, yarn construction, weaves and knit styles. Be sure to bring a notebook–our after-hours excursion is as densely packed as our four-story building.

 

About Tour Guide

Geana Sieburger is the Marketing Director of Britex Fabrics, instigator of Pop-up Britex and teacher of Warp x Weft: Textile 101 workshops. Her knowledge of fibers and textiles is comprised of industry experience, trade seminars, independent research and many college courses. She was the Assistant Buyer of Britex Fabrics for four years after graduating from California College of the Arts in 2007. Geana is the owner of GDS Cloth Goods, a sewing and design studio highlighting her deep respect for fibers, textiles and design.

 

The fee for this social evening is $20.



Special thanks to our Friends at Bluxome Street Winery for providing the wine for the evening!

Warp x Weft: Textile 101

Next: Thursday, June 12, 2014 from 7-9 PM

 

Eventbrite - Warp x Weft: Textile 101


Be a textile know-it-all! In this class we'll detail the process from fiber to textile, show you loads of samples and dig into the terminology that will deeply improve your experience whether you are a textile lover already or needing a little help on a new venture. We'll start by demystifying the major fiber types through a step-by-step introduction to cotton, wool, silk, linen and their man-made counterparts. Next, we'll discuss woven fabrics vs. knit fabrics and how each of these are constructed. During the class you'll put together a useful swatch kit to reference in the future whenever a little refresher is desired.

This workshop is perfect for anyone wanting to improve their knowledge of textiles no matter the trade.

 

About Instructor

Geana Sieburger is the Marketing Director of Britex Fabrics, instigator of Pop-up Britex and teacher of Warp x Weft: Textile 101 workshops. Her knowledge of fibers and textiles is comprised of industry experience, trade seminars, independent research and many college courses. She was the Assistant Buyer of Britex Fabrics for four years after graduating from California College of the Arts in 2007. Geana is the owner of GDS Cloth Goods, a sewing and design studio highlighting her deep respect for fibers, textiles and design.


The fee for this workshop is $20. All materials are included.

 



Thanks to the lovely babes of Three Babes Bakeshoppies will be served!

Fashion Draping with Richard Hallmarq

Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 10:15-12:15 PM, Doors open at 10 AM

 

Eventbrite - Fashion Draping with Richard Hallmarq

Join us for a two garment draping demonstration and lecture by Project Runway's Richard Hallmarq. First, Richard will walk us through the creation of a fashionable jump dress with optional hood: a dream garment that can easily be dressed up with heels  or dressed down for a jog in the park. The second demonstration, a fun double-layered asymmetrical skirt, is a delightful exercise in creative draping; the beginning shape and the finished one are so different that the development is fascinating to watch.


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 is $20 and takes place in our new Fourth Floor workshop space.

 

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 for SFMade Week

May 6 & May 8

SFMade presents a week-long celebration of San Francisco’s vibrant manufacturing sector: discover locally made products, the people who make them, and where to buy them. SFMade Week is seven days of education, exploration, and innovation, designed to celebrate and heighten local awareness and understanding of the local manufacturing sector and the companies and people who bring locally made products to fruition.

In celebration of local manufacturers, their products and their workers, Britex is participating in SFMade Week with two awesome events.

 

Warp x Weft: Textile 101 for SFMade Week - $20
May 6 from 7-9 PM
Pie kindly provided by Three Babes Bakeshop
Register Now >

 

After-Hours Textile Tour for SFMade Week - SOLD OUT
May 8 from 7-9 PM
Wine kindly provided by Bluxome Street Winery
Register Now >

 

Learn More >

Masters & Makers at Bluxome Street Winery

Tuesday, May 6 2014 from 5-8 PM

 

Kick off SFMade Week by joining us at Bluxome Street Winery to celebrate all things made masterfully, locally.  Enjoy demonstrations, samples and conversations with some of your favorite producers, alongside WesBurger fare, Bluxome wines and Magnolia brews (benefitting SFMade). Admission is free — come make and partake!


53B Masters&Makers
Tuesday, May 6th from 5-8PM
Bluxome Street Winery — 53 Bluxome Street (btw 4th and 5th St in SOMA)

 

all evening long…
Blackbird Guitar—Big Sound, Small Body
Britex Fabrics—Textile Station: Focus on Fiber
Crooked Nest—Bromeliads & Bolts
Magnolia Gastropub—Drink Beer, Benefit SFMade
WesBurger—Burgers & Fixins (think, fried McVicker’s)

 

plus…
5:20 SF Milk Maid—DIY Cheese: From Udder to Fork
5:40 ForeignSpell—Palatable Printmaking
6:00 ForageSF—Cure Your Own Meat w/ Wild Herbs
6:20 Foggy Notion—Fun with Mason Jars
6:40 McVicker’s—Pairing Your Pickled Favorites
7:00 Bluxome St Winery—Barrel Sampling
7:20 Dandelion Chocolate—Bean to Bar & In Between
7:40 Raff Distillerie—Gin is to Absinthe as Bummer is to Lazarus

 

What’s a Textile Station?
We’re so glad you asked! Our new Textile Station is a way for you to test your fiber knowledge. See and feel raw fibers—silk, wool, cotton and flax—and try to guess what fabrics are made from those fibers. Here’s a hint…there may be some trick blends.

After Hours Textile Tours

Wednesday, February 12 from 7pm -9pm

Eventbrite - After Hours Textile Tours at Britex Fabrics


This after-hours excursion, made up of part Britex tour, part textile 101, starts on the Main Floor of Britex Fabrics. We'll share with you a bit of unknown history and talk about how fabrics from all over the world end up in our San Francisco store. We'll show you where to find what you're looking for in this floor-to-ceiling finely curated and solidly-packed store. From wool coatings and imported designer silks on the Main Floor to outdoor adventure wear and laminated linen on the Fourth Floor, you'll know the ins and outs of this 62 year old establishment after this two-hour tour.

We'll also talk about the basic textile categories and how they are created using different fibers, yarn construction, weaves and knit styles. Be sure to bring a notebook–our after-hours excursion is as densely packed as our four-story building.


The fee for this social evening is $20. Light drinks and snacks included.

Rendezvous at Britex

Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 3 PM - 5 PM

Put on your party dress and join us for a glass of wine in a season's greeting celebration. 

 

We'll be debuting our collaboration with The Factory--5 gorgeous custom eveningwear silhouettes using Britex materials. Join us on November 2nd from 3-5 PM for drinks and shopping and view the designs for yourself. The Factory founder and CEO Jennifer Evans, designer and pattern maker Walter Castro, and seamstress and illustrator Jisun Lee will be on hand to answer your questions about the Custom Eveningwear program and the gowns.

 

 

ABOUT CUSTOM EVENINGWEAR BY THE FACTORY

The Custom Eveningwear program by The Factory offers customers the opportunity to meet with a member of The Factory design team, peruse the lookbook to discuss gown preferences and design requests, and then select the classic dress/gown shape that best suits her: column, cocktail, draped,  empire dress or ball gown. From there, The Factory designer will go further to work with the client to fully customize the gown into an original design based on the basic style. With the agreed look in mind, the designer will accompany the client to Britex Fabrics--the exclusive fabric provider for this eveningwear line--in order to choose the best fabric to realize the dress. At last, The Factory’s exceptional team will bring the dress to life.

 

 

No need to sign up. Join us from 3 to 5 PM for this celebration. See you there!

Halloween Costume Contest

Saturday, October 26 from 10 AM - 5:30 PM

Come on in. Vote for your favorite staff costume and be automatically entered to win a $100 gift certificate. Some of our folks will be pulling out all the stops. So come take a peek and get inspired for your own Halloween genius creation.

Winner will be announced in-store at 6 PM. You need not be present to claim your prize.

 

Pop-up Britex: Warp x Weft: Textile 101

Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 7 PM - 9 PM

$25 class fee includes swatch kit

 

Eventbrite - Pop-up Britex: Warp x Weft: Textile 101

 

Pop-up kindly hosted by Gravel & Gold
3266 21st Street, San Francisco, CA

 

Every month Britex Fabrics proudly presents Pop-up Britex.

Pop-up Britex brings textile and design education to neighborhoods across San Francisco in collaboration with our favorite venues and artists. To help us sharpen our wits, Four Barrel Coffee provides drinks and bites for every pop-up. Special thanks to our host.

 

Warp x Weft: Textile 101:


 

Warp x Weft Workshop Description

Be a textile know-it-all! In this class we'll detail the process from fiber to textile, show you loads of samples and dig into the terminology that will deeply improve your experience as a sewer. We'll start by discussing woven fabrics vs. knit fabrics and how each of these are constructed. Next, we'll demystify the major fiber types through a step-by-step introduction to cotton, wool, silk, linen and their man-made counterparts. During the class you'll put together a useful swatch kit to reference in the future whenever a little refresher is desired.

 

This workshop is perfect for anyone wanting to improve their knowledge of textiles no matter the trade.

 

About the Instructor

Geana Sieburger is the Marketing Director of Britex Fabrics, instigator of Pop-up Britex and the teacher of Warp x Weft: Textile 101 workshops. Her love for textiles started early on as the granddaughter of a designer and seamstress in Brazil. It continued through an interdisciplinary education at California College of the Arts, which led to her previous four year long position as Assistant Buyer of Britex Fabrics. Geana is also the owner of GDS Cloth Goods, a sewing and design studio highlighting her deep appreciation for textiles.

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Pop-up Britex would not be possible without our sponsors:


 

 

    

 

     

30% OFF In-store Sale

Monday, October 14, 2013 from 10 AM - 7 PM

Join us for colossal discounts of 30% off most fabrics, most notions, and all remnants.* This in-store sale is ONE DAY ONLY so mark your calendar and get ready for this giant day of Britex discounts! Take advantage of the extra hour of shopping—we’re open until 7 PM.  

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

F3: Fall Fashion Fest at Union Square

When: tonight, Thursday October 3rd from 6pm to 8pm! Where: Britex Fabrics and the Union Square area! Britex Fabrics’ first floor, home to woolens and silks, will be open until 8pm tonight for this special fashion event. Britex will be serving bubbly, along a free gift with purchase (while supplies last.) Get ready for the chill of winter; learn all about the different types of wool fabrics including worsteds and more, how to recognize quality and what garments they are best suited for. Carlina from the fashion blog Allergic to Vanilla will be on hand at Britex as well. The F3: Fall Fashion Fest is a myriad of over 25 Union Square shops and an evening of fashion, food and fun! We're celebrating fall fashion, local trendsetters, food and music by bringing together over 25 shops to stay open late and throw parties with bites, bubbly, gifts with purchase, discounts, live music and more for one fabulous night on the town! Participants include 7 For All mankind, Agent Provocateur, Adam Neeley, Adriano Goldschmeid, Alain Mikli, Bonobos, Britex Fabrics, Cuyana, Diptyque, Fashion Incubator San Francisco & Nespresso Boutique, Favor, Ferrari Store, FINN Boutique, Fresh, Harputs, Joe’s Jeans, Kurt Geiger, Loehmann's, Macy's, Maiden Lane Studios, Optical Underground, Paul Smith, Porsche Design, Scoop NYC, Scotch & Soda, Theory, and Vince. Check out the FFF site for parking discount codes, downloadable event maps, and more.

Pop-up Britex: Leather Workshop with Melissa Fleis

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 from 7 PM - 9 PM

PLEASE NOTE NEW WORKSHOP DATE. WORKSHOP IS NO LONGER SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 12, 2013.

 

$25 class fee includes all materials

 

Eventbrite - Pop-up Britex: Leather Workshop with Melissa Fleis

 

Pop-up kindly hosted by The NWBLK
1999 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

 

Every month Britex Fabrics proudly presents Pop-up Britex.

Pop-up Britex brings textile and design education to neighborhoods across San Francisco in collaboration with our favorite venues and artists. To help us sharpen our wits, Four Barrel Coffee provides drinks and bites for every pop-up. Special thanks to our host THE NWBLK.

 

Leather Workshop:



(Photographer: Sarah Wells)

 

Workshop Description

A natural hide is one of the most intimate and daunting materials to work with as a designer, yet once you develop the hand for it, it’s easily one of the most rewarding!

 

In this class Melissa will demonstrate all the reasons why she loves to use this ancient medium, as well as provide a brief history of leather itself. We will practice a variety of artisanal techniques from cutting, stitching, and hand hammering to hardware preparation. We will also go over the many different benefits, quirks, and possibilities leather has to offer as we talk about the differences between a variety of leathers–from cow to boar. Each student will leave with a better understanding of leather, where their individual preferences lie within the medium, as well as receive their own ring of hide samples to get started immediately! If you’ve ever been interested in the primal art of leather construction, now is the time to do so in a chill, fun, and friendly environment!

All skill sets–from the interested to the masters–are welcome! See you there.

 

About Melissa

Melissa Fleis is a fashion designer based in San Francisco, California. After being a finalist on Project Runway Season 10, Melissa is now creating custom leather jackets and clutches. She is also in the process of designing her next collection. Her maverick leather work employs unconventional hand embroidery techniques bringing a punk edge to high fashion. Melissa's aesthetic is heavily inspired by early Twentieth Century German art movements, such as Bauhaus and Dada. Studying under Alexander McQueen associate, Simon Ungless, Melissa received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Fashion Design from the Academy of Art University, and her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Michigan.

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Pop-up Britex would not be possible without the help of our sponsors:

 

 

    

 

    

Pop-up Britex: Draping with Karolyn Kiisel

Thursday, September 19, 2013 from 7 pm - 9 pm

$25 fee includes demo and materials to get started on your own draping project.

 

Eventbrite - Pop-up Britex: Draping with Karolyn Kiisel

 

Pop-up kindly hosted by Apparel Arts
2325 Third Street, Room 412
San Francisco, CA 94107

 

Every month Britex Fabrics proudly presents Pop-up Britex.

Pop-up Britex brings textile and design education to neighborhoods across San Francisco in collaboration with our favorite venues and artists. To help us sharpen our wits, Four Barrel Coffee provides drinks and bites for every pop-up. Special thanks to our host Apparel Arts.

 

Draping Demo:
Learn how to create Audrey Hepburn’s iconic dress from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

 

 

Workshop Description:
Designer, teacher, and author of Draping: The Complete Course, Karolyn Kiisel will demonstrate draping techniques with muslin on a dress form. Draping rather than flat pattern drafting is an effective and creative start to the fashion design because shapes organically emerge. Focusing on Audrey Hepburn’s iconic bateau-neck sheath dress in the film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” Kiisel will also explore the subjective elements of draping such as, expressing mood and tone, and communicating an attitude.

Designers always strive for a signature look. Kiisel will offer insights into how draping can help designers identify and express a distinctive personal style.

About the Instructor
Karolyn Kiisel has taught in fashion for over 20 years at Otis College of Art & Design and Woodbury University. Her book Draping: The Complete Course has just been released. Her fashion designs have been sold at fine retailers, such as, Barney’s, and Bergdorf Goodman, and they have also appeared on the red carpet and graced the cover of Women’s Wear Daily. A graduate of UC Berkeley, her costume designs have appeared widely on screen and stage. Recent designs for orchestras and opera soloists include those worn by the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Currently, her spacious downtown LA loft serves as a lively local resource, utilized as a workshop for costume designers and as a fashion event space.

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Pop-up Britex would not be possible without the help of our sponsors:


   

 

       

Pop-up Britex: Warp x Weft: Textile 101

Thursday, August 8, 2013 from 7 pm - 9 pm

$25 class fee includes swatch kit

 

Eventbrite - Pop-up Britex: Warp x Weft: Textile 101

 

Pop-up kindly hosted by The Workshop Residence
833 22nd Street (in the Dogpatch)
San Francisco, CA 94107

 

Every month Britex Fabrics proudly presents Pop-up Britex.

Pop-up Britex brings textile and design education to neighborhoods across San Francisco in collaboration with our favorite venues and artists. To help us sharpen our wits, Four Barrel Coffee provides drinks and bites for every pop-up. Special thanks to our host The Workshop Residence.

 

Warp x Weft: Textile 101:


 

Warp x Weft Workshop Description

Be a textile know-it-all! In this class we'll detail the process from fiber to textile, show you loads of samples and dig into the terminology that will deeply improve your experience as a sewer. We'll start by discussing woven fabrics vs. knit fabrics and how each of these are constructed. Next, we'll demystify the major fiber types through a step-by-step introduction to cotton, wool, silk, linen and their man-made counterparts. During the class you'll put together a useful swatch kit to reference in the future whenever a little refresher is desired.


This class is perfect for anyone wanting to improve their knowledge of textiles no matter the trade.

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Pop-up Britex would not be possible without the help of our sponsors:


The Workshop Residence

 

    

 

     

Pop-up Britex: Pleats, Ruffles, and Flounces with Heather Habig

Thursday, July 11 from 7 pm - 9 pm

$25 workshop fee includes pattern piece, paper and muslin.

 

Eventbrite - Pop-up Britex: Pleats, Ruffles, and Flounces with Heather Habig

 

Pop-up kindly hosted by Apparel Arts
2325 Third Street, Room 412
San Francisco, CA 94107

 

Every month Britex Fabrics proudly presents Pop-up Britex.

Pop-up Britex brings textile and design education to neighborhoods across San Francisco in collaboration with our favorite venues and artists. To help us sharpen our wits, Four Barrel Coffee provides drinks and bites for every pop-up. Special thanks to our sponsor and host Apparel Arts.

 

Pleats, Ruffles, and Flounces Workshop:
Taking Simple Garments to the Next Level

 

 

Workshop Description

In this pop-up workshop, we'll focus on the design details that give garments personality and charm.  Add pleats to the front of a shirt to give it that crisp tuxedo look; attach ruffles to the bottom hem of a skirt for a flirty frill; embellish a neckline with a flounce for a fun update. Personalize your store-bought pattern at this hands-on workshop. Heather will walk you through how to manipulate your pattern and add these details, and you'll leave with patterns and sewn samples for your reference library. A pattern piece, paper and muslin will be provided. Prior experience working with store-bought patterns is required.

 

About Heather

Heather Habig is a San Francisco-based clothing designer, seamstress and educator. She has a decade of experience in the fashion industry at every level, from a small local boutique to a large corporation. Currently, she teaches patternmaking at Apparel Arts in San Francisco. She also runs her own small business called Heather Who, where she makes limited-edition ready-to-wear apparel in addition to custom clothing for private clients. Heather's love of vintage style and quality are apparent in every garment she creates for her customers.

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Pop-up Britex would not be possible without the help of our sponsors:

 

    

 

   

Pop-up Britex: Warp x Weft: Textile 101

Thursday, June 6, 2013 from 7 pm - 9 pm

$25 class fee includes swatch kit

 

Eventbrite - Pop-up Britex: Warp x Weft: Textile 101

 

Pop-up kindly hosted by Makeshift Society

235 Gough Street (between Fell and Oak)
San Francisco, CA 94102

 

Every month Britex Fabrics proudly presents Pop-up Britex.

Pop-up Britex brings textile and design education to neighborhoods across San Francisco in collaboration with our favorite venues and artists. To help us sharpen our wits, Four Barrel Coffee provides drinks and bites for every pop-up. Special thanks to our sponsors Apparel Arts and Makeshift society.

 

Warp x Weft: Textile 101:


 

Warp x Weft Workshop Description

Be a textile know-it-all! In this class we'll detail the process from fiber to textile, show you loads of samples and dig into the terminology that will deeply improve your experience as a sewer. We'll start by discussing woven fabrics vs. knit fabrics and how each of these are constructed. Next, we'll demystify the major fiber types through a step-by-step introduction to cotton, wool, silk, linen and their man-made counterparts. During the class you'll put together a useful swatch kit to reference in the future whenever a little refresher is desired.

 

This class is perfect for anyone wanting to improve their knowledge of textiles no matter the trade.

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Pop-up Britex: Color Blocking Workshop with Jamie Lau

Thursday, May 16 from 7 pm - 9 pm

$25 class fee includes all materials

 

Eventbrite - Pop-up Britex: Color Blocking Workshop with Jamie Lau

 

Pop-up kindly hosted by Photobooth

1193 Valencia Street @ 23rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

 

Every month Britex Fabrics proudly presents Pop-up Britex.

Pop-up Britex brings textile and design education to neighborhoods across San Francisco in collaboration with our favorite venues and artists. To help us sharpen our wits, Four Barrel Coffee provides drinks and bites for every pop-up. Special thanks to our sponsors Apparel Arts and Photobooth.

 

Color Blocking Workshop:

 

 

Workshop Description
Color blocking is a fashion trend that emerges time and time again on the runway and beyond. In this interactive and creative workshop, students will have access to an assortment of fabric swatches and use croquis templates to sketch out design ideas by combining two or more blocks of color in an ensemble. This can be for a top, bottom, or dress. Liven up an old sewing pattern or bring a simple silhouette to life through color blocking and explore the use of monotone, bright colors, muted colors, contrasting and complimentary colors, and more!

We’ll review examples as inspiration for creating your own designs, from Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic 1965 Mondrian dress to styles by modern-day designers. The instructor will also provide a live demo of altering two existing patterns to achieve a new color blocked look.

 

About Jamie

 Jamie Lau is a designer, sewing instructor, fashion editor, and author based in Brooklyn. She received a sewing machine for her twenty-fifth birthday and hasn’t put it down since. A native San Franciscan and 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, ikats, and vintage-inspired fabric for her line Jamie Lau Designs.

In addition to doing custom work (including bridal), Jamie also teaches sewing courses at 3rd Ward and the Textile Arts Center. Jamie is the Co-Author, Lead Designer, and Art Director of BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern, an in-depth patternmaking and sewing guide published in 2012 by Potter Craft (The Crown Publishing Group/Random House, Inc.), and previously worked as the Editorial and E-commerce Manager of BurdaStyle.com.

Jamie's work has been featured in the Fashion & Style section of The New York Times, Brooklyn Based, Martha Stewart Living Radio, and Martha Stewart Weddings. Her handmade work has sold at the Renegade Craft Fair, the SFMOMA Artists Gallery, and Needles & Pens.

 

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Pop-up Britex: Warp x Weft: Textile 101

Thursday, April 4, 2013 from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

$25 class fee includes swatch kit

 

Eventbrite - Pop-up Britex: Warp x Weft: Textile 101

 

Pop-up kindly hosted by Worshop SF

1798 McAllister Street @ Baker
San Francisco, CA 94115

 

Every month Britex Fabrics proudly presents Pop-up Britex.

Pop-up Britex brings textile and design education to neighborhoods across San Francisco in collaboration with our favorite venues and artists. Workshop SF hosts this pop-up and Four Barrel Coffee provides drinks. 

 

Warp x Weft: Textile 101:


 

Warp x Weft Workshop Description

Be a textile know-it-all! In this class we'll detail the process from fiber to textile, show you loads of samples and dig into the terminology that will deeply improve your experience as a sewer. We'll start by discussing woven fabrics vs. knit fabrics and how each of these are constructed. Next, we'll demystify the major fiber types through a step-by-step introduction to cotton, wool, silk, linen and their man-made counterparts. During the class you'll put together a useful swatch kit to reference in the future whenever a little refresher is desired.

 

This class is perfect for anyone wanting to improve their knowledge of textiles no matter the trade.

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Pop-up Britex would not be possible without the help of our sponsors:


       

             

Pop-up Britex: Dress Demonstration by Sonya Philip

Thursday, March 14, 2013 from 7 pm - 9 pm

$25 class fee includes pattern + material

 

Eventbrite - Pop-up Britex: Dress Demo by Sonya Philip

 

Pop-up kindly hosted by Makeshift Society

235 Gough Street (between Fell and Oak)
San Francisco, CA 94102

 

Every month Britex Fabrics proudly presents Pop-up Britex.

Pop-up Britex brings textile and design education to neighborhoods across San Francisco in collaboration with our favorite venues and artists. Makeshift society located in Hayes Valley, hosts this pop-up and Four Barrel Coffee provides drinks.

 

100 Acts of Sewing Dress Demo:


 


Workshop Description:

100 Acts of Sewing is the ongoing project of fiber artist Sonya Philip. This personal challenge to sew one hundred dresses in a year, also aims to reacquaint people with the skills required to make clothing. In this class, Sonya will walk students through all the steps to make a simple, sleeveless dress that is extremely wearable with a flattering A-line silhouette. The neck and armholes are finished with a simple bias tape facing, and pockets add both flair and utility. The class will demonstrate how to cut pattern pieces, different methods of finishing seams, making bias tape, hemming, and the best method for creating patch pockets. The pattern, in six sizes, will be provided for students take home.

 

About Sonya:

Sonya Philip has always made things. It's the way things were done in her family. Both parents encouraged her to truly look at things and instilled a love for the handmade. Sonya studied art and printmaking in high school with every intention of going to art school. Life intervened, as did other areas of fascination, eventually leading to an MFA in Creative Writing. As a self-taught artist, she enjoys the freedom of exploring and stretching mediums. Her latest project, 100 Acts of Sewing will continue a series of exhibits and workshops around the country from 2012 through 2013. Sonya lives in San Francisco with her family.

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30% Off In-Store Spring Sale

Monday, February 18 from 10 AM - 7 PM

Step into Spring with phenomenal savings for all your sewing needs. Join us on Monday, February 18 from 10 AM to 7 PM for this storewide one day sale. Enjoy 30% savings on fabrics, notions and previously discounted remnants all day long.

 

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

Jamie Lau, co-author of BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern

BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern SF Book Launch

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 from 7 pm - 9 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!

Featuring:
-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

Plus door prizes from Britex Fabrics, MOO, and Makeshift Society, a sneak peak of the garments featured in the book, book signing with co-author and BurdaStyle editor Jamie Lau, and more!

RSVP to TEAM@BURDASTYLE.COM with "12/18 SF Book Launch Party" in the subject line.
30% Off In-Store Sale

30% Off In-Store Sale

Monday, October 8 from 10 am - 7 pm

Put on your sewing caps and start planning! Whether you are making a custom-tailored coat or holiday gifts, this is your opportunity to get the dreamiest top-quality fabrics way below regular price. Find gorgeous woolens, fine worsteds, printed silks, quality linen, comfy cottons and so much more. Each floor offers an abundance of possibilities.

Quench your need for textiles and notions during our storewide ONE DAY sale, Monday, October 8 from 10 AM to 7 PM. Find all the in-store fabrics and notions you love at 30% off regular price. See you there!

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

Meet couturiere Ellen J on Sept. 22nd

Trunk Show with Ellen J Custom Couture

Saturday, September 22 from 2 - 4:30 PM

Join us for a trunk show presentation with Ellen J Custom Couture. Meet Ellen J and learn what it means to create a couture garment!

Ellen J Custom Couture,  offers the luxury of one-of-a-kind "haute" couture apparel for every occasion. Impeccable fit and ultimate flattery are hallmarks of the Ellen J style--classic feminine elegance with a modern point of view. From fabulously wearable suits and jackets, to cocktail dresses and spectacular gowns, the Ellen J woman moves confidently through her multi-faceted life.

Ellen's formal couture training includes intensive study with well-known bridal couturier, author and teacher Susan Khalje. She also studied pattern making with Julien Cristofoli, an expert in the art of moulage, in which patterns are created directly on the dress form.

It is the very fusion of science, talent, and a remarkably discerning eye that endows her with an extraordinary ability to visualize and ultimately create each finished piece. Her focus is razor sharp on magnifying femininity while working with the finest materials and outstanding workmanship.

Kindly RSVP to rsvp@britexfabrics.com

From top: Scissors & Cloth, DeAnna Gibbons Millinery, Escobar Tailors, Duchess Clothier & Al's Attire

Designer Spotlight Series - Menswear & Shirtmaking

Thursday, September 20 from 7 - 9 PM

Who hasn't dreamed of wearing a custom-made three-piece suit? On September 20th, men and women will find tailors to suit their every angle and curve.


Britex Fabrics celebrates its sixtieth anniversary with this special series of design community events. Join us for festive evenings of mingling with some of our favorite designers, dressmakers and tailors. Choose the perfect collaborator for your custom garment, from an array of top-notch talent--and bring your ideas to life.


Carlos Morin of Scissors & Cloth is a men's custom tailored shirtmaker based out of downtown, San Francisco.  He began his career as a tailor for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, built men's and women's hats for DeAnna Gibbons Millinery and created evening gowns for a distinct S.F. population.


DeAnna Gibbons Millinery - Gibbons’ designs embody her passion for the craftsmanship of artisan millinery. A fusion of classic and modern; blocking and draping techniques are employed to create innovative head pieces for men and women. Drawing on over 25 years of millinery experience and working with major international retailers, costume shops and individuals DeAnna Gibbons Millinery offers bespoke headpieces for the lover of  fashion-forward headwear.

Owner of Escobar Tailors, Efrain has 50 years of experience in creating high quality custom tailored clothing for men and women. He has worked at some of the finest boutiques and retail stores in the Bay Area and provides exclusive tailoring service for Burberry of Walnut Creek. He provides retail and tailoring services and works collaboratively with his clients to design custom-made clothing that achieves the perfect style and fit.

Duchess, Clothier offers fine custom suits, separates & shirts with the highest level of care, expertise, approachability and taste. From Victorian styles to present day trends, from a daily white buttondown shirt to a velvet or tweed fantasy suit, Duchess offers the best in experience and craftsmanship-- and with the ideal fit and comfort. Based in Portland, Oregon since its inception in 2005, Duchess is a small, woman-owned and run business with a brand new showroom in the Mission.

Al’s Attire is a North Beach Atelier workshop established by Al Ribaya in 1979 that specializes in handcrafted men's and women's custom and short-run production for boutiques, designers, and individual clients.  Al's Attire is known for bespoke suits, shoes, dresses, coats, shirts, ties, hats, and handcrafted leather bags.  "Our job is about being able to build someone's dream," says Ribaya. "I consider my clients as the designer.”

Please RSVP for this event by calling the store at (415) 392-2910 or by sending an email to rsvp@britexfabrics.com.

From top: Trayvon Martin Art Quilt, Sara Trail with Maddie

Trayvon Martin Art Quilt by Sara Trail

Thursday, September 6 from 6 - 7:30 PM

On exhibit from September 3 - September 15
Art opening on Thursday, September 6 from 6 - 7:30 PM

Britex Fabrics is proud to showcase Sara Trail and the compassionate gesture she has made through the use of textiles. With her skill and knowledge of textiles, she has created a portrait of Trayvon Martin that will allow him to be remembered by anyone who sees her art quilt. For Sara Trail, the Trayvon Martin Art Quilt speaks to the racial tension still prevalent in American society. Her goal is to "cement his face into fabric and remind others, that until justice is served for young Trayvon Martin, we need to keep his family in our thoughts and prayers."

Seventeen year old Sara Trail is the nationally published author of “Sew With Sara” and “Cool Stuff to Sew with Sara.” When Sara is not writing, she can be found designing fabrics, clothing, bedding and accessories! As a licensed designer for Fabri-Quilt Fabrics of Kansas City, Missouri, Sara's fabric collections, including “Biology 101” and “FolkHeart” are high quality, all cotton gorgeous designer fabrics also available in the global marketplace. She is also a licensed designer for the world's largest and oldest pattern company, "Simplicity Patterns - Designed With Love By Sara." Currently, Sara is a freshman at University of California, Berkeley.

Meet Sara on Thursday, September 6 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at Britex Fabrics.

Kindly RSVP to rsvp@britexfabrics.com

CRAFT BAR with Britex Fabrics

Thursday, August 2nd from 6 - 8 PM

51 Yerba Buena Lane
San Francisco, CA 94103
(@ Mission between Third & Fourth)

Join us at the August Craft Bar for a hand-sewing Cloth Tool Kit workshop. Good for all crafters from sewers to book binders to knitters. $5 includes admission and materials. RSVP: craftbar [at] mocfa.org.

Featuring an original, easy to follow, craft project designed to guide and encourage creativity, CRAFT BAR allows the participant to create a handmade take-away from a museum gallery setting. Activities are led by visiting artists or resident crafters, who also demonstrate the projects live online in the Virtual Labs, Etsy's online interactive classrooms, at 1pm PT the day of CRAFT BAR for those unable to attend in-person. For those who prefer less structure, there is also a Stitch and Bitch area to continue projects or start new ones.

From crocheting with recycled plastic bags to creating fabric flower brooches and hand-sewing plushie robots, there is something to engage all ages. When weather permits, a Craft Garden is opened on Yerba Buena Lane. Trumer Pils provides refreshments; Britex Fabrics provides materials; and other local food and musicians often contribute to create an event overflowing with food, drink, and socializing.

Take inspiration from the Museum Gallery and the Store while you explore the creative process @ CRAFT BAR!

Designer Spotlight Series - Costume & Corsetry

Thursday, July 26 from 7 - 9 PM

We are no longer taking reservations for this event.

From cabaret to red carpet, from Burning Man to the Dickens Fair, this event brings you the designers responsible for the most daring and memorable costumes.

Britex Fabrics celebrates its sixtieth anniversary with this special series of design community events. Join us for festive evenings of mingling with some of our favorite designers, dressmakers and tailors. Choose the perfect collaborator for your custom garment, from an array of top-notch talent--and bring your ideas to life.

House of Nines Design is an independent hat maker based in San Francisco. All our hats are individually made by hand using a mix of traditional and modern techniques and only high quality materials. We produce custom hats and three ready-to-wear collections per year.


Sheri Jurnecka
, a practicing San Francisco attorney, costumer, and corsetiere, has enjoyed creating and wearing fantasy and historical costumes since she was a teenager.  Her interest in costuming has evolved over time to include embellished and imaginative corsetry as the basis for opulent evening and bridal wear.

Satin Shadow custom designs historical costumes for both men and women.  From English Regency evening wear for men, including fall front breeches, to enchanting and highly embellished Victorian Gowns that are perfect for a romantic period wedding, to alluring Jazz Era dresses, exceptional for dancing away the night.  Our goal is to make your fantasy costume a reality.

In business since 1989, Dark Garden's uniqueness lies in their approach to making people feel beautiful - they create corsets and wedding gowns that truly express each individual's personality and style, bringing out their natural beauty and boosting confidence. They believe every person has the right to feel gorgeous, not only on their wedding day, but any day they choose to make special. Through careful design and fitting, they produce beautiful, timeless and stylish garments that flatter and fit with amazing comfort. (Both photos are by Joel Aron.)

Lynne Rose Giovannetti
has been professionally designing and creating costumes for the past twenty years.  Each garment is researched in detail, and exquisitely constructed.   Lynne’s work has graced the stage of many venues:  Costume Director for the Sacramento Opera; UC Davis 2009 M.F.A. in Costume Design; Artist in Residence California Musical Theatre and several dance troupes.  Currently, Lynne is a Professor at Sacramento City College, where she is the lead instructor in Fashion & Interiors. 

We are no longer taking reservations for this event. 

Designer Spotlight Series - Wardrobe Essentials

Thursday, May 31 from 7 - 9 PM

On May 31st, we focus on the everyday pieces that define your uniqueness--skirts, pants, dresses, jackets and more--designed just for you.

Britex Fabrics celebrates its sixtieth anniversary with this special series of design community events. Join us for festive evenings of mingling with some of our favorite designers, dressmakers and tailors. Choose the perfect collaborator for your custom garment, from an array of top-notch talent--and bring your ideas to life.

Kika Hewel
creates elaborate custom-made garments and collections in her SF studio. Originally from Germany--where she completed a Couture education-- Kika moved to San Francisco and now studies Fashion Design at the Academy of Art. Her award-winning collection called Transforms, in which a cape becomes a skirt and sleeves transform to a vest, was displayed at Britex Fabrics last Fall.

Poppy von Frohlich
is a wool coat company based in San Francisco, California. Trudy Hodges, owner and designer, is a Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) alumna and has years of freelance patternmaking and custom sewing experience. As a Poppy von Frohlich client, you will collaborate closely with Trudy to create a one-of-a-kind wool coat that fits your individual aesthetic, figure and lifestyle.  It is a process that will change your consumer experience forever.

Heather Habig
is a San Francisco-based designer, patternmaker, seamstress and educator. She has a decade of experience in the fashion industry at every level, from a small local boutique to a large company. Heather's love of vintage style and quality are apparent in every garment she creates for her customers.

Janet Ghilarducci, inspired by her mother, began sewing at the age of eleven. She views each project as an opportunity to study and hone her unique skill, and is always excited to take on new challenges. Through her commitment to quality workmanship and perfect fit, Janet has acquired a faithful following of clients throughout the greater Bay Area.

Improv Sewing Workshop: Make Your Own Scarf

Friday, May 4 from 2 -4 PM

The sewing world is about to go improv! Join authors Nicole Blum and Debra Immergut and discover how to have more fun with your sewing machine in this free demo/workshop. Learn simple techniques for embellishing inexpensive knit jersey and adding a ton of personal style to your sewn projects. Get hands-on experience and leave with a beautiful, comfy jersey scarf. Beginners welcome! Limited space available.

Nicole and Debra are the authors of the just-published book Improv Sewing: A Freeform Approach to Creative Techniques; 101 Fast, Fun, and Fearliess Projects: Dresses, Tunics, Scarves, Skirts, Accessories, Pillows, Curtains and More.  Nicole is an artist, crafter, blogger, and sewing entrepreneur who sells her sewn jersey creations through her blog, One Golden Apple, and at craft fairs. Debra is a writer and content packager, and senior editor at FamilyFun magazine. She blogs with Nicole Blum at Improv Diary.

The workshop, including materials and instructions by authors, is free of charge.

Designer Spotlights - Bridal & Evening Wear

Thursday, March 15 from 7 - 9 PM

Britex Fabrics celebrates its sixtieth anniversary with this special series of design community events. Beginning on March 15, we are hosting four Designer Spotlights, each of which showcases a particular design theme--from Bridal & Evening Wear in March to Wardrobe Essentials in May, to Costumes & Corsetry in July and Menswear & Shirtmaking in September.

Join us for festive evenings of mingling with some of the Bay Area's most innovative designers and dressmakers. Choose the perfect collaborator for your special project, from an array of top-notch talent--and bring your ideas to life.

Please RSVP to info@britexfabrics.com or by phone at (415) 392-2910.

Meet the Bridal & Evening Wear designers:

Karen Tierney of Studio Trousseau
has been a design professional for over 25 years in the Bay Area. Her focus is on designing and producing custom-made wedding gowns and historic gowns, and the restoration and preservation of historic gowns—particularly the lacework. Her detailed work reflects her ability to blend history with fashion-forward style.

Amy-Jo Tatum
produces extraordinary, one-of-a-kind dresses in her custom design studio Bridal Alternatives. She has been a columnist for SF Art and Fashion News, has a weekly fashion gig on One Wed, and founded a networking organization called The Design Project of San Francisco. She is currently working on a book called 'Bride Chic', about that white gown and special designer/client relationship.

Helena Chenn
is a wardrobe expert and image consultant. Her specialties include custom couture design, wedding gowns and tailoring and alterations for both men and women. Helena is co-author of the book Image Power: Top Image Experts Share What to Know to Look Your Best, and an active member of the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI), the Association of Sewing & Design Professionals (ASDP), the American Sewing Guild (ASG) and The Textile Arts Council.

Hester Michael
is a fabric artist specializing in custom sewing and pattern making. Hester studied fashion and costume design in San Francisco at FIDM and the Louise Salinger Academy of Fashion, earning her BFA. Since then she has been a Fashion Instructor at FIDM and the Art Institute of California and a designer for local couturiers. She continues to be creative with textile weaving, art to wear, painting and pastel drawing.

Monique Zhang is a principal designer, stylist, and trendsetter. Over the course of her diversified fashion career, she has brought her Asian heritage to American culture to showcase her artistry, from fashion design to image branding to entrepreneurship. Her high style custom design studio Cicada Couture (with a showroom in Union Square) features her signature line of special occasion apparel, which are also available at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and boutiques in NYC, LA, Honolulu, Santa Fe and Shanghai.

Melissa Bolin of Kitty Andrews followed her heart into the art of millinery, and is passionate about its rich history. Her inspiration comes from costuming and haute couture, pin-up and punk rock, and years of traveling and living abroad in Japan. At Kitty Andrews, she combines traditional knowledge, techniques, and design precedents with a fresh, youthful approach drawing on modern materials and tastes. Each piece—meticulously crafted by hand, from the highest quality fabrics, felts and trimmings—is a unique adornment.

The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook Launch Party

Monday, December 12 from 5pm-9pm

Join BurdaStyle on Monday, December 12th from 5-9pm at TechShop SoMa for The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook Launch Party – San Francisco.

Head over to our Britex Fabrics table for some seriously fashionable DIY holiday gift ideas for women, men and kids including a Cozy Slipper Demo with take home instructions for everyone. Not to mention, the first 50 guests to arrive receive a free Clip-on Bow Tie Kit!

Stop by for food, drinks, fun and activities: grab a seat at our Make + Take booth to whip up your own drawstring bag project with specially printed book cover fabric from Spoonflower and Renaissance Ribbons; test your luck at Bingo with our friends from ModCloth; grab some friends and jump in our photo booth; get creative with Instructables’ LEGO jewelry workshop.

So mark your calendars for December 12th and meet us at TechShop SoMa – 926 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA for The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook San Francisco Launch Party!

If you don't already know and love BurdaStyle, visit them! They are the best online sewing community out there!

Workshops by Sandra Betzina

Tuesday, November 1 from 7pm-10pm

PART II: Let's Make Pants
Join us for the second part this two part series as we explore the makings of well-suited pants.

Everyone loves a well-fitted pant. In the same style as Part I, Sandra will bring her fitting sloper in all sizes from Vogue's Today's Fit patterns for you to try on. She will determine what alterations you need to make. Good pant fabric choices will be discussed as well as underlining and lining. Next, Sandra will show you her easy fly front technique, welt pockets, invisible zipper and  clean finish waistband.

Class size limited to 22. Class fee is $75 per person or $120 for both classes. Please call Britex to reserve your space (415-392-2910).

The Party Dress Book Event

Tuesday, September 27 from 2pm-5pm

Please join notable fashion designer and entrepreneur Mary Adams at Britex Fabrics for a book signing celebration of her new book The Party Dress Book published by Random House. Mary will be signing books and showing off her collection of one of a kind pieces for special occasions. Receive 20% off on regular priced fabrics with your book purchase. 

Mary grew up in the Pacific Northwest where she started her business designing and sewing dresses. She migrated to New York City in the 80's where she was part of a group of unique individuals that set up shops and pursued their goals, revitalizing the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Mary has continued her creative endeavors through dressmaking, developing her own techniques and style which she shares with you in her book, along with her inspiration and influences which include Japanese prints from the Edo period, jellyfish and the fabulous 50's. Mary’s collection embodies her particular style that comes out of years and years of following her own distinctive vision.

Visit maryadamsthedress.com to learn more about the book and the beautiful dresses.

Workshops by Sandra Betzina

Tuesday, September 20 from 7pm-10pm

PART I: Let's Make Shirts
Join us for this two part series as we explore the makings of masterfully-fitted shirts and well-suited pants.

Before you learn the nitty gritty of making a shirt, you need to know how to alter the pattern to fit you. Sandra will bring fitting shells in all sizes for her best selling shirt Vogue 1165. Sandra will fit you and determine what alterations you may need for rounded back, large or small bust, small shoulders, broad back, large arms and rounded tummy. Next you will see fabrics which make the best shirts followed by foolproof techniques for tailored sleeve plackets, pointed collar, neckbands, French and flat fell seams , bulk free buttonholes and shirttail hems. Make your next shirt with total confidence.

Class size limited to 22. Class fee is $75 per person or $120 for both classes. Please call Britex to reserve your space (415-392-2910).

CRAFT BAR: Spats Workshop

Thursday, September 1 from 6pm-8pm

$5 admission includes materials, tips and tricks
at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art

Whether you have never held a needle before or pack decades of sewing experience, the Museum of Craft and Folk Art and Britex Fabrics have a spat-tastic workshop event. Make your very own pair of spats with the guidance of fashionable Britex and MoCFA staff. We'll help you through the basics of hand sewing and construction. Materials are donated by Britex Fabrics and beer is kindly provided by local favorite Trumer Pils. Strut through town looking lovelier than ever in handmade spats. And, if you joined us a few months ago for the bowtie making workshop, spats and bowties make a lovely pair (or trio).

CRAFT BAR is an innovative Museum of Craft and Folk Art public program which connects the crafting community to the museum’s educational and curatorial mission by creating a vibrant and dynamic afterhours collective crafting environment. The love of making and the desire to socialize are brought together under the MOCFA artistic programming umbrella @ CRAFT BAR.

Trunk Show Presentation with Marcy Tilton

Wednesday, June 15 from 7PM to 9:30PM

See a trunk show of Marcy’s inspirational & wonderfully creative wardrobe, the result of experience and research, including garments from her own closet as well as original garments and accessories from her Vogue designs. 

Marcy will discuss current fashion, sewing and textile trends, how to recognize foolproof fabrics, and choosing the right style/designs/patterns. You’ll be treated to a lively collection of tips, techniques and ideas from one of the premier mavens of the sewing world and will go home with a fresh set of eyes’ so your sewing ‘to do’ list and your closet will contain clothes that work together, look and feel great on you, and fulfill the needs of your current life, including extraordinary everyday clothes.

The class fee is $60 and includes 30 minutes of consultation time with Marcy. Call or visit Britex to participate.