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  • Chuleenan of C Sews.com Makes a Fabulous Pilvi Coat--From Our Yard Sale Fabric!

    November 16, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    As soon as I saw this colorful fabric, I thought to myself, "Pilvi Coat!" A simple design is great for a large print because you can show off the print to full advantage. That's what I like this pattern from the sewing book Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style. Plus the coat has pockets! I had fun using colorful fabric scraps for my pockets.

     

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    I love the colorful painterly design of this home dec fabric, which is a digital print from Spain. It had been marked down to $20/yard because the manufacturer forgot to put a selvage on one side of the fabric.

     

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    Now this beautiful fabric is part of the ongoing Yard Sale at Britex Fabrics, which means you can take an additional 40 to 60% off. So you can get it for $12/yard or less, which is a great. There's limited stock and it's going fast.

     

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    The painterly design inspired me to wear my vintage Kangol beret (label on the inside and no kangaroo) and take photos next to this striking mural. The hand is holding a paintbrush, which seems appropriate. You can't see the brush in these photos because it's several feet above my head. I love how this pattern shows off the fabric.

     

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    The Pilvi Coat has raglan sleeves and just a few pattern pieces - front, back, sleeves, pockets, and facings for the back and shoulder. There are no darts. The front facing is part of front pattern piece. You just fold it back and attach it to the shoulder facing. You can see it in this photo. My hand is on the front facing.

     

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    I debated whether or not to use interfacing for the facing. The fabric is home dec weight but it does have a nice drape so I decided to use some lightweight woven interfacing in my stash. I probably didn't need it but it does ensure that the front corners don't flop down.

    Home dec fabric can fray and this fabric certainly did. So I had to take care to finish all the seams. I used three different techniques due to time constraints and aesthetics. This is an unlined coat so for the seams that would most likely to be seen when taking the coat off (or putting it on), I decided to finish with bias tape. I used this technique for the facing and the hems (sleeves and bottom).

     

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    I used bias tape in my stash – premade Wright's bias tape in royal blue and a vintage bias tape in a tiny floral print, plus some striped silk bias tape the I made, which was leftover from a past coat I made. You can see the striped bias tape in the hem.

     

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    It's fun to use leftover bias tape in a project! What's great about using bias tape is that the fold is your guide. You line up the raw edge of your fabric with the bias tape and sew. Then you fold the bias tape over the raw edge, press and stitch in the ditch.

    I serged the side seams and sleeves. For this pattern, you sew the sleeves, pockets and side seams in one long seam. Here's the side seam and the hem bound with bias tape.

     

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    If I had more time, I would have bound the side seams, which would have looked nicer but I didn't have enough bias tape on hand and I didn't have the time to do that.

    The third finishing technique I used was a triple zigzag stitch to finish the seams attaching the sleeves to the front and back as well as on the pockets. You can see the zig zag here.

     

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    The book instructs you to topstitch the hem and facing but I decided I didn't want a seam on this lovely fabric. So I hand stitched the facing and hem in place. It took a couple of hours to get that done because I used tiny stitches, catching one or two threads of my fabric and then the edge of the bias tape. It's a bit hard to see in this photo.

     

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    It was a bit tedious but it was worth it. Here's a close-up of the finished (and invisible!) hand stitching.

     

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    I made size XL for this coat. I have broad shoulders and a small bust. If you have a full bust, you will likely need to make some pattern adjustments or the coat may not drape very well.

     

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    If you make something from Yard Sale fabric and share it on Instagram by Nov. 20 using the hashtag #yardsalefabricmagic and tag @britexfabrics, you could win a big of fantastic fabrics and notions.

    To see more of Chuleenan's amazing work, visit her at csews.com!


  • Expanded Store Hours...and an In-Store Sale!

    November 1, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Join us and Lighten Our load.

    Thursday, Friday, and Saturday - open until 7 pm!

    40% to 60% off selected in-store ONLY fabrics and notions!


  • Striped Bouclé Coat by Shams

    October 31, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Hey! It's Shams of Communing with Fabric with another garment made from a beautiful Britex fabric! For this project, my assignment was to choose a fabric from the Wool category. I quickly settled on this beautiful bouclé, Coat-Weight Black & Winter White Wool Blend Bouclé (Made in Italy). It's 80% wool and 20% polyester.
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    I absolutely love this fabric! If you know bouclé, you know that it's more loosely woven than most wool fabrics, and it can ravel. And, yes, this fabric ravels, but that means that you can use it to make fabulous fringe! Its content is mostly wool, but I did not find it to be scratchy. If possible scratchiness concerns you, order a swatch. I've been inspired by recent Chanel collections (and, of course, Chanel is famous for their use of bouclé). The 2018 Spring show was held recently in Paris. If you watch just the first few minutes, you'll see wonderful bouclé dresses, tops, pants, and coats featuring long fringe:

  • Meghan of Made By Meg Visits the 4th Floor Yard Sale at Britex...

    October 26, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    When you have champagne taste but a yard sale budget, what better thing to do than hit up the Britex yard sale! Last week I browsed Britex's selection of silks, wools, cottons, and novelty fabrics and came away with this perfect bolt end of silk blend. With so many fabrics marked down for the yard sale, there's nothing to stop you from looking classy on a budget.

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    Once I got my fabric home, I had to decide what to make. I'm currently interviewing for jobs and so I thought that this fabric, which has a bit of stretch, would look lovely as a sheath dress. Nothing like having something a bit expensive looking to tell them you're worth it!

    Of course, I knew I had to think carefully about how to deal with the print. I love windowpane prints, but you don't want something with too much seaming breaking up all those lovely lines! To solve this problem, I selected a Lekala pattern with long double pointed darts down the front and back. This allowed me to add shaping to the dress without disrupting the pattern. To do this, I carefully laid out my pattern pieces so that the darts fell between the vertical lines of the fabric. Then, carefully matching the horizontal lines, I sewed the darts closed. Voila! Shaping without disrupting the look of the fabric!

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    I love the little cap sleeves and pleats of this pattern. Combined with the stretch of the silk blend, this dress looks classy but is comfy enough to wear all day. I wish I could say the same for my heels!

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    To get your own fabric on a budget, hurry into our brick-and-mortar store and check out the Yard Sale on our 2nd and 4th floors--we are adding more fabrics and more discounts every day! Yard Sale fabrics are $3, $5, $10, $20 and $30 per yard. For more from Meghan, visit www.madebymeg.us


  • Peggy Sagers--Creator of NPR and PBS hit Fit2Stitch and Silhouette Patterns--Appears at Britex 11/9-11/11! Save the Dates!

    October 20, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    peggy-cropped Mark November 9-11 (Thursday through Saturday) on your calendars: sewing celeb Peggy Sagers is making a rare appearance in the Bay Area, here at Britex Fabrics! Peggy offers an uncomplicated, yet professional approach to fit that's suitable for all sewing levels. Please note! Class size on 11/9 and 11/11 is limited! Order tickets now!

    Day One is a three-hour workshop (2-5 PM, Thursday, 11/9) on How to Fit the Perfect Pants. In this small, highly personalized workshop, you will learn that making a garment fit correctly will save you hours...and that sewing a pair of pants can take less time than taking a shower. Participants will receive a free pattern upon sign-up, in order to make up a muslin before the class.

    Day Two is a late afternoon Wine and Cheese Q & A with Peggy (4-6 PM Friday, 11/10). You'll get to know her, and learn how to combat Gaposis--those unsightly gaps in the armholes, neckline or bust of tops. Peggy will show you how to solve this problem on your own figure, and then how to apply those fixes to everything else you make for yourself. Attendees will receive a free Silhouette pattern!

    Day Three is a fit feast called Fitting Yourself, by Yourself. (10:30-12:30 PM Saturday, 11/11) Come hear what you don't know about fit, and it will change the way you sew and shop forever. Bring your own garment and get fit tips! Tasty tidbits are provided; attendees will receive a free DVD!

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  • Big Britex 30% off Allover Sale

    October 1, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Almost everything in-store and online is 30% off! It's time for our colossal San Francisco Fall Sale again. You can shop for the finest fabrics available at prices worth celebrating. Our traditional sale includes fabrics, notions and remnants of truly unique materials.

    SHOP EITHER IN OUR SAN FRANCISCO STORE OR IN OUR ONLINE STORE!
    30% Off In-Store Columbus Day Sale*
    Monday, October 9th 10-6 and Tuesday, October 10th, 10-6

    *Sale is limited to stock on floor. Imported/vintage lace, Liberty, velvets, already discounted items (excluding remnants) and specialty items not included. No mail orders, phone, or special orders. Minimum fabric cut is 1/2 yard in the SF store and 1 yard in the online store. Online sale is midnight to midnight PST.

     

     


  • Euler Bralette Tutorial from Sophie Hines of alltheunderwear.sophiehines.com

    September 29, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    lace-bra-1-small Ooooh how I love sewing my own lingerie!! There are so many little ways to make a bra or pair of undies totally unique, and just exactly what you love to wear and feel comfy in! One of my favorite fabrics to work with is stretch lace. It can be so soft and lovely, and it has such a beautiful romantic effect when used in lingerie! Stretch lace can be difficult to find, at times, but Britex really has some incredible pieces to choose from!! As soon as I saw this deep blue corded lace, I immediately thought of this black and blue Euler Bralette!!

  • Make Something Out of It -- With Britex Fabrics Project Bags!

    September 11, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    britex_project-menu_v4 Choose from a selection of FREE Notions Specials to complete your project for the next two weeks--Monday, September 11 thru Saturday, September 23!

    Help us celebrate our upcoming move to 117 Post Street (December 2017) by stopping into our brick-and-mortar store and stocking up on Notions. Spend $25 on fabric and select three free specials from the Project Menu* above; spend $50 to select five; and spend $100 to select seven.

    Just pay for your fabric on the Main Floor and head up to Notions, where your receipt indicates how many selections you can make. Then fill your Project Bag with useful goodies!

    *Please note: Sorry, in-store only. One Project Menu per customer; purchases from multiple customers cannot be combined. Project Menu Specials good through Saturday, September 23.


  • Brilliantly Colored Lace Coat - Emily Payne

    September 8, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Talented local designer, former Britex employee, and former Project Runway contestant Emily Payne made this stunning lace coat dress for a bride. We love the brilliant hot colors and the veritable explosion of flowers! This amazing embroidered black tulle fabric is from the first floor of Britex Fabrics, and the delicate wine-colored frogs are from our third floor.

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  • Britex Fabrics is Moving!

    September 7, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Britex Fabrics is moving--just around the corner.  After many wonderful decades of Britex at 146 Geary Street, we are starting an exciting new chapter at 117 Post Street in Union Square, starting in December 2017. Our team is thrilled to move forward and shape our beautiful new space, and we hope and think you will be too.

    To celebrate the changes, we invite you to Make Something Out of It. Over the next four months, you'll be treated to special in-store and online events and promotions...so check your inbox for regular announcements!

    We promise to continue to bring you the fabrics and embellishments that make Britex special. Britex is Britex, no matter the address. We look forward to sharing both our current space and our future home: Please join us for both!


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