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  • New York Fashion Week Turns 75

    September 14, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    When it began in 1943, New York Fashion Week was known as Press Week. This year, New York Fashion Week boasts 151 shows over a nine day period. For many designers, the past is to be celebrated and looking to the future is exciting. In 1973 Diane Von Furstenberg was in her first New York Fashion Week show, held at the Pierre Hotel. She wore one of her wrap dresses and remembers being there with Jerry Hall and her kids. Carolina Herrera's first New York Fashion Week was in 1981 at the Metropolitan Club, and featured live music.

    Furstenberg 1974Von Furstenberg's First Fashion Show (DVF Archives)

    Zac Posen first showed his work in 2002, after preparing his models in his parent's living room. Alexander Wang first appeared in New York fashion Week in 2007, in a Chelsea warehouse. He was eating greasy pizza backstage with his friends who were the dressers and models for the show. Miguel Adrover was neighbors with Quentin Crisp, and in his first New York Fashion Week show, he showed a coat that was re-purposed from Quentin's mattress after he passed away. He has continued to re-purpose things in answer to a world that is "disposable".

    Quentin Crisp CoatAdrover's Re-purposed Coat Created from Crisp's Mattress

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  • Silk Necktie and Cocktail Dress by Andrea

    September 14, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Andrea Kneilands a Britex Fabrics customer from Port Hope, Canada ordered a lovely stretch silk print fabric online, and created a lovely dress and silk tie. Britex Fabrics ships internationally, to almost everywhere! Check out this silk print fabric and others here.
    "Hello, I was so happy with my silk fabric I ordered from you I thought I would share a picture of the finished dress and tie. Thank you for the great customer service." - Andrea Kneilands
    CUSTOMER FEATURE 9 2016 Andrea has been sewing since she was about 7 or 8 years old. Her Mother and Nanny sewed. They taught her how to sew. She made dolls and doll clothes. In High School she took Home Economics and private sewing lessons. This is when she started to make clothes for people, and she has been making them ever since. She had a small business when her children were little, where she made children’s  clothes and some ladies wear. She has always sewn her own dress up clothing. Continue Reading

  • Peacoat Fashion: Then & Now

    September 9, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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      The origin of the word peacoat is from the Dutch word pije, which in Dutch describes a coat made from coarse wool fabric.  (The Great Wall of Wool inside Britex Fabrics is over 110 feet long) While it was originally the Dutch who first created the peacoat, it was the British Navy who popularized it. The British version was created as a uniform for petty officers, and was also known as a pettycoat for this reason. After the British began wearing peacoats, the design eventually made its way across the Atlantic to the U.S. The United States Navy had sailors known as reefers, who were the people responsible for climbing up the rigging of the sailing ships.

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  • Create Elegant 18th Century Footwear with American Duchess

    September 9, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Lauren from the impressive historical costuming blog, American Duchess, has a particular penchant for 18th century fashion. She developed this marvelous tutorial on how to gussy up a pair of Pompadour 18th century shoes using  braid trim, metallic lace trim, petersham ribbon, silk ribbon and more....all items available from Britex Fabrics. Get ready for your next bucolic frolic, Halloween shindig, Twelfth Night party, or Dangerous Liaisons dance.


  • Online Sale 20% Off All Online Cotton Category Fabrics 9/6 - 9/19

    September 6, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    COTTON FABRIC SALE Sept 6 Sept 19 2

    Cotton fabric holds a special place in our fashionable heart. First cultivated 7,000 years ago, cotton is a timeless natural-fiber fabric, whose breathability makes it ideal for many garments. We carry an ever expanding collection of cotton fabric in our online store, including delicate Italian and Swiss voiles, brilliantly colored hand-loomed Guatemalan ikat fabric, nubby couture-inspired cotton tweed fabrics, travelable cotton-lycra blends, and chic designer cotton fabric.


  • Yum Yum Couture

    August 31, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    header   Britex Fabrics customer and YumYum couture fashion designer Miriam Shepard from Chevy Chase Maryland designs and handcrafts contemporary haute couture garments in her studio. She drafts her own original patterns, and has been sewing for 15 years. At first glance you might think that youa re looking at a life sized mannequin wearing a gown, but each design is created for fashion dolls ranging 15 - 17 inches in height. Each design is a one of kind or one of a limited edition. Miriam's creates the outfits to fit very specific types of dolls from various doll manufacturers such as Tonner Doll Company and Integrity Toys. She does this so that each design will exactly fit the doll it is created for. Each design is for sale, and many of them end up in the hands of doll collectors who have commissioned work from Miriam. YumYum provides a wide variety of garments, including gowns, dresses, blouses, jackets, coats, skirts, pants, and accessories. Below is a couture dress which Miriam created from a limited edition 100% silk Georgette floral print which she purchased at Britex Fabrics. Although Miriam purchased the last of this particular silk fabric, we have over 200 other silk fabrics online to choose from. Now is an excellent time to order Silk fabric since all online silk category fabrics are on sale now through September 5th.  

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  • Make an Spiffy Ironing Board Cover

    August 30, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Don't suffer the doldrums of ironing day needlessly! The talented Christina from The DIY Mommy blog in Canada has a tutorial for making a spiffy new ironing board cover to make this chore a little more easy on the eyes. This easy-to-sew home project only takes 1 1/2 yards of cotton fabric. We want to make it with this Italian print of Gerber daisies on a navy blue background -- so moderne (and on sale online as of September 6th.)

     


  • Top Runway Trends for Fall 2016

    August 30, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    If you like to keep up with the latest fashion trends and are a sewist who is inspired by current runway fashion, here is the forecast for the 12 hottest fashion trends for the fall according to Stylecaster.com. Included on their list is fur and faux fur, ruffles, shades of tan, gold metallic fabrics, bomber jackets, turtlenecks under dresses, plaid overcoats, dramatic off the shoulder blouses, dusty pink with bright yellow, pant suits with bold prints, floral prints and chokers. While all the necessary materials to create these trends are available at Britex Fabrics, today we will focus on three. Gold Metallic

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    Bright metallic fabrics, especially gold are the stand out fabrics gracing the runways this fall. What was once a trend for the less hip, metallic fabrics are all the rage. Britex Fabrics carries many fabrics that are similar to those used in the creation of some of the latest runway designs. This gold metallic and black fabric is available on the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store, it is a polyester and Lycra blend, it is 45" wide and $18.99 / yard. metallic fabric 1 polyester / Lycra blend 45" wide $18.99 / yard   Dusty Pink and Yellow

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    At first glance, this color combination seems more appropriate for spring, however designers such as Ulla Johnson and Delpozo used turtlenecks and coats to give a more autumnal feel. We have an array of fabrics in Dusty pink and bright yellow, including wool, silk, linen and cotton. dusty pink and yellow Pictured above are two fabrics available in 100% cotton on the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store. 100% cotton 60" wide Dusty pink $18.99 / yard 100% cotton 44" wide Bright yellow $15.99 / yard Continue Reading

  • Online Sale 20% Off All Online Silk Category Fabrics 8/23 - 9/5

    August 29, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    SILK FABRIC SALE Aug 23 Sept 5 2

    Britex Fabrics loves everything about silk and it shows. Silk is a natural fiber that is usually derived from the mulberry silkworm’s cocoons. Silk has it all; it is smooth, soft, strong, and lustrous. Silk is ethereal for a summer frock, and just as smart for a winter frock-coat lining. We delight in traipsing about to find you the most chic Italian silks, natty necktie silks, brilliant jacquard silks, and airy sheer silk chiffons.

     


  • New Stunning Italian Silk Prints!

    August 26, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    From birds playfully flitting with butterflies, to Ikats, to sequined butterflies with dots, to geometrics, to growl-tastic jewel-toned animal prints, to charmeuse to crepe de chine we have a slew of gorgeous new imported silk prints in our online store. Many of these have limited yardage, so we encourage you to buy them now, before they are forever gone.

     

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