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THE Outlander Dress–from Britex Fabrics!

Season 2 of Outlander premiers on Saturday evening, and one of the most iconic new costumes–featured prominently in the Starz official trailer and all over the Internet–is this stunning dress made of fabric from Britex! We were thrilled to work with Outlander costume designer Terry Dresbach, who spent several days here choosing fabrics, trims and buttons for both seasons. Most of the fabrics that she selected were plaids and woolens for Season 1 (set in chilly Scotland), but this particular fabric is such a unique, spectacular combination of color and pattern that we are not surprised to see it emerge in Season 2, set in 18th century Paris.

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This dress is made of a heavy, luxurious furnishing fabric produced in Turkey by one of our favorite sources. Unusually, the floral pattern does not run up the roll, but was designed in panels. Each panel was 27″ square: which meant that there were two panels in each 3/4 yard. We are generally wary of carrying panels like this in the store, because the square design tends to limit application to pillows, ottomans and the like–but we absolutely fell in love with the colors and were confident that our customers would feel the same!

Terry is an incredibly savvy designer, so she turned the panels to her advantage, placing the flowers strategically around the skirt and bodice…and we can’t imagine a more beautiful usage for for one of our favorite fabrics. We’re also proud to mention that Outlander creator Ronald Moore (who happens to be Terry’s husband) says in the Starz trailer that this is his favorite dress!

We no longer have this particular piece in the store (because it took a LOT to make this dress), but we carry other fabrics of similar quality and design from the same source–so come in and take a look!

Expect to hear more from us about Outlander as the season progresses!

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Online Sale: 20% Off All Online Cotton Category Fabrics

Cotton Foxes Sale April 5 April 18

We fancy these frolicking foxy foxes for springtime knitwear – sew an adorable baby jumpsuit, a winsome sundress, or stretchy yoga pants! To make our frisky foxes even more enticing, this cotton knit is designed and made in Los Angeles, USA.

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.

Quantities are limited, so order your swatches now! This sale is good for online cotton categories only 4/5 – 4/18.
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We Love Our Customers

Kathy Dell is no stranger to Britex Fabrics. She attended our Warp X Weft: Textile 101 workshop on Saturday, and was wearing her “fiesta shirt”, which is one of her many garments that she created with fabric from Britex Fabrics, and is perfect for spring. Kathy used a Misses Asymmetrical Seam-Detail Top Pattern which can be found here.

 

Kathy’s mother taught her to sew when she was about 10 years old.  She made many of her clothes in high school, but then her sewing took a back seat to college and a long career in the medical device industry.  Her husband bought her a new computerized machine last fall and she has been enjoying creating fun things since then.  Britex is her “go to” fabric store, because of the quality of textiles and service she receives when visiting with us.

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Perfect For Spring!

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This gorgeous, 61 inch wide, lightweight, brilliantly colorful, floral, 100% Italian linen fabric is available on the second floor, in our brick-and-mortar store. Perfect for a spring shirtwaist!

100% Linen
Colorful Floral Print
61″ wide
Made in Italy
$75.00 / yard

Contact us to purchase this fabric.
Please email or call.
This fabric is not available through our website.

service@britexfabrics.com
(415) 392-2910

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Oscar de la Renta at the De Young

Guest Blog Post by Tamara
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(Tulle and silk flowers for headdress above were purchased at, and are available for purchase at Britex Fabrics brick-and-mortar store.)

 

After seeing his beautiful dresses in the Neiman Marcus windows across the street from Britex Fabrics, I couldn’t wait to see the Oscar de la Renta exhibit at the De Young. I knew it would be a treat. The garments made of elegant fabrics of many types, (some which have cousins which can be found at Britex Fabrics) with fine embellishments and unique details, are what made this exhibit memorable. Because I work at Britex Fabrics, love to sew, and have taken courses in Fashion design, I have a wealth of knowledge and passion about fabric. This made me appreciate the garments immensely.

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Word Search: Fabric & Sewing Terms

Below are words associated with fabric and sewing. Try to find the words hidden in the puzzle, or click on the highlighted words to explore the links.  (Solution Down Below)

WORD SEARCH

ACRYLIC, BIAS, BLEND, BOILED WOOL, BOUCLE, BUTTON, CHAMBRAY, COTTON, CREPE, FASHION, FELTED, GEORGETTE, HAND DYED, HERRINGBONE, IRON, JERSEY, KNIT, LACE, LEATHER, LINEN, NEEDLE, NOTIONS, PATTERN, PLAID, POLYESTER, PRINT, RAYON, REMNANT, RIBBON, SATEEN, SCISSORS, SEWING, SILK, SPANDEX, SWATCH, TAILOR, THREAD, TULLE, TWILL, VINYL, VISCOSE, WAX COTTON, WEAVE, WOOL, YARD, YARN

*Special thanks to Burda Style Patterns for their amazing online fabric glossary.

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Just in time for spring

This fabulous, 57 inch wide, light and drapey, sheer, floral, 100% Italian silk fabric is available in three colors in our brick-and-mortar store. Perfect for a scarf, lined spring dress, or blouse.

ITALIAN SILK 3 colors bam

100% Silk
Available in:
blue & white
black & gold
or orange & white
57″ wide
Made in Italy
$89.99 / yard

Contact us to purchase this fabric. Please email or call. This fabric is not available through our website.
service@britexfabrics.com
(415) 392-2910

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How to Hem Jeans in 30 Minutes

This is the quick and easy way to hem any pair of jeans!
Next time you are considering taking your jeans to a tailor to be hemmed, do it yourself!

What You Will Need
Jeans
Scissors
Measuring Tape
Pins
Iron
Sewing Machine
Thread

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Hand Beaded Designer Appliques – Made in India

Have you ever wondered how beaded appliques are made? There is actually a lot of time and patience that goes into the process of this amazing craft. Here is a video that was made in a factory where appliques are created for high end couture designers.

 

We recently received many gorgeous, hand beaded appliques directly from India. Come into our brick-and-mortar store to check them out.
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Online Wool Sale 20% Off 3/8 – 3/21

Wool Sale March 8 March 21

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