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How To Sew On A Button

HOW TO SEW ON A BUTTON
(This process works  best for shirt, suit, or pant buttons)

What You Will Need:
1 sewing needle
1 thicker sewing needle or a toothpick to use as a spacer
Button or Buttons
Scissors
Silk Buttonhole Twist

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STEP 1: Thread the Needle and Knot the End of the Thread

To start, be sure you have at least 12” of thread to work with. If you have 24” or more, double over the thread, which means you slide the thread through the eye of the needle, folding the thread in half until you have 2 equal sides of thread. Put a square knot in the end of the thread, using both sides together.

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STEP 2: Create an Anchor X Point

Starting on the back side of the fabric, run the needle through the front where the button will eventually live. Run the thread through to the back, and again to the front, to create a small X where the button will be centered. This X will also act as reinforcement for the thread so that the button doesn’t loosen from stress.

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STEP 3: Position the Button

Put the button on the anchor X and begin sewing from the back side of the fabric. Push the needle through the first button hole. At this point you will want to use a spacer. A second needle or a toothpick will work fine.

Push the needle through the second hole from the front side of the fabric to the back side, encasing the second needle in a loop.

Push the needle from the back side of the fabric and through the third button hole and pull the thread all the way through, while using your fingertip to keep the button in place.  Then push the needle back through the last button hole, while sliding the second needle in place to encase it a second time by a second loop.

Repeat 3 sets of this process for each set of holes. (A total of 6 times)

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Four Floors of Fabulous: A Britex Fabrics Tour (Special Dates in Conjunction with SFMade Week)

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Join us every other Saturday at 11am sharp | FREE
(First Come First Served)

Tours are led by expert Britex Fabrics staff.

This is a fast paced tour so be sure to arrive early.
Space is limited. Reserve your space now.
Contact us for special group tours.
415-392-2910

Get your tickets

Britex Fabrics will be having three week day tours as part of SFMade Week!
Special Tour Dates:
Monday May 9
Wednesday May 11
Friday May 13

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
April 2, 2016
April 16, 2016
April 30, 2016
May 14, 2016
May 28, 2016
June 11, 2016
June 25, 2016
July 9, 2016
July 23, 2016
August 6, 2016
August 20, 2016
September 3, 2016
September 17, 2016
October 1, 2016
October 15, 2016
October 29, 2016
November 12, 2016
November 26, 2016
December 10, 2016
December 24, 2016

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RIP Prince – An Icon

PRINCE

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We Love Our Customers

Our customer Carla visited us in December and picked out a fabulous Italian Silk Cotton blend fabric. She was looking for fabric for a creation that she wanted to take on her vacation in February. The fabric she decided on screamed “tunic” to her, so she modified the Burda 6935 pattern, which she picked up the same day,  created a hi low hem, and added a pom-pom fringe and neck and shoulder trim to create a fun and breezy feel. The colors went perfectly with the waters of the Caribbean. She had fun wearing it and showing it off on the Island of Mustique.

 

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Exciting Event Announcement Coming Soon!

Will There be a Fashion Runway on Maiden Lane?
All we’ll whisper is that Britex Fabrics will be producing an amazing fashion show this September which will include new looks from at least four American designers. Look for us in the heart of Union Square in San Francisco. Details and ticket information will be coming soon!

 

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Photo Credits

Photo: Charles Schoenberger
Clothing: Emily Payne
Model: Lily Joy
MU: Kyle Doan
Hair: Michael Forrey

 

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“Make It With Wool” National Contest Winner & First Runner Up!

National Make it With Wool winner Meighan is a loyal customer who has entered the Make it With Wool competition seven times, with fabric from Britex. She has had four 1st in state, two Ohio reserve champion outfits, was fifth runner up in the nation when she was in Jr. High. According to her mom Melinda, Meighan was one of those babies who fell asleep on her lap while she was sewing, and did lots of button stringing and hand sewing before her first “outfit” which was a little jumper she created for Make it With Wool in second grade.
This year Meighan won National First Runner Up, and will now have to move up to the adult category. Meighan has been sewing for about 20 years and has always loved it.

For her winning outfit, she used Vogue Pattern 1320 (Issey Miyake) for her coat, and printed off a paisley coloring sheet for her yoke. Her dress is Vogue pattern 8972. Meighan enjoys playing with color, and as a result of this, the dress does not look like the pattern.

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Last year during the national Make it With Wool competition, Meighan and a girl from Utah named Amelia were sizing each other up as potential competition. They didn’t really like each other much and they both placed first and second runner up. After the contest, they started talking and realized that they lived only 20 minutes from each other. Now they are best friends and had to compete against each other again in the national competition this year. Amelia won National Champion and Meighan won First Runner Up. Amelia will be getting married in a few weeks, and Meighan is her maid of honor.
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Online Novelty Category Fabric Sale 4/19 – 5/2

Blog Novelty Fabric April 19 May 2

Our novelty fabrics often have a beautiful metallic shine which helps them stand out in the crowd! Made of wool, silk, cotton, metallic, nylon, and more, these texturally rich fabrics make beautiful garments. Tweed, chenille, and bouclé novelty fabrics delight us with their contrast of nubby texture and soft hand. Make a swinging bolero jacket, a long mysterious cape, a Chanel-style jacket, or a tailored vest…..in order to add elegance and style to any solid, understated little black outfit. Many of our textured novelty fabrics are blends, lending them a wonderful pliability and sheen.

This sale is good for online novelty categories only 4/19 – 5/2.

Check out this awesome Camden Cape made with Novelty wool fabric by one of our Guest Bloggers here.

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Ankara – Dutch Wax Cotton

Ankara Fabric, is commonly known as “African Prints”. ” Holland Wax” , and “Dutch Wax”. This fabric is 100% cotton with brightly colored patterns.
Due to the Tribal-like patterns, this fabric is often associated with Africa. People have made hats, earrings, blazers, shoes, socks, shirts, and other garments with this fabric, which makes it versatile. The prints found on Ankara fabrics are often made by batik, an Indonesian wax-resistant dyeing technique. The intensity of the colors in the patterns determines which side of the fabric is the front and which is the back. The fabric was initially intended for the Indonesian market but received a better response from African audiences. WAX COTTONS

 To check out our new online selection of Wax Cotton, please click here.

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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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