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  • Sewing Men's Briefs by SewAndrew!

    December 13, 2018 by Britex Fabrics

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    Hi, my name’s Andrew, you can find more from me on Instagram @SewAndrew or my blog SewAndrew.com however, today I’m here to tell you a bit about men’s underwear and this lovely jersey from Britex. I got a yard each of black/white cotton jersey, navy/white striped cotton jersey, and another yard of white cotton jersey with a cute cherry print on it. Also a yard each of star motif elastic in red, blue and black (this fabulous waistband elastic available in our notions department - A). The elastic is soft and strong, perfect for underwear and the jersey felt so nice that I changed my plan a little (but more on that later!).

    I’ve been trying out some different patterns and thought I’d share with you a few things I’ve learnt along the way. There aren’t that many modern men’s briefs patterns available, but this is by no means an exhaustive list - these are just the three that I could get my hands on easily! First up, Ottobre Magazine Family Edition - Men’s Briefs.


  • Teal Wool Papercut Patterns Sapporo Coat by Chuleenan of CSews.com

    January 25, 2018 by Britex Fabrics

    chuleenan-coat-1   I made this Papercut Patterns Sapporo Coat from this luscious teal wool melton ($49.99/yard) from Britex Fabrics. It’s the first coat I’ve made from a melton fabric. I’m happy to say that it was easy to sew. My lining fabric is also from Britex – it’s a lining specifically made for coats. This black warm-back coat lining is satin on one side and flannel on the other, which makes it easy to sew (more on this later). It’s 60″ wide and $15.99/yard.

  • Meg's color-blocked jacket gets the most out of small pieces!

    January 22, 2018 by Britex Fabrics

    meg-jacket-1Meg from MadebyMeg here! Today I have some inspiration for sewing up your precious pieces of fabric. You know, the ones where you could only buy a yard, or have hoarded the leftovers from your favorite project, or just caught the bolt end at Britex. Why not try out some color-blocking and mix it in with another piece of fabric?This jacket is made from Britex's Italian Black Stretch Wool Twill and a thick red wool knit remnant I had leftover from an estate sale. Together, these two amazing fabrics teamed up to make my new favorite jacket!


  • Savage Silvery Leopard Brocade Coat - Shams

    December 19, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    img_6435-leopard-coat img_6322-leopard-coat Hey! It's Shams from Communing with Fabric with a project made from a stunning Britex fabric! For this project I selected a fabric from the Novelty category, Smoke Striped Leopard Smooth Brocade: reversible-britex-brocade This reversible brocade leopard print from Italy is truly a stunning fabric. I wanted to make a coat and quickly settled on Butterick 6385, a Lisette pattern. I made this coat once before for my Paris wardrobe and I have loved wearing that coat.

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

    November 16, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    chuleenan-1   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.   chuleenan-2

  • 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:

  • Oscar de la Renta at the De Young

    March 17, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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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.

  • Art Deco Stretch Cotton Pants by Natasha

    April 9, 2013 by Geana

    Remember Natasha from Natty Jane Sews? She was the first blogger to contribute to a Britex project about a year ago with the cutest summer frock ever! Well, this gal is never without inspiration. Take a peek at what she's created with one of our soon-to-be-on-sale fabrics. Here she is with some awesome sewing tips, too...

  • Linen Tunic Dress by Sonya Philip

    February 25, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    If you haven't met Sonya Philip of 100 Acts of Sewing, here's your chance. She'll be teaching our very first Pop-up Britex on March 14 where she'll demonstrate all the skills necessary for making an a-line tunic dress. Here's a peek into her creative process using two pieces of linen from the our online selection.

    Why did you choose these fabrics for your project? I adore linen. It is wonderful to work with and has a beautiful hand. Living in San Francisco, I find I can wear linen almost year-round. I chose the main fabric (Golden Wheat Linen/Silk Blend) primarily for the color--mustard and curry yellows just really speak to me right now. I wanted a strong contrast color and was taken by the richness of the Two-tone Raspberry Linen.

  • BF Contributor: Heather Habig

    November 29, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

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    Heather Habig is an expert in her field, which is why we invited her to participate in December's BF Contributor. She lives in San Francisco, is launching a clothing line in 2013 and offers custom design services. The black & white wool double knit was a perfect choice for her pattern. After seeing her classic-but-bold, perfectly fitted jacket, we had a few questions for Heather. Here's what she had to tell us: 1. Why did you choose the black and white double knit for your project? What did you love about the fabric? What did you learn about the fabric? I'm always drawn to fabric and prints that are high-contrast, especially in black and white, and when I saw this fabric I was really excited. The fact that it's wool and a double knit sounded like fun to work with, and I knew I could get a great-fitting garment out of it. When I made the pattern for the jacket, and I kept the silhouette relatively simple because of the bold pattern. As I was working with it, I was surprised by how much it was shrinking under the steam iron. I might recommend to someone else using this fabric to buy an extra 1/4 to 1/3 yard - to account for shrink as well as matching the stripes.

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