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Category Archive: Fabrics

Tips & Tricks: Button Up Shirt

Hi everyone, Jen from Grainline Studio here again! Today we’re going to talk tips & tricks for making one of those amazing silk button up shirts you see popping up everywhere. From the French brand Equipment to J.Crew and Madewell and everywhere in between these shirts scream spring, and while the silk may seem intimidating it’s really not bad if you’ve got the right tricks up your sleeve. For this tutorial we’ll be using my recently released Archer Button Up pattern paired with this super dreamy Britex knotted rope print habotai, but these tricks will hold true for any shirt pattern. Click here to read more »

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Tissue Knits & More!

We heard you…you asked for knits, and we’re diligently scouting them out and adding them to our online store! Welcome the newest category of fabrics in our expanding collection of fabrics – soft, drapey knits! For starters, and just in time for spring, we present a colorful collection of tissue knits imported from Japan. These cotton semi-sheer tissue knits are perfect for tissue tees, pullovers, tunics, or even airy scarves. Tissue knits are perfect for layering, great used in combination with other knits, and fabulous for the rigors of traveling. Watch weekly as we add more fabrics.

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Tutorial: Shoulder Pads are not the Enemy

Hello, again. Here is the shoulder pad tutorial I mentioned in my Sunglasses and Sunshine post. These days, shoulder pads have a bad reputation.  They really are not the enemy, but rather an excellent way to balance out a silhouette!


Paper (to draft your preferred shoulder pad shape)
Scissors (one pair for the paper, one for the fabric)
Cotton Quilting Batting
Chalk or Fabric Pen
Lining Material (to cover batting)

Most shoulder pads are shaped as half of an ellipse.  I have seen a few triangular shaped pads in vintage patterns, but the pointed edges can create problems with lighter-weight fabrics.  And, of course, raglan armholes require a different shape entirely. Click here to read more »

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Sunglasses and Sunshine by Laura Mae

Hello Britex fans!  My name is Laura Mae and I blog over at Lilacs & Lace.  I am absolutely thrilled to be the latest Britex Guest Blogger, and am even more excited to share my first project with you.  And here it is!

Click here to read more »

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Weddings and Britex Fabrics

We love this sweet video of Katie and Don’s wedding day, and are super proud that we got to help them on their fantabulous day! Katie wrote, “Britex, I just wanted to share with you my wedding video. At the beginning of the video the Britex bag was in a couple shots. My mom made my white top hat, my bouquet, all of the bridesmaids bouquets, and all of the boutonnieres for the bride/grooms men and parents from fabric from your store. Thank you Britex for helping me and my mom pick out such amazing fabric for my wedding, you and your amazing staff helped my wedding be a very creative and the most special day of my life.” Britex Fabrics now has an online bridal collection, including difficult to find silk tulle, silk bridal gown fabrics, specialty bridal laces, silk ribbons, and more!

Posted: Fabrics, Hand-Made with Britex Materials, Lace Trims & Ribbon, Made by You
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Linen Tunic Dress by Sonya Philip

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. Click here to read more »

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Men’s Shirt Pattern & Britex Fabrics’ Shirting = Springtime!

Vogue has just issued a new men’s shirt pattern (V8889, available at Britex Fabrics); with a hidden front button placket, optional shoulder pleats, and fitting seams fore and aft, which promises to add a little spring into any gent’s steps. Sew this with one of Britex Fabrics’ fine shirtings, and swagger into warm weather! As Nanki-Poo from The Mikado sings, “The flowers that bloom in the spring, Tra la, Breathe promise of merry sunshine.”

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Elephants, Paisley, & Birdcages…Oh My!

Psst…..keep an eye on our Pinterest page for new online & in-store fabrics and notions!

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Wool, Wool and More Wool!

Is the iciness of winter and fear of the flu making you shiver? Our prescription is to stay inside with a hot ginger toddy, a pile of warm wool fabric, music of your choice, and a day of creation.  To assist, we just added 23 new fabrics to our online store, including snugly heathered wool coatings, sleek imported shirtings, and colorful Italian sweater knits!

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Vivid Floral Men’s Shirt – Britex Fabrics plus Scissors & Cloth

We love this vivid floral cotton fabric in shades of blue, violet, and puce. Alex sent us this photo of himself wearing a bespoke shirt made of Britex Fabrics’ cotton created by local shirt-maker, Carlos from Scissors and Cloth. Our scrumptious imported cottons are found on Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor. This one is made in Italy, 61” wide, and $39.99 per yard. To buy this fabric, come into the store, or order via email at

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