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Category Archive: Britex Fabric Store

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!

SUPPLIES:

Paper (to draft your preferred shoulder pad shape)
Scissors (one pair for the paper, one for the fabric)
Cotton Quilting Batting
Thread
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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Sale Ends Thursday 3/14 – Online Linen Fabric!

Get 20% off all fabrics in the Linen Category until Thursday March 14th. We adore linen for its beautiful natural texture, breathability, and classic good looks. Made from the fibers of the flax plant, linen is one of the oldest known textiles. Britex is pleased to offer you a unique collection of linen fabric, including amazing Irish linen. Equally wonderful for home decorating use and garments, we love linen fabric for elegant duvet covers, comfy lounge pillows, tailored curtains, louche summer suits, chic dresses, and delicately pleated skirts. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! (This sale is good for online Linen Category fabrics only – in-store linen fabrics are not included in this sale)

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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!

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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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Online Solid Silk Fabric Category Sale Ends Thursday!

ONLINE SILK SOLID CATEGORY FABRIC SALE! Sale ends this coming Thursday, the 28th. Get 20% off all fabrics in the Silk Solid Category from Friday, February 15th to Thursday February 28th. Nothing says timelessness like silk solid fabrics, and we carry a charming range! Britex has silk solids with crepe weaves, matka, taffeta, jacquards, charmeuse, and more. These silk fabrics would be superlative for many uses including vintage-inspired blouses, stunningly fabulous luxury linings, and spiffy summer jackets. Sale ends February 28th. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! (This sale is good for online Silk Solid Category fabrics only – In-store Silk Solid fabrics are not included in this sale)

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POP-UP BRITEX Launches 3/14

Every month Britex Fabrics proudly presents Pop-up Britex.

Pop-up Britex brings textile and design education to neighborhoods across San Francisco in collaboration with our favorite venues and artists. To help us sharpen our wits, Four Barrel Coffee provides drinks and bites for every pop-up. Special thanks to our sponsors Apparel Arts, Makeshift society and Photobooth.

Join us for our first pop-up at Makeshift Society with Sonya Philip of 100 Acts of Sewing on March 14. Register HERE.

 

 

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Meet our Guest Bloggers

Meet our first four guest bloggers; Kristin, Nicole, Laura Mae and Jen! They will be contributing tips, tutorials and loads of inspiration on projects for the home, wardrobe, little ones and more. Meet our guest bloggers and let us know what projects would inspire you most by leaving a comment below.

Want to see what our guest bloggers have contributed so far? Look HERE.

They each contribute a unique perspective to sewing and the Britex Blog. Get to know them HERE.

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Sale – One Day In-Store Sale on 2/18/13

One Day SF In-Store Sale: 2/18/13 – Step into Spring with phenomenal savings for all your sewing needs. Join us on Monday, February 18 from 10 AM to 7 PM for this storewide one day sale. Enjoy 30% savings on fabrics, notions and previously discounted remnants all day long. Here are a few suggestions to enhance your shopping experience:  Start early! Arrive early to catch short check-out lines and best selection, bring your canvas tote bags. Don’t have one? Pick up a fashionable Britex Fabrics tote at check-out: our limited edition 60th Anniversary tote is available for only $5.00 with purchases over $100.00…and don’t forget notions. Visit the 3rd floor for thread, zippers, trims, scissors, seam rippers and more.  * Sale limited to stock on floor. Imported laces and specialty items not included. No special orders, mail or phone orders.

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