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  • THE Outlander Dress--from Britex Fabrics!

    April 8, 2016 by 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. brown dress outlander 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!

  • We Love Our Customers

    March 28, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    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. blog 3 28

  • Perfect For Spring!

    March 24, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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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


  • Just in time for spring

    March 11, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    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


  • Hand Beaded Designer Appliques - Made in India

    March 9, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    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.

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    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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  • We Love Our Customers

    March 7, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics customer Adam Arnold created a fabulous blouse and skirt set from some amazing Viscose Crepe fabric with a brightly colored print, from his own pattern.  Since viscose is light in weight, it makes for excellent skirts or shirts for spring. Visit the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store to check out our amazing selection of Viscose fabrics.

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    Adam is an independent fashion designer in Portland, Oregon. He designs, drafts, and constructs clothing for men and women. Adam has collaborated with the Portland Art Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Craft, and the Oregon Ballet. Adam graduated from FIDM in San Francisco in 1996, and has been sewing his entire life.

    For more information on Adam Arnold and his work, visit his website
    or follow him on Instagram

     


  • Nima Shiraz's First Fashion Video - Featuring Fabulous Designs Created With Fabrics From Britex Fabrics!

    February 26, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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  • Simple DIY Suspenders Tutorial

    February 24, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    SUSPENDERS TUTORIAL SUPPLIES LIST
    A simple way to make suspenders with seven items, in only eight easy steps.

    What You Will Need


    1. Elastic
    (no wider than 1")

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    2. 4 Straight Pins

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    3. Needle and Thread

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    4. One 1" Metal Back Patch

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    5. 1 Garment Tape Measure

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    6. Scissors

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    7. Four 1" Grips With Brackets

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    STEP 1: With the tape measure, measure from 1 inch below your left front pant loop, bring the tape measure over your left shoulder and down to 1 inch below and to the right of your center pant loop, or 1 inch below your right back pant loop. This is the length of elastic you will need. Be sure to cut 2 strips of the elastic in this length.

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    STEP 2: With the scissors, cut 2 straps from the elastic in the length you measured in step 1.

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    STEP 3: Use the straight pins to pin a horizontal line to hold the elastic end around the grip, making sure that when the grips are clipped onto your

    pants, the elastic is snug but comfortable.

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    STEP 4: Hand sew the end of the elastic so that it's around one of the grip ends. (This will be the back right end)

    STEP 5: Take the end of the elastic that is not yet sewn, and put it through the metal back patch, so that the point of the triangle is facing up.

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    STEP 6: Sew the unfinished side so that it's around a second grip end.

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    STEP 7: Take the second strap of elastic and repeat steps 3-5, making sure both straps of elastic form an overlapping X.

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    STEP 8: Trim off most of the excess elastic that remains, clip on all 4 grips.

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  • Britex will close early Saturday 2/20

    February 17, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Britex Fabrics will close at 4:30 on Saturday, Feb. 20th for the Chinese New Year parade!


  • How To Properly Iron a Dress Shirt

    February 15, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Have you ever wondered how to easily get the creases and wrinkles out of a dress shirt? I know that I have. Whether you are looking for work in this incredibly competitive job market, or trying to impress a new date, having this skill is handy to have. The Dude Society has come up with a pretty simple process to do just that. You'll first need a good ironing board and iron, and they have recommendations listed. They suggest that the width of your board, be as close to the width of your shirt as possible. (This will make your task easier.) They have a recommended shirt ironing strategy, which includes temperature, motion, and sequence. They have broken down the process of ironing a standard button down shirt into a specific sequence:
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    For specific instructions on how to iron a shirt, be sure to check out The Dude Society "How to Iron a Dress Shirt Correctly".

     


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