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Category Archive: Fashion Tips

Vintage Lace Trim & Fashion

CaptureThe vintage lace trim that is featured above is now SOLD OUT

We have this vintage circa 1920s-30 bobbin lace that we roar for! We have over 200 vintage lace trims on our third floor at the bridal counter. Many other animals, and lifestyle activities, such as tennis are represented. As well as traditional floral and geometric designs. In addition to vintage lace trims we have hundreds of modern lace trims and ribbons on the third floor of our brick-and-mortar store. Many of these trims are also available online.

 

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To learn more about vintage lace and vintage lace trims, please visit the third floor of our brick-and-mortar store, or if you’re not local, please chck out our excellent selection online.

Additionally, an excellent resource for vintage fashion enthusiasts is available through the San Francisco Public Library. This includes The Vogue Archive 1892 – present, Harper’s Bazaar Archive 1867 – present, Women’s Wear Daily Archive 1910 – present, The Design & Applied Arts Index 1973 – present, as well as The Women’s Magazine Archive: Homes & Gardens 1922 – 2005 Good Housekeeping 1885 – 2005 and Redbook 1903 – 2005.

You will be able to explore this incredible archive by visiting their Articles & Database page under the eLibrary tab at sfpl.org.

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Ethereal Liquid Silicone Gown by Iris van Herpen

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We’re enamored of these elegant, ethereal gowns designed by visionary Dutch fashion designer, Iris van Herpen; they are unabashedly unworldly in their beauty. Watch this video in Refinery 29 of how Iris utilizes 3-D printing and materials manipulation to construct amazing garments that feel as “organic and natural as dew, bones, and lightning.”

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Partaking Patrons Vol XII

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Welcome to Partaking Patrons volume 12!

This is a bi-monthly post where Britex will be celebrating our customers and the gorgeous items they create with our materials. Interested in participating? Email us at [marketing@britexfabrics.com] for further information.

 

Here at Britex, many of our staff’s parents are seamstresses, too. Apparently the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree! And today we are so thrilled to be able to share one of our Moms of Britex projects.

 

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Tutorial: Adding a Waist-Stay to a Garment

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Hello everyone, it’s Laura Mae from Lilacs & Lace. Today I would like to share my new frock made from this delicious cotton batiste as well as a great way to take your garment sewing to the next level with a grosgrain waist stay!

 

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Metallic Pleated Skirt

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Greetings friends of Britex! Sophie here from Ada Spragg. I’m very excited to share this hand-make with you because it is fabulous. And yes I’m allowed to say so myself because I still can’t believe it worked out. Plus after hand-pleating 4.2meters of fabric you kind of become your own hero! Let’s start with the fabric, because it is something very special. When I first saw the Brilliant Metallic Gold Stretch Linen & Cotton Blend I thought hey, that could be fun to play with. Then it turned up and I realized I had no idea what I was going to do with it.

 

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Celebrate Royal Ascot Week!

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This week, the UK is celebrating it’s love of fashion, horse racing, and hats with the annual Royal Ascot racing event. We’ve perused the glorious photos from last year, as well as the official Guidelines, and have put together a fun little Ascot accessorizing list. Have at it, racing lovers!

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Britex Does Pantone S/S 2015

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With summer approaching, we’ve been busy finding warm weather inspiration. And what better way than with Pantone’s S/S 2015 color guide? We’ve scoured each of our four floors to find lovely items to match each of the 10 colors. Whether it’s gorgeous Strawberry Chantilly Lace from our 3rd Floor, or Marsala wool from the 1st, we’ve got some suggestions for your color palette!

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Tutorial: Hemming with Rayon Seam Binding

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Hello everyone, it’s Laura Mae from Lilacs & Lace here to share a tip using my favorite sewing notion . . . rayon seam binding! Hemming a garment is generally one of, if not the last, steps in the construction process – this means it is often rushed. But a bit of extra time and effort can make a huge difference to the quality of a garment. It really is all about the little details!

 

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May The 4th Be With You!

Today, in honor of the 4th, we are celebrating our fellow Star Wars fans by showing off an array of fabrics that speak to the costumes of our beloved series.

 

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Tutorial — Silk Linen Curved Seam Midi Dress

Silk Linen Curved Seam Midi Dress + Tutorial by Jamie Lau Designs

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In my latest design, I chose to work with a slubby textured silk linen blend. One of my top-selling dresses is a relaxed fit ikat midi dress with short kimono sleeves. I wanted to create a new midi style with three-quarter sleeves in a slightly heavier weight fabric.

 

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