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  • New York Fashion Week Turns 75

    September 14, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    When it began in 1943, New York Fashion Week was known as Press Week. This year, New York Fashion Week boasts 151 shows over a nine day period. For many designers, the past is to be celebrated and looking to the future is exciting. In 1973 Diane Von Furstenberg was in her first New York Fashion Week show, held at the Pierre Hotel. She wore one of her wrap dresses and remembers being there with Jerry Hall and her kids. Carolina Herrera's first New York Fashion Week was in 1981 at the Metropolitan Club, and featured live music.

    Furstenberg 1974Von Furstenberg's First Fashion Show (DVF Archives)

    Zac Posen first showed his work in 2002, after preparing his models in his parent's living room. Alexander Wang first appeared in New York fashion Week in 2007, in a Chelsea warehouse. He was eating greasy pizza backstage with his friends who were the dressers and models for the show. Miguel Adrover was neighbors with Quentin Crisp, and in his first New York Fashion Week show, he showed a coat that was re-purposed from Quentin's mattress after he passed away. He has continued to re-purpose things in answer to a world that is "disposable".

    Quentin Crisp CoatAdrover's Re-purposed Coat Created from Crisp's Mattress

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  • Peacoat Fashion: Then & Now

    September 9, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    GETTY IMAGES CREDITPhoto Credit Getty Images

      The origin of the word peacoat is from the Dutch word pije, which in Dutch describes a coat made from coarse wool fabric.  (The Great Wall of Wool inside Britex Fabrics is over 110 feet long) While it was originally the Dutch who first created the peacoat, it was the British Navy who popularized it. The British version was created as a uniform for petty officers, and was also known as a pettycoat for this reason. After the British began wearing peacoats, the design eventually made its way across the Atlantic to the U.S. The United States Navy had sailors known as reefers, who were the people responsible for climbing up the rigging of the sailing ships.

    US NAVY 1884Reefers 1884

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  • Top Runway Trends for Fall 2016

    August 30, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    If you like to keep up with the latest fashion trends and are a sewist who is inspired by current runway fashion, here is the forecast for the 12 hottest fashion trends for the fall according to Stylecaster.com. Included on their list is fur and faux fur, ruffles, shades of tan, gold metallic fabrics, bomber jackets, turtlenecks under dresses, plaid overcoats, dramatic off the shoulder blouses, dusty pink with bright yellow, pant suits with bold prints, floral prints and chokers. While all the necessary materials to create these trends are available at Britex Fabrics, today we will focus on three. Gold Metallic

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    Bright metallic fabrics, especially gold are the stand out fabrics gracing the runways this fall. What was once a trend for the less hip, metallic fabrics are all the rage. Britex Fabrics carries many fabrics that are similar to those used in the creation of some of the latest runway designs. This gold metallic and black fabric is available on the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store, it is a polyester and Lycra blend, it is 45" wide and $18.99 / yard. metallic fabric 1 polyester / Lycra blend 45" wide $18.99 / yard   Dusty Pink and Yellow

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    At first glance, this color combination seems more appropriate for spring, however designers such as Ulla Johnson and Delpozo used turtlenecks and coats to give a more autumnal feel. We have an array of fabrics in Dusty pink and bright yellow, including wool, silk, linen and cotton. dusty pink and yellow Pictured above are two fabrics available in 100% cotton on the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store. 100% cotton 60" wide Dusty pink $18.99 / yard 100% cotton 44" wide Bright yellow $15.99 / yard Continue Reading

  • Vintage Lace Trim & Fashion

    August 11, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    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.


  • Ethereal Liquid Silicone Gown by Iris van Herpen

    July 7, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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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."


  • Partaking Patrons Vol XII

    September 2, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

    Blog1 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.   Continue Reading

  • Tutorial: Adding a Waist-Stay to a Garment

    August 17, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

    Blog1 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!   Continue Reading

  • Metallic Pleated Skirt

    July 22, 2015 by Ada Spragg

    9   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.   Continue Reading

  • Celebrate Royal Ascot Week!

    June 16, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

    Millinery2   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! Continue Reading

  • Britex Does Pantone S/S 2015

    June 15, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

    PantoneCollage4 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! Continue Reading

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