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  • Fancy party skirt by Nicole!

    November 23, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

      IMG_4224 With the holidays coming up, surely there are a few parties to attend, right? The iridescent magenta-black color of this stunning silk taffeta is so joyous and opulent that I knew it had to be a sassy, swingy skirt for an evening fête! When the fabric arrived, I was surprised by how stiff, yet light, the taffeta was. My experience with taffeta is pretty limited, so I knew I had a challenge on my hands! IMG_4221 For the pattern, I used Sewaholic's Hollyburn skirt really only as a jump-off point. First off, I removed the pockets. This is the opposite of what I typically do, but I knew the style wouldn't look quite right with pockets (the sacrifices we make for fashion!) Second, I increased the circumference of the skirt hem by about 18" by slashing and spreading the front and back pieces. With the stiffness of the fabric, I felt like more weight would help it drape and increase the drama.

  • How to Sew Wool knit with Lace overlay w/Nicole!

    October 20, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

    Wool knit Linden with lace overlay

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    I was won over by the Linden sweatshirt, designed by fellow Guest Blogger Jen from Grainline Studios, after making it in a sporty quilted fabric. But the wheels started turning immediately, and I felt like a lace-overlay version would take this basic wardrobe staple up a couple of notches.

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    As luck would have it, I was due for my next project with Britex working with one of their amazing knits! After working hard to narrow down the choices, I decided on this beautiful medium-weight wool knit fabric, in an extra-dark loden (almost black) color. I'm a sucker for pale pink, so this cotton-blend lace was the perfect contrast. The image below shows how nicely this wool drapes. Very luxurious!


  • How to make Harem Pants with Shams!

    September 28, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

    IMG_1231-squareIG   Hi, it's Shams from Communing with Fabric with another garment made from a lovely Britex fabric! When Britex asked me to choose one of their polyester fabrics, I was drawn to their Japanese-Influenced Polyester Crepe. The pic on the website doesn't show its true glory, so here it's draped over a chair:   IMG_5065-fabric   I love the texture of a pebbled crepe and this fabric came through the washer and dryer like a champ. But how to use it? I wanted to sew it into harem pants, but I could also see this as a stunning kimono jacket. The fabric resists wrinkles and would be great for travel. I decided to use Sandra Betzina's harem pant pattern, Vogue 1355. This harem pant is unusual in that it is close-fitting through the crotch. The fullness is located on the inside leg, not at the outer hip.  

  • How Do I Add Piping: Curvy Sewing Collective Post

    September 14, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

    Hello! I’m Tanya and I blog at Mrs. Hughes. I’m excited to be the first of the Curvy Sewing Collective editors to contribute to the Britex blog. I’m a NorCal girl and Britex is one of my most favorite places to shop!   blogcopy1 For this project, I chose this sublime royal purple worsted wool. This fabric is a midweight wool, with a nice drape that works well for the Decades of Style 1930’s Stardust Skirt. I love retro styles, but I’ve never ventured into the 1930’s silhouette as I’ve always found it to be more form-fitting than I’m generally comfortable with. However, I do like to step outside of my self-imposed boundaries occasionally and venture in to new territory, and thus entered this 1930’s skirt.

  • Indigo Basketweave Raw Silk Cap Sleeve Pleated Dress

    August 31, 2015 by Jamie Lau Designs

    Blog2 Earlier this summer, I relocated my design studio from New York to San Francisco, which meant closer proximity to Britex and more fabric shopping. This past weekend, I taught a fashion design workshop at the Britex Salon. In addition to fashion illustration and creating mood boards, we also touched upon the importance of fabric awareness in fashion design.  

  • 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!  

  • Cross-Dyed Linen Jacket with Bias Fringe

    August 4, 2015 by Communing with Fabric

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    Hi, it's Shams from Communing with Fabric with another garment made from a lovely Britex fabric!  

  • New Workshop -- Fashion Design w/ Jamie Lau

    August 3, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

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    Calling all fashionistas and fashion enthusiasts! Have you ever wanted to learn real world fashion skills from a full-time designer? Well, now is your chance. Jamie Lau, of Jamie Lau Designs, will be here on August 29th to show you the basics for beginning a successful move into the world of fashion. She will cover starter fashion drawing techniques, creating mood boards for color selection, and will help with fabric awareness. Students will have access to croquis (fashion figure templates), colored pencils, and markers for sketching. In addition, you will also create inspirational mood boards using magazine tears, fabric swatches, and collage.

     

    Because space is limited, we encourage you to sign-up right away! See our events page for information on reserving your spot.


  • 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.  

  • Meet Our New Guest Blogger(s)!

    July 20, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

    As many of you know, Britex was on the hunt for a new Guest Blogger for our team. The response was overwhelming! We received so many wonderful applications from so many lovely and talented sewists that we had a terribly difficult time trying to narrow our search. It was not easy! We wanted to thank everyone for sending in blogs, photos, beautifully written letters, and excited emails; so much so that we wish we could have responded to everyone personally. So, please know we appreciate all of your efforts: thank you!   BloggerCollage   But, as with all things, a decision had to be made and so, without further ado, we would like to introduce the new addition to our team...  

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