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Workshop Alert December 19 – Fashion Design w/ Jamie Lau

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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 December 19th 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.

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Wool Fiber Art

Oh the Glory of Wool!

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Jeff Root is a Local San Francisco Artist who creates beautiful Fiber Art using various Woolens

(Mostly found at here Britex!)

Our Main Floor is a playground for Wool Fabric which you will see here on these beautiful pieces of Art!

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It doesn’t stop there, he also creates Plush toys, Cartoons & Paintings! Jeff learned how to use a sewing machine at a very young age!

His mother taught sewing classes in their home when Jeff was a kid.  When Jeff and his brother were bored (during snowstorms, etc), they would sew beanbags, which evolved slowly into Plush toys.

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How to Make a Cadet Cap: Tutorial + Free Pattern

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Hello Britex readers, this is Mary from Craft Buds and I’m excited to be guest posting here today! I’ve put together a free cadet-style hat pattern for you. Just download the pattern from Craftsy here (you’ll need a free Craftsy account) and we’ll get started. I’ve used two fabrics provided by Britex in my hat, a beautiful midweight herringbone olive & espresso wool for the exterior, and a silky smooth chocolate brown rayon/cupro for the lining. The fabrics are both high quality and were a perfect set of fabrics for a warm and comfortable hat.

All kinds of woolens would work for this nifty cap. Try this Glen plaid wool, then line it with toasty, glorious red warm-back lining!

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How to make Harem Pants with Shams!

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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:

 

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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.

 

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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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Indigo Basketweave Raw Silk Cap Sleeve Pleated Dress

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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.

 

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Partaking Patrons Vol. XI

Welcome to Partaking Patrons volume 11!

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.

 

Whether it is a large ballroom gown, upholstered couches, or a small and nuanced doll, Britex is home to all things creative! In this installment of PP, the lovely Joseph Coloff shows us the latter. With his detailed and precise handiwork, Joe has made a beautiful roaring 20s doll for a competition in Texas.

 

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Cross-Dyed Linen Jacket with Bias Fringe

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

 

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Partaking Patrons Vol. X

Welcome to Partaking Patrons volume 10!

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.

 

When one thinks of Britex it is not usually first on the list to think of historical costuming. But, as a matter of fact, we have a huge costuming clientele, the most well known right now being Terry Dresbach of Outlander. We serve up piles of wools and cottons and silks for specific and accurate reproductions that our costuming community yearns for. And this time of year particularly picks up with the encroaching Costume College festivities! Costume College (or lovingly referred to by those in the know as CoCo) is a long weekend conference held in Southern California that features workshops, demos, and lectures geared towards costuming and historical sewing. Each of the three days is also packed with events, such as an Ice Cream Social and an evening Gala, where attendees can wear and show off their beautiful creations. There also happens to be a pool party…

 

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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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