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  • Joel - Matrix Revolutions-Inspired Overcoat

    January 15, 2019 by Britex Fabrics



    Britex Fabrics longtime customer Joel says, "Ten years ago, I began learning how to sew and make my own patterns. Recently, I remade my very first project using better techniques and materials.

    The fine wool and blue lining came from you guys some time back. It has magnetic closures on the front and in the cuffs and is inspired by the coat Neo wore in the Matrix Revolutions."

    We adore Joel's fine handiwork and tailoring.  Look at that pocket; His attention to detail is amazing!



  • Cuddle Up in a Cozy-Yet-Stylish Sweater from MadeByMeg

    January 29, 2018 by Britex Fabrics



    Hi! Meg here from MadebyMeg. Today I'm sharing with you my new winter sweater featuring Britex's Cloud-Soft Black Wool Sweater Knit - yes, that is literally what it's called and it is that fluffy!

    For this project, I wanted to take a basic sweater and jazz it up a bit. I was inspired by the Shein Twist-Front Sweater that I saw on Pinterest and decided to copy the look using two patterns: Tessuti's free Mandy Boat Tee and the Style Arc Dee Knit Top. The Dee Knit Top is a perfect match for the twist front detail, saving me the headache of having to figure out that step myself. And the Mandy Boat Tee is oversized with dropped shoulders, much like my inspiration. Together, I knew I could get the look I wanted.



    While pattern drafting from scratch is very much a technical skill, for the home sewer I view combining patterns as more of an art than a science. My sewing style is all about throwing things together and seeing what comes out. If you've been afraid to try altering patterns, I say have fun with it and see where it leads!

    For this project, I decided to order the more fitted Dee Knit Top in a larger size so that it would match the finished garment measurements of the oversized Mandy Boat Tee. I purchased a size 20 instead of my usual size 8. If you can't size up, you can try printing your pattern at a larger scale, but be wary of enlarging things that are critical to fit such as sleeve heads and armscyes. Luckily for this pattern, all you need to copy is that interesting hem detail.

    Then, here's what I did to combine the front pattern pieces:


    To combine the patterns, I laid one on top of the other, matching center front and shoulder seams. I then carefully traced around them with tracing paper, taking the details I wanted from each. I kept the boxy shape and wide shoulders of the Mandy Boat Tee, but used the hem detail of the Dee Knit Top. You'll also notice I dropped the neckline a little as the Mandy Boat Tee's is quite high, and also dropped the armhole a bit so that I could draft larger, more loose-fitting sleeves. I made no alterations to the back of the Mandy Boat Tee (not pictured) except to leave the hem a bit long so I had room to work with.

    From here, all I had to do was follow the instructions for how to construct the front of the Dee Knit Top and sew everything together. While the design looks complicated, it's actually not that hard! This step always takes some adjustments and experimentation as you go, but in a sweater knit the fabric is very forgiving if everything doesn't quite line up.






    I think the end result is quite fun! The twist adds a lot of interest to this basic sweater, and I like how the hemline is slightly raised in the front. Plus, the wool knit is super warm, perfect for this time of year.
    Have you made any pattern hacks using Britex fabrics? Let us know in the comments!

  • Therapy Pillows by Marlene (marlenecustompillows.com)

    August 9, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    "The wool felt works beautifully. One can always depend on Britex to find what one needs. I set foot in that store for the first time 50 years ago. The possibilities to create a design with this pillow are endless It can be geometric or abstract. I really think it could be beneficial for people with dementia or disabilities to pass the time."  - Marlene (marlenecustompillows.com)

    Marlene is a master needlepoint finisher specialist who has been creating custom pillows, ornaments, and purses for many years. Most recently, she has been creating Therapy Pillows which can help "keep hands busy and inventive". These pillows can be an excellent tool for people with dementia and Alzheimers. Many pieces of her work can be viewed here.

    100% wool felt is available in an array of colors on the first floor of our brick-and-mortar store. Britex also has dozens of colors of felt fabric blends on the third floor by the yard and square.

  • Easy Double Welt Pockets by NEW Guest Blogger Becky (sewbeckyjo.com)

    July 24, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    double-welt-01 Double welt pockets look so scary. There’s little dots, little triangles, blind sewing, to bias or not to bias, more blind sewing with the lining….and the worst part? You’re cutting a hole smack in the middle of fabric. There’s no going back after you cut that hole.Worse? Half the time they’re this unusable, shallow size. I don’t like fiddley or inefficiency. I think it’s time we knocked double welts off their pedestal. I’ve made a very photo-detailed tutorial with the help of Britex Fabrics, and you’ll be whipping these out in no time. I chose this Midweight Royal Purple Linen for this project.  

  • Silk Baby Hems by Guest Blogger Sophie Hines

    July 20, 2017 by Sophie Hines

    photo-1 So crop tops and cute bralettes are all the rage lately - but how do you actually incorporate them into your wardrobe? It may be a bit daring for some, but I love pairing my long line Euler Bralette with a sheer silk shirt! Sewing with silk can be tricky if you haven’t tried it, but there are so many tips on the internet, you can quickly get your bearings!!

  • Local Designer & Britex Fabrics Regular Joy Mao

    July 14, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Joy Mao is a Bay Area transplant, and Britex Fabrics regular, originally from Shanghai that spends her days with the good people of MUH-TAY-ZIK HOF-FER, and her nights sewing away in her tiny home studio (aka. her dining room table). She has had a passion for designing and making clothes since college, but until this year she didn't have the courage to take it further than a hobby.

  • Summery Eyelet Graduation Dress by Guest Blogger Nicole (NicoleAthome)

    June 6, 2017 by Nicole at Home

    img_6126After three and a half years of very part-time classes at West Valley College, I finally graduated a week ago with my A.S. in Apparel Production!  Since I made a new dress for my very first day of class at WVC  (which was also made with Britex fabric, coincidentally!), it was only fitting that I drape, draft, and sew the dress in which I accept my degree.  And that the fabric for said dress come from my favorite fabric store!

  • Linen Tunic by Susan (We Love Our Customers)

    May 30, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    I used a Burda pattern but changed the front neckline-shallow vee instead of
    long opening with buttons and loops.
    I washed the linen twice in hot water and then dried it in a hot dryer
    per Sandra Betzina's instructions so it is softer and will wrinkle
    less. I like the slightly wrinkled look which ads texture to the
    pattern. - Susan

    The fabric featured above is available online in our linen section here.

  • Quilt With Dinosaur Cutouts as Appliqués

    May 23, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    "Hi Sharman,

    It was nice to talk to you yesterday.  Here’s the quilt I made for my first grandson using all Britex fabrics.  I cut out the dinosaurs that were then sewn as applique with embroidery stitching for the “hills.”  The base fabric was the Royal British shirt fabric that was excellent to use because it doesn’t stretch and quilted well.  All the stitching was done by hand.  I made up the design.

    Your staff was very helpful to me in selecting the best fabrics with compatible “stretchability” so that the final result behaved properly.

    Thank you for having the best fabric store I’ve ever found – and I look everywhere I go!



  • Large Floral Cotton Print Dress (We Love Our Customers)

    May 22, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    Our customer Gabriella Gomez came into our store a few months ago looking for a fabulous floral print cotton to create a dress. She found Aleks on the second floor in our home decor fabric department extremely helpful when choosing a cotton fabric for her dress. She finished the dress in early March, and it came out beautifully. Everyone at the fashion show she was involved with thought it was from a store, and not a student designed dress. She wrote us to thank us for helping her to pick out the most "gorgeous fabric possible". The fabric is an exquisitely hand screen printed cotton from France.

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