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Category Archive: Made by our Customers

We Love Our Customers

Our customer Carla visited us in December and picked out a fabulous Italian Silk Cotton blend fabric. She was looking for fabric for a creation that she wanted to take on her vacation in February. The fabric she decided on screamed “tunic” to her, so she modified the Burda 6935 pattern, which she picked up the same day,  created a hi low hem, and added a pom-pom fringe and neck and shoulder trim to create a fun and breezy feel. The colors went perfectly with the waters of the Caribbean. She had fun wearing it and showing it off on the Island of Mustique.

 

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“Make It With Wool” National Contest Winner & First Runner Up!

National Make it With Wool winner Meighan is a loyal customer who has entered the Make it With Wool competition seven times, with fabric from Britex. She has had four 1st in state, two Ohio reserve champion outfits, was fifth runner up in the nation when she was in Jr. High. According to her mom Melinda, Meighan was one of those babies who fell asleep on her lap while she was sewing, and did lots of button stringing and hand sewing before her first “outfit” which was a little jumper she created for Make it With Wool in second grade.
This year Meighan won National First Runner Up, and will now have to move up to the adult category. Meighan has been sewing for about 20 years and has always loved it.

For her winning outfit, she used Vogue Pattern 1320 (Issey Miyake) for her coat, and printed off a paisley coloring sheet for her yoke. Her dress is Vogue pattern 8972. Meighan enjoys playing with color, and as a result of this, the dress does not look like the pattern.

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Last year during the national Make it With Wool competition, Meighan and a girl from Utah named Amelia were sizing each other up as potential competition. They didn’t really like each other much and they both placed first and second runner up. After the contest, they started talking and realized that they lived only 20 minutes from each other. Now they are best friends and had to compete against each other again in the national competition this year. Amelia won National Champion and Meighan won First Runner Up. Amelia will be getting married in a few weeks, and Meighan is her maid of honor.
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We Love Our Customers

Norrie A. Thomas, author of “The Needlepointer, The Philosophy of Stitching Life” stopped by yesterday not only to shop, but also to show us the lovely bright orange and purple silk blend brocade that she purchased at Britex, that is featured on the back cover of her book. There are many other fabrics from Britex featured in her book as well. This gorgeous brocade is available in Britex on the first floor and is $89.99 per yard. We also have others available on our website.

Norrie makes four trips to San Francisco each year, specifically to shop at Britex, and to visit her daughter who lives here in San Francisco. She creates needlepoint and often backs them with brightly colored fabrics from Britex. Norrie describes her book as a dedication to her family, and a preservation of her craft. She has been doing needlepoint for 25 years, and says that it began when she retired from her Entrepreneurial Pharmacy career, to create a way to depict how much color mattered to her. To find out more information about her upcoming book release, or for tips needlepoint, please visit her website.

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We Love Our Customers

On Friday, we had a visit from one of our customers who was wearing a dress she had made from one of our brightly colored cotton fabrics.
Emma has been sewing all of her own clothes since she was 15 (she is now 18). She taught herself to make dresses by obsessively re-reading vintage 1950s sewing books that she found at thrift stores. Her taste for her own dresses is very specific, she tends to heavily favor vintage-esque silhouettes in bright colors with geometric designs, and she loves African wax-print cottons. The only sewing/clothes design that she has done for someone other than herself, is when she costumed a science fiction play at the Berkeley Repertory Theater. Emma has countless illustrations that she has made of her own outfits and designs for her theater costume work.

For her day job, Emma is a cartoonist. When she isn’t creating fabulous clothing, she has an online comic, she has drawn strips for Dark Horse publishing, and has taught cartooning classes for kids at 826 Valencia, a writing center in the Mission, in San Francisco. To see more of Emma’s work please visit her website.

For more about our cotton fabrics, please visit the cotton section of our website, or the second floor of our store at 146 Geary Street in San Francisco.

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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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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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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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Partaking Patrons Vol. IX

Welcome to Partaking Patrons volume 9!

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.

 

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Today we are honoring the cuddly and warm goodies some of our customers have made. It has been a glum and rainy day here in San Francisco, and what better way to overcome that than with gorgeous coats? Our first entry comes from the lovely Peggy Allen (all the way in Alaska!) and her gorgeous winter wear.

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Partaking Patrons Vol. VIII

Welcome to Partaking Patrons volume 8!

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.

 

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Today, it only seems fitting that after the Royal Ascot week we should follow with a post about hats. And wildly sumptuous hats, too! Milliner Lisa Innis has been making fantastical pieces of head wear from our materials for some time now. Take a peek into her world…

 

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Partaking Patrons Vol VII

Welcome to Partaking Patrons volume 7!

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.

 

Fashion Design & Sewing 2015

 

Today we are thrilled to bring you Mrs. Pérez and her middle school Design and Sewing class! These wonderful ladies descended upon our store about a month ago, and we all just had so much fun helping everyone pick out a fabric and matching notions.

 

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