Here is another marvelous collaboration between Britex Fabrics and one of our customers; Leslie from the 3rd floor helped the dapper and distinguished Michelangelo freshen up his matador costume with several hundred of our Swarovski Elements crystals to make it blindingly sparkly. Michelangelo says, “As promised, here are some photos of the finished Matador Costume. I could not have done it without your assistance! Thank YOU for being such an important part of making this costume come to life! It is truly a ‘Suit of Lights’!” We think the glorious bling lends it a very special San Francisco traje de luces touch!
Category Archive: Made by You
The average winter snowfall for Wichita, Kansas is 14.5”, and thanks to Britex Fabrics’ German woven leather buttons and his vintage coat, Ben is now prepared. He said, “I finally got my coat back and it’s looking sharp! Thanks again for those buttons. Just wanted to thank you guys for a speedy delivery and I love your great selection! Getting my vintage shearling coat fixed with those hard to find leather buttons you have. Thanks, and happy holidays!” Aw…you’re looking sharp, and we love you too Ben.
We’re so fortunate to have such talented and sweet-natured tailors in San Francisco! Carlos is from Scissors & Cloth; they build couture collared dress shirts, each hand-draped, hand-cut and handcrafted through various classic and modern shirt-making techniques. My goal is to provide exceptional customer service through one on one appointments in my downtown, underground shirt-making workshop. Each client is personally hand-draped with muslin to find that perfect fit. Once the fabric is smoothed over all shapes of the upper torso, all seams are then drawn in using chalk, including the yoke, neckhole, armhole, side seams and hem. This gives me an accurate pattern to work from. The muslin is then transferred over to paper and the patternmaking process begins. I build as many samples that I need to until the client is happy with the fit. Once the fit is deemed perfect, I go to work on the final piece. Patterns are then filed away for future use.
Britex Fabrics and Scissors & Cloth collaborated over a length of classic black and white houndstooth wool fabric to come up with this warm and spiffy shirt. Contributing designer Carlos says, “I chose to work with a wool hounds-tooth because of its sheer classic beauty. However, any fabrics with patterns can be more time consuming to work with. As far as working with patterns goes, I typically cut each piece one at time, even if there are multiples of the same pattern. Take the yoke for instance, I start by placing my yoke pattern on one piece of fabric, trace around it, then cut out the piece. I then take that cut piece and lay that down on more fabric while matching up all the patterns on the fabric to the first yoke. If done precisely, the first yoke blends into the fabric pattern so beautifully that you cannot tell that there are two pieces. This can be very time consuming but your guaranteed identical pattern pieces, which makes the end product that much nicer. Another issue I came across were raw edges that were fraying. To better deal with this, any time I cut a pattern piece, I always ran a 1/4 stitch line around my fabric pattern pieces so that the fraying would not run over my 3/8″ seam allowance. “
We’d like to introduce the toasty Mister Frank. The Alpine-influenced Frank is created by local milliner, Deanne Gibbons. This style is a warm cozy sewn hat with button down, ear flaps for cold weather. The lining fabrics were purchased at Britex, the yellow is wide weave silk/wool blend and the orange is a silk with a herringbone pattern, the brown face fabric is a woven Angora.
Carol wrote us recently looking for silk chiffons and brocades to make some new dressy holiday raiment. She mentioned that she’d visited Britex earlier this year, and that James had helped her with a length of icy blue Japanese brocade. She sent us a photo of her blue brocade sheath dress. She said, “The photos really do not do it justice. It is so beautiful on, in part because as one moves, the material subtly changes color and has a satiny glow. I used a simple Vogue sheath pattern which came together perfectly; the longitudinal seams did a great job shaping the dress and matched the weight of the material nicely.” We’re sure that this glamorous dress would be a hit at any cocktail party or gathering.
Uber talented Jenny from San Francisco’s This Humble Abode produced a marvelous necktie sewn of Italian cotton from Britex Fabrics. The print is a divine design of abstract nudes…perfect for date night or museum hopping, and the cotton lining in bright coral also was purchased at Britex fabrics. Each necktie is cut on the bias and sewn almost entirely by hand. Width is 3 1/4″ inches which errs on narrow and is standard length.
Designer, pattern-maker, and bon vivant, Jeremy was inordinately humble when he emailed me the photo of the frock coat, waistcoat, and top hat that he created. He received a Specialization in Draping, Patternmaking and Fashion Design from the the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne in Paris, France, his MA in Costume Design , and BA in French at the University of Oklahoma. He has been designing since 2004 and sewing/tailoring since 1994; we are sorely tempted to as k him if he’d undertake our plum velveteen dream suit. The coat and vest are made with a self-drafted pattern from Britex Fabrics’ red wool which Jeremy said was, “…AMAZING wool! It was perfect “! The hat was constructed from the same silk taffeta as the lining of the frock coat, and is roughly from the 1880’s. It is for a piece called “L’histoire du Soldat” (The Soldiers Tale) Choreographed by Professor James Clouser at the University of Arizona School of Dance. What a fine and debonair gentleman’s outfit.
October’s contributing designer is Trudy of Poppy Von Frohlich. Read on to learn about her first hand experience with our beautiful wool melton.
“The coat is my own design and pattern. I chose this rich Charcoal Melton and I accented it with a colorful Italian knit. The knit is backed with a silk organza that is fused and then blind stitched to the knit using the finest silk thread from Japan. I lined the body in flannel and the sleeves in poly satin. The buttons are mock because I felt the knit would unravel if I cut buttonholes, so I used a hook/eye and some Click here to read more »
Nicole from the Bay area blog, Nicole At Home made a back to school frock from Britex Fabrics’ fabric – a charcoal grey, heavy-weight cotton and a burgundy Bemberg fabrics (both from the remnants department.) She used Vogue pattern V8755, with some variations including adding on-seam pockets…for caramels and school supplies. She also used the lining to create the hem. She says, “I can’t say enough about Bemberg lining fabric. Like poly, it still frays like crazy and is pretty slippery, but it irons wonderfully, is breathable and feels wonderfully soft against your skin. I’m ready for school–I just need my laser pointer and high heels!” We love this dress – it is fashionable and comfortable at the same time, qualities that can be dichotomous.
We’re always pleased to hear back from customers with the results of their sewing projects made from Britex Fabrics’ goods! It is amazing to watch the transformation of flat folded fabric to garments and home decorating projects. Nancy from the sewing blog, The Dressmaker’s Muse spent the better part of May, June, and July making clothing for a Renaissance themed wedding. She made a daunting 75 garments to clothe 20 of the 24 participants, including the bride, groom, men and ladies in waiting, children, and parents. When she bought 10 yards of georgette from Britex Fabrics’ online store, I asked her to send me photos once she was done – the georgette was used in the sleeves of the bride and bridesmaids and the full length hooded cape worn by the bride. She said, “Your georgette was lovely to work with, and draped as beautifully and dramatically I had hoped.”