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  • Wedding Gown by Rebecca

    February 22, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    The talented Rebecca from Alaska recently made a bridal gown for her son and daughter-in-law’s wedding that took place at Anini Beach in Kauai.  She made this romantically graceful wedding gown of delicate lace fabric bought from Britex in the 1980s and 4-ply silk charmeuse, and then trimmed the veil and created the sash from pale ballet pink silk satin ribbon bought from Britex Fabrics’ online store. She said, “An interesting tidbit....in order to apply the narrow 1/8 inch satin ribbon to the diamond white shimmer veiling, I used adding machine tape to stabilize the tulle and back it for stitching.  I then carefully stitched with my machine, taking care to gently move the fabric and paper together, and at the curves, carefully tore the paper and again inserted to allow perfect matched lines for end of veil, which also was much longer than the chapel length train of gown.  The most time consuming aspect of it was carefully tearing the paper away from the stitching without disturbing the integrity of the stitch, but with care, everything turned out fine.  The silk satin ribbon was amazing to use, and had the best quality, being a double sided variety I chose for gown and veiling.”


  • Peplum Silk Top

    February 12, 2013 by Nicole at Home

    Hello fellow fans of Britex Fabrics! My name is Nicole from Nicole at Home, and I’m so excited to be sharing one of my projects with this community today.  As a resident of the Bay Area, I am absolutely thrilled and honored to be collaborating with Britex as a Guest Blogger. 

    Since I'm a part-time instructor at a local community college, I try to step up my wardrobe a little bit; I’m young-looking and a small person, so I have to make an effort to not look like a student!  I had wanted to recreate a ready-to-wear top that fit well, and this partnership with Britex provided a great opportunity to work with one of their incredible solid-colored silks.

  • Chanel Style Jacket in Autumnal Shades

    January 28, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Paule from Alsacea emailed us photos of her latest couture creation, a semi-fitted, collarless Chanel style jacket made from Missoni knit fabric bought from the first floor of Britex Fabrics.  We love the hand-stitched detailing, and the way she accentuated the warm autumnal colors of the knit fabric with wine colored trim and toasty brown buttons.  Julie said, “One of my coup-de-coeur was this knit from Missoni. Thick and overdecorated, it was still fairly light in weight. I decided to use Vogue 8804 pattern, a tweed knit vest Chanel style from Claire Shaeffer. A lot of hand sewing went into this project.” Novelty wools are available in-store and online, and Vogue patterns are available on Britex Fabrics’ 3rd floor.


  • Tutorial: Adding Sleeves to Wiksten Tank in Flocking Bird Silk

    January 28, 2013 by Skirt as Top

    Hello again, I'm Kristin from skirt as top and today I'm here with a pretty silk shirt. This navy and ivory flocking bird print was completely irresistible to me, and I was so excited to make a beautiful flowy top out of it for my sister. flocking bird silk shirt (sleeve tutorial) I started with one of my favorite patterns, the Wiksten Tank. As I've done before, I decided to add three quarter sleeves, which gives the shirt a bit more substance and slightly more formal look, while maintaining the ease of the pattern. flocking bird silk shirt (sleeve tutorial) Today I'll show you my method for adding the sleeves.

  • Delicate Vintage Influenced Lingerie

    January 17, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Stephanie, founder and designer at Honey Cooler Handmade makes scrumptious vintage influenced lingerie with silks, lace, and ribbon from Britex Fabrics. We’re particularly enamored with these two camisoles, with their use of delicate heirloom insertion lace and Art Deco motifs. (Photography by Antonette Streeter Photography)


  • Tutorial: Silk Tassel Scarf

    January 10, 2013 by Grainline Studio

    Hi, I’m Jen from Grainline Studio and I’m super excited to present my first project in collaboration with Britex Fabrics, a tutorial to make this super cute polka dot chiffon scarf with tassels! This scarf is the perfect thing to throw on with your sweaters this winter, it dresses things up a bit and also adds a new texture to a typically knit heavy season. The silk was a dream to work with, softer and silkier than any chiffon I’ve worked with before and with a most beautiful sheen. Also can we talk about the color and print? It’s not just ivory, it has a subtle blush hint to it that makes it super flattering on everyone who’s tried it on so far and I’m a huge fan of the scattered polka dot. It’s a perfect way to throw an updated polkadot into your wardrobe. This was actually my first time working with silk thread (other than needle turned applique) and it really added a subtle polish that probably only I will notice, but isn’t that the best kind really? I think so. Make this scarf with or without the tassels, I think they’re pretty fun but unfortunately so does my cat who tried to steal one right before we took these finished project photos. You can follow the instructions below to make your own, click on the project supplies to order your own scarf materials!


  • Vivid Floral Men's Shirt - Britex Fabrics plus Scissors & Cloth

    January 3, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    We love this vivid floral cotton fabric in shades of blue, violet, and puce. Alex sent us this photo of himself wearing a bespoke shirt made of Britex Fabrics’ cotton created by local shirt-maker, Carlos from Scissors and Cloth. Our scrumptious imported cottons are found on Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor. This one is made in Italy, 61” wide, and $39.99 per yard. To buy this fabric, come into the store, or order via email at service@britexfabrics.com.


  • Wool Felt Waistcoat on Douglas

    December 28, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    The dapper-licious, delightful, and debonair  Douglas in what Judy calls his Western yin-yang vest made of wool felt from Britex Fabrics.  We love his use of warm, delectable color-blocking and the leaf green buttons...and we also adore his oh-so dashing moustache (not sold at Britex.)


  • Child's Wintery Cape by Kristin

    December 27, 2012 by Skirt as Top

    Hello Britex readers, I'm Kristin from skirt as top and I'm so thrilled to be here today! I have wanted to sew a cape for my 4 year old daughter for about a year now, and partnering with Britex Fabrics was the perfect opportunity for me to sew a soon-to-be-released cape pattern by Oliver + S with some truly wonderful wool. forest path cape in britex fabrics I chose this peacock blue midweight wool for a playful twist, since my daughter is only four years old and I always aim to make her clothing both beautiful and fun. Sewing with this gorgeous wool was a dream, and in person it almost shines. My husband even remarked on how nice it looked - it's a level above the fabrics I typically sew with and the fabric quality is apparent at first glance! forest path cape in britex fabrics

  • Alpaca Vintage Frock - Karen

    December 20, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    We're always excited when someone emails us the results of creating from Britex Fabrics’ fabrics; this is a dress sewn from gorgeous herringbone Alpaca (made in USA.) Karen of the blog Fifty Dresses: Sewing classic fashions from mid-century patterns, made this elegantly swank frock from the vintage pattern Vogue 9353 (c. 1957.) We love the yoke and sleeve design, and how Karen utilized fabric scraps for her bound buttonholes. She said, “Even though I did not have “plaids” to match, I needed to pay close attention to the rows in the herringbone weave, so that none of them were crooked.  This is where Clover two-pronged pins (recommended by Susan Khalje in The Couture Dress class) came in handy and helped me keep those rows lined up evenly.” The vibrant Kelly green leather gloves and scarf provide a chic accent!


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