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.)
Category Archive: Hand-Made with Britex Materials
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.
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!
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!
Local designer, Janet has a taste for glamour, and it shows in the elegantly austere caplets & evening bags she creates. She says, “I’ve been visiting Britex since I was a young girl and have dreamt of designing with their incredible fabrics. This year I was able to produce my new endeavor–hand-sewn silk mini capes with scarves, scarves and cultured pearl bags and belts. Britex has supplied all the fabrics and notions primarily online. I couldn’t have done this collection without Avery’s help not only shipping to my various seamstress, but also with advice. I’m planning on expanding this into a larger collection and possibly offer it wholesale. Each time I visit Britex online or in the store I become overwhelmed with the beautiful fabrics and like an addict want to buy them all! My creativity explodes on the first floor where the silks are located—just ask James, the sales associate! My collection is made entirely in San Francisco and I owe credit to my pearl weaver, Atelier & my seamstress, Kika.” Sigh!
Giving season is here and Britex Fabrics in collaboration with Poppy Von Frohlich has a big present for you! Tell us about your biggest sewing blunder-turned-triumph to enter to win this one-of-a-kind coat by Poppy Von Frohlich. Win it for yourself or gift it to a very special someone.
Submit entries here or email to email@example.com by midnight on December 19. Winner will be announced on December 21.
The talented designer and owner of Poppy Von Frohlich, Trudy Hodges, shares with us the many blunders that have led to an impressive San Francisco business.
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Nicole from the Bay area blog, Nicole At Home made a charming peplumed blouse from this vintage-look floral imported Britex Fabrics’ stretch silk. She says, “During my recent visit to Britex I purchased a beautiful stretch silk floral fabric, the most expensive piece of fabric I’ve ever purchased (but so worth it!). I only got a small amount, with some kind of sleeveless shell in mind. After making the Minna blouse by Salme patterns, their Peplum blouse caught my eye.” We love the effort that Nicole made with the fit, from decreasing the flounce of the peplum, to deepening the arm scythe, to decreasing the darts.
Heather Habig is an expert in her field, which is why we invited her to participate in December’s BF Contributor. She lives in San Francisco, is launching a clothing line in 2013 and offers custom design services. The black & white wool double knit was a perfect choice for her pattern. After seeing her classic-but-bold, perfectly fitted jacket, we had a few questions for Heather. Here’s what she had to tell us:
1. Why did you choose the black and white double knit for your project? What did you love about the fabric? What did you learn about the fabric?
I’m always drawn to fabric and prints that are high-contrast, especially in black and white, and when I saw this fabric I was really excited. The fact that it’s wool and a double knit sounded like fun to work with, and I knew I could get a great-fitting garment out of it.
When I made the pattern for the jacket, and I kept the silhouette relatively simple because of the bold pattern. As I was working with it, I was surprised by how much it was shrinking under the steam iron. I might recommend to someone else using this fabric to buy an extra 1/4 to 1/3 yard – to account for shrink as well as matching the stripes. Click here to read more »
Our favorite Bay area Persian clothing designer, Nima Shiraz is now clothing Hollywood actresses! The November 2012 issue of LA Fashion magazine features Shahs of Sunset’s Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi, in a delicious lacy custom couture gown constructed from Britex Fabrics’ materials. Delving inside the glossy pages, there is a humongous editorial spread inside of GG wearing five more Nima Shiraz gowns made from Britex materials, and interviews with GG and Nima. We love it when local designers are featured in high fashion magazines, and Nima’s sensuous and glamorous frocks are irresistible! (Photographer: Barry Druxman, Make up: Sara Dashty; Hair: Lorenzo Diaz)
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!
Babies are bursting out all over, and one tenacious infant held off through weeks of false labor only to arrive on Avery’s birthday! Avery made the stubborn wee one a bright quilt incorporating Britex Fabrics’ flannel. Loosely based upon the old-fashioned log cabin pattern, this quilt is filled with low-loft cotton batting, and tied with orange embroidery floss. We love the googly eyed owls and wacky stripes, combined with bubbly polka dots.