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  • Partaking Patrons Vol. IX

    July 8, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

    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.   3   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. Continue Reading

  • Partaking Patrons Vol. VIII

    June 24, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

    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.   Bee1   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...   Continue Reading

  • A Lacey Fairy Princess Dress

    June 23, 2015 by Skirt as Top

    Welcome to another post from Kristin of skirt as top! Sometimes timing just works out perfectly.  My daughter was invited to be the flower girl in a family wedding early next month (which she loves doing), and the bride asked me to make her flower girl dress (which I love doing).  Lucky for me, the upcoming Britex sale category of poly/rayon/lace gave me plenty of wonderful options to choose from!   Dress10
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  • Partaking Patrons Vol VII

    June 10, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

    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.   Continue Reading

  • Father's Day Necktie Tutorial

    June 8, 2015 by Thread Theory Designs

    Father's Day Tie - Thread Theory - 1   *Please Note: We have sold out of our online tie fabrics! We suggest perusing our Liberty of London cotton or our patterned silk selections in the online store.   Would you like to try your hand at tie-making this Father's Day? It isn't difficult to make your Dad a tie since the internet abounds with beautiful tutorials and even free patterns for all skill levels! Since a quick search for "tie tutorials" can lead to fairly overwhelming results, I decided to compile the fruits of my research into one handy blog post and a tutorial that brings together all of my favorite elements from the instructions already available on the web! Britex has a wealth of tie making supplies that can be very difficult to find elsewhere. For my tie I used a sunshine yellow Italian silk faille featuring nothing less than hot pink embroidered crabs! Since ties are cut on the bias, this silk was ideal for my purposes - the crabs run 45 degrees to the selvage! Continue Reading

  • Partaking Patrons Vol. VI

    May 27, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

    Welcome to Partaking Patrons volume 5! 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!   unnamed   With two lovey ladies and two delightful projects, Britex is happy to showcase our newest Patrons! First up, welcome Carla Chao with her beautiful eyelet beach bag. Continue Reading

  • Linen Silk Skinny Pants

    May 26, 2015 by Communing with Fabric

    IMG_0162 copy Hey, it's Shams from Communing with Fabric with another garment made from a lovely Britex fabric! Since spring fashions hit the stores earlier this year, I've been a little obsessed: I keep seeing a style of skinny pants called "joggers". I was particularly taken with joggers made from linen. Joggers typically (though not always) feature an elastic waist with a drawstring, patch pockets, and hems finished with either elastic or ribbing. You can see a few on my Joggers Pinterest page. Continue Reading

  • Partaking Patrons Vol. V

    May 13, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

    Welcome to Partaking Patrons volume 5! 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!   Today, Britex is honored to present an amazing seamstress, Dipa Suri. With a keen eye for rich textiles and textures, Dipa creates luxurious items ranging from children's wear to artistic accessories. You can view more of her children's line on her delightful website.  
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  • Tutorial: Hemming with Rayon Seam Binding

    May 12, 2015 by Lilacs & Lace

    001   Hello everyone, it’s Laura Mae from Lilacs & Lace here to share a tip using my favorite sewing notion . . . rayon seam binding! Hemming a garment is generally one of, if not the last, steps in the construction process - this means it is often rushed. But a bit of extra time and effort can make a huge difference to the quality of a garment. It really is all about the little details!   Continue Reading

  • Partaking Patrons (vol. iv)

    April 29, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

    Welcome to Partaking Patrons volume 4! 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!   One of the beauties of textiles and notions is the range of projects that are possible, and today we are joined by a woman who does nothing less of magic with her Britex supplies. Meet Lori Wasbon and her captivating critters!   HampsterCollage   Continue Reading

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