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  • 2014 Blog Re-cap: Ada Spragg

    November 19, 2014 by Britex Fabrics

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    The 2014 Guest Blogger Re-cap is here—because you’ve probably missed a few pretty amazing projects along the way this year and because we are so proud of each blogger’s ability to transform Britex fabrics into beautiful garments and accessories. During the next few weeks you’ll be treated to exclusive re-caps of our favorite guest blogger projects. We’ll show you the best of the best from each of our guest bloggers with all of their individual style. Today, we re-visit the very fashion-forward contributions of Sophie at Ada Spragg. Sophie is one of our newest guest bloggers, contributing all the way from Australia! Expect to see experiments with the newest trends in textiles and fashion at Ada Spragg. Expect color (because Sophie is not afraid of color), bold prints and unexpected combinations! While exploring her blog, don't miss the opportunity to meet loads of other superb bloggers through the feature Makers in the Wild.

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  • 2014 Blog Re-cap: Skirt as Top

    November 17, 2014 by Britex Fabrics

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    The 2014 Guest Blogger Re-cap is here---because you've probably missed a few pretty amazing projects along the way this year and because we are so proud of each blogger's ability to transform Britex fabrics into beautiful garments and accessories. During the next few weeks you'll be treated to exclusive re-caps of our favorite guest blogger projects. We'll show you the best of the best from each of our guest bloggers with all of their individual style. First up: Kristin of Skirt as Top. If you haven't already visited Skirt as Top, go now. You've got to check out Kristin's Film Petit series where she replicates costumes from cult favorites such as Life Aquatic, Psycho and Back to the Future in miniature versions for her kiddos. Also, keep this blog in mind for awesome indie pattern recommendations---Kristin always knows about the coolest kids clothing patterns and the newest ladies patterns from independent pattern-makers.

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  • Tutorial: Knit a Loop Scarf with Fabric

    November 5, 2014 by Britex Fabrics

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    Kika Knaup led an awesome workshop last week that left several---locals and non-locals---wishing they could have joined us. We decided to pull out our camera and document the process so that anyone could give this easy project a try. Please keep in mind that this tutorial does not teach the basics of knitting---though we have linked to some helpful videos. This tutorial will show you just how simple it is to knit almost anything using fabric strips! Let's get started... Materials: 1/2 to 1 yard of two different fabrics - soft knits recommended scissors or rotary cutter knitting needles size 35 or 50 IMG_1497 Continue Reading

  • Outrageous Geometry: Hemlock Tee Tips + Pattern

    November 5, 2014 by Grainline Studio

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    Hi all, Jen from Grainline Studio here with my latest Britex project to share! For today’s project I chose this large print, super graphic, black and white striped silk habotai with the goal of making use of the border print nature in a non-typical way. I wish I’d taken a photo of this fabric before I cut into it to show you more what the print looks like, but the large even stripes I used for the sleeve ran down one half of the fabric, and the section I used for the body of this shirt ran down the other half. This print definitely is an easy choice for a really cool maxi skirt, but I really wanted to get a bit more creative and also make something a little easier to wear in fall. Continue Reading

  • Loop Scarf Workshop on 11/1

    October 29, 2014 by Britex Fabrics

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    It's not too late to register for the Knit a Loop Scarf Using Fabric workshop on Saturday, November 1---yes, that is the day after Halloween. Local Designer, Kika Knaup, will walk us through the steps of making this simple art scarf. Continue Reading

  • Silk Tunic Dress - Sandra Betzina

    October 29, 2014 by Britex Fabrics

    Photography of Power Sewings' Sandra BetzinaWe love this silk tunic dress that Sandra Betzina made; sewn with silk panels from Britex Fabrics, and underlined with a lightweight cotton/silk blend fabric. This silk print is unique, and Sandra was astonished by the fact that the cutting lines for the dress are actually printed onto the fabric! Imported from Italy. Each panel is 2 yards and 23” long by 54” wide. $245.00 per panel.

    This fabric is available on Britex Fabrics’ 1st floor, via email at service@britexfabrics.com, or by phone at 415-392-2910. (Photo by Michael Mustacchi)


  • Make Your Own Fabulous Mask

    October 22, 2014 by Britex Fabrics

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      We just couldn't help it. A photo shoot was surely bound to happen since we just haven't been able to keep our hands off the samples Natalie made for the Mask-Making workshop this Saturday. Natalie is the manager and buyer for the Notions Department, and is also an avid seamstress, specializing in hand-crafted reproductions of historical costumes and accessories ranging from the Renaissance to the Roaring ‘20s. For several years we've all had the pleasure of seeing her amazing costumes---often winning the annual Costume Contest---but learning from her is a rare opportunity. Follow her sewing adventures on her blog Frolicking Frocks, and of course, join us on 10/25! Continue Reading

  • Wine Connoisseur Quilt - Benilde

    October 8, 2014 by Britex Fabrics

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    Benilde emailed Britex when she ran out of wine bottle quilting cotton in the middle of sewing a quilt for her husband, who is an oenophilist. Fortunately, we’d just gotten a shipment and were able to send her some post haste! Benilde wrote, “I wanted to make this for him since I found this material on our trip to San Francisco and wanted to make a memory for us. It was an easy quilt to make and I'm so glad I was able to finish it thanks to you. Thank you again for sending me the material I need!” The wine connoisseur fabric collection is available on Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor, via email at service@britexfabrics.com, or by phone at 415-392-2910.


  • Tutorial: Portside Duffle + Blanket in True Designer Wool

    October 6, 2014 by Thread Theory Designs

    As the leaves begin to change color and Autumn evenings become shorter and more crisp, I have been longing to head out to the local beaches and forests for picnics.  I know many people might think of a picnic as something to enjoy in the heat of summer with lemonade and watermelon, but my favorite sort of picnic is of the fall variety - sitting on a windswept beach or amid crunchy burnt orange leaves at the park with a blanket wrapped cozily around me and a cup of hot apple cider in my hand. BritexBag-62 With that image of an ideal picnic hovering in my mind, I was very excited for the chance to turn this lovely Etro Olive & Pumpkin Plaid Wool, into a Fall picnic set!  This Italian wool is a unique mix of colors that are cheery individually (teal blue, bright orange!) while still decidedly autumnal over all.  It is a large weave and it is quite light but strong - perfect for a blanket, and, with interfacing, as a bag! Continue Reading

  • Wool Coat with Knitted Sleeves and Collar

    October 6, 2014 by Communing with Fabric

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    My favorite season is fall, and favorites to make are jackets and coats, so I am excited to unveil my first coat project in at least six months. I had a lot of fun with this one! I started with two yards of a striking navy and turquoise coating (90% wool and 10% poly) from Britex. (You might want to note that Britex is having a 30% off sale beginning on Oct 13th, both online and in store.) I love the interplay of navy with turquoise, and this fabric has the look of a handwoven. It also has a wonderful selvedge that I was determined to feature. I wanted a lined coat, so I used a teal colored Bemberg lining. Continue Reading

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