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  • DIY Hooded Bath Towel (abeautifulmess.com)

    June 22, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    terry-cloth-gray Sew yourself a hug! This Cozy Hooded Bath Towel project by abeautifulmess.com invites you to create a custom hooded bath towel that will keep you warm, comfy and proud of your DIY prowess. You can purchase terry cloth fabric along with appliques, patches and bling at our brick-and-mortar store in Union Square. For the complete tutorial, please visit the post by abeautifulmess.com here.

  • 10 Sewing Tutorials to Help You Travel Handmade! (sewcanshe.com)

    June 21, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    britex-supplies There's traveling light, and there's traveling right: Caroline of sewcanshe.com can help you create travel bags and organizers perfect for toting all of the fabulous garments and jewelry you've made! These 10 DIY sewing project tutorials include a tote with many pockets, a travel jewelry case, an airplane travel organizer with a peek-a-boo pouch, a quilted computer tablet case, and more. You'll need fabric (cotton prints are recommended), zippers, vinyl, D-rings, fusible interfacing, and basic notions--all of which are available in abundance at our brick-and-mortar Union Square store. Give yourself some time to shop, because we really do have fabulous prints!

  • Dressmakers Have Good Eyes, And Not Just For Style! (NPR)

    June 19, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    We always suspected that hand sewists have superpowers: and it turns out we're right! A small study published by UC Berkeley found that dressmakers who do a lot of hand sewing seem to have better stereoscopic vision than participants from any other profession that does fine manual work--including surgeons and dentists. Stereoscopic vision is the ability to accurately perceive depth and distance between objects — to see in 3-D. And dressmakers are the only group of professionals who seem to have enhanced powers in this department. For the complete article about stereoscopic vision, please visit the NPR article here. If you want to improve your hand sewing and stereoscopic skills, just register for our Hand Sewing 101 workshop with Natalie!

  • Buttonholing Boutonnières: When, How and Why to Wear One

    June 8, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Have you ever worn a boutonnière? Britex Fabrics has every component you need to make your own!
    Despite sea changes in culture and trend, the boutonnière remains a relevant fashion fillip--recommended for special occasions such as weddings, proms, homecomings, and society gatherings. Traditionally, boutonnières are flowers--either fresh or silk--worn with the stem pushed through a lapel buttonhole on the left side (the same side as a pocket handkerchief). At our Britex Fabrics brick-and-mortar store, we carry beautiful silk flowers and leaves on our embellishments floor, including traditional favorites like carnations, orchids, and roses; along with many more fashion-forward choices like camellias, sweet peas, and apple blossoms.

  • Feathers in Fashion: A History of Plumage

    June 2, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    img_0469 At some point, people decided that peacocks had the right idea, and feathered flamboyance entered the fashion world! Feathers are everywhere now, but in fact, the feather was first commercially introduced to fashion during the Middle Ages. Feathers were originally a symbol of high social standing. They were used to decorate head dresses and jewelry. During the 12th century, Venetian masks were decorated with gold, silver, crystals and feathers. Because fashion was dictated by royalty during the Middle Ages, only the very wealthy could afford to dress fashionably. By the end of the 15th century, fur trimmings and feathers became a staple part of the aristocracy’s wardrobes.

  • Talliaferro Classic Needleart & Summer Of Love Challenge (SFSNAD)

    May 10, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    "Cocktail Glamour Hour" is a reticule by Marsha Schuld, created for the Talliaferro challenge
      Besides offering hand-embroidery day-classes for all levels, San Francisco School of Needlework and Design (SNAD) has become a center for the stitch community—across the Bay Area and around the world. One means of further promoting needlework and including followers from near and far is through SNAD’s three-time a year Stitch-at- Home Challenges.

  • SF School of Needlework & Design Current Challenge

    May 1, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    sfsnad-summer-of-love Our neighbors at SFSNAD are running one of their challenges to commemorate the anniversary of the Summer of Love. AS usual, this challenge is one you can do at home, even if you don't live in San Francisco.

  • Cityscape Top Created by Britex Fabrics Customer Eileen Peters

    March 22, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    "where fine arts and graphic design meet needle and thread"

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    Britex Fabrics customer Eileen Peters created this awesome Cityscape top. The top is made from black mesh fabric, felt and sequins, which are all avaialable in our brick-and-mortar store. Not only is it a top, but it is a piece of wearable art as well.


  • Find a Piece of Outlander at Britex Fabrics (sass3journey.com)

    March 8, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    bridge Have you ever found yourself exploring a new city and then become awestruck by an unexpected finding?  That is what happened to me on my most recent trip to San Francisco, California.  This trip was meant to be a getaway to a big city, introducing my children to all the joys of San Francisco.  I relished the opportunity to share my favorite activities and expose them to new experiences.   From cable car rides to appreciating architecture and art – we found ourselves making memories that would last a lifetime!  However, it was our interest in exploring a quaint street in the heart of Union Square that led me to one of my most memorable experiences.  I found myself facing the back entrance to the world-renowned Britex Fabrics!

  • Magical Horsehair Braid

    February 24, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Horsehair braid is one of the most recent notions added to our website. Horsehair braids come from a far away magical land where unicorns roam free. Well, not really, but it is a magical notion that can be used in the art of millinery or hemlines for dress making. Horsehair braid acts as both a facing and  hem stabilizer. It is most often used to add structure to the hemline of a skirt or dress. Think of a sculpted skirt or a full length ballgown. It helps to weigh down the skirt and add a swingy fullness.

    Whether you want to create a curved hem like a circle at the bottom of a skirt or a sturdy hat form, horsehair braid is an exceptional tool for both. Although we only have black and white available in our online store, we carry a variety of colors and widths on the third floor of our brick-and-mortar store.

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