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  • DIY Linen Wrap Mini Skirt by Geneva (apairandaspairdiy.com)

    August 8, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    img_1232 This DIY linen wrap mini skirt by Geneva of apairandaspairdiy.com is the perfect skirt for the hot summer months. This project is an easy alternative to sewing buttons or zippers. A wrap skirt that ties at the waist that is a really straightforward project. Be sure to check out all the amazing linen fabrics we have both online and in our store. Because this project takes little effort, it is a quick way to create something new before the summer is gone. Now through August 21st, take advantage of our online linen sale, where you will save 20% off of all online linen fabrics!

  • Maxi Dress With Wrapped Front & Ruffled Hem (aspairandapair.com)

    August 2, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    img_1289 Here is another awesome project from Geneva of apairandaspare.com! This gorgeous maxi dress with a wrapped front and a ruffled hem can be created in a one block color look or with a cotton print fabric. Keep it simple with one color to have an impactful punch!

  • 83,500 Vintage Sewing Patterns

    July 13, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    The sewing community takes care of its own! Thanks to a collaborative effort, 83,500 vintage sewing patterns from Vogue, McCalls, Butterick, Simplicity, and others have been put into an online database, viewable by the public. Each look is at least 25 years old, and is organized by decade, garment type and designer. If you want to recreate a Dior look from the 50s, this is a great place to start! Then pick out some scrumptious fabric to work with--we have fabulous new silks, brocades and wools in our brick-and-mortar and online stores!


  • 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!

  • Linen Jumpsuit Tutorial (apairandasparediy.com)

    June 14, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    linen-sold-159-pur60 If you've ever looked longingly at our online linen section--or at the tantalizing linens in our brick-and-mortar store--and wished you had just the right thing to make with it, Geneva Vanderzeil of apairandasparediy.com has the perfect project for you! This new intermediate skill level linen jumpsuit builds on Geneva's easy shorts project, beginning with creating your own pattern (don't be anxious about patternmaking; this project has step-by-step instructions on drafting from your existing clothing). Choose a linen and run with it! And remember: if our online store doesn't have the color or texture you're looking for, just purchase the Customized Swatch Service (available in the "About Britex" section) so we can hand pick fabrics for you from our entire brick-and-mortar inventory. If you're local or planning a visit to San Francisco soon, come visit us in the heart of Union Square to check out our vast selection of linen on the second floor.

  • Gentleman's Wardrobe

    May 23, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    The Gentleman's Wardrobe is a really great new book that we just got in on the third floor of our brick-and-mortar store. It includes patterns for shirts, a waistcoat, trousers, a jacket, boxer shorts, pajamas, slippers, a messenger bag, a wallet, a bow tie, a cap, and more. With each project it includes suggested fabrics and color photos of finished garments for men, as well as tools and other sewing resources. The Gentleman's Wardrobe is written by Vanessa Mooncie, and was just published this year. So often people have come in asking us for patterns for men's clothing, and this is a great place to start. Be sure to come in and check it out, and keep an eye out for the new patterns we just ordered for men's vests, pants, shirts, and more, arriving soon!

     


  • Tunic Into a Dress Hack Tutorial (MissCrayolaCreepy)

    May 12, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    cof Are any of you participating in Me Made May? If you haven't heard, the month of May is when many sewists and knitters set a goal to wear a certain amount of handmade garments for thirty one days and usually document daily outfit photos on social media or their blog. This forces makers to think about what they are wearing and what they would like to create in the future. My personal goal this month is to wear something handmade every day and so far I'm on track. I also use the month of May as an incentive to fill gaps in my wardrobe and make some knit tops because that is what I am lacking. I'm switching it up a bit today by sharing a super fast sewing project that can be made in only a few hours (max) for those of you who are looking to quickly plump up your dress selection.

  • Friday Free Quilt Pattern (mccallsquilting.com)

    May 12, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Check out a Quick Quilts queen-size quilt pattern by Rosy RickRack, (design by Cheryl Almgren)free download online. The queen-size quilt is a larger version of the lap quilt featured. This project uses fast and easy zigzag piecing, with 6 7/8" fabric squares. Use light and dark scraps from your stash, or purchase fabric online at britexfabrics.com, for a high contrast version of this quilt. The pattern is available here for free.


  • Free Alphabet Character Block Patterns For Quilting (McCall's Quilting)

    April 26, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Check out the complete free alphabet quilting pattern from McCall's Quilting, and adapted by Kathryn Simel for Best Day Ever.
    These letters are good for a quilt with the final size of 38" x 43 1/2" with the letters 6" x 10 1/2" in size when complete. For the pattern download, please visit McCall's Quilting here.


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