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  • 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

  • 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.  

  • Father's Day DIY Gift Ideas

    June 9, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

    We know that sometimes the special guys in our lives can be difficult to gift. After hunting the stores, for what can feel like ages, it's normal to feel down-trodden or uninspired. It's always the same stuff! Well, we did some hunting and have compiled a list (with corresponding in-store items) of our favorite DIY Father's Day gifts. DadDay  

  • 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.

  • 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!  

  • Tutorial -- Silk Linen Curved Seam Midi Dress

    April 28, 2015 by Jamie Lau Designs

    Silk Linen Curved Seam Midi Dress + Tutorial by Jamie Lau Designs JLDBritexFabricsSilk04272015_Main In my latest design, I chose to work with a slubby textured silk linen blend. One of my top-selling dresses is a relaxed fit ikat midi dress with short kimono sleeves. I wanted to create a new midi style with three-quarter sleeves in a slightly heavier weight fabric.  

  • New Workshop -- Drafting Collars with Jamie Lau

    April 27, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

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    One of our lovely guest bloggers, Jamie Lau of Jamie Lau Designs, is traveling from the East Coast next month and will be hosting a workshop while she is here. We are so excited to have her in the store, and we hope that you will join us for her demo. Jamie will be here on May 21st to show us how to draft our own collars, including Peter Pan and Mandarin collars, and also how to alter pre-exisiting pattern pieces. Make sure you sign-up soon to reserve your spot!


  • Partaking Patrons (Vol. III)

    April 15, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

    Welcome to Partaking Patrons volume 3! 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!   In honor of spring and summer, we are thrilled to show off the lovely Victoria, of Victoria Allison Jewelry, and her wedding dress. As a FIDM graduate, she decided it would be best to make something flattering and special for herself. Using our ivory silk taffeta and silk crepe de chine, Victoria constructed a gorgeous multi-petaled gown.   victoriaandfrank-115  

  • Mesh Knit Spring Cardi

    April 13, 2015 by Communing with Fabric

    IMG_9884 copy Hey, it's Shams from Communing with Fabric with another garment made from a lovely Britex fabric! Spring has officially sprung! I'm sure everyone, especially those on the east coast, are heaving a collective sigh a relief, yes? I know that my daughter, a San Francisco native who is attending university in Minnesota, is happy to see the thermostat climb.

  • Partaking Patrons (vol. II)

    April 1, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

    Welcome to Partaking Patrons volume 2! 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!   Thank you all for your generous outpouring of photos and descriptions of your projects. We are just thrilled to see the creativity and beauty all of our customers are able to create. Today we are welcoming Clare and her mother Karen and the gorgeous Steampunk outfit the two collaborated on.   Clare2

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