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  • 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 [] 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 [] 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

  • Cool & Captivating Culottes

    March 30, 2015 by Ada Spragg

    1 Well, hi ya! Sophie here from Ada Spragg. I'm beyond excited to share my latest Britex-enabled make with you today! No, your eyes do not deceive you... yes culottes are back. And I'm here to blatantly attempt to usher you into embracing (re-embracing?) this trend because a. Culottes are fun b. Culottes are practical and c. Culottes are...they're just great ok?! Work with me here.

  • Tutorial: Piping a Mary Poppins Carpet Bag & Pattern Give Away!

    March 17, 2015 by Nicole at Home

    IMG_3303   Hello, it's Nicole from Nicole at Home to show you my fabulous new Companion Carpet Bag made from this incredible silk brocade!

  • Cotton Asymmetrical Moto Jacket

    March 10, 2015 by Skirt as Top

    I’ve been intrigued by the moto jacket recently.  It’s one of those garments I’ve heard fans of the capsule wardrobe call an “essential.”  It pops up on Pinterest over skirts and jeans alike, and every time I see it I think that the woman wearing it looks fantastic, but I’d never even tried one on myself.
    Lately, I started thinking it might be the type of piece that I never knew I missed until I had one of my own.

  • Tutorial: Reinforcing a Kimono Sleeve Like an Expert

    February 17, 2015 by Lilacs & Lace

    Hello everyone! Today I have a few tricks to help you reinforce the curved edge of a kimono sleeve using this wool and mohair boucle. 01 I love a kimono sleeve. The design feature is classic, easy to wear, and very easy to construct. As a fan of vintage silhouettes, I have made quite a few dresses and blouses with this design feature over the years. But I have never liked the fact that it requires clipping into a seam that sees a lot of movement and potential wear.

  • Adding Buttonholes to Lightweight Knits

    February 2, 2015 by Thread Theory Designs

    1 For my first Britex blog post of 2015 I was excited to work with the beautiful selection of silks that Britex carries!  I chose to sew our new Camas Blouse pattern using a drapey and incredibly soft silk jersey knit.  I added a contrast panel to the back of the blouse using a floaty grey silk chiffon. 2

  • Tutorial: How to Sew a One-Piece Flat Collar

    January 21, 2015 by Jamie Lau Designs

    JLDBritexFabricsLinen01192015_Main For this garment, my goal was to create a color block resort-inspired look. Linen seemed like the perfect choice for a relaxed fit, lowered-waist shirt dress. I chose a midweight blue linen for the primary body of the dress and combined it with a semi-sheer natural linen for the color block elements. I thought that the embroidered polka dots would work great for accent features on the collar, button placket, and skirt and sleeve hems. I most recently wore this dress to my art exhibition in Kyoto, which featured my hand dyed, handwoven, and handsewn kasuri (ikat) fashion designs.

  • 2014 Blog Re-Cap: Jamie Lau Designs

    December 30, 2014 by Britex Fabrics

    re-cap2014 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’re 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 their individual style. Jamie of Jamie Lau Designs contributed a total of 5 projects this year---busy bee, she is. If you haven't noticed, she loves fabrics with structure like linen and cotton, and has a special interest in colorblocking patterns, which pretty much guarantees beautiful and uncommon garments. Britex042114_640x427_Main Here's a perfect example. Jamie's Palazzo Pant Jumpsuit is a favorite of ours. The linen choices are perfect with just the right amount of drape. For those that love linen but aren't big fans of the wrinkle factor, Jamie recommends using fusible knitted tricot interfacing for collars and other areas you'd like to keep crisp.

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