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  • Chuleenan of C Sews.com Makes a Fabulous Pilvi Coat--From Our Yard Sale Fabric!

    November 16, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    As soon as I saw this colorful fabric, I thought to myself, "Pilvi Coat!" A simple design is great for a large print because you can show off the print to full advantage. That's what I like this pattern from the sewing book Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style. Plus the coat has pockets! I had fun using colorful fabric scraps for my pockets.

     

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    I love the colorful painterly design of this home dec fabric, which is a digital print from Spain. It had been marked down to $20/yard because the manufacturer forgot to put a selvage on one side of the fabric.

     

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    Now this beautiful fabric is part of the ongoing Yard Sale at Britex Fabrics, which means you can take an additional 40 to 60% off. So you can get it for $12/yard or less, which is a great. There's limited stock and it's going fast.

     

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    The painterly design inspired me to wear my vintage Kangol beret (label on the inside and no kangaroo) and take photos next to this striking mural. The hand is holding a paintbrush, which seems appropriate. You can't see the brush in these photos because it's several feet above my head. I love how this pattern shows off the fabric.

     

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    The Pilvi Coat has raglan sleeves and just a few pattern pieces - front, back, sleeves, pockets, and facings for the back and shoulder. There are no darts. The front facing is part of front pattern piece. You just fold it back and attach it to the shoulder facing. You can see it in this photo. My hand is on the front facing.

     

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    I debated whether or not to use interfacing for the facing. The fabric is home dec weight but it does have a nice drape so I decided to use some lightweight woven interfacing in my stash. I probably didn't need it but it does ensure that the front corners don't flop down.

    Home dec fabric can fray and this fabric certainly did. So I had to take care to finish all the seams. I used three different techniques due to time constraints and aesthetics. This is an unlined coat so for the seams that would most likely to be seen when taking the coat off (or putting it on), I decided to finish with bias tape. I used this technique for the facing and the hems (sleeves and bottom).

     

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    I used bias tape in my stash – premade Wright's bias tape in royal blue and a vintage bias tape in a tiny floral print, plus some striped silk bias tape the I made, which was leftover from a past coat I made. You can see the striped bias tape in the hem.

     

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    It's fun to use leftover bias tape in a project! What's great about using bias tape is that the fold is your guide. You line up the raw edge of your fabric with the bias tape and sew. Then you fold the bias tape over the raw edge, press and stitch in the ditch.

    I serged the side seams and sleeves. For this pattern, you sew the sleeves, pockets and side seams in one long seam. Here's the side seam and the hem bound with bias tape.

     

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    If I had more time, I would have bound the side seams, which would have looked nicer but I didn't have enough bias tape on hand and I didn't have the time to do that.

    The third finishing technique I used was a triple zigzag stitch to finish the seams attaching the sleeves to the front and back as well as on the pockets. You can see the zig zag here.

     

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    The book instructs you to topstitch the hem and facing but I decided I didn't want a seam on this lovely fabric. So I hand stitched the facing and hem in place. It took a couple of hours to get that done because I used tiny stitches, catching one or two threads of my fabric and then the edge of the bias tape. It's a bit hard to see in this photo.

     

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    It was a bit tedious but it was worth it. Here's a close-up of the finished (and invisible!) hand stitching.

     

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    I made size XL for this coat. I have broad shoulders and a small bust. If you have a full bust, you will likely need to make some pattern adjustments or the coat may not drape very well.

     

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    If you make something from Yard Sale fabric and share it on Instagram by Nov. 20 using the hashtag #yardsalefabricmagic and tag @britexfabrics, you could win a big of fantastic fabrics and notions.

    To see more of Chuleenan's amazing work, visit her at csews.com!


  • Meghan of Made By Meg Visits the 4th Floor Yard Sale at Britex...

    October 26, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    When you have champagne taste but a yard sale budget, what better thing to do than hit up the Britex yard sale! Last week I browsed Britex's selection of silks, wools, cottons, and novelty fabrics and came away with this perfect bolt end of silk blend. With so many fabrics marked down for the yard sale, there's nothing to stop you from looking classy on a budget.

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    Once I got my fabric home, I had to decide what to make. I'm currently interviewing for jobs and so I thought that this fabric, which has a bit of stretch, would look lovely as a sheath dress. Nothing like having something a bit expensive looking to tell them you're worth it!

    Of course, I knew I had to think carefully about how to deal with the print. I love windowpane prints, but you don't want something with too much seaming breaking up all those lovely lines! To solve this problem, I selected a Lekala pattern with long double pointed darts down the front and back. This allowed me to add shaping to the dress without disrupting the pattern. To do this, I carefully laid out my pattern pieces so that the darts fell between the vertical lines of the fabric. Then, carefully matching the horizontal lines, I sewed the darts closed. Voila! Shaping without disrupting the look of the fabric!

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    I love the little cap sleeves and pleats of this pattern. Combined with the stretch of the silk blend, this dress looks classy but is comfy enough to wear all day. I wish I could say the same for my heels!

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    To get your own fabric on a budget, hurry into our brick-and-mortar store and check out the Yard Sale on our 2nd and 4th floors--we are adding more fabrics and more discounts every day! Yard Sale fabrics are $3, $5, $10, $20 and $30 per yard. For more from Meghan, visit www.madebymeg.us


  • Peggy Sagers--Creator of NPR and PBS hit Fit2Stitch and Silhouette Patterns--Appears at Britex 11/9-11/11! Save the Dates!

    October 20, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    peggy-cropped Mark November 9-11 (Thursday through Saturday) on your calendars: sewing celeb Peggy Sagers is making a rare appearance in the Bay Area, here at Britex Fabrics! Peggy offers an uncomplicated, yet professional approach to fit that's suitable for all sewing levels. Please note! Class size on 11/9 and 11/11 is limited! Order tickets now!

    Day One is a three-hour workshop (2-5 PM, Thursday, 11/9) on How to Fit the Perfect Pants. In this small, highly personalized workshop, you will learn that making a garment fit correctly will save you hours...and that sewing a pair of pants can take less time than taking a shower. Participants will receive a free pattern upon sign-up, in order to make up a muslin before the class.

    Day Two is a late afternoon Wine and Cheese Q & A with Peggy (4-6 PM Friday, 11/10). You'll get to know her, and learn how to combat Gaposis--those unsightly gaps in the armholes, neckline or bust of tops. Peggy will show you how to solve this problem on your own figure, and then how to apply those fixes to everything else you make for yourself. Attendees will receive a free Silhouette pattern!

    Day Three is a fit feast called Fitting Yourself, by Yourself. (10:30-12:30 PM Saturday, 11/11) Come hear what you don't know about fit, and it will change the way you sew and shop forever. Bring your own garment and get fit tips! Tasty tidbits are provided; attendees will receive a free DVD!

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  • Online Sale: 20% Off All Linen Fabrics Now - 8/21!

    August 11, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    We adore linen for its beautiful natural texture, breathability, and classic good looks. Britex is pleased to offer you a unique collection of linen fabrics, equally wonderful for garments and for home decorating uses. Enjoy linen as elegant duvet covers, comfy lounge pillows, tailored curtains, louche summer suits, chic dresses, and delicately pleated skirts! This sale is good for online linen fabric categories only 8/8 to 8/21. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.


  • Online Sale: 20% Off All Online Rayon, Polyester, & Lace Category Fabrics

    November 29, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    All polyester, rayon, and lace online category fabrics are on sale, including Italian designer polyester, polyester charmeuse, exquisite viscose lace knits, gorgeous polyester lycra blends, and more. 11/29 - 12/12.

    This sale good for online polyester, lace, and rayon fabric category purchases* only 11/29 - 12/12. *This online sale does not apply to trims, in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.


  • Online SALE - 30% OFF Fabrics & Notions Cyber Monday

    November 21, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Exceptions: Online store sale is limited to stock online. French Chantilly & Alencon lace trim, Liberty cottons, silk tulle, previously discounted items, Customized Swatch order fulfillment, and gift certificates are excluded from this sale.


  • Britex Fabrics 2017 Calendar Postcard

    November 15, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Hot off the press! Drop by our San Francisco brick-and-mortar store in the heart of Union Square to abscond with one of our new 2017 calendar postcards. While you're here, round out your collection of iconic, beautifully designed Britex Fabrics postcards. All cards are available at the register.


  • Online Sale: 20% Off All Online Fashion Novelty Category Fabrics

    November 14, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Our novelty fabrics often have a beautiful metallic shine which helps them stand out in the crowd! Made of wool, silk, cotton, metallic, nylon, and more, these texturally rich fabrics make beautiful garments. Tweed, chenille, and bouclé novelty fabrics delight us with their contrast of nubby texture and soft hand. Make a swinging bolero jacket, a long mysterious cape, a Chanel-style jacket, or a tailored vest; add elegance and style to any solid, understated little black outfit. Many of our textured novelty fabrics are blends, lending them a wonderful pliability and sheen.

    This sale good for online fashion novelty fabric categories purchases* only 11/15 - 11/29. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases. Fabric featured above is a Midweight Striped Bouclé Wool and Mohair Blend (Made in Italy) Regular $39.99/yard On Sale $31.99/yard.


  • 5 Ways To Decorate With Velvet

    November 9, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    According to The Edit on Bloglovin', velvet is one of the hottest trends for fall. Their blog post includes images to spark ideas for incorporating velvet for your own home decor. Curtains and upholstery are two of the many ways in which you can use velvet to decorate. Come to or contact the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store, where we have many different colors of velvet. If you can't make it to our brick-and-mortar store, no need to worry. Check out our Customized Swatch Service here. Each Customized Swatch Shopper Service is good towards two projects. Important: After you purchase you'll be emailed a request form. Please send information about both projects when you fill out your form. We can't save your second project request for later use. We happily ship to most countries.

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  • Project Real Way Challenge #6: Streetwear For the Urban Jungle

    November 8, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    The Challenge: This week’s challenge was to create a streetwear look for the ‘Urban Jungle’. The contestants on the show went to Orlando Studios to see the new ‘Reign of Kong’ ride to get inspired for the jungle… I just watched the movie trailer.

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