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  • Cuddle Up in a Cozy-Yet-Stylish Sweater from MadeByMeg

    January 29, 2018 by Britex Fabrics

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    Hi! Meg here from MadebyMeg. Today I'm sharing with you my new winter sweater featuring Britex's Cloud-Soft Black Wool Sweater Knit - yes, that is literally what it's called and it is that fluffy!

    For this project, I wanted to take a basic sweater and jazz it up a bit. I was inspired by the Shein Twist-Front Sweater that I saw on Pinterest and decided to copy the look using two patterns: Tessuti's free Mandy Boat Tee and the Style Arc Dee Knit Top. The Dee Knit Top is a perfect match for the twist front detail, saving me the headache of having to figure out that step myself. And the Mandy Boat Tee is oversized with dropped shoulders, much like my inspiration. Together, I knew I could get the look I wanted.

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    While pattern drafting from scratch is very much a technical skill, for the home sewer I view combining patterns as more of an art than a science. My sewing style is all about throwing things together and seeing what comes out. If you've been afraid to try altering patterns, I say have fun with it and see where it leads!

    For this project, I decided to order the more fitted Dee Knit Top in a larger size so that it would match the finished garment measurements of the oversized Mandy Boat Tee. I purchased a size 20 instead of my usual size 8. If you can't size up, you can try printing your pattern at a larger scale, but be wary of enlarging things that are critical to fit such as sleeve heads and armscyes. Luckily for this pattern, all you need to copy is that interesting hem detail.

    Then, here's what I did to combine the front pattern pieces:

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    To combine the patterns, I laid one on top of the other, matching center front and shoulder seams. I then carefully traced around them with tracing paper, taking the details I wanted from each. I kept the boxy shape and wide shoulders of the Mandy Boat Tee, but used the hem detail of the Dee Knit Top. You'll also notice I dropped the neckline a little as the Mandy Boat Tee's is quite high, and also dropped the armhole a bit so that I could draft larger, more loose-fitting sleeves. I made no alterations to the back of the Mandy Boat Tee (not pictured) except to leave the hem a bit long so I had room to work with.

    From here, all I had to do was follow the instructions for how to construct the front of the Dee Knit Top and sew everything together. While the design looks complicated, it's actually not that hard! This step always takes some adjustments and experimentation as you go, but in a sweater knit the fabric is very forgiving if everything doesn't quite line up.

     

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    I think the end result is quite fun! The twist adds a lot of interest to this basic sweater, and I like how the hemline is slightly raised in the front. Plus, the wool knit is super warm, perfect for this time of year.
    Have you made any pattern hacks using Britex fabrics? Let us know in the comments!

  • 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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