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  • New Tartan Wool From Scotland at Britex Fabrics

    September 2, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex just got in a shipment of stunning tartans from Scotland. These medium weight wools would be splendid as a snappy waistcoat, a casual shirt, or a tailored skirt. The colors are luscious, and each bolt is marked with the appropriate clan or regiment. Clans and regiments include: Douglas Grey, Ancient Anderson, MacKellar, Gordon, Stewart, Erskine, Wallace, Isle of Skye, Lindsey, Stewart Dress, Leinster, Stewart Royal, Fraser, Kennedy, Gordon Dress, Kilgour, Ancient Culloden, Douglas, Buchanan, Murray of Athol, MacDonald Dress, McLean of Duart, Black Watch, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Bruce of Kinnaird, Ancient Cameron, and Ancient Macrae. These 100% wool plaid fabrics are 60” wide, $110/yard, and can be found on Britex Fabric’s 1st floor. We also offer a mail order service and can ship to most countries. Please contact us through our Britex-by-Mail page for detailed assistance.

  • Extreme Knitting with Rachel John

    September 1, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    You’ve heard of extreme sports…… Rachel John has developed that most esteemed activity, extreme knitting! Rachel pulls between 3-200 mixed yarn strands simultaneously and hand knits the resulting yarn into large deeply dense carpets and other items. We love the blend of colors and textures that results from using such a wide variety of yarns in one stitch. Watch Rachel extreme knit!

  • Free Child’s Highchair Seat Cover Pattern

    August 31, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    Mikmik from Ljubljana, Slovenia designed this free child’s highchair seat cover pattern for BurdaStyle. It fits the Ikea ANTILOP highchair; all you need is some fabric and batting….the instructions include a PDF printable pattern. We think it would be super cute in a frisky Japanese cotton print or a bright block-print fabric.

  • Graffiti Home Decorating Fabric

    August 31, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    Mr. Hanzo of Harputs loves to visit Britex Fabrics for his afternoon nap! Mr. Hanzo, a sweet Shiba Inu, has a dog bed that is made of graffiti adorned fabric found at Britex; $39.99 a yard, 57” wide, and from the 2nd floor.

    Please email M. Du Jour at Britex Fabrics if you want to buy this fabric.

    If you wish another fabric, contact us through our fabric mail order department for detailed mail order assistance.

  • Flowered Flannel & PJ Pants

    August 30, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    Like bushy-tailed squirrels burying nuts in the yard, it is time to start getting ready for the cold winter months ahead. Here are three brightly colored and blooming flannel prints would be perfectly toasty and snugly sewn into pajama pants or a robe. Brrrrrr…….make a cuppa hot coca and watch the snowflakes fall! These flannels are $12.99 a yard, 42” wide, and can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.

  • Felted Boutonnière by Moxie

    August 27, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    We deeply desire this grey and cherry red felted boutonnière made by Moxie, President and Director of Vendor Relations of Urban Craft Uprising, Seattle's largest indie craft show. Wouldn’t it look smashingly swell on the lapel of a black velveteen three-piece suit? It makes me yearn for a toaster to plug into.

  • Black Midi Skirt - by Heidi

    August 27, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    Heidi from Oakland School for the Arts whipped this chic high-waisted black skirt together overnight. Really…overnight! She did not use a pattern; it is essentially a sewn rectangle with an attached sash and pockets. We love the style’s combination of carefree insolence and practicality. It is made with 1 ½ yards of 55” wide cotton. The cotton she used cost $5.99 a yard, and can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.

  • Sew a Shirt Collar with a Stand

    August 27, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    Kathie of RaMonsterWear and SewMamaSew has ganged up to present this tutorial on making a shirt collar with a collar stand. And if anyone can slap together a collar with stand, it is Kathie….check out these pictures of custom-made glitzy Western wear shirts that she made! Now there is no excuse not to fashion a glorious new shirt for yourself (or your favorite dandy)

  • The King has No Clothes Japanese Cotton

    August 26, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    Yikes! It certainly appears that the Emperor has no clothes. We love the swindler tailors in their fezzes, and the king in his majestic crown and striped shorts. This sturdy fabric would be perfect for a child’s a-line jumper…..worn with a red turtleneck, red ribbed tights, and black ankle boots. It is Japanese cotton/linen fabric, 45” wide, $29.99 a yard, and found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.

    Please email M. Du Jour at Britex Fabrics if you want to buy this fabric.

    If you wish another fabric, contact us through our fabric mail order department for detailed mail order assistance.

  • How to Sew a Sleeve Placket

    August 25, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    It is often the minutiae that separate bodacious hand-sewn garments from the rest. Mary Beth from TheStitchery developed these fabulously clear and explicit illustrated directions for making a sleeve placket for a dress shirt. I adore the stitching detailing.

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