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December 19, 2017 by Britex FabricsHey! It's Shams from Communing with Fabric with a project made from a stunning Britex fabric! For this project I selected a fabric from the Novelty category, Smoke Striped Leopard Smooth Brocade: This reversible brocade leopard print from Italy is truly a stunning fabric. I wanted to make a coat and quickly settled on Butterick 6385, a Lisette pattern. I made this coat once before for my Paris wardrobe and I have loved wearing that coat.
December 10, 2017 by Britex Fabrics
Britex Fabrics is now open at our brand new address, 117 Post Street near Gump's department store in Union Square. Our hours remain the same, Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. Our team is thrilled to move forward and shape our beautiful new space, and we hope and think you will be too.
November 20, 2017 by Britex Fabrics
Britex Fabrics is moving--just around the corner. Our last day at 146 Geary Street is Friday, November 24th. We reopen at 117 Post Street in Union Square mid-December 2017. Our team is thrilled to move forward and shape our beautiful new space, and we hope and think you will be too.
To celebrate the changes, we invite you to Make Something Out of It. Over the next four months, you'll be treated to special in-store and online events and promotions...so check your inbox for regular announcements!
We promise to continue to bring you the fabrics and embellishments that make Britex special. Britex is Britex, no matter the address. We look forward to sharing both our current space and our future home: Please join us for both!
November 16, 2017 by Britex FabricsAs 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.
November 1, 2017 by Britex Fabrics
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October 31, 2017 by Britex Fabrics
Hey! It's Shams of Communing with Fabric with another garment made from a beautiful Britex fabric! For this project, my assignment was to choose a fabric from the Wool category. I quickly settled on this beautiful bouclé, Coat-Weight Black & Winter White Wool Blend Bouclé (Made in Italy). It's 80% wool and 20% polyester. I absolutely love this fabric! If you know bouclé, you know that it's more loosely woven than most wool fabrics, and it can ravel. And, yes, this fabric ravels, but that means that you can use it to make fabulous fringe! Its content is mostly wool, but I did not find it to be scratchy. If possible scratchiness concerns you, order a swatch. I've been inspired by recent Chanel collections (and, of course, Chanel is famous for their use of bouclé). The 2018 Spring show was held recently in Paris. If you watch just the first few minutes, you'll see wonderful bouclé dresses, tops, pants, and coats featuring long fringe:
October 26, 2017 by Britex Fabrics
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.
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!
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!
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
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!
September 29, 2017 by Britex FabricsOoooh how I love sewing my own lingerie!! There are so many little ways to make a bra or pair of undies totally unique, and just exactly what you love to wear and feel comfy in! One of my favorite fabrics to work with is stretch lace. It can be so soft and lovely, and it has such a beautiful romantic effect when used in lingerie! Stretch lace can be difficult to find, at times, but Britex really has some incredible pieces to choose from!! As soon as I saw this deep blue corded lace, I immediately thought of this black and blue Euler Bralette!!
September 11, 2017 by Britex Fabrics
Choose from a selection of FREE Notions Specials to complete your project for the next two weeks--Monday, September 11 thru Saturday, September 23!
Help us celebrate our upcoming move to 117 Post Street (December 2017) by stopping into our brick-and-mortar store and stocking up on Notions. Spend $25 on fabric and select three free specials from the Project Menu* above; spend $50 to select five; and spend $100 to select seven.
Just pay for your fabric on the Main Floor and head up to Notions, where your receipt indicates how many selections you can make. Then fill your Project Bag with useful goodies!
*Please note: Sorry, in-store only. One Project Menu per customer; purchases from multiple customers cannot be combined. Project Menu Specials good through Saturday, September 23.