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  • Make a Tutu Peacock Costume

    September 21, 2016 by Britex Fabrics


    This peacock tutu is so adorable that it bears a repeat! It is looking like an avian All Hallows Eve! Shauna from the creative blog, Shwin&Shwin made up a tutorial on how she created a tutu-esque peacock costume for her daughter from some knit fabric for the top, and poufy netting and felt for the tail…..and a generous dollop of talent. It would be super lovely with some sparkly sequins added to the feather eyes!  We love the way the tail bellows out, and her attention to peacock feather detail and coloring. All materials are available at Britex Fabrics; craft felt and sparklies are found on our 3rd floor!

  • Make a Lacy Mask For Halloween

    September 21, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    With Halloween just around the corner, you may still not know what to wear, so here is an inexpensive and glamorous, last minute fix from the creative folks at DIY Enthusiasts.  Purchase some sheer organza or tulle, a handful of glittery rhinestones, and a length of silk ribbon on the third floor of Britex Fabrics, and make your own lacy mask...and become the mysterious queen or king of the ball.

  • We're Going Punk Rock

    September 16, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    CaptureIn preparation for our fashion show PROJKT Maiden Lane, which is a week from today, Lance, a Britex Fabrics staff member is styling our windows this afternoon. Check out the plaid, chain, and metallics (all available at our brick-and-mortar store) which make for a stylish and edgy display.

  • SALE - All Polyester, Lace, & Rayon Category Fabrics On sale 9/20 - 10/3

    September 15, 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. 9/20 - 10/3.

    Quantities are limited, so order your swatches now! This sale good for online polyester, lace, and rayon fabric category purchases* only 9/6 - 9/19. *This online sale does not apply to trims, in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.

  • SALE - All Online Cotton Category Fabric On Sale Now - 9/19

    September 15, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    COTTON FABRIC SALE Sept 6 Sept 19
    Cotton fabric holds a special place in our fashionable heart. First cultivated 7,000 years ago, cotton is a timeless natural-fiber fabric, whose breathability makes it ideal for many garments. We carry an ever expanding collection of cotton fabric in our online store, including delicate Italian and Swiss voiles, brilliantly colored hand-loomed Guatemalan ikat fabric, nubby couture-inspired cotton tweed fabrics, travelable cotton-lycra blends, and chic designer cotton fabric.

    This sale good for online cotton category purchases* only 9/6 - 9/19. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.

  • New York Fashion Week Turns 75

    September 14, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    When it began in 1943, New York Fashion Week was known as Press Week. This year, New York Fashion Week boasts 151 shows over a nine day period. For many designers, the past is to be celebrated and looking to the future is exciting. In 1973 Diane Von Furstenberg was in her first New York Fashion Week show, held at the Pierre Hotel. She wore one of her wrap dresses and remembers being there with Jerry Hall and her kids. Carolina Herrera's first New York Fashion Week was in 1981 at the Metropolitan Club, and featured live music.

    Furstenberg 1974Von Furstenberg's First Fashion Show (DVF Archives)

    Zac Posen first showed his work in 2002, after preparing his models in his parent's living room. Alexander Wang first appeared in New York fashion Week in 2007, in a Chelsea warehouse. He was eating greasy pizza backstage with his friends who were the dressers and models for the show. Miguel Adrover was neighbors with Quentin Crisp, and in his first New York Fashion Week show, he showed a coat that was re-purposed from Quentin's mattress after he passed away. He has continued to re-purpose things in answer to a world that is "disposable".

    Quentin Crisp CoatAdrover's Re-purposed Coat Created from Crisp's Mattress

  • Silk Necktie and Cocktail Dress by Andrea

    September 14, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Andrea Kneilands a Britex Fabrics customer from Port Hope, Canada ordered a lovely stretch silk print fabric online, and created a lovely dress and silk tie. Britex Fabrics ships internationally, to almost everywhere! Check out this silk print fabric and others here.
    "Hello, I was so happy with my silk fabric I ordered from you I thought I would share a picture of the finished dress and tie. Thank you for the great customer service." - Andrea Kneilands
    CUSTOMER FEATURE 9 2016 Andrea has been sewing since she was about 7 or 8 years old. Her Mother and Nanny sewed. They taught her how to sew. She made dolls and doll clothes. In High School she took Home Economics and private sewing lessons. This is when she started to make clothes for people, and she has been making them ever since. She had a small business when her children were little, where she made children’s  clothes and some ladies wear. She has always sewn her own dress up clothing.

  • Satin Party Dress – How to Add Volume to a Skirt (MsJennyHomemaker)

    September 13, 2016 by MsJennyHomeMaker

    Hello! I'm Jenny and I blog at Jenny Homemaker.  I'm so excited to join the team of talented Britex Fabrics guest bloggers and share my first project with you! dress 1 Apparently, I decided to go all out for my first garment, but how could I not after spying Britex's beautiful selection of rayon blend satins?!  This "summer sky" in particular caught my eye immediately, as I'd sketched this dress (Simplicity 1873) in a similar color last year.  By the way, in case you’re curious if it really is as vibrant as the website shows, it is!  I've worked with a lot of light silks recently, but I had volume in mind for this particular dress, and this rayon/cotton satin gives that a bit of a head start.  For a party dress like this, I recommend starting with a fabric with a somewhat stiffer hand than your average satins.  This will give the pleats a great shape. Then, there are a few things you can do for even more "oomph".  Side note: you can use these tricks on softer fabrics as well, just be careful to choose the right weights for your fabric. The first trick for volume, is to underline your satin with petticoat net.  This will add a bit of that petticoat shape, without having to wear an extra garment.  A huge plus for those of us who have hot summers. To underline your satin, cut the net using the same pattern pieces as for your outer fabric.  Then, cut your outer fabric, marking all stitching lines (including pleats, darts, etc) and the fold line for your hem.  Pin the net layer to the wrong side of the satin and hand-baste the two layers together using cotton or silk thread, right along all of the traced lines.  Then, construct the garment as you normally would.  Bonus: if you like to hand-stitch your seam allowances in place, you can do so, stitching them only to the net and you don't have to worry about any stitches showing on the outside.

  • Peacoat Fashion: Then & Now

    September 9, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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      The origin of the word peacoat is from the Dutch word pije, which in Dutch describes a coat made from coarse wool fabric.  (The Great Wall of Wool inside Britex Fabrics is over 110 feet long) While it was originally the Dutch who first created the peacoat, it was the British Navy who popularized it. The British version was created as a uniform for petty officers, and was also known as a pettycoat for this reason. After the British began wearing peacoats, the design eventually made its way across the Atlantic to the U.S. The United States Navy had sailors known as reefers, who were the people responsible for climbing up the rigging of the sailing ships.

    US NAVY 1884Reefers 1884

  • Create Elegant 18th Century Footwear with American Duchess

    September 9, 2016 by Britex Fabrics


    Lauren from the impressive historical costuming blog, American Duchess, has a particular penchant for 18th century fashion. She developed this marvelous tutorial on how to gussy up a pair of Pompadour 18th century shoes using  braid trim, metallic lace trim, petersham ribbon, silk ribbon and more....all items available from Britex Fabrics. Get ready for your next bucolic frolic, Halloween shindig, Twelfth Night party, or Dangerous Liaisons dance.

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