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  • Blue Roses for a Blue Lady!

    July 27, 2018 by Britex Fabrics

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    We adore this drift of a silk fabric, with its overblown blue roses and jacquard polka dots - perfect for a new summer frock or a romantic blouse. Made in Italy by a well-known Italian designer. 54" wide and $145.00 per yard. This is available in our San Francisco store at 117 Post Street. Please stop by or email us at service@britexfabrics.com to order yardage of this lovely fabric.


  • 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!

  • Teal Wool Papercut Patterns Sapporo Coat by Chuleenan of CSews.com

    January 25, 2018 by Britex Fabrics

    chuleenan-coat-1   I made this Papercut Patterns Sapporo Coat from this luscious teal wool melton ($49.99/yard) from Britex Fabrics. It’s the first coat I’ve made from a melton fabric. I’m happy to say that it was easy to sew. My lining fabric is also from Britex – it’s a lining specifically made for coats. This black warm-back coat lining is satin on one side and flannel on the other, which makes it easy to sew (more on this later). It’s 60″ wide and $15.99/yard.

  • Meg's color-blocked jacket gets the most out of small pieces!

    January 22, 2018 by Britex Fabrics

    meg-jacket-1Meg from MadebyMeg here! Today I have some inspiration for sewing up your precious pieces of fabric. You know, the ones where you could only buy a yard, or have hoarded the leftovers from your favorite project, or just caught the bolt end at Britex. Why not try out some color-blocking and mix it in with another piece of fabric?This jacket is made from Britex's Italian Black Stretch Wool Twill and a thick red wool knit remnant I had leftover from an estate sale. Together, these two amazing fabrics teamed up to make my new favorite jacket!


  • Savage Silvery Leopard Brocade Coat - Shams

    December 19, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    img_6435-leopard-coat img_6322-leopard-coat Hey! 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: reversible-britex-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.

  • We Moved!

    December 10, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    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.

     


  • Britex Fabrics is Moving!

    November 20, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    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!


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

    November 16, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    chuleenan-1   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.   chuleenan-2

  • Expanded Store Hours...and an In-Store Sale!

    November 1, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Join us and Lighten Our load.

    Thursday, Friday, and Saturday - open until 7 pm!

    40% to 60% off selected in-store ONLY fabrics and notions!


  • Striped Bouclé Coat by Shams

    October 31, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    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.
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    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:

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