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Fabulous 50’s Summer Wrap Dress

 

Summertime in San Francisco can be fickle, but this year has had more beautiful days than not!

 

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Using a Designer Italian stretch cotton, I made Simplicity 8085, a 50s wrap dress which is perfect for running around the City on a sunny day. The fabric has these amazing watercolor swatches on a faux-linen background and the hand is nice and crisp for a midweight cotton. Because of the weave, it doesn’t unravel very easily, which makes this an excellent quick project.

 

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For this dress I used just shy of 3 yards on 60” wide fabric, which is a little bit on the low end for a vintage design with a full skirt (luckily my short stature helps with the skirt length!) Most dresses of this style can push 4 ½” yards, so this is a nice compromise if you’re looking for a vintage-style piece without using too much fabric.

 

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Happy Pride! 20% Off All Online Silk Categories Now – 6/13

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Britex Fabrics loves everything about silk and it shows. Silk is a natural fiber that is usually derived from the mulberry silkworm’s cocoons. Silk has it all; it is smooth, soft, strong, and lustrous. Silk is ethereal for a summer frock, and just as smart for a winter frock-coat lining. We delight in traipsing about to find you the most chic Italian silks, natty necktie silks, brilliant jacquard silks, and airy sheer silk chiffons.

This sale is good for online silk categories* purchases only now – 6/13.
*These sale prices do not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.

 

“He dyed the fabrics himself and, with the help of volunteers, stitched together eight strips of brilliant color into a huge banner that spoke volumes: hot pink stood for sexuality, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for the sun, green for nature, turquoise blue for art, indigo for harmony and violet for spirit.”

Click here for a brief history of the design and fabrication of the first Rainbow Pride Flag.

 

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Magenta Silk Gazar

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Local San Francisco photographer, Bill Lies is inspired by all the amazing silk at Britex Fabrics. The image above is just one in a series of photographs he created with fabric from Britex Fabrics.

The magenta silk gazar pictured above is a plain weave, high twist, double yarn, with a smooth texture that is crisp to the touch, and is available on the first floor in our brick-and-mortar store only, and is not available online. It is 57″ wide and $89.99 / yard.

57″ wide
$89.99 / yard

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Please call us at 415-392-2910 or email us to order.

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Gorgeous Blue Silk Jacquard

Blue Silk Jacquard

Britex Fabrics loves everything about silk and it shows. Silk is a natural fiber that is usually derived from the mulberry silkworm’s cocoons. Silk has it all; it is smooth, soft, strong, and lustrous.
This gorgeous, leaf pattern print silk jacquard is 100% silk, 55″ wide, and $69.99 / yard. It is available in our brick-and-mortar store only, and is not available for sale online.
Please call us 415-392-2910 or email us to order.

55″ wide
$69.99 / yard

1st Floor of Britex Fabrics

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We Go Bananas Over Our Customers

Hi Britex,
Last week, my Mom and I came to Britex Fabrics in San Francisco (my first trip) and snagged up some Tommy Bahama banana upholstery (say that three times fast).
I identify as a novice, but my mother is a seasoned seamstress and enthusiastically agreed to fabric hunt with me. I had an amazing time taking the “top down” approach through each floor of the store, starting at the fourth floor, and ending on the main floor of the store.
The inspiration here was the Dolce & Gabbana look we saw a block over in their window; with large tropical prints on a classic silhouette. We admired their attention to detail in matching up their panels, but agreed that it would not be a healthy choice for my sanity to attempt such a feat in my first rodeo.
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Thank you for the wonderful experience,
-Julie (pictured) and Terry Stephens
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Online Silk Sale 20% Off 5/31 – 6/13

Silk Sale May 31 June 13

Britex Fabrics loves everything about silk and it shows. Silk is a natural fiber that is usually derived from the mulberry silkworm’s cocoons. Silk has it all; it is smooth, soft, strong, and lustrous. Silk is ethereal for a summer frock, and just as smart for a winter frock-coat lining. We delight in traipsing about to find you the most chic Italian silks, natty necktie silks, brilliant jacquard silks, and airy sheer silk chiffons.

Quantities are limited, so order your swatches now!

This sale is good for online silk categories* purchases only 5/31 – 6/13.

*These sale prices do not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.

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Win Free Tickets to PROJKT Maiden Lane

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Send us photos of your fabulous designs that you have created with fabric from Britex Fabrics, and you could win two free tickets to PROJKT Maiden Lane this fall! Please email photos with your name to marketing@britexfabrics.com

Please be sure to include your name, the type of fabric  you used and any links to your social media, blog and/or website.
If you win, your project will be featured on our blog!

Britex Fabrics presents: PROJKT Maiden Lane
A Fall Fashion Show Featuring: Emily Payne, Richard Hallmarq, Kini Zamora
(Project Runway)
And Rey Ortiz (Under the Gunn)
With San Francisco ARTist: Michael Covington (collaborative pieces with Emily Payne)
and DJ Keith Kraft
Sponsored by: Myla’ Cor Martinis

When:

Tickets on Sale Wednesday June 1, 2016 at midnight!
$15 – $30

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We Love Our Customers!

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Our customer Tawny recently purchased some exquisite French lace which will become her wedding dress. Tawny’s cousin Jessie Thomason is the person who gets the credit for bringing Tawny’s design concept to life.  These photos are of the work in progress of what will eventually become her dress. It is actually a lace romper with a removable chiffon skirt. This concept for a wedding dress is so unique, that we just couldn’t resist showing you.

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New Couture Clearance Fabrics!

YELLOW VISCOSE CABLE KNIT for Sale

Exquisite Sunshine Yellow Cable Cotton & Viscose Lace Knit (Made in Japan)

An amazing couture cotton knit in clear sunny yellow, with a loose cable weave mounted on mesh, this fabric has the luxurious look and feel of a tailored knit lace. This unique knit would make a stunning strapless evening gown or a sophisticated jacket. 48″ wide. Cotton and viscose blend. Made in Japan.

Regularly $125.99 / yard
On Clearance at 50% off – $62.99 / yard

We have just added a bevy of silk brocades and other fabulous fabrics to our 50% off sale section! For this and other great clearance fabrics, please visit our clearance section on our website.

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Lipstick and Lace Chemise: How to Work with Chantilly Lace

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I love silk chemises. They are so simple and yet so luxurious. I also love working with lace. When Britex Fabrics sent me a black lipstick print silk fabric along with some Chantilly galloon lace and I knew immediately what I wanted to make!


Chemise Construction

I started with my camisole pattern and added 10”to the length. As with all bias garments, I made sure to have full pattern pieces so I could cut the fabric in a single layer. Since the garment is on the bias, I allowed for 2” seam allowances. I also cut some long bias strips to make the straps. I cut a few extra bias strips because it is always good to have options!

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The sewing was straightforward. With a Schmetz Microtex 70 needle and my favorite Gütermann Mara 120 thread (available at Britex Fabrics brick-and-mortar store) I sewed along the side seam lines while lightly stretching the fabric. Since the fabric edges are on the bias and will not fray, I finished the seams by merely pinking the fabric edges, a pretty and lighter weight finish compared to French seams. In the following picture you can see my original thread tracing of the seam lines in orange and the basted seam line in brown, both of which were removed after sewing by machine (the white thread) and finishing the edges.
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I made straps from bias strips that were folded, sewn and turned. I set these aside, planning to attach them as a final step once the lace was sewn to the garment, preserving as much optionality as possible for lace placement.

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