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  • Meghan of Made By Meg Visits the 4th Floor Yard Sale at Britex...

    October 26, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    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.

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    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!

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    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!

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    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

    peggy-cropped 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!

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  • Euler Bralette Tutorial from Sophie Hines of alltheunderwear.sophiehines.com

    September 29, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    lace-bra-1-small Ooooh 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!!

  • Make Something Out of It -- With Britex Fabrics Project Bags!

    September 11, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    britex_project-menu_v4 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.


  • Brilliantly Colored Lace Coat - Emily Payne

    September 8, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Talented local designer, former Britex employee, and former Project Runway contestant Emily Payne made this stunning lace coat dress for a bride. We love the brilliant hot colors and the veritable explosion of flowers! This amazing embroidered black tulle fabric is from the first floor of Britex Fabrics, and the delicate wine-colored frogs are from our third floor.

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  • Cotton Fabric Online Sale: September 5th to September 18th

    September 6, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

     

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    Visit our online store for this special online only cotton fabric sale! We carry an ever-expanding collection of cottons in our online store, including delicate Dutch waxed cottons, nubby couture-inspired cotton tweed fabrics, travelable cotton-lycra blends, and chic designer cotton fabric. This online sale is from September 5th to September 18th! Quantities are limited.

    Cotton is chic for everyday wear and we adore this lightweight tie-dyed cotton/rayon blend.  A designer lightweight, drapey cotton and rayon fabric with a sophisticated tie dye influenced print in shades of turquoise, navy, orange, cherry, and umber - perfect for a lined sundress or a romantic blouse. 50% cotton and 50% rayon blend. 50" wide and on sale now!

    This sale is good for online cotton fabric category purchases and does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.


  • Britex Fabrics Water Resistant Jacket by Guest Blogger Jamie Kemp (maledevonsewing.co.uk)

    August 30, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    jacket-1   It has been quite a while since my last Britex Fabrics guest post so obviously jumped at this opportunity. Generally my sewing is quite safe and I stick to things I know and feel confident about: indeed, this make (mens jacket/blazer) is quite a safe bet for me, as it is something I make regularly. However, the choice of fabric is a bit of a departure from what I might normally pick and it would also prove to be a challenge!

  • Online Sale: 20% Off All Online Linen Fabrics Now - 8/21!

    August 15, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    We adore linen for its beautiful natural texture, breathability, and classic good looks. Britex is pleased to offer you a unique collection of linen fabrics, equally wonderful for garments and for home decorating uses. Enjoy linen as elegant duvet covers, comfy lounge pillows, tailored curtains, louche summer suits, chic dresses, and delicately pleated skirts! This sale is good for online linen fabric categories only 8/8 to 8/21. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.


  • Sewing and Stabilizing Knit Garments by Becky Johnson (sewbeckyjo.com)

    August 14, 2017 by Becky Johnson

    aomori00-resized It’s almost my favorite time of year: autumn layering time! I looked through the beautiful woven wool fabrics at Britex, but when I saw this raw umber viscose & wool knit, it was love at first sight. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you, if you want it, buy it now. Mark my words, it will sell out.

  • How to Sew Knit Fabric With the Tissue Method by Becky of craftingagreenworld.com

    August 11, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    img_1356 Have you ever had problems wrangling your knit fabrics? Do they stretch or wiggle? The tension on your machine can cause the bottom piece of fabric to move at a different speed from the top piece, causing wrinkles, ripples, and warping--so it's a great idea to stabilize your fabric before you start. Just use pins and a light colored tissue paper as described in the Tissue Method technique by Becky of craftingagreenworld.com, and you'll eliminate a ton of frustration. We currently have a huge array of knits in our brick-and-mortar store, in fabulous prints and solids in virtually every weight and fiber content. We especially love the zebra print shown above: you'll find it on our Second Floor.

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