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  • Insertion Lace on a Curved Seam - Guest Blogger Nicole

    June 30, 2016 by NicoleAtHome

    IMG_4854 I’m so excited to share my method for inserting lace into a curved seam (such as a princess seam).  For my blouse, I used this dusty peach handkerchief-weight linen and floral ivory insertion lace, though there are many, many options for both linens and laces, both online and in-store! After seeing one of the cover shots for the Hayden pattern, and making a couple myself (two versions here), I really wanted to insert lace in the seam lines on the front and along the hem.  The style lines are curved, though, so the typical way of inserting lace had to be tweaked a bit.   IMG_4875 Usually, insertion lace is applied on an uncut, unseamed piece of fabric.  The general steps are: sew along both lengths of the insertion lace, then cut through the fabric on the wrong side and press the fabric open.  On the right side, using a narrow zig-zag stitch, sew along the edge of the lace again (which catches the fabric on the wrong side) and the trim the fabric on the wrong side, close to the stitches.  Insertion lace can also be inserted into an existing seam, before sewing the seam and after taking into consideration the added width of the lace.   IMG_4870 However, for this blouse, the seam in which I wanted to put the lace was a curved princess seam along the front.  Instead of inserting the lace before sewing the seam, I did it a bit differently: Continue Reading

  • Sneak Preview of Devon Rose by Emily Payne

    June 29, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    This Fall at PROJKT Maiden Lane, Emily Payne (Project Runway / Project Runway All Stars) will be showcasing her kids line DevonRose's (www.devonrosekids.com) brand new collection "Santa Fe" Featuring artwork by DevonRose herself developed by textile designer Teresa Reynolds.

    Here's a sneak preview of some of the new designs from DevonRose that were create with materials from Britex Fabrics, and will be featured this fall.

    Items will be available for purchase at the event PopUp and online via Emily's website www.leathertongue.net
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    Photographer: Snaps Studio
    Model: Lily Joy
    MU: Mugopus
    Heather Rome Styling
    Clothing: DevonRose


  • From Sketchbook to Runway: Fashion Design With Zachary Fernandez

    June 28, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Project Runway Junior finalist Zachary Fernandez attends Oakland School of the Arts where he recently finished his new collection Kathmandu and was a featured designer in a fashion show. Kathmandu was inspired by recovery efforts in Nepal after the devastating 2015 earthquake. Zachary is a regular at Britex Fabrics and was filmed at Britex for From Sketchbook to Runway, which is part of KQED Art School, a video series about artists that is produced by KQED.

    For more about Zachary and his spring collection, check out his website.


  • A June Wedding in Paris - We Love Our Customers

    June 27, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    We recently received this message from our customer Denise:

    "Hi - I just wanted to send you a photo of a wedding gown I've just finished for a client, using silk and lace that we purchased at Britex. The bride fell in love with your Chantilly lace, and splurged! There are a few more photos on my page, with more to be added later, especially one of her in the gown. I hope you enjoy!
    Thank you so much! She's getting married in Paris in 2 weeks, I can't wait to get the pro photos of her in the dress, out in the garden! And, just an FYI, we bought 3 yds of the Chantilly fabric, 15 yds of the lace trim and 15 yds of the Thai Silk - we both couldn't be happier with everything from Britex! Douglass helped us with the silk and lace, and I know he isn't online at home, so maybe you could show him the photos? I'd really appreciate it - We can't thank him enough!

    Thanks again,
    Denise!

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  • We're Getting Fancy!

    June 24, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    We're gussying up our website! If you experience problems, please email us at service@britexfabrics.com for assistance.


  • Novelty Wool Challis Print Robe & Hem Facing Tutorial

    June 23, 2016 by Orange Lingerie

    Finished_Garment You can never have too many robes! That was my first thought when I saw this amazing wool challis fabric from Britex. Wool challis is such an amazing fabric to work with and this Etro-like paisley print is exactly what I was looking for! Since I wanted a luxurious robe with a shawl collar and did not have one drafted, I decided to use Vogue Patterns 8888, View A. Vogue_Patterns_8888   Given the pattern repeat on this fabric (an uneven plaid), I ended up having to shorten the robe length by 1 ½” to get it to fit within my yardage. The amount I needed to shorten the robe by was just over the pattern specified hem allowance and I really wanted to stay as close as possible to original length. I thought a narrow hem would look out of place on such a luxe robe so I decided to make a hem facing!   Luckily I had decided to forgo pockets and had just enough fabric left to allow me cut hem facings. To calculate the dimensions of the hem facing, I first determined the size hem that I wanted. Keeping with the luxe theme, I decided to go with a generous 2” hem.   The hem of the robe is curved so to draft the hem facing, I first traced off the front and back pattern pieces along the line where I had cut the length. Next, I marked up from that line ¼” for the seam allowance to attach the facing to the robe, plus the 2” hem that I wanted to end up and finally another ½” to turn under the raw edge of the fabric and be able to topstitch the hem at 2”. Total width of the hem facing was 2 ¾” (¼” + 2” + ½”). I then traced the side seams of the garment to get the side seams of the hem facing so the facing so it would fit perfectly inside garment.   Hem_Facing_Pattern Once the robe was sewn up, I applied the facings. First I sewed the front and back hem facings together and pressed under the 3/8” that I had allowed to turn under the raw edge (the extra 1/8” would ensure I would be able to topstitch the hem at 2” and capture the facing).   Hem_Facings_Prep Continue Reading

  • Britex is Closed July 4th

    June 22, 2016 by Britex Fabrics


    Britex Fabrics will be closed on Monday, July 4th!


  • Chic Graffiti Cotton (made in Italy) 20% Off Online

    June 14, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Part of our online Cotton Categories Sale 20% off 6/14 - 6/27
    Chic Tangelo Graffiti Stretch Cotton (made in Italy)
    A midweight cotton in an urban graffiti print in black on vibrant tangelo orange - perfect for a summer dress, lined tote bag, or fitted bolero jacket. Made in Italy.
    100% cotton
    60" wide
    Regular $39.99 / yard
    Sale Price $31.99 / yard

     

     

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    Chic Lemon Graffiti Stretch Cotton (made in Italy)
    A midweight stretch cotton in an urban graffiti print in black on vibrant lemon yellow - perfect for a summer dress or fitted bolero jacket.
    Made in Italy.
    One-way stretch.
    96% cotton
    4% lycra
    60" wide.
    Regular $39.99 / yard
    Sale Price $31.99 / yard


  • Online Cotton Sale 20% Off 6/14 – 6/27

    June 14, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    COTTON SALE June 2016

     

    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.

    Quantities are limited, so order your swatches now!

    This sale is good for online cotton categories* purchases only 6/14 – 6/27.

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


  • 100% Japanese Cotton

    June 13, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Capture1 100% Japanese Cotton Badgers Eating Apples 44" wide $29.99 / yard Available on the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store. Email service@britexfabrics.com or call 415-392-2910   Capture1 100% Japanese Cotton Bears in the Woods 45" wide $22.99 / yard Available on the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store. Email service@britexfabrics.com or call 415-392-2910 Continue Reading

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