Thank you to everyone who joined us on March 15 for our Bridal & Evening Wear open house, the first event in our Designer Spotlight Series where we invite customers to meet and mingle with a select group of seamstresses, tailors and designers. It was an exciting night of eye candy and information at Britex Fabrics with a plethora of talented designers, along with samples of their beauteous bespoke work…..all surrounded by the amazing silks and wools on Britex Fabric’s first floor. These events are the ideal situation to choose a designer for your custom garment needs. We would love to hear your feedback! Let us know what you thought if you joined us, or what kind of themes you’d like to see in future events. Don’t miss our Upcoming Events — Wardrobe Essentials (Thursday, May 31, 2012 from 7 – 9 pm), Costume & Corsetry (July 26, 2012), and Tailoring & Shirt-Making (September 20, 2012). See more photos on Britex Fabric’s flickr page! Photography graciously provided by Nadine Priestley.
Thursday, March 29th to Friday, April 13th, enjoy 20% savings on the entire online Silk Print Fabrics category! From feather-weight crêpe de Chine, to textured twill, to gossamer china silk, our silk prints are the perfect way to welcome Spring! Line a chic peplumed jacket, whip up a vintage-style blouse, or add a rolled hem to a silk square for a care-free scarf! (this sale is for online sales only)
A little bird tweeted in our ear that the Quilters Anonymous 31st Annual Show, “Alive with Color!” will take place in Monroe, Washington on March 16, 17 & 18, 2012 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds. There will be 500+ Quilts Presented by the Northwest’s Largest Quilting Guild, with the featured artist, Dorothy (Sally) LeBoeuf. Depicted is their 2012 raffle quilt, “Flowers in my Garden”, made by Linda Tellesbo all members of the Judy Niemeyer Satellite Group.
We are crazy enamored with these art dolls made by the uber talented Mimi Kirchner from Boston! She imbibes each doll with amazing spunk and personality…..with a sly nudge towards old-fashioned rag dolls, but with a steampunk twist. We think that her technique of over-dying toile to make tattooed bodies is brilliant! (and yes, Britex carries toile)
Here is another easy-peasy and inexpensive home decorating project with tons of graphic impact. Theresa from Apartment Therapy and Design Sponge made a tutorial on how to tuft a dining room chair. Wouldn’t this be great in a stark urban geometric black and white print? We love the vintage meets très modern air that tufting provides!
It is springtime; time to air out your wintery home, scrub, repaint, and gussy up your cozy nest! We love spending hours in the tub soaking in a hot scented bubble-bath, snoozing, and relaxing…..a snazzy easy-to-sew shower curtain (tutorial courtesy of Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous) is great for a fast ‘n chic salle de bain rejuvenation. We like to skip those pesky grommets and sew button-holes instead, and we particularly adore this Japanese-linen retro print (This fabric is available on the 2nd floor of Britex Fabrics! 415-392-2910)
Join Britex Fabrics as we meet with local bridal and evening wear designers March 15, 2012! Six Bay Area dress and millinery designers will be on hand with samples of their creations to advise and assist you in this Designer Spotlight event – Karen Tierney of Studio Trousseau, specializing in custom-made wedding gowns and historic gowns; Amy-Jo Tatum, author of the forthcoming book “Bride Chic”; Helena Chenn, specializing in couture design and wedding gowns; Hester Michael, specializing in custom sewing and pattern making; Monique Zhang of the high style custom design studio Cicada Couture; Melissa Bolin of hand-crafted chapeaus at Kitty Andrews Millinery. Space is limited, so please RSVP to email@example.com or by phone at (415) 392-2910.
It has been a long wait, but Britex Fabrics has silk tulle again! Silk tulle is as light and delicate as a butterfly wing, with incredibly soft drape and flow. This would be perfect for an heirloom bridal veil, or to adorn a vintage reproduction garment. 62″ wide.
I can smell the beginning of springtime in the city; trees are blooming with fragile pink flowers, surly bicycle messengers have risen from their winter rainy slump, and I’ve been eating lunch in Union Square with my shirt sleeves rolled up rakishly. It is time for spring cleaning, but rather than break out the suds, I’ll revive my pillowcases with some cross-stitched borders; a 14th century band sprinkled with fleurs-de-lys will provide a touch of chic to my tired bed linens (graphing courtesy of the talented needlesmith, Rosemary Stecher) Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.
Just in time for a restorative getaway to a rock-strewn and balmy Mediterranean island, here is a tutorial from Matt at Design*Sponge for a hand-sewn passport cover. This could be made in either leather, or even faux leather….we love hand-sewing for its meditative nature, and with this case you’ll have plenty of time to daydream about fields of wildflowers, picnics of crusty bread, hard cheese, sticky thyme honey, salty olives, and wine, and lazy afternoon snoozes on a soft blanket.