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  • Royal Albert Hall Chapeau

    June 1, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    The wonderful archivists at award winning British Pathé present another delightful peek into another era with this hat-making clip. Bow tied milliner Monsieur Aage Thaarup made this delightful hat in 1957...and who wouldn’t want to model a Royal Albert Hall shaped chapeau? Sigh! Do you think we could make one shaped like San Francisco’s City Hall?

  • Iconic Britex Fabrics Signage by Mr. Moore

    June 1, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Martin, traveler and photographer par excellence, sent us this stunning photograph that he took of our store. We love the way he played with the moody urban quality of downtown San Francisco by depicting it in tones of black and grey, and then contrasted it with the iconic red Britex Fabrics sign. Look closely to see a tinge of red in the sign reflection in Britex Fabrics’ window. You can see more of his work at MARTINMOOREPHOTOGRAPHY.

  • Glamorous Tulle Enhanced White Shirt

    May 31, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    A wonderful summer idea...the glamorous fashionistas at the blog A Matter of Style present a tutorial for upcycling a men’s white shirt into a glamorous summer top. All you need is a white shirt and a bit of tulle or lace. Grab an iced coffee, crank up some Seu Jorge, and start sewing!

  • Cross-Stitch a TARDIS iPhone Case

    May 31, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    The ever geek-tastic Haley from Brooklyn and master of The Zen of Making blog, made a groovy tutorial for cross-stitching a Doctor Who TARDIS iPhone case – perfect for all your time traveling needs! Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics' 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.

  • Sew a Swishy Full Skirt!

    May 31, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    The talented sewing enthusiast, Gertie of Gretie’s New Blog for Better Sewing, created an easy two-part tutorial for sewing a swirly, gathered dirndl skirt! We like how she incorporated the zipper into the waistband. Make an elegant ankle-length skirt with glamorous iridescent chocolate brown taffeta to go see Rigoletto, or a frolicsome knee-length version in a delightful airy Rose of Sharon cotton for picnicking on Stow Lake!

  • Typewriter A-Line Skirt - Sue

    May 25, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Sue made this groovy a-line skirt from Japanese linen/cotton fabric, and a self-drafted pattern. She is a student at Sew-It-All, and credits them with keeping her on track. She sews about half of her wardrobe, so it must be working! We love the fabric’s literary typewriter design and its soothing color combination of muted chartreuse and aqua….and how Sue accessorized her skirt with beatnik black tights, boots, cardigan, and knit top – so chic and playful!

  • Knickerbockers for all Seasons

    May 23, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    We love the devil-may-care attitude of plus-fours, plus-twos, and knickerbockers. Made with a spiffy buckle holding the bottom cuffs in place and of linen or wool, these sportif trousers are the height of chic for all genders! They are practical for bicycling, traditional for all manner of lawn sports, and the height of steampunk or dandy fashion for urban adventures. Here is a knickerbocker pattern from BurdaStyle....I’d like a pair in navy blue linen for summer, and another in bittersweet chocolate brown wool for fall.

  • Wheat Striped Linen Drawstring Pants

    May 23, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    We now have oodles of linen in our online store! This is a favorite with a warm wheat color, variegated stripes, and the rough loveliness of linen. It'd make a splendid pair of drawstring pants, and Liz at SewForHome made a tutorial for comfy drawstring pants -- perfect sunning on an island boulder under a paper parasol. Pass the pink lemonade, peel me a grape, and then let’s take a lazy afternoon siesta!

  • Recover a Parasol for Summer

    May 21, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Summer is here, bringing street fairs, carnivals, parades, sand dunes, and picnics....and with summertime comes the brilliant sun. We love the sun, but we need to protect our tender skin from her glaring rays. Sahrye from ItCameFromTheStash gives us some basic instructions for recovering parasols (Part II on trimming your parasol is yet to come.)What a glorious project; all you need is patience and 1 1/2 yards of fabric...we recommend a sturdy taffeta.

  • 1920s Sheath Frock - Gail

    May 21, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Gail was visiting Britex Fabrics the other day, while wearing a lovely frock that she made of a soft tie-dyed rayon and wool blend fabric that she bought from us. Miraculously, this is only Gail’s third sewing project! She did a wonderful job with the delicate lace trim, and use of contrasting fabric for the godets! The pattern is #2003 Hazel, a 1920s simple sheath dress from Decades of Style, and is available on the 3rd floor at Britex Fabrics. How delightfully chic – perfect for a special occasion!

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