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  • Calling all Glamour-Pusses - Online Novelty Category Fabric Sale Ends June 14th

    June 6, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Sale ends Friday, June 14th! Get 20% off all fabrics in the Novelty category from Saturday, June 1st to Friday June 14th. Made of wool, silk, cotton, metallic and more, these texturally rich fabrics make beautiful garments. Many of our novelty fabrics have a beautiful metallic shine which helps them stand out in the crowd, and many of our textured novelty fabrics are blends, lending them a wonderful pliability and sheen! Tweed, chenille, and bouclé novelty fabrics delight us with their contrast of nubby texture and soft hand, while brocades possess a unique elegance. Make a swinging bolero jacket, a long mysterious cape, a Chanel-style jacket, or a tailored vest; add elegance and style to any solid, understated little black outfit. Sale ends June 14th. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! (This sale is good for online Novelty Categories fabrics only – in-store novelty fabrics are not included in this sale) P.S. As a bonus, and in order to make room for new additions to the Britex fabric collection, one third of our Novelty Category fabrics are 50% off until July 8, so don't hesitate to fall in love with glamour!

  • Super Messenger Bag Tutorial

    June 6, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Papa's got a brand new bag! Aleah from the blog NoTimeToSew made this nifty messenger bag tutorial with a three panel front and an interior zipper pocket.  We love the Japanese cotton linen blend that she used, but think it would be equally fabulous in wool; a little bird told us that our favorite dandy, Monsieur Du Jour, longs for this sewn in classic heathered grey wool flannel.

  • Interfacing, Interlining, Underlining, and Lining---Knowing the Difference

    June 3, 2013 by Geana

    The world of linings and interlinings can sometimes be mysterious, and because of that, can often be an afterthought. That's why, when our POP-UP Britex sponsor Apparel Arts ran an article explaining the differences between these unique layers, we asked if we could share it on the Britex Blog. Read on and let us know if you found it helpful!


  • Japanese Indigo Cotton

    May 30, 2013 by Monsieur Du Jour

    I set the phonograph needle down carefully, and Etta James’ husky voice pours into my living room like wild honey, sweetening the night and my soul in equal measures. Wrapping my cotton dressing gown tightly around me, I admire the hand-stamped wheat sheaves print and the deep indigo color . Despite the fact that it is May, the fog has rolled in bringing a chill. As Mark Twain supposedly said, "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco"...and he is correct. Etta, a steaming bath, Earl Grey tea, the full moon, and a cat upon my lap keep me warm.
    Oh, it's so good
    On a cold night
    To have a fire
    Burnin' warm and bright
    ” (R. Newman)
    Monsieur Dandy Du Jour

  • Silk Organza – The Perfect Addition to Any Sewing Room

    May 28, 2013 by Lilacs & Lace

    Hello everyone!  I am back with a new vintage dress and an underlining tutorial. Along with this yummy fuchsia chenille, I received a length of silk organza for this project. Silk organza really is a miracle fabric, in my opinion.  It is crisp, lightweight, and can perform so many different functions.  First off, it makes truly beautiful garments, especially when embroidered.  At the other end of the spectrum, it can make an excellent press cloth.  Tear it into strips, and it can help to stabilize a zipper opening.  I even substitute organza for fusible interfacing on facings.  I could go on and on, but perhaps I should get back on point!

  • Make a Pressing & Sleeve Board

    May 20, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    As we all know, pressing as you sew is tantamount with heirloom and couture garment construction. Sewing blogtress, Kaitui Kiwi of The Curious Kiwi from Wellington, New Zealand posted this power tool heavy tutorial for making that most coveted of pressing equipment, a pressing and sleeve board. Sigh - what a lovely tool!

  • Make a Shirt for Your Favorite Dude

    May 20, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Father’s day is June 16th, which we see as an occasion to brush up on our oft neglected sewing-for-dudes skills. Tasia from Vancouver, Canada, and proprietress of the blog, Sewaholic produced this timely tutorial on making a fitting muslin for a men’s shirt, and then goes on to explain the process in which she alters the collar stand for a huskier neck.  Although she used a McCaLLS pattern, we’re enamored with the Negroni Shirt by Colette; a slightly retro shirt with a more modern cut. The Colette instructions and booklet guide you gently through every step of creating a well-crafted casual shirt: felled seams, a lined back yoke, and sleeve plackets on the long sleeve version. Why not make two shirts - one in delicious party mint pink organic cotton , and the other in ride-em-cowboy county fair blue gingham?

  • Sew a Vintage Inspired Blouse of Silvery Silk

    May 17, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    These two go together like blinis and caviar! Pair Colette’s Sencha Blouse with this geometric silk from Britex Fabrics. Rated for beginners, the vintage influenced Sencha sewing pattern has a discreet je ne sais quoi that only flatters the sedately boisterous silvery silk. Sew this up over the weekend, and be prepared for moonlit adventures.  To make it all even sweeter, this diamond patterned silk is now 50% off in our newly created half off fabric section!

  • Navy Silk Evening Gown - Nicolette

    May 17, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    We just got an email from Yun, who worked with Douglas from Britex Fabrics’ 1st floor to create this shimmering silk dress for her daughter, Nicolette. Yan says, “Nicolette loved the dress and the fabric choice was perfect! It definitely shows Douglas' knowledge and experience.” We agree, and feel compelled to add that Nicolette’s poise and beauty complements the dresses’ stunning color combination and design.

  • Make a Linen Biker Jacket for Summertime Fun

    May 16, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    We believe in summertime – spontaneous afternoon picnics, slow moving carousals, midnight row boat rides, and linen…..always linen. We also think that this linen disguised as denim would make the most marvelous biker jacket – perfect for all summertime shenanigans.  Pattern is from the wonderful folks at BurdaStyle and available at Britex Fabric’ SF store (Biker Jacket 03/2013 #135 ) This chic denim look linen is available in Britex Fabrics’ online store, and is on sale through May 31st.

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