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  • Sunglasses and Sunshine by Laura Mae

    March 12, 2013 by Lilacs & Lace

    Hello Britex fans!  My name is Laura Mae and I blog over at Lilacs & Lace.  I am absolutely thrilled to be the latest Britex Guest Blogger, and am even more excited to share my first project with you.  And here it is!


  • Silk Swallow Blouse - Kacie

    March 8, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    This is the ultimate perky and chirpy springtime blouse – made of Britex Fabrics’ silk from our online store by Kacie from the blog Thimble and Cork. She says, “This was my first (online) purchase from Britex fabrics, and I will definitely be back for more!”  We think she did a great job inside and out; she was charmingly modest about her diverse skills when she boasted that she has no less than four different seam finishes in this baby! The pattern is the Minna Blouse from Salme Patterns. Unfortunately, we’re out of this particular print, but we have other marvelous silk prints.


  • Sale Ends Thursday 3/14 - Online Linen Fabric!

    March 7, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Get 20% off all fabrics in the Linen Category until Thursday March 14th. We adore linen for its beautiful natural texture, breathability, and classic good looks. Made from the fibers of the flax plant, linen is one of the oldest known textiles. Britex is pleased to offer you a unique collection of linen fabric, including amazing Irish linen. Equally wonderful for home decorating use and garments, we love linen fabric for elegant duvet covers, comfy lounge pillows, tailored curtains, louche summer suits, chic dresses, and delicately pleated skirts. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! (This sale is good for online Linen Category fabrics only – in-store linen fabrics are not included in this sale)


  • How to Embellish Shoes by Frolicking Frocks

    March 1, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    The ever lively Natalie from Britex Fabrics and the costuming blog Frolicking Frocks, presents a wee tutorial on how to embellish shoes with paint and other crafty supplies. This is the American Duchess "Pemberley" shoe, which is the perfect accessory for ladies' costumes of the 1790s through 1810. Natalie used Britex Fabrics’ imported petersham grosgrain ribbon  and imported 30wt silk thread in the process of gussying up her dancing shoes. She plans on wearing these striped numbers to the upcoming Jane Austen Ball; we predict exuberant dancing and modest carousing.


  • Weddings and Britex Fabrics

    March 1, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

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    We love this sweet video of Katie and Don’s wedding day, and are super proud that we got to help them on their fantabulous day! Katie wrote, “Britex, I just wanted to share with you my wedding video. At the beginning of the video the Britex bag was in a couple shots. My mom made my white top hat, my bouquet, all of the bridesmaids bouquets, and all of the boutonnieres for the bride/grooms men and parents from fabric from your store. Thank you Britex for helping me and my mom pick out such amazing fabric for my wedding, you and your amazing staff helped my wedding be a very creative and the most special day of my life.” Britex Fabrics now has an online bridal collection, including difficult to find silk tulle, silk bridal gown fabrics, specialty bridal laces, silk ribbons, and more!


  • Linen Tunic Dress by Sonya Philip

    February 25, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    If you haven't met Sonya Philip of 100 Acts of Sewing, here's your chance. She'll be teaching our very first Pop-up Britex on March 14 where she'll demonstrate all the skills necessary for making an a-line tunic dress. Here's a peek into her creative process using two pieces of linen from the our online selection.

    Why did you choose these fabrics for your project? I adore linen. It is wonderful to work with and has a beautiful hand. Living in San Francisco, I find I can wear linen almost year-round. I chose the main fabric (Golden Wheat Linen/Silk Blend) primarily for the color--mustard and curry yellows just really speak to me right now. I wanted a strong contrast color and was taken by the richness of the Two-tone Raspberry Linen.

  • Cross Stitch an Antique Bicycle

    February 22, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    We are completely enamored with The Antique Pattern Library and its collection of free antique and vintage embroidery and other needlecraft patterns. The only vexing issue is which one to choose first, and the temptation is to embark on a triathlon of sampler making. I may start with D.M.C. Merk Stich (orig pub c.1890, 1908 edition, 12 plates), with a page of transportation from 1908, including bicycles, trains, jalopies, steam boats, and hot air balloons.


  • Wedding Gown by Rebecca

    February 22, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    The talented Rebecca from Alaska recently made a bridal gown for her son and daughter-in-law’s wedding that took place at Anini Beach in Kauai.  She made this romantically graceful wedding gown of delicate lace fabric bought from Britex in the 1980s and 4-ply silk charmeuse, and then trimmed the veil and created the sash from pale ballet pink silk satin ribbon bought from Britex Fabrics’ online store. She said, “An interesting tidbit....in order to apply the narrow 1/8 inch satin ribbon to the diamond white shimmer veiling, I used adding machine tape to stabilize the tulle and back it for stitching.  I then carefully stitched with my machine, taking care to gently move the fabric and paper together, and at the curves, carefully tore the paper and again inserted to allow perfect matched lines for end of veil, which also was much longer than the chapel length train of gown.  The most time consuming aspect of it was carefully tearing the paper away from the stitching without disturbing the integrity of the stitch, but with care, everything turned out fine.  The silk satin ribbon was amazing to use, and had the best quality, being a double sided variety I chose for gown and veiling.”


  • Men's Shirt Pattern & Britex Fabrics' Shirting = Springtime!

    February 21, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Vogue has just issued a new men’s shirt pattern (V8889, available at Britex Fabrics); with a hidden front button placket, optional shoulder pleats, and fitting seams fore and aft, which promises to add a little spring into any gent’s steps. Sew this with one of Britex Fabrics’ fine shirtings, and swagger into warm weather! As Nanki-Poo from The Mikado sings, “The flowers that bloom in the spring, Tra la, Breathe promise of merry sunshine.”


  • Online Solid Silk Fabric Category Sale Ends Thursday!

    February 21, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    ONLINE SILK SOLID CATEGORY FABRIC SALE! Sale ends this coming Thursday, the 28th. Get 20% off all fabrics in the Silk Solid Category from Friday, February 15th to Thursday February 28th. Nothing says timelessness like silk solid fabrics, and we carry a charming range! Britex has silk solids with crepe weaves, matka, taffeta, jacquards, charmeuse, and more. These silk fabrics would be superlative for many uses including vintage-inspired blouses, stunningly fabulous luxury linings, and spiffy summer jackets. Sale ends February 28th. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! (This sale is good for online Silk Solid Category fabrics only – In-store Silk Solid fabrics are not included in this sale)


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