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  • 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.

  • Tutorial: Mitered Corner Napkins, Two Ways by Nicole

    May 9, 2013 by Nicole at Home

    At our house, we've been exclusively using cloth napkins for a while now.  I typically use quilting cotton for our "regular" napkins, so when I received the cotton and linen yardage from Britex, I almost felt guilty for using such incredible, beautiful fabric essentially for wiping dirty hands and mouths.  But as I worked with the linen in particular, I came to the realization that I wasn't making a throw-away, disposable item; well-made table linens, from high-quality fabrics are the type of item one might inherit.  That thought made me especially happy since I chose the linen fabric to coordinate with a set of German breakfast dishes handed down to me from my grandmother.  How fitting!

    Napkins come in all shapes and sizes, for all occasions.  For more "casual" napkins, I sew a narrow hem and little mitered corners.  For formal, special occasion linen napkins, I use a wider hem and the traditional sewn mitered corner.  This tutorial shows you how to make both!

  • POP-UP Britex: Color Blocking Workshop 5/16

    May 7, 2013 by Geana

    Our next pop-up is right around the corner (rumor is that there are still a few seats left). This workshop will be taught by Jamie Lau, a designer, sewing instructor, fashion editor, and author. Jamie is no stranger to Britex---maybe you'll remember---in December of last year Britex hosted the SF launch party of BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern, of which she is the co-author. On Thursday, May 16 she'll teach POP-UP Britex: Color Blocking Workshop at Photobooth in the Mission.

    Here is a little color blocking preview...

  • Make a Child's Bow Tie!

    May 3, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Jaime from Prudent Baby made this awesome tutorial for making a child’s bow tie. Britex even has the hardware you need for this child's bow tie online! One is never too young to develop a finely tuned fashion sense and je ne sais quoi, and we think that bow ties are perfect for any occasion from weddings, to ice skating in the park, to afternoon tea!

  • New - Free 1st Class Shipping on all Domestic Orders Over $80!

    May 2, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics now offers Free USPS 1st Class shipping for all domestic orders over $80! Start your sewing projects  now, and save on postage costs.

  • Colette Patterns & Britex Fabrics 4-Ever!

    May 1, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    After getting our first shipment of patterns from Colette, we’re officially going steady with each and every one of the Portland Colette folks! These patterns are awesome; each pattern comes with a handy book that in includes beautifully clear and concise step by step instructions and drawings. The actual pattern is folded into a pocket in the back cover, and some patterns include additional online variations. The Clover pants pattern is made for beginning sewers. Classic beautifully simple slim pants with a side zipper – they would be oh so groovily Mad Men meets Kerouac  made up with Britex Fabrics’ vintage-inspired Italian cotton/lycra  puppy-tooth olive and mauve stretch cotton.

  • 2 Summer Frocks - Debbie

    May 1, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Debbie from Makizy Sews made these two summertime frocks from fabric that she bought at Britex Fabrics.  The melon one is made with an online stretch cotton purchase http://tiny.cc/0rdfww, and the navy eyelet one is made from an in-store jaunt. She says, “All of your staff are always so friendly and helpful and I am always in awe of the fabric selection.” We’re totally enamored with Debbie’s swirly eyelet dress, and equally impressed with her mad pattern alteration skills! Not to mention the dubiously highfalutin trio that her blog is named after……

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