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  • Sew an Infinity Knit Jersey Scarf

    April 8, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    A striped knit jersey scarf is perfect for those days when the weather can’t decide if it is spring yet – a little soft, a little warm, a little light. Ilene from the blog Come On, Ilene made an easy peasy tutorial for sewing this infinity scarf; we’d like to make a scarf in nautical Japanese red and ivory cotton jersey knit...then grab a pick-me-up mocha and play Where’s Waldo at the Ferry Building on a Sunday afternoon.


  • How to Sew a French Fly

    April 4, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Carolyn of Perth, Australia made this nifty tutorial on how to sew a French fly, or waist stay by fitting a French fly to a pair of shorts with a waistband. We think that this waistband finish is perfect for always suave pleated and cuffed cream linen slacks – pull up the porch swing, loosen your bow tie, and take a sip of sweetened mint ice tea.


  • Unpacking Fabric...Including Liberty of London

    April 3, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    We’re pleased to be adding a slew of new springtime fabrics to our online store, including several from our humongous eight ton shipment back in December...and two luscious Liberty of London cotton lawns. Keep your eyes peeled as we add more this week, including several Italian silks in stunning Art Deco influenced large prints.


  • Wool Cashmere Winter White Coat - Laura

    April 3, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Laura made this amazing winter white coat in an Italian cashmere wool coating fabrics from Britex. She used Simplicity Project Runway pattern #2508; we love the dramatically wide cuffs, double-breasted front, asymmetrical collar, and back shaping details…..and are in awe with the meticulous job Laura did with tailoring this beautiful garment! Laura gave a special thank you to Douglas, on Britex Fabrics’ first floor, for assisting her with her fabric choice. Psst....we carry a selection of our coatings online!


  • Tips & Tricks: Button Up Shirt

    March 27, 2013 by Grainline Studio

    Hi everyone, Jen from Grainline Studio here again! Today we're going to talk tips & tricks for making one of those amazing silk button up shirts you see popping up everywhere. From the French brand Equipment to J.Crew and Madewell and everywhere in between these shirts scream spring, and while the silk may seem intimidating it's really not bad if you've got the right tricks up your sleeve. For this tutorial we'll be using my recently released Archer Button Up pattern paired with this super dreamy Britex knotted rope print habotai, but these tricks will hold true for any shirt pattern.

  • Tissue Knits & More!

    March 22, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    We heard you...you asked for knits, and we’re diligently scouting them out and adding them to our online store! Welcome the newest category of fabrics in our expanding collection of fabrics – soft, drapey knits! For starters, and just in time for spring, we present a colorful collection of tissue knits imported from Japan. These cotton semi-sheer tissue knits are perfect for tissue tees, pullovers, tunics, or even airy scarves. Tissue knits are perfect for layering, great used in combination with other knits, and fabulous for the rigors of traveling. Watch weekly as we add more fabrics.


  • POP-UP BRITEX Photoshoot at Photobooth

    March 13, 2013 by Geana

    It's not everyday that Britex has teachers, and even more rare, that a Britex teacher gets a pro bono Tinype portrait taken at Photobooth in the Mission. This rare moment is due to the fact that Photobooth will be hosting POP-UP Britex taught by Jamie Lau on May 16. It was an awesome experience. We arrived, were made comfortable and had great conversation about art, photography and our current projects. Within about 15 minutes the plates were set and our photographer was ready to shoot.


  • Tutorial: Shoulder Pads are not the Enemy

    March 12, 2013 by Lilacs & Lace

    Hello, again. Here is the shoulder pad tutorial I mentioned in my Sunglasses and Sunshine post. These days, shoulder pads have a bad reputation.  They really are not the enemy, but rather an excellent way to balance out a silhouette! SUPPLIES: Paper (to draft your preferred shoulder pad shape) Scissors (one pair for the paper, one for the fabric) Cotton Quilting Batting Thread Chalk or Fabric Pen Lining Material (to cover batting)

    Most shoulder pads are shaped as half of an ellipse.  I have seen a few triangular shaped pads in vintage patterns, but the pointed edges can create problems with lighter-weight fabrics.  And, of course, raglan armholes require a different shape entirely.

  • 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.


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