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  • Chic Winter White Vintage-Style Raincoat

    July 23, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    What a glamour-puss! Karen from the blog Fifty Dresses: Sewing classic fashions from mid-century patterns made a sophisticated raincoat using Vintage Vogue pattern 9232 (circa 1957), and imported rainwear fabric from Britex Fabrics’ online store. The fabric is a chic winter white, made in France, an acetate/rayon blend, and water-resistant. We love the detailing that Karen included, including the bound buttonhole, the glass button, and the clever hidden tap closure.


  • How to Make Wool Felt

    July 19, 2012 by Britex Fabrics


  • Armhole Fitting Tips

    July 19, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Have you ever used a commercial pattern and been frustrated by unwieldy armhole fit; a too loose fit can cause the entire bodice to fit badly. Marina of the couture sewing blog, Frabjous: Couture presents some tips on armhole depth. She says, “I wanted to focus on sleeve fitting, and the correct armhole shape and size is very important.” For additional instruction, Marina recommends this article from Threads magazine by Sarah. My personal armhole fitting tip has been to use a modified princess seam with the front bodice. This works wonders in closing armhole gape when fitting waistcoats; the bodice will be cut in two pieces...a front piece and a side panel. The fitting seam starts at the lower armhole and ends at the hem, approximately 6” from the side seam. This modified princess seam corrects unseemly gaping and ensures a smooth fit.


  • Emma Peel - Catsuit by Britex Fabrics

    July 18, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics was pleased as punch to have a mitt in clothing the fabulously witty and athletic Mrs. Emma Peel for the recent Comic-Con in San Diego. As Mrs. Peel can attest, catsuits are both comfortable and fashion forward; she ended up using cotton/lycra and rayon/lycra fabric from Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor for her dashing ensemble. (Photography by Scott Sebring)


  • Onesies with Neckties

    July 18, 2012 by Britex Fabrics


  • A Dior Dart Constructed

    July 13, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Sherry from the Australian blog Pattern Scissors Cloth describes a Dior dart, and includes a step-by-step tutorial on creating this flattering couture detail. A Dior dart is a short bust dart that extends from a bodice side front panel seam, often occurs in fitted tops and dresses from the sixties, and we hope is making a much needed comeback!


  • Alexander McQueen Inspired Gummy Bear Frock

    July 12, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    We are drooling over this Alexander McQueen inspired frock made of 50,000 gummi bears by Hissa Igarashi and Sayuri Marakumi for the debut of TWELV Magazine. Perfect for an outing to the opera – weighing in at approximately 220 lbs, this gown would even last through Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner!


  • Sew Stretch Leggings

    July 12, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    The folks over at PrettyQuirkyPants have an easy-peasy no-pattern tutorial for sewing stretch leggings....perfect for everything from gadding about town, to impromptu dance parties! And Britex Fabrics has a super selection of fan-tabulous knit fabrics on the 2nd floor pleading to be made into leggings! If you don’t live in the Bay area, then you can buy our fabrics online, or through our Customized Fabric Swatch Shopper Service; we'll search Britex for fabrics to match your request, and then mail you a package of up to 20 fabric swatches (depending upon availability.) (Image by PrettyQuirkyPants)


  • Follow Us on Pinterest!

    July 11, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics is now on Pinterest. Join us for Monday Morning Pins, and see which beauteous, quirky, luxurious fabrics captures our roaming photographer‘s eye! Summery eyelets….new Missoni sweater knits…graphic home decorating cottons and more.


  • How to Monogram!

    July 10, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Charlotte, the ever charming British blogger from Tuppence Ha'penny created a tutorial on monogramming...from transferring the letters, to a preliminary padding stitch, to the final satin stitch. She includes her top five tips for professional looking hand-stitched monograms, and recommends the traditional satin stitch (we concur.) Monograms add a classy touch to blouse collars, shirt cuffs, cotton bath towels, and even luxurious bed linens.


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