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  • 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.


  • 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.

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