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  • Make a Red Walking Cloak!

    November 21, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    As Jane Austen will attest, everyone needs a red woolen walking cloak, and Britex Fabrics just got in a new shipment of cardinal red wool coating. Laura from The Jane Austen Centre graciously created a tutorial for a full-length hooded cloak – perfect for a chilly afternoon stroll to your favorite tea shop, or a midnight saunter to a romantic moon-lit assignation. She says, “Beautiful, bright red cloaks were common countryside wear for several decades during extended Georgian era. Well-established garb by the onset of the Regency, they lasted well into the 1830s, although they were somewhat out of style by then. They were made of wool and often had large hoods.”  We adore this.


  • Hand-Sewn Victorian Welted Pockets

    November 21, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Andrew from the sewing blog Victorian Tailoring loves making things; He says, “Two years ago I started making historical clothing for my wedding - I made a Victorian suit and top hat for myself, and I made my wife's Victorian dress and top hat.” He is hooked on the meticulous and meditative process of sewing garments by hand, and provided this tutorial on sewing welted pockets. This is the method most often after 1850, and set out in The Victorian Tailor by Jason Maclochlainn, available on the 3rd floor at Britex Fabrics. It took Andrew four hours to complete his first welted pocket...unfortunately; we aren’t privy to his accompanied colorful language, although we’re sure that it was appropriately Victorian! Arrah now!!


  • Nima Shiraz and Britex Fabrics - Together Again!

    November 21, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Our favorite Bay area Persian clothing designer, Nima Shiraz is now clothing Hollywood actresses! The November 2012 issue of LA Fashion magazine features Shahs of Sunset's Golnesa "GG" Gharachedaghi, in a delicious lacy custom couture gown constructed from Britex Fabrics’ materials. Delving inside the glossy pages, there is a humongous editorial spread inside of GG wearing five more Nima Shiraz gowns made from Britex materials, and interviews with GG and Nima. We love it when local designers are featured in high fashion magazines, and Nima’s sensuous and glamorous frocks are irresistible! (Photographer: Barry Druxman, Make up: Sara Dashty; Hair: Lorenzo Diaz)


  • How to Shorten a Metal Zipper

    November 16, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Rachel from Nest Full of Eggs found herself in a metal zipper quandary while sewing her son’s yellow pants, but successfully shortened two metal zippers from the top, and then made this tutorial to show you how to do the same! We love the completed project; the zippered pockets, glorious quantities of yellow, and her son’s nonchalant attitude are inspiring. (photo taken in the Guthrie Theater 'Yellow Room' 9th floor in downtown Minneapolis)


  • Felt Fox Mask for Tiny Foxes

    November 15, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Louise from the craft blog, I’m Feelin’ Crafty, made a tutorial for this uber adorable fox mask for her son and his pack of animal pals. Now they’re ready for a wild game of Mr. Fox. She says, “Watch out for foxes lurking about the house…. They’re sly ya know!” We love her use of top-stitching to accentuate the fox facial markings...and of course Britex Fabrics has plenty of felt on our 4th floor.


  • Bling-tastic Madador Costume - Michelangelo

    November 12, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Here is another marvelous collaboration between Britex Fabrics and one of our customers; Leslie from the 3rd floor helped the dapper and distinguished Michelangelo freshen up his matador costume with several hundred of our Swarovski Elements crystals to make it blindingly sparkly. Michelangelo says, “As promised, here are some photos of the finished Matador Costume. I could not have done it without your assistance! Thank YOU for being such an important part of making this costume come to life! It is truly a 'Suit of Lights'!” We think the glorious bling lends it a very special San Francisco traje de luces touch!


  • Environmental Runway: Embroidered Taffeta Tote Bags from Britex Fabrics

    November 9, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Keeping it green is chic; San Francisco leads the way in the U.S., and Britex is up first on the environmental runway with this sturdy white taffeta tote bag. The purpose of the Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance legislation is to encourage customers to bring their own checkout bags, in order to reduce the impact of disposable bags to the City and the environment. In the spirit of environmental chic, Britex Fabrics commissioned 100 of Lauren Dicioccio's tote bags just as the Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance took action. The Britex Fabrics’ tote bag is machine embroidered in red on white taffeta, is a sturdy and washable totes, and intended for daily use. Bags are $35 and available in-store and online! See our awesome window display. You can find out more about Lauren Dicioccio at The Workshop Residence in San Francisco.


  • Brilliantly Colored Flannel Baby Quilt

    November 6, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Babies are bursting out all over, and one tenacious infant held off through weeks of false labor only to arrive on Avery’s birthday! Avery made the stubborn wee one a bright quilt incorporating Britex Fabrics’ flannel. Loosely based upon the old-fashioned log cabin pattern, this quilt is filled with low-loft cotton batting, and tied with orange embroidery floss. We love the googly eyed owls and wacky stripes, combined with bubbly polka dots.


  • Vintage Shearling Meets German Woven Leather Buttons - Ben

    November 6, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    The average winter snowfall for Wichita, Kansas is 14.5”, and thanks to Britex Fabrics’ German woven leather buttons and his vintage coat, Ben is now prepared. He said, “I finally got my coat back and it’s looking sharp! Thanks again for those buttons. Just wanted to thank you guys for a speedy delivery and I love your great selection! Getting my vintage shearling coat fixed with those hard to find leather buttons you have. Thanks, and happy holidays!” Aw...you’re looking sharp, and we love you too Ben.


  • Creating a Display at Britex Fabrics

    November 2, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Leslie from Britex Fabrics’ 3rd floor notions department, drapes and gussies up a display mannequin with pink metal chains. Leslie is also a clothing designer and seamstress – creating unique, beautiful flowing garments. (Photo by Kristin from Britex Fabrics)


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