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  • 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.

  • Cross Stitch an Antique Bicycle

    February 22, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    We are completely enamored with The Antique Pattern Library and its collection of free antique and vintage embroidery and other needlecraft patterns. The only vexing issue is which one to choose first, and the temptation is to embark on a triathlon of sampler making. I may start with D.M.C. Merk Stich (orig pub c.1890, 1908 edition, 12 plates), with a page of transportation from 1908, including bicycles, trains, jalopies, steam boats, and hot air balloons.


  • Wedding Gown by Rebecca

    February 22, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    The talented Rebecca from Alaska recently made a bridal gown for her son and daughter-in-law’s wedding that took place at Anini Beach in Kauai.  She made this romantically graceful wedding gown of delicate lace fabric bought from Britex in the 1980s and 4-ply silk charmeuse, and then trimmed the veil and created the sash from pale ballet pink silk satin ribbon bought from Britex Fabrics’ online store. She said, “An interesting tidbit....in order to apply the narrow 1/8 inch satin ribbon to the diamond white shimmer veiling, I used adding machine tape to stabilize the tulle and back it for stitching.  I then carefully stitched with my machine, taking care to gently move the fabric and paper together, and at the curves, carefully tore the paper and again inserted to allow perfect matched lines for end of veil, which also was much longer than the chapel length train of gown.  The most time consuming aspect of it was carefully tearing the paper away from the stitching without disturbing the integrity of the stitch, but with care, everything turned out fine.  The silk satin ribbon was amazing to use, and had the best quality, being a double sided variety I chose for gown and veiling.”


  • Men's Shirt Pattern & Britex Fabrics' Shirting = Springtime!

    February 21, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Vogue has just issued a new men’s shirt pattern (V8889, available at Britex Fabrics); with a hidden front button placket, optional shoulder pleats, and fitting seams fore and aft, which promises to add a little spring into any gent’s steps. Sew this with one of Britex Fabrics’ fine shirtings, and swagger into warm weather! As Nanki-Poo from The Mikado sings, “The flowers that bloom in the spring, Tra la, Breathe promise of merry sunshine.”


  • Online Solid Silk Fabric Category Sale Ends Thursday!

    February 21, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    ONLINE SILK SOLID CATEGORY FABRIC SALE! Sale ends this coming Thursday, the 28th. Get 20% off all fabrics in the Silk Solid Category from Friday, February 15th to Thursday February 28th. Nothing says timelessness like silk solid fabrics, and we carry a charming range! Britex has silk solids with crepe weaves, matka, taffeta, jacquards, charmeuse, and more. These silk fabrics would be superlative for many uses including vintage-inspired blouses, stunningly fabulous luxury linings, and spiffy summer jackets. Sale ends February 28th. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! (This sale is good for online Silk Solid Category fabrics only – In-store Silk Solid fabrics are not included in this sale)


  • POP-UP BRITEX Launches 3/14

    February 14, 2013 by Geana

    Every month Britex Fabrics proudly presents Pop-up Britex.

    Pop-up Britex brings textile and design education to neighborhoods across San Francisco in collaboration with our favorite venues and artists. To help us sharpen our wits, Four Barrel Coffee provides drinks and bites for every pop-up. Special thanks to our sponsors Apparel Arts, Makeshift society and Photobooth.

    Join us for our first pop-up at Makeshift Society with Sonya Philip of 100 Acts of Sewing on March 14. Register HERE.

     

     


  • Meet our Guest Bloggers

    February 13, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Meet our first four guest bloggers; Kristin, Nicole, Laura Mae and Jen! They will be contributing tips, tutorials and loads of inspiration on projects for the home, wardrobe, little ones and more. Meet our guest bloggers and let us know what projects would inspire you most by leaving a comment below.

    Want to see what our guest bloggers have contributed so far? Look HERE.

    They each contribute a unique perspective to sewing and the Britex Blog. Get to know them HERE.


  • Sale - One Day In-Store Sale on 2/18/13

    February 13, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    One Day SF In-Store Sale: 2/18/13 - Step into Spring with phenomenal savings for all your sewing needs. Join us on Monday, February 18 from 10 AM to 7 PM for this storewide one day sale. Enjoy 30% savings on fabrics, notions and previously discounted remnants all day long. Here are a few suggestions to enhance your shopping experience:  Start early! Arrive early to catch short check-out lines and best selection, bring your canvas tote bags. Don't have one? Pick up a fashionable Britex Fabrics tote at check-out: our limited edition 60th Anniversary tote is available for only $5.00 with purchases over $100.00...and don't forget notions. Visit the 3rd floor for thread, zippers, trims, scissors, seam rippers and more.  * Sale limited to stock on floor. Imported laces and specialty items not included. No special orders, mail or phone orders.


  • Peplum Silk Top

    February 12, 2013 by Nicole at Home

    Hello fellow fans of Britex Fabrics! My name is Nicole from Nicole at Home, and I’m so excited to be sharing one of my projects with this community today.  As a resident of the Bay Area, I am absolutely thrilled and honored to be collaborating with Britex as a Guest Blogger. 

    Since I'm a part-time instructor at a local community college, I try to step up my wardrobe a little bit; I’m young-looking and a small person, so I have to make an effort to not look like a student!  I had wanted to recreate a ready-to-wear top that fit well, and this partnership with Britex provided a great opportunity to work with one of their incredible solid-colored silks.

  • How to Understitch for Neatness

    February 8, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Tasia from the fabulous Canadian sewing blog, Sewaholic: Sewing Projects, Tips and Inspiration for the Modern Seamstress made this step by step tutorial on how to understitch garments for neat facings and linings. Often this kind of attention to detail is what separates the cats from the kittens (so to speak!)


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