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  • Sale Ends Feb 15th - Online Sale of Silk Print Fabric!

    February 7, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Reminder - this sale ends Thursday, Feb. 15, 2013. Online Silk Fabric Sale! Get 20% off entire Silk Print Fabrics category from Friday, February 1st through Thursday, February 15th. Find a variety of weights and textures from feather-light China silk to sleek charmeuse to superior twill weaves. Britex Fabrics loves everything about silk and it shows. Silk is a natural fiber that is usually derived from the mulberry silkworm’s cocoons. Silk has it all; it is smooth, soft, strong, and lustrous. Silk is ethereal for a summer frock, and just as smart for a winter frock-coat lining. Fall in love with daring color combinations, darling romantic florals, or superlative geometrics. Sale ends February 14th. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! (This sale is good for online Silk Print category fabrics only – in-store Silk Print category fabrics are not included in this sale)

  • Sweet Panty Tutorial

    January 30, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    As soon as we spied this pair of bloomer-esque panties, we knew that we needed to make a clutch of them for our favorite panty aficionados…and Cate from Australia and the craft blog Go Make Things obliged with a tutorial and pattern for these delectable bits of frippery! We love the sweet gathers and perky bows. This would be a lovely Valentine ’s Day project; sew them using silk from our online silk fabric sale, and lingerie elastic from our online lingerie selection! (sheer silk fabric category on sale through 1/31 and print silk fabric category on sale 2/1/13 – 2/14/13)

  • 2013 Color Palette

    January 28, 2013 by Geana

    We are thrilled to announce our 2013 color palette! We'll be embellishing the pages of magazines and collectable postcards with bold colorful designs all year long. Stay tuned for gorgeous Britex graphics in mixes of red tomato, plum, velvet black, cedar green, ochre and aqua bay! Coming soon...

  • Chanel Style Jacket in Autumnal Shades

    January 28, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Paule from Alsacea emailed us photos of her latest couture creation, a semi-fitted, collarless Chanel style jacket made from Missoni knit fabric bought from the first floor of Britex Fabrics.  We love the hand-stitched detailing, and the way she accentuated the warm autumnal colors of the knit fabric with wine colored trim and toasty brown buttons.  Julie said, “One of my coup-de-coeur was this knit from Missoni. Thick and overdecorated, it was still fairly light in weight. I decided to use Vogue 8804 pattern, a tweed knit vest Chanel style from Claire Shaeffer. A lot of hand sewing went into this project.” Novelty wools are available in-store and online, and Vogue patterns are available on Britex Fabrics’ 3rd floor.

  • Tutorial: Adding Sleeves to Wiksten Tank in Flocking Bird Silk

    January 28, 2013 by Skirt as Top

    Hello again, I'm Kristin from skirt as top and today I'm here with a pretty silk shirt. This navy and ivory flocking bird print was completely irresistible to me, and I was so excited to make a beautiful flowy top out of it for my sister. flocking bird silk shirt (sleeve tutorial) I started with one of my favorite patterns, the Wiksten Tank. As I've done before, I decided to add three quarter sleeves, which gives the shirt a bit more substance and slightly more formal look, while maintaining the ease of the pattern. flocking bird silk shirt (sleeve tutorial) Today I'll show you my method for adding the sleeves.

  • Elephants, Paisley, & Birdcages...Oh My!

    January 25, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Psst…..keep an eye on our Pinterest page for new online & in-store fabrics and notions!

  • Cross-Stitch Your Heart on Your Sleeve

    January 25, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Cindy, Steph, and Hayley from the blog meet.make.laugh’s motto is "A day without laughter is a day wasted" (Charlie Chaplin.) Our motto is “Wear your heart on your sleeve” (Gallagher, Lyle.) Steph and Cindy made this tutorial for an easy-peasy project that would be perfect for Valentine’s day. Keep your honey warm and show the love by stitching hearts on their sweater or shirt sleeves.  Steph and Cindy sewed them onto the elbows; however you could just as easily express yourself with a delicate (or sturdy) heart on your bicep! Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics' 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.

  • Wool, Wool and More Wool!

    January 24, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Is the iciness of winter and fear of the flu making you shiver? Our prescription is to stay inside with a hot ginger toddy, a pile of warm wool fabric, music of your choice, and a day of creation.  To assist, we just added 23 new fabrics to our online store, including snugly heathered wool coatings, sleek imported shirtings, and colorful Italian sweater knits!

  • Embroider an Old-Fashioned Cameo for Mother's Day!

    January 24, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    We adore the delicacy and intricacy of vintage cameo carved jewelry. Niamh from the crafty blog Urban Threads made this nifty tutorial on embroidering an old-fashioned cameo silhouette – perfect as a mother’s day (or May day) gift, or to sweeten up your boudoir. We’d pair ours with this nifty morning glory festooned picture frame transfer from Gina at the blog, DoeCDoe.

  • How to Change a Jacket Button

    January 24, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    San Francisco preppy well dressed man and fashion blogger, From Squalor to Baller, made this handy guide on updating jackets by replacing tawdry buttons with stylish ones, using classic horn buttons from the Britex Fabrics (and wrote about it.) We love that he carefully uses a needle to create some slack with the exterior button, and adds a back button for neatness and durability. He says, “A lot of people pay big bucks for things like hand-stitched horn buttons and you just did it yourself. Nice job.”

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