Just in time for All Hallows Eve, Natasha from NattyJaneSews has a tutorial for swoopingly fabulous bird wings. Natasha says, “Flamingo, parrot, toucan, imaginary technicolor falcon! The possibilities are as endless as your imagination.” She made these flapping wings with polyester satin — it would be fun to layer sheer organza on top of the satin for additional lightness! I’d love to make a pair in shades of brown with a brick red underside, and chirp show tunes while handing out sweets.
This is a C-O-A-T. We adore everything about it…the splendidly wide lapels…the ankle sweeping length…the snuggly patch pockets…the chic double-breasted front. This classic coat cries urban tundra like nothing else; make it in an Italian military blue wool, fasten it with stoic bronze metal buttons, and for a hint of scandal…line it in decadent scarlet silk. Pattern #107 by BurdaStyle.
Michele from Ifanhour made these classic and delicate hair ornaments from lovely ribbons, pearls and feathers from Britex Fabrics. She says, “I’m all about silk and natural, but, this is a unique opportunity for polyester. I discovered you can cut up polyester, acetate, “blend” ribbons, and delicately “dodge” the raw edges in a tea light flame to create curled edge ribbons. Stitch together, add embellishments (pearls, rhinestones, feathers, etc.) and……floral nirvana.” We love the dark and simply finished edges, and rich array of brilliant, yet soft colors.
Shirley made these two dresses from Britex Fabrics. She says, “The dress itself is leopard print silk chiffon (a 2 3/8 yd remnant) with an overlay of your finest lace (a 7/8 yd remnant), lined in silk. I bought a Vogue shirt pattern for the sleeve cap and armhole shapes, then made the actual pattern in order to get the shape I wanted. The total cost was approximately $180 (the lace!), but it was inspired by a magazine photo of a Valentino dress that retailed for $4490………..not only a major savings, but I like mine much better! I’ve also included another Britex project from this summer. I recently wore this in the store, and of course, everyone recognized the fabric. I got so many compliments!” The black and white cotton dress is made from a lovely ribbed, cotton piqué fabric has a decidedly graphic feel; with a black and white pattern of varying sized rectangles, this design is reminiscent of skyscraper windows or city street maps (available in our online store!) We love how Shirley paired it with a bright yellow cardigan.
Michele created this ethereal bolero with Alençon lace trim from Britex Fabrics. She notes that the shaping darts are hidden by lace to create a seamless look in sheer organza. We love the delicate gossamer effect, and the way the flowers spill gracefully over the shoulder.
Britex Fabrics Customized Swatch Service: With three floors of fabric, Britex Fabric’s San Francisco store is overflowing with so much more fabric than we sell in our online store! Britex Fabrics is pleased to offer you a unique custom shopping service with our Customized Swatch Shopper Service. Whether you need rayon lining to match a persnickety print, a wool knit to duplicate your favorite pair of slacks, some Super 100 suiting for a dapper gent, or a special silk for the mother of the bride, our experienced and talented staff can assist you!
Monday, October 14th from 10am-7pm, Join us for colossal discounts of 30% off most fabrics, most notions, and all remnants.* This in-store sale is ONE DAY ONLY so mark your calendar and get ready for this giant day of Britex discounts. *Sale limited to stock on floor. Imported laces, velvets and specialty items not included. No special orders, mail, online, or phone orders.
Missoni knits are now online at Britex Fabrics; we now have a limited amount of our latest imported Italian Missoni knits available in our online store! Missoni was founded in 1953 by Rosita and Tai Missoni, and is renowned for their zig-zag patterns and multi-colored stripes. Missoni knits are stunning; whisper soft, beautifully drapable, and woven in gorgeous colors. We love these elegant wide-legged pants, v-neck top and cardigan made of Missoni knits from the show, Fashion in Motion: Missoni at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Jennifer at GrainlineStudio has a deceptively simple tip for creating perfect necklines in lightweight silk fabrics such as silk crepe de chine, silk charmeuse, or silk chiffon; use a narrow strip of interfacing to hold the necklines shape and add strength, while remaining delicately flexible.
The cravat has returned! The ingenious Baroness Violet von Mickelsburg from SteamIngenious: Steampunk creations, thoughts, photos, and tips has graciously provided a tutorial on cravat construction. All you need is a scrap of luxurious silk fabric from Britex Fabrics, a wee bit of sewing, and some skill with knot-tying, and this elegant frippery can be yours to wear. We can’t guarantee that tossing on a cravat will make you as suave as Laurence Olivier, but we can promise that heads will swivel and knees will buckle as you saunter by.