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  • 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)


  • Black & White Wool Houndstooth Shirt by Scissors & Cloth

    October 31, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    We’re so fortunate to have such talented and sweet-natured tailors in San Francisco! Carlos is from Scissors & Cloth; they build couture collared dress shirts, each hand-draped, hand-cut and handcrafted through various classic and modern shirt-making techniques. My goal is to provide exceptional customer service through one on one appointments in my downtown, underground shirt-making workshop. Each client is personally hand-draped with muslin to find that perfect fit.  Once the fabric is smoothed over all shapes of the upper torso, all seams are then drawn in using chalk, including the yoke, neckhole, armhole, side seams and hem.  This gives me an accurate pattern to work from. The muslin is then transferred over to paper and the patternmaking process begins.  I build as many samples that I need to until the client is happy with the fit. Once the fit is deemed perfect, I go to work on the final piece. Patterns are then filed away for future use. Britex Fabrics and Scissors & Cloth collaborated over a length of classic black and white houndstooth wool fabric to come up with this warm and spiffy shirt. Contributing designer Carlos says, “I chose to work with a wool hounds-tooth because of its sheer classic beauty.  However, any fabrics with patterns can be more time consuming to work with.   As far as working with patterns goes, I typically cut each piece one at time, even if there are multiples of the same pattern. Take the yoke for instance, I start by placing my yoke pattern on one piece of fabric, trace around it, then cut out the piece.  I then take that cut piece and lay that down on more fabric while matching up all the patterns on the fabric to the first yoke.  If done precisely, the first yoke blends into the fabric pattern so beautifully that you cannot tell that there are two pieces.  This can be very time consuming but your guaranteed identical pattern pieces, which makes the end product that much nicer. Another issue I came across were raw edges that were fraying.  To better deal with this, any time I cut a pattern piece, I always ran a 1/4 stitch line around my fabric pattern pieces so that the fraying would not run over my 3/8" seam allowance. “

  • Color Theory Geek Fabric

    October 30, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    We love typography and color. HEX, RGB, palettes, Munsell, pixels, hue, Pantone saturation, value, tone…bring it on! ‘Specially for design geeks, Britex Fabrics just received this groove-tastic cotton fabric from Italy. It is 57” wide, and costs $39.99 per 24” panel – available on the 2nd floor, or by phone at 415-392-2910. Nate wants to make a swirly gathered skirt and Avery imagines a spiffy scarf; what would you make?


  • All Hallows' Eve Fascinator by Kristin

    October 30, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Kristin is nonplussed by the enormous furry spider perched upon her head. She made this spooky All Hallows' Evening fascinator with Britex Russian netting, sequins and other notions...the cheery spider just tagged along for the fashion ride and is not available at Britex.


  • Mister Frank - A Suave Winter Hat

    October 24, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    We’d like to introduce the toasty Mister Frank. The Alpine-influenced Frank is created by local milliner, Deanne Gibbons. This style is a warm cozy sewn hat with button down, ear flaps for cold weather. The lining fabrics were purchased at Britex, the yellow is wide weave silk/wool blend and the orange is a silk with a herringbone pattern, the brown face fabric is a woven Angora.


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