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  • Child's Wintery Cape by Kristin

    December 27, 2012 by Skirt as Top

    Hello Britex readers, I'm Kristin from skirt as top and I'm so thrilled to be here today! I have wanted to sew a cape for my 4 year old daughter for about a year now, and partnering with Britex Fabrics was the perfect opportunity for me to sew a soon-to-be-released cape pattern by Oliver + S with some truly wonderful wool. forest path cape in britex fabrics I chose this peacock blue midweight wool for a playful twist, since my daughter is only four years old and I always aim to make her clothing both beautiful and fun. Sewing with this gorgeous wool was a dream, and in person it almost shines. My husband even remarked on how nice it looked - it's a level above the fabrics I typically sew with and the fabric quality is apparent at first glance! forest path cape in britex fabrics

  • 8 Tons of Fabric!

    December 26, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Yes Virginia, that is a 53 foot semi truck full of 18,000 pounds (8 tons) of fabric parked in front of Britex Fabrics! Luckily, we managed to get it unloaded between bursts of San Francisco winter rain. To get an idea of how large this truck is, there is a bus stop and bus immediately before the truck’s cab; the truck ‘o textiles lords over the MUNI bus! We’ll keep you updated as we unpack the goodies this week and next week. Gratuitous pictures of fabric to follow...


  • Winner of PVF Coat Giveaway

    December 26, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Laura's daughter proudly wearing the adorable "play dress." Looks intentional to me!

    Our winner is Laura from Seattle, WA--where she will certainly put the beautiful new Poppy Von Frohlich coat to good use. Here is her sewing blunder-turned-triumph tale...

    "I was making a top from the free Sorbetto pattern from Colette Patterns. It calls for a center pleat. I had happened to read in the Coletterie blog about adding rickrack under pleats for a design twist so I put some black pompoms instead because I had no other rickrack in my stash. The fabric I chose was a very busy cotton with Japanese kokeshi dolls. Well, by the time I finished and showed it to hubby for an opinion he gave me a side eye look. Fail. Never got that look before.

    Failure turned out ok because I altered it by adding more pleats to be my little girl's dress. I had enough fabric to make long sleeves and two tiers of ruffles. My little girl loves it despite the pompoms being reminiscent of spiders dangling in the middle pleat!"

    Thank you to everyone who participated!

    Have a happy new year!


  • Sign up for the Britex Fabrics' Newsletter

    December 21, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Winter is whipping its way down the chimney, and through the chilly night. Shhh…our beginning of the month online fabric sale starts Tuesday, January 1st and runs through Monday, January 14th. Sign up for the Britex Fabrics’ newsletter to discover which toasty, diaphanous, warm, silky, or wooly online category will be on sale each month! Psst….we’re voting for warm and wooly!


  • Pantone: The Color of the Year for 2013 is PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald

    December 20, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    The world according to Pantone: The color of the year for 2013 is PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, a lively, radiant, lush green. Britex has you covered in gorgeous green softness – perfect for a swingin’ cape lined in contrasting magenta silk. 1st floor, wool/mohair/acrylic blend, 59" wide, $59.99 per yard (limited stock) To buy this fabric come into the store, or order via email at service@britexfabrics.com.


  • Alpaca Vintage Frock - Karen

    December 20, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    We're always excited when someone emails us the results of creating from Britex Fabrics’ fabrics; this is a dress sewn from gorgeous herringbone Alpaca (made in USA.) Karen of the blog Fifty Dresses: Sewing classic fashions from mid-century patterns, made this elegantly swank frock from the vintage pattern Vogue 9353 (c. 1957.) We love the yoke and sleeve design, and how Karen utilized fabric scraps for her bound buttonholes. She said, “Even though I did not have “plaids” to match, I needed to pay close attention to the rows in the herringbone weave, so that none of them were crooked.  This is where Clover two-pronged pins (recommended by Susan Khalje in The Couture Dress class) came in handy and helped me keep those rows lined up evenly.” The vibrant Kelly green leather gloves and scarf provide a chic accent!


  • Dapper Dog Attire Tutorials

    December 20, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Don’t let Santa forget your faithful pooch! The ever helpful Tipnut posted this pack of dog attire tutorials. Sew a studious tweed jacket for rover, and don’t forget the mousers! There are also directions for altering a child’s shirt to make a dapper-licious collar for your favorite puss-in-boots.


  • Sew a Doll Bassinet

    December 17, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Do you need to make a gift for a youngster who loves toting dolls to and fro? An from Antwerp, and the creative hands behind Straight Grain: A Blog About Sewing, made a tutorial for a charming doll bassinet – perfect for carrying dollies to tea parties and play dates!


  • Plaid Viyella at Britex Fabrics...Swoon-Worthy!

    December 17, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    This cold and rainy weather is making us want to get cozy. We want a length of scrumptious (difficult to find) Viyella to make a classic plaid shirt - perfect for chilly drizzly weekends! Make BurdaStyle’s Jakob #6013 for yourself, or for your favorite gentleman friend.  Available on Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor, 57" wide, $27.99 per yard, and 80% cotton/20% wool. To buy this fabric, come into the store, or order via email at service@britexfabrics.com.


  • Online Fabric Sale Ends Tonight, 12/14/12

    December 14, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    SALE ENDS TONIGHT! Online Sale: Wool Novelties and Cotton Tweeds & Textures Fabrics! All online wool novelties and cotton tweeds & textures are 20% off from Friday, November 30 through Friday, December 14. Our novelty woolens stand out in the crowd! Use one of our European metallic wool fabrics to make a charming bolero jacket, long mysterious cape, Chanel-style jacket or a tailored vest. Or, get started on a nubby cotton tweed springtime couture jacket.  Some fabrics have limited stock. This sale is good for online wool novelties and cotton tweeds & textures only – SF in-store wool novelties and cotton tweeds & textures fabrics are not included in this sale.


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