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  • Unicorns and Clip-On Bow Ties

    June 15, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Casual Friday attire at Britex Fabrics means Liberty of London bow ties and gingham shirts. Avery is wearing a dashing clip-on bow tie made of Liberty of London cotton printed with prideful prancing unicorns, hearts, lions and rainbows! And in case you want to make your own, here are easy-peasy clip-on bow tie instructions. Britex Fabrics carries a wide range of Liberty of London fabric on the 2nd floor of their San Francisco store, and clip-on bow tie findings on the 3rd floor. Sadly, this particular classic print is no longer available.


  • Classic Shirting Fabric at Britex Fabrics

    June 15, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics just got a trunk full of classic, high thread count cotton shirting remnants, which are flying off the 4th floor shelves the minute people touch them. These luxurious shirtings are 58” wide, and the yardage ranges from one to two yards – get creative and mix and match! (In-store only)


  • Owl Mere and Bébé Embroidery Patterns

    June 14, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Elsita is a Cuban trained artist who occasionally offers stunning hand-drawn free embroidery patterns for her blog readers. We are completely enamored with this crane wreathed by flying fish, and wide-eyed owl mere and bébé. She suggests embroidering one on a bag…and we agree!


  • Ethereal Embroidered Entwined Foxes

    June 14, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Sister Twisty from the blog SisterTwisty embroidered these entwined foxes. Inspired by the singer Bjork’s song about creation myths, Cosmogony, and sewn with cotton, metallic, and silk threads, these creatures are amazingly ethereal and delicate. She takes us through the process of learning to embroider and shade, and comments that she likes how much the silk shading looks like fur. We love the night sky constellations made of little white French knots.


  • Fox Shift Dress

    June 14, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    We say that foxes are the new black, and no one wears the frisky critters better than this anonymous Britex customer! We love how she paired a simple animal adorned shift, with a sunny cardigan and boots. This foxy fabric can be found in Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor home decorating department.


  • Free Owl Embroidery Transfer Pattern

    June 14, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Whooo Whooo! Mrs. Stitchy Britches posted this free owl embroidery transfer pattern from a late 1960s crewelwork set. We love the melody of textures, line-work, and the Pennsylvania Dutch feel. This would be charming adorning the center of sofa pillows…go crazy and edge the pillows with coordinating ball fringe pom-poms!


  • Draft a Sailor Collar

    June 5, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    We adore sailors and their attire….the cock-eyed caps, the middy blouse, the rakish 13-button trousers! When Charlotte from Tuppence Ha'penny gets the wind in her sail (we couldn’t resist), she goes all out. First she researched nautical fashion and gave us her sailor-y findings, and then she wrote up a tutorial for drafting a sailor collar for your garment. Anchors aweigh, mate!


  • Sew a Beaded Detachable Collar

    June 5, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Brittany of Va-Voom Vintage made this tutorial for the blog Tuppence Ha'penny for making vintage-inspired detachable beaded collars. We love how they snazz up flirty little cardigan sweaters – very Marion...Madam librarian!


  • Corset Sew Alongs from Jo

    June 5, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    With marvelous steadfast determination, the talented Jo from the blog BridgesOnTheBody is sewing her way through every corset pattern in Norah Waugh's book, Corsets and Crinolines. She started in 2009; we love her first corset project made of 4” wide fuchsia ribbon, and lined in scraps of coutil. She details her progress on her blog, step-by-step including photographs and encourages folks to join with periodic sew-alongs. She says, “If one were to wear a corset while playing tennis or bicycling I believe this would be the style to wear”; it certainly would be festive for a casual bicycle meander through Golden Gate Park! And we are positively swooning over her most recent corset – a 1911 number made from a black and white Liberty of London large scale floral print and trimmed in boisterous aqua satin; this begs high tea and low lights. What is next………


  • Missoni Knit Top by Natalie

    June 1, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    We think that cowboy boots and Missoni zig-zags go together like spaghetti westerns and revenge! Natalie agrees. Natalie from Britex Fabrics’ 3rd floor notions department looks pleased as punch, and who wouldn’t while wearing this modified boat-neck top made of luxurious Missoni knit fabric from our 1st floor Missoni collection! Natalie whipped this snappy number from just one yard of fabric, and edged the neckline with wool fold-over trim from the 3rd floor.


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