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  • 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.


  • Literary Penguin Fabric

    December 13, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Literary waddling penguins - what could be better? 2nd floor, Japanese cotton and linen blend, $34.99 per yard, 43" wide


  • Limited Edition 60th Anniversary Tote from Britex Fabrics

    December 13, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    These limited edition canvas totes were created and hand-screen printed for Britex fabrics by a local designer in foggy San Francisco. Our natural tote has our 60th anniversary logo on one side, and the iconic Britex logo on the other side. Want a great gift giving idea? Instead of a stocking, give something people can use, and stuff a beautiful Britex Fabrics canvas tote with meaningful goodies such as handmade, home-baked and locally crafted gifts. Size: a hunky 14” by 16”


  • Silk Capelet and Pearled Evening Bag - Deleuse

    December 11, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Local designer, Janet has a taste for glamour, and it shows in the elegantly austere caplets & evening bags she creates.  She says, “I've been visiting Britex since I was a young girl and have dreamt of designing with their incredible fabrics.  This year I was able to produce my new endeavor--hand-sewn silk mini capes with scarves, scarves and cultured pearl bags and belts.  Britex has supplied all the fabrics and notions primarily online.  I couldn't have done this collection without Avery's help not only shipping to my various seamstress, but also with advice. I'm planning on expanding this into a larger collection and possibly offer it wholesale.  Each time I visit Britex online or in the store I become overwhelmed with the beautiful fabrics and like an addict want to buy them all!  My creativity explodes on the first floor where the silks are located---just ask James, the sales associate! My collection is made entirely in San Francisco and I owe credit to my pearl weaver, Atelier & my seamstress, Kika.” Sigh!


  • Onesie Redux

    December 11, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    We couldn't resist this San Francisco moment! iPhone – check! Burning Man yellow fun fur – check! Flower in the hair – check! Tape measure – check! Organic onesie – check! Madeleine provided courtesy of Trudy. Photo from this afternoon’s Britex Fabrics’ onesie photo shoot.


  • Solar System Quilt by Ellen Harding Baker (1876)

    December 11, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    We love scientists, and we ‘specially love ones like Ellen Harding Baker of Ceder Falls, Iowa, who are also creative quilters. There is something wondrous about how creation imparts knowledge, and I like to imagine Ellen thinking about the planets’ composition and stellar travels as she stitched. This "Solar System" quilt was made in 1876. The wool top is embellished with wool-fabric applique, wool braid, and wool and silk embroidery.  A teacher, Ms. Baker used her glorious creation as a visual aid for lectures she gave on astronomy.


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