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  • Baby Bow Tie & Booties Tutorial

    January 4, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Shwin & Shwin: sisters that create, have a plethora of free children’s patterns and tutorials on their sewing blog. We are particularly enamored with these dandy baby bow tie and bootie instructions.  Make them from scraps of plush plaid flannel for a mini-lumberjack look!

  • Yun Yun in her Cat Bus Costume

    January 3, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    What can you create with some scraps of felt and a hot glue gun! Betty, local blogger with sweet ipomoea, made her cats two costumes. This simple declarative sentence does not begin to do her feline frippery project justice though! Betty clothed the ever patient Yun Yun as the Catbus from Miyazaki’s animated film My Neighbor Totoro, and Bumbe as Totoro. Yun Yun is the clear diva of the pair…check out the glittery eyed mousie headlights! Betty is an inspiration to us all.

  • Vivid Floral Men's Shirt - Britex Fabrics plus Scissors & Cloth

    January 3, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    We love this vivid floral cotton fabric in shades of blue, violet, and puce. Alex sent us this photo of himself wearing a bespoke shirt made of Britex Fabrics’ cotton created by local shirt-maker, Carlos from Scissors and Cloth. Our scrumptious imported cottons are found on Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor. This one is made in Italy, 61” wide, and $39.99 per yard. To buy this fabric, come into the store, or order via email at service@britexfabrics.com.

  • Wool Felt Waistcoat on Douglas

    December 28, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    The dapper-licious, delightful, and debonair  Douglas in what Judy calls his Western yin-yang vest made of wool felt from Britex Fabrics.  We love his use of warm, delectable color-blocking and the leaf green buttons...and we also adore his oh-so dashing moustache (not sold at Britex.)

  • From 诶 to ظ - Britex Fabrics Ships Worldwide!

    December 28, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Did you know that Britex Fabrics ships fabric and notions worldwide to over 100 countries...from 诶 to ظ! Try us out; Australia, China, New Zealand, Russia, Denmark, Zimbabwe...copious and sundry ports in-between.

  • Make Romantically Dapper Shoelaces from Silk Ribbon!

    December 27, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Karen from the blog Serious Craft made this awesome tutorial on making your own fancy-schmancy shoelaces from lengths of ribbon.  These dapper accessories have a Bloomsbury-esque romantic aspect to them – perfect for long afternoons writing in coffee houses, or dreamy evenings at the opera.  We’d like a pair in this ethereal hand-dyed Hanah Silk™ ribbon in teal, purple, violet, and green, and then paired with a pair of swank blue suede wingtips.

  • 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!

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