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  • 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.


  • Organic Onesie for Baby Britex Lovers!

    December 10, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Babies drool over Britex Fabrics! Show the love with a silk-screened onesie. Made of certified organic fabric in a natural color, designed by San Francisco designer Where Collection, and silk-screened in foggy San Francisco. Sizes 6m or 12m.


  • Tutu-orial for a Swirly Skirt

    December 10, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    This tutu is perfect for twirling to the Dance-Along Nutcracker® or sipping mulled hard cider at a holiday shindig.  Elisalex of By Hand: London made this tutu-orial for a swirly skirt; the “top of Elisalex’s party priorities list is to get that vintage ball gown dry cleaned, shine up the heirloom diamonds, stock up on lavender hair dye, and, of course, gather layer upon layer of tulle to make the flouffiest, pouffiest fairy princess tutu there ever was.” She succeeded.  We’d like to see it made up in layers of palest ballet pink and airy dove grey for a smidgen of élégance.


  • Coat Giveaway by Poppy Von Frohlich

    December 6, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Giving season is here and Britex Fabrics in collaboration with Poppy Von Frohlich has a big present for you! Tell us about your biggest sewing blunder-turned-triumph to enter to win this one-of-a-kind coat by Poppy Von Frohlich. Win it for yourself or gift it to a very special someone. Submit entries here or email to service@britexfabrics.com by midnight on December 19. Winner will be announced on December 21. The talented designer and owner of Poppy Von Frohlich, Trudy Hodges, shares with us the many blunders that have led to an impressive San Francisco business.

  • Peplumed Blouse from Vintage-Look Silk - Nicole

    December 4, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Nicole from the Bay area blog, Nicole At Home made a charming peplumed blouse from this vintage-look floral imported Britex Fabrics’ stretch silk. She says, “During my recent visit to Britex I purchased a beautiful stretch silk floral fabric, the most expensive piece of fabric I've ever purchased (but so worth it!).  I only got a small amount, with some kind of sleeveless shell in mind.  After making the Minna blouse by Salme patterns, their Peplum blouse caught my eye.” We love the effort that Nicole made with the fit, from decreasing the flounce of the peplum, to deepening the arm scythe, to decreasing the darts.


  • Silk with Swallows

    December 3, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    We are swooning for this new Italian silk fabric that just came in! A classic navy blue with vintage-inspired ivory swallows flying throughout - perfect for a long elegant scarf à la Isadora Duncan. “The dancer's body is simply the luminous manifestation of the soul.”


  • Online Fabric Sale: Wool Novelties and Cotton Tweeds & Textures Fabrics!

    November 30, 2012 by Britex 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. Order swatches now to receive them before December 14, and place your order! 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.


  • BF Contributor: Heather Habig

    November 29, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Heather Who Heather in her fabulous design

    Heather Habig is an expert in her field, which is why we invited her to participate in December's BF Contributor. She lives in San Francisco, is launching a clothing line in 2013 and offers custom design services. The black & white wool double knit was a perfect choice for her pattern. After seeing her classic-but-bold, perfectly fitted jacket, we had a few questions for Heather. Here's what she had to tell us: 1. Why did you choose the black and white double knit for your project? What did you love about the fabric? What did you learn about the fabric? I'm always drawn to fabric and prints that are high-contrast, especially in black and white, and when I saw this fabric I was really excited. The fact that it's wool and a double knit sounded like fun to work with, and I knew I could get a great-fitting garment out of it. When I made the pattern for the jacket, and I kept the silhouette relatively simple because of the bold pattern. As I was working with it, I was surprised by how much it was shrinking under the steam iron. I might recommend to someone else using this fabric to buy an extra 1/4 to 1/3 yard - to account for shrink as well as matching the stripes.

  • Bazaar Bizarre SF - Saturday December 1st & Sunday December 2nd

    November 29, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Come to the Bazaar Bizarre on Saturday December 1st & Sunday December 2nd 2012 11-6PM at the Concourse Exhibition Center East Hall, 620 Seventh St. (at Brannan), San Francisco, CA, Free to attend, and collectable tote bag to the first 200 people at the door each day! Join Bazaar Bizarre San Francisco as they celebrate our sixth year as a locally produced art and craft show. At Bazaar Bizarre San Francisco expect to find a Quality Handmade Market, DIY Workshops, a Crafty raffle, and more. Shop with over 200 of the best indie artists, designers and craftspeople, from designer plush to modern pottery, they have it all under one roof!


  • How to make a Vintage Frock without Sewing

    November 28, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    http://youtu.be/zcTykuBQVQI
    'Specially for those of us who have a stupendous fabric stash, a festive shindig to attend, and little time, The Great Drapo shows us how to construct a vintage frock without a lick of sewing…or even any straight pins! The Great Drapo, AKA Alphonse Bergé and an ex-London window display designer appeared as the Great Drapo for millions of visitors to the New York World's Fair. You can read more about him in this LIFE Magazine article circa August 1940. We adore the last gown; an elegant, one-shouldered bridal gown for any last minute city hall shotgun wedding!


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