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  • Retro Car Coat Pattern from BurdaStyle

    October 12, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Originally published in the BurdaStyle July 1952 issue, this car coat pattern 10/2012 #134 is both elegant and comfortable! Retro detailing included gathered raglan seams, a gathered back yoke, and snappy angled slashed pockets. We love the sweet rounded collar. Make it in this casual yet chic Italian black and winter white wool tweed, and get ready for relaxed Sunday afternoons whale-watching while sipping hot spiced cider and cruising the bay. Reminder: all Britex Fabrics’ online wool coatings are on sale through October 22nd!

  • The Perks of Window Gazing Around Union Square

    October 11, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    One of the perks of being located in Union Square is the fabulous inspiration one gains from window gazing. Prada's impressive fall collection inspired us to check our shelves and tables for boldly colored geometric prints, and of course, we found some. Both the Green Geometric Silk Twill and the Magenta Geometric Silk Twill are now available online and currently ON SALE!

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  • Abstract Nude Necktie - Jenny

    October 9, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Uber talented Jenny from San Francisco’s This Humble Abode produced a marvelous necktie sewn of Italian cotton from Britex Fabrics. The print is a divine design of abstract nudes...perfect for date night or museum hopping, and the cotton lining in bright coral also was purchased at Britex fabrics. Each necktie is cut on the bias and sewn almost entirely by hand. Width is 3 1/4" inches which errs on narrow and is standard length.

  • Sew a Faux Fur Collar

    October 5, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    A mock fur collar is an elegant and dashing way to spiff up a cloth coat. Whip it up with this luxurious foxy orange faux fur from Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, line it with sleek satin, and snuggle in for a fashionable fall. This shawl collar pattern is made with BurdaStyle 08/2012 #103.

  • Keep an Eye Out for Our Upcoming Online Sale!

    October 5, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Autumn is here and winter is coming, and not a moment too soon! Shhh...our monthly online fabric sale starts Monday, October 8th and runs through Monday, October 22nd. Keep your eyes focused on our online store to discover which warm and wooly category will be on sale this time!

  • 1880s Frock Coat of Red Wool

    October 5, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Designer, pattern-maker, and bon vivant, Jeremy was inordinately humble when he emailed me the photo of the frock coat, waistcoat, and top hat that he created. He received a Specialization in Draping, Patternmaking and Fashion Design from the the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne in Paris, France, his MA in Costume Design , and BA in French at the University of Oklahoma. He has been designing since 2004 and sewing/tailoring since 1994; we are sorely tempted to as k him if he’d undertake our plum velveteen dream suit. The coat and vest are made with a self-drafted pattern from Britex Fabrics’ red wool which Jeremy said was, “...AMAZING wool! It was perfect “! The hat was constructed from the same silk taffeta as the lining of the frock coat, and is roughly from the 1880's. It is for a piece called "L'histoire du Soldat" (The Soldiers Tale) Choreographed by Professor James Clouser at the University of Arizona School of Dance. What a fine and debonair gentleman’s outfit.

  • Wool Melton Coat by Poppy Von Frohlich

    October 4, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    October's contributing designer is Trudy of Poppy Von Frohlich. Read on to learn about her first hand experience with our beautiful wool melton. "The coat is my own design and pattern.  I chose this rich Charcoal Melton and I accented it with a colorful Italian knit. The knit is backed with a silk organza that is fused and then blind stitched to the knit using the finest silk thread from Japan.  I lined the body in flannel and the sleeves in poly satin. The buttons are mock because I felt the knit would unravel if I cut buttonholes, so I used a hook/eye and some

  • Embroidered Benches by Miss Cross Stitch

    September 28, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    German artist and crafter, Miss Cross Stitch makes urban street embroidery. She said, “I looked at a park bench (with a metal grid) and thought, “That looks like a textile made for embroidering, why not embroider in a public space?” We concur, and love this circular love bench in Stuttgart!

  • Make a Wallet or a Sewing Needle Case

    September 28, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    The talented Ms. Jessyratfink from Oakland, CA made a fantabulous tutorial on how to make a wallet from oilcloth fabric. This bi-fold wallet will hold cash and up to six cards – perfect for any free-wheeling person about town. We would love to make one from some of our snazzy laminated cloth from the 4th floor! And if that isn’t enough, she came up with this tutorial for an uber useful sewing needle case – great for any aspiring or polished sewist! Embroiderers, beaders, darners...anyone who arms a sewing needle and thread would find this a practical and charming gift.

  • 30% Off In-Store Sale on Monday, Oct. 8th

    September 28, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Put on your sewing caps and start planning! Whether you are making a custom-tailored coat or holiday gifts, this is your opportunity to get the dreamiest top-quality fabrics way below regular price. Quench your need for textiles and notions during our storewide in-store ONE DAY sale, Monday, October 8 from 10 AM to 7 PM. Find all the in-store fabrics and notions you love at 30% off regular price. See you there! * Sale limited to stock on floor. Imported laces, velvets, and specialty items not included. No special orders, mail, online, or phone orders. Sorry, this offer isn't available online.

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