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  • Vintage Britex Advertising - 2012 Calendar

    December 9, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    We're bringing it all back! To celebrate our sixtieth anniversary, we have raided the Britex archive to bring you some of our favorite advertisements beginning in the 1960s. This 2012 calendar is full of history; together we can reminisce on the good old days when luxurious camel hair fabric was only $24.95 for a 3 yard panel , and sporty wide wale corduroy was only $1.95 per yard! This calendar is a delightful peek at vintage advertisements from Britex Fabrics. (Or receive a free 2012 Britex Fabrics calendar with any purchase over $100)

  • Reproduction 1849 Frock Coat - Jim

    December 9, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Jim of JimsForTheLoveOfHistory.Blogspot writes about his journey in tailoring frock coats, from a machine stitched starter coat, to the final hand-sewn reproduction 1849 black wool frock coat. He says that he choose to hand sew his garments because he enjoys the process, and used Britex Fabrics’ #50 weight silk thread for construction, and #30 weight silk thread for his buttonholes. This soft, three-ply, monofilament silk thread is the perfect thread for making hand-made buttonholes and fine tailoring techniques. It is pliant, has a deep lustrous sheen, and is an amazing pleasure to sew with. We love Jim’s concise list of six tips for tailoring; find the best possible materials, use an authentic pattern that is drafted from an original source, learn and practice basic tailoring techniques, study original coats, make a fitted muslin and correct to fit, this will be your final pattern, and finally, make the commitment to not cut corners.

  • 12/12/2011 - The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook Launch Party

    December 7, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Monday, December 12 from 5pm-9pm - Join BurdaStyle on Monday, December 12th from 5-9pm at TechShop SoMa for The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook Launch Party in San Francisco. Head over to our Britex Fabrics table for some seriously fashionable DIY holiday gift ideas for women, men and kids including a Cozy Slipper Demo with take home instructions for everyone....not to mention, the first 50 guests to arrive receive a free Clip-on Bow Tie Kit!
    Stop by for food, drinks, fun and activities: grab a seat at our Make + Take booth to whip up your own drawstring bag project with specially printed book cover fabric from Spoonflower and Renaissance Ribbons; test your luck at Bingo with our friends from ModCloth; grab some friends and jump in our photo booth; get creative with Instructables’ LEGO jewelry workshop. So mark your calendars for December 12th and meet us at TechShop SoMa – 926 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA for The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook San Francisco Launch Party! If you don't already know and love BurdaStyle, visit them! They are the best online sewing community out there.

  • Free Chef Hat Pattern for Everyone!

    November 23, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    All children should have the skills to hunt, forage and gather….well, at least bake a tasty and sturdy loaf of bread in style. YouCanMakeThis and Kimberbell Kids & Carla C Dolly Designs teamed up to design this nifty tutorial for a child’s chef’s hat, and while we can’t guarantee it will turn your wee one into a baking wizard, it is darn adorable. There is a pattern for a chef’s hat for grown-ups too....we can’t let the tykes have all the fun!

  • Britex Fabrics’ First Ever Day After Thanksgiving Sale! 11/25/2011

    November 22, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    11/25/2011 - regularly priced fabrics will be 20% off with our Day After Thanksgiving coupon. You must have a printed copy of your coupon, or show us the coupon on your smart phone, to receive the 20% sale price! A few limitations apply (call us at 415-392-2910 for sale limitation details) On Friday 11/25, we will be open our normal hours, 10 am to 6 pm. (We just don’t have it in our fabric-loving hearts to call it a Black Friday Sale)

  • Vintage Paper Doll for Thanksgiving

    November 18, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Here is a printable paper doll PDF, courtesy of the ever-charming GraphicsFairy. This holiday-themed toy is taken from a vintage early 1900s newspaper. GraphicsFairy suggests printing this out twice, once with cardstock, so that the doll is on a firmer paper and once with regular paper, for the outfits. Sigh! I long to dress as a be-feathered turkey next week…gobble, gobble, gobble.

  • The Waistcoat Club, Circa 1955

    November 18, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    We may have the Tweed Cycling Club and The Chap, however there was a predecessor to all this foppishness; The Waistcoat Club, London 1955. From the knowledgeable media folks at British Pathe, one of the oldest media companies in the world, here is a video newsreel clip illustrating the secret world of bespoke fashion and waistcoats.

  • Make 1" Single-Fold Bias Tape!

    November 17, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Carla, from ScientificSeamstress and molecular biologist turned patternmaker, developed this rockin’ tutorial for making 1" single-fold bias tape, and points out that it is but one fold away from being 0.5" wide double-fold bias tape, which is incredibly useful for binding and finishing edges. Make some in a contrasting print to accent necklines, aprons, a child’s frock, baby bibs….let your imagination run wild!

  • SF Tweed, Cyclist Club par Excellence!

    November 17, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Drat! We missed the last SF Tweed ride, however ‘tis never too early to prepare for 2012. We have a plethora of tweed fabrics at Britex Fabrics, ready to be sewn into wooly dapper attire…capes, Norfolk jackets, riding suits, smoking jackets (pipe optional)! According to SF Tweed, we are “a rare breed of cyclist — ladies and gents who refuse to endure anymore spandex! For us there is nothing better than a spin through our fair streets in the finest most dapper attire. As we are courteous, we do not look down on our more pedestrian fellows. SF Tweed will embrace all forms of Tweed Culture: from cycling to croquet outings to picnics — anywhere there is a spot of tea available. If you yourself are hosting an event where tweed would be welcome please let us know!” (photo from Boston Tweed Run, 2010)

  • Sew a Satin Stole!

    November 16, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Who doesn’t need a satin stole for glamorous nights on the town? Make this wrap in midnight black silk satin, with the reverse in deep crimson for rabble-rousing, or in gleaming silver satin for sedate nights with Carmen at the opera. This easy-to-make stole is brought to us by the talented Don at Weekend Designer.
    L'oiseau que tu croyais surprendre
    Battit de l'aile et s'envola;
    L'amour est loin, tu peux l'attendre;
    Tu ne l'attend plus, il est là!
    Tout autour de toi vite, vite,
    Il vient, s'en va, puis il revient!
    Tu crois le tenir, il t'évite;
    Tu crois l'éviter, il te tient!
    L'amour, l'amour, l'amour, l'amour!”

    (Carmen by Bizet)

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