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  • Silk Brocade Sheath Cocktail Dress - Carol

    October 23, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Carol wrote us recently looking for silk chiffons and brocades to make some new dressy holiday raiment. She mentioned that she’d visited Britex earlier this year, and that James had helped her with a length of icy blue Japanese brocade. She sent us a photo of her blue brocade sheath dress. She said, “The photos really do not do it justice.  It is so beautiful on, in part because as one moves, the material subtly changes color and has a satiny glow.  I used a simple Vogue sheath pattern which came together perfectly; the longitudinal seams did a great job shaping the dress and matched the weight of the material nicely.” We’re sure that this glamorous dress would be a hit at any cocktail party or gathering.


  • Embroider a Collar with Elves!

    October 22, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    We adore this sweetly playful embroidered collar! Charlotte from Tuppence Ha'penny: my little vintage world got a bug in her ear, and came up with this.  She says, “I'm using pure silk thread. This time I'm using only a single thickness though, which makes the work more time consuming and requires more accuracy, but because of the amount of detail to the design I thought it was best.” Although she didn’t provide the transfer pattern, we found a plethora of free vintage patterns on the Vintage Embroidery Patterns group on Flickr...from giraffes, to fully opened roses, to wise owls. We’re partial to this set with its dancing pigs, gossiping mice and tip-toeing elf!


  • 27 New Blazer Button Styles

    October 22, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics’ online store just received 27 new styles of blazer buttons. These are from an American company that has been in business since 1812...or 200 years! These stamped metal buttons are crafted with fine engraving tools to make individual dies, and are made to order. This American company even has a smudge of Hollywood glamour; they manufactured the buttons for the crew members in the movie, Titanic.  These high quality metal blazer buttons come in a multitude of finishes, including matte silver, antique silver, gunmetal, brass (gold), and antique gold. Our favorite is the one that is embossed with the USS Constitution, AKA "Old Ironsides", which was  launched in 1797 and is the world's oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat.

     

     


  • Online Sale of Wool Coating Fabrics Ends Monday the 22nd!

    October 19, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    SALE END REMINDER: Online sale ends this coming Monday, 10/22/2012! 20% Off Online Sale: Enjoy 20% savings on the entire online Wool Coating Fabrics category! We all need warmth, and Britex turns up the heat with a plethora of soft wool coatings that will keep your limbs toasty even in the gloomiest weather. Our double-faced woolen fabric will keep you fashionable both inside and out, while our dense Melton wool will be perfect made into a military-style fitted coat. Find coatings such as meltons,  herringbone weaves, bouclés, alpaca/wool blends and so many more. (This sale is good for online Coating Wool Fabrics fabrics only – in-store coating Wool Fabrics are not included in this sale)


  • Free Friday - Men's Double-Breasted Coat Pattern from BurdaStyle

    October 19, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Yay BurdaStyle for free pattern Fridays, and this absolutely terrific free menswear coat pattern! We love the stand-up collar and double-breasted styling, with eight buttons parading up the front.  Make it in Britex Fabrics’ midweight Shetland wool coating, in a classic forest green and black large scale Shetland plaid. 100% wool, 58" wide, and on sale for $31.99 per yard until Monday, October 22nd. This pattern is free from BurdaStyle through Friday, October 19th.


  • Free Victorian Needlework Patterns

    October 18, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    The Antique Pattern Library has scads of PDFs of charming original vintage hand-stitching patterns. Everything looks betters when festooned with frolicking picnickers, chubby cherubs and graceful leaf borders; we adore this collection of Victorian-style designs, with netting , filet crochet, and cross-stitch instructions. Filet-Arbeiten, Heft III by Marie Niedner, c. 1921. Scans donated by Sytske Wijnsma and edited Judith Adele 2006. Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics' 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.


  • Fashion Incubator SF Filling New Designer in Residence Spots

    October 18, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Designers Tony Sananikone (left), Bethany Meuleners, Justin Jamison and Tamara Jaric watch models show off some of their designs during the first SF Fashion Incubator show at Maiden Lane in San Francisco. Photo: Jason Henry, Special To The Chronicle / SF

    The Fashion Incubator San Francisco (FISF) is now accepting applications for six new Designers in Residence for its second annual session which begins February 5, 2013.

    The year-long program nurtures and mentors promising local design talent and provides them with the tools and resources needed to establish and grow businesses of their own.  FISF offers training in business operations, sales, marketing, branding and merchandising from experts in the San Francisco fashion and economic development communities.

    Application deadline is Friday, November 30, 2012 at 5 p.m. PST. Applications are available on the FISF website, where submission details are provided.


  • The Britex Fabrics 60th Anniversary Tote Travels to Project Runway

    October 17, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics made a surprise appearance on Project Runway Episode 13 with San Francisco favorite Melissa Fleis. Douglas, from Britex Fabrics’ 1st floor, has worked with Melissa through the years; he says she is lovely and has a “great sense of style”! Where is Britex? Our iconic 60th anniversary tote bag surreptitiously hangs on a wall rack in the background as Tim Gunn critiques her work.


  • Donkey Silk Necktie Bowtie from Britex Fabrics' Fabric

    October 17, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Avery from Britex made this dapper clip-on bow tie last night from Britex Fabrics’ necktie silk fabric. We love the wee silvery grey donkeys.  A selection of necktie silk fabrics are available on the 1st floor and in our online store.


  • Free 1790s Men's Coat Pattern

    October 12, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    The folks at the Costume and Textiles Department at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)worked with Thomas John Bernard, a theatrical costume designer, to draft several men’s clothing patterns, including this man’s coat. Originally made in France of silk and cotton plain weave and silk satin stripes (c. 1790-95), we crave this in rich purple matte iridescent silk satin fabric....marvelous for a starry late night riverside tea party. Download this PDF for an annotated pattern.


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