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  • Who Loves Spats-Spats? (Craft Bar & Britex Fabrics do!)

    September 16, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    We love spats-spats! Here are photographs taken by the über talented Kate from September’s Craft Bar at The Museum of Craft and Folk Art. These stylin’ spats were made by local dandies with Britex Fabrics’ oilcloth and buttons. These colorful, charming and practical ankle-high protectors will come in handy during San Francisco’s upcoming rainy reason!

  • Quilting for Kids in Texas!

    September 7, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Attention all quilters in the Bay area and beyond! Heather from Modern Day Quilts has organized a movement to assist folks in central Texas who have been affected by the recent fires. She says, “Families have lost everything, let us start to rebuild their lives with a quilt. This weekend in central Texas, hundreds of people have lost their homes, families have lost everything. This is where I live...Quilts should be at least 45” x 60”, although twin size bed quilts are encouraged. Please ship quilts to Valli & Kim Quilt Shop, Attn: Wildfire Quilts, 700 West Highway 290, Dripping Springs, TX 78620. If you have questions, please email me at” If you are in Austin, she’ll pick the quilt up, just send her an email.” (restful blue quilt made by Sarah from FairyFaceDesigns in Ireland)

  • Free! Little Black Dress Pattern Inspired by Hepburn & Givenchy

    September 7, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Elaine, otherwise known by the moniker of The Selfish Seamstress, says that she loves to design and sew garments, but only if she gets to keep them. What a greedy gal! Although she likes to swagger and say that she is tough as nails, we don’t think she is as selfish as all that; look at this free downloadable PDF sewing pattern she has on her blog! She says, “This is a pattern for a dress inspired by Hubert de Givenchy’s gown worn by Audrey Hepburn in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s….. The dress is a lined sheath with armhole princess seams on the front bodice, darted skirt, darted back, and side invisible zipper.” We adore the elegant back, with its unique cut-out shaping that mimics swooping butterfly wings, and know the perfect black stretch wool tricotine it sew it in!

  • Jackets from Italian Tweed - Amanda

    August 31, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Amanda visited Britex Fabrics all the way from Ely, United Kingdom, and bought two jacket lengths of Italian wool tweed to make jackets for her children. One of them was this Italian olive and turquoise tweed wool blend. and the other was another coloration of this luscious tweed fabric. She used Vogue patterns, and we think they turned out superbly! We especially love the red buttonholes, which act as a charming foil to the blues.

  • Make Snazzy Spats at Craft Bar - 9/1/2011

    August 30, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    CRAFT BAR with ETSY LABS - Thursday September 1 - 6-8pm! Where: Museum of Craft and Folk Art, 51 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, Ca 94103. September's CRAFT BAR is sure to delight the dressiest of dandies and dandizettes! Join us in welcoming back local favorites Britex Fabrics, whose fashionable staff will teach you how to make your very own pair of spats. Choose from beautiful fabrics provided by Britex, learn the basics of hand sewing and construction, and get inspiration from the Museum of Craft and Folk Art's gallery. After this CRAFT BAR, you're guaranteed to want to strut through town looking snappier than ever in bespoke spats. $5 includes admission, tips and tricks. Drinks kindly provided by local (and MOCFA) favorite Trumer Pils.

  • Britex is Closed on Labor Day

    August 30, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics will be closed Monday, September 5th for Labor Day.

  • 5' Long Hot Pink Zipper = A Vibrant Guiter Case! (by Aniyia)

    August 26, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    What do you do with a 5' long hot pink zipper? Aniyia crafted this joyously vibrant guitar case from Britex Fabrics’ goods; one hot pink zipper, cushy batting, and sturdy strap materials.....all from Britex! She says, “I couldn't have done it without you ♥”

  • Quilt of Mossy Green & Plumy Purple - Mel

    August 26, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    From Britex Fabrics to Mickey; Melody machine-sewed this exquisite quilt, and Sharman picked out the charming Japanese focus print. This friendship quilt is constructed of a lively mélange of mossy green and plumy purple fabrics, with the patterns of each swirling square being reminiscent of an open camera aperture. The quilt is 44.5” by 61”, and took Melody 173 hours to complete.

  • Using Antique Patterns - Men's Outing Shirt

    August 26, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    We love how Andrea at Unsung Sewing Patterns: an archeology of home sewing reconstructed this 1898 men’s shirt pattern in tracing paper, and then stitched it up in working person’s blue chambray. She used Cosmopolitan Fashion Company 655 - Men's Outing Shirt for this fascinating glimpse into the world of antique commercial sewing patterns. Typical for patterns of this era, it came with minimal instructions. I adore the hip gussets; they add a wonderful detailed touch!

  • Make a Chic Birdcage Veiling Hat!

    August 11, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Amber and Brandi of Hip Hostess, and our hostess’ with the mostest created a cunning bridal birdcage veil…and then graciously shared the tutorial! This confection is fashioned with Russian veiling, silk organza and feathers. You could just as easily make this millinery bon mot for other occasions; it would be a chic chapeau in dove grey netting, with black feathers and a gleaming silvery silk flower......perfect to wear to the opera!

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