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  • Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 with the V&A

    July 27, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Glamour-rama! We may not be able to make it to the V & A, but we can daydream. In this video by the Victoria & Albert Museum, we are privy to interviews with designers Nicholas Oakwell, Bruce Oldfield, David Sassoon, Mary Katrantzou and Roksanda Illincic as they examine the significance of the ballgown, and what it is to be truly gorgeously, over-the-top glamorous.


  • Fashion Institute of Technology Online Museum

    July 26, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Is it another restless night in the smoldering summer heat? The online collection of the museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology has expanded! Pour yourself a glass of icy orangeade, curl up with your laptop, and prepare to take a virtual voyage through the world of couture fashion. Collections include the 18th and 19th Century, 1900s, 1920s and 1930s. 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, Accessories, and Menswear. Sigh...were these dapper suits worn in 2012 by your local barista, or are they circa 1850?


  • Pinterest-Themed Pincushion

    July 26, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Onel from the bilingual craft blog Onelmon: crafting experiments (crafting in English and Indonesian) made this snappy tutorial for a Pinterest themed pincushion. Ironic , clever, and sharp....what more could any seamstress want?


  • Craft Bar at MOCFA on Thursday, August 2nd

    July 25, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Join Britex Fabrics and the Museum of Craft and Folk on Thursday, August 2nd from 6 - 8 PM with CRAFT BAR, at 51 Yerba Buena Lane, SF, CA. (@ Mission between Third & Fourth) This month's craft workshop project is a hand-sewn Cloth Tool Kit, good for all crafters from sewers, to book binders, to knitters. $5 includes admission and materials. RSVP: craftbar [at] mocfa.org. For those who prefer less structure, there is also a Stitch and Bitch area to continue projects or start new ones. Trumer Pils provides refreshments and Britex Fabrics provides materials. Take inspiration from the Museum Gallery and the Store while you explore the creative process @ CRAFT BAR!


  • Chic Winter White Vintage-Style Raincoat

    July 23, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    What a glamour-puss! Karen from the blog Fifty Dresses: Sewing classic fashions from mid-century patterns made a sophisticated raincoat using Vintage Vogue pattern 9232 (circa 1957), and imported rainwear fabric from Britex Fabrics’ online store. The fabric is a chic winter white, made in France, an acetate/rayon blend, and water-resistant. We love the detailing that Karen included, including the bound buttonhole, the glass button, and the clever hidden tap closure.


  • How to Make Wool Felt

    July 19, 2012 by Britex Fabrics


  • Armhole Fitting Tips

    July 19, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Have you ever used a commercial pattern and been frustrated by unwieldy armhole fit; a too loose fit can cause the entire bodice to fit badly. Marina of the couture sewing blog, Frabjous: Couture presents some tips on armhole depth. She says, “I wanted to focus on sleeve fitting, and the correct armhole shape and size is very important.” For additional instruction, Marina recommends this article from Threads magazine by Sarah. My personal armhole fitting tip has been to use a modified princess seam with the front bodice. This works wonders in closing armhole gape when fitting waistcoats; the bodice will be cut in two pieces...a front piece and a side panel. The fitting seam starts at the lower armhole and ends at the hem, approximately 6” from the side seam. This modified princess seam corrects unseemly gaping and ensures a smooth fit.


  • Emma Peel - Catsuit by Britex Fabrics

    July 18, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics was pleased as punch to have a mitt in clothing the fabulously witty and athletic Mrs. Emma Peel for the recent Comic-Con in San Diego. As Mrs. Peel can attest, catsuits are both comfortable and fashion forward; she ended up using cotton/lycra and rayon/lycra fabric from Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor for her dashing ensemble. (Photography by Scott Sebring)


  • Onesies with Neckties

    July 18, 2012 by Britex Fabrics


  • A Dior Dart Constructed

    July 13, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Sherry from the Australian blog Pattern Scissors Cloth describes a Dior dart, and includes a step-by-step tutorial on creating this flattering couture detail. A Dior dart is a short bust dart that extends from a bodice side front panel seam, often occurs in fitted tops and dresses from the sixties, and we hope is making a much needed comeback!


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