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  • Making a Shirt Placket

    January 3, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Pam from off-the-cuff-style has helpfully posted a page from a vintage sewing book, "Dressmaking Made Easy", 1941, McCall Corporation, on making two piece sleeve plackets. She says, “This is the way I was trained to sew a sleeve placket (also known as a "gauntlet") by my mentor, an "old world" Tailor with exacting standards of excellence. I still use this method almost every time...a placket with 2 separate pieces, the overlap and underlap. By using 2 pieces, I find I have more control to fold and press most accurately. Additionally a 2-piece placket offers more design opportunities, such as using different fabrics for the over and underlap....even changing the top (peak) of the overlap...perhaps making it square, curved (rounded), and more.” We love these plackets for the debonair touch it adds to shirt sleeves, and are enormously enamored of making ours with a contrasting scrap of fabric; wee bits of flowered Liberty of London cotton lawn are perfect for this purpose!

  • Missoni Knit Summer Frock - Paule

    December 30, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Paule from Quebec writes, “A lovely and extremely comfortable dress made from Missoni knit brought back to Quebec City from a trip to San Francisco this summer. Thank you Britex for these great fabrics!” We love the rich warm stripes, ranging in shades from raspberry, to rust, to taupe, to rose..…all interspersed with black. What a winsome summer frock!

  • New Years Eve Hours, 2011

    December 29, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics will close at 4pm on New Years Eve, Saturday December 31st, 2011. Have a wonderful New Year!

  • Sale - Imported Silk Velvet Panels for New Years Eve!

    December 29, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    These silk scarves are exquisite, and would be très stunning thrown over a black sheath dress and worn to a New Years Eve party. Imported from romantic Italy, they are beautifully drapable, infused with gorgeously rich colors, and soft as a kitten’s belly. These are glamorously perfect for sipping champagne by candlelight! And for New Years Eve, we have marked them down for Britex Fabrics customers; mention that you read about this special on our blog or Facebook page, and buy a silk panel for $150 (normally $195). Each panel is approximately 1 ½ yards long, by 54” wide, and found on the 1st floor of Britex Fabrics in San Francisco. This special price is good Wednesday, December 28th to Saturday, December 31st!

  • Simon Loves Britex Fabrics!

    December 28, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

  • Holiday Sweater, OpenTable & Britex

    December 23, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    What a cheerful duo! Erin and her boss at OpenTable made this wacky holiday sweater for the company holiday party, using Britex Fabrics materials. Notice that their URL is this really and truly an inside job? I guess we’d better be on our best behavior if we run into them around town.

  • Wooden Trains with Britex Button Wheels

    December 20, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Over 1,000 folks made crafts at the Randall Museum during their Holiday Craft Day on December 3rd. Britex Fabrics was pleased to help out with a donation of 1,200 buttons, which were used by the children as train wheels on the wooden trains that they crafted in the museum's woodshop. The Randall Museum is owned and operated by the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department, and features a live animal exhibit, a woodshop, art and ceramics studios, a lapidary workshop, a 188-seat theater, a greenhouse, and gardens.

  • Brian Boitano & Britex Fabrics

    December 20, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Brian Boitano is an Olympic gold medal figure skater, acclaimed chef, San Francisco local, and.....South Park hero! He also shops at Britex Fabrics for his snappy attire. We’re loving these stunning fitted shirts, made with fabric from Britex.

  • Felt Hedgehog Decoration

    December 14, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    I’ve been longing for hedgehogs; their cute stubby paws, upturned snouts, twinkling eyes, and snuggly bushy ‘do. I’m thrilled that I can get my hedgehog fix with this easy-peasy tutorial for a winsome hedgehog felt decoration by Kali over at Totally Stitchin and Baby Lock. Can you imagine a pine wreath festooned with dozens of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkles?

  • Crocheted Head Spikes!

    December 13, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Roarrrrr……is it a monster or is it a rooster? Emily from TheBoyTrifecta has instructions for crocheting head spikes....and what developing monster child doesn’t need head spikes? Head spikes keep ones noggin toasty, and are the perfect addendum to any winter cap (they can be easily modified for heads of all sizes….perhaps your favorite banker or librarian needs one this season)

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