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  • Brilliantly Colored Flannel Baby Quilt

    November 6, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Babies are bursting out all over, and one tenacious infant held off through weeks of false labor only to arrive on Avery’s birthday! Avery made the stubborn wee one a bright quilt incorporating Britex Fabrics’ flannel. Loosely based upon the old-fashioned log cabin pattern, this quilt is filled with low-loft cotton batting, and tied with orange embroidery floss. We love the googly eyed owls and wacky stripes, combined with bubbly polka dots.


  • Vintage Shearling Meets German Woven Leather Buttons - Ben

    November 6, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    The average winter snowfall for Wichita, Kansas is 14.5”, and thanks to Britex Fabrics’ German woven leather buttons and his vintage coat, Ben is now prepared. He said, “I finally got my coat back and it’s looking sharp! Thanks again for those buttons. Just wanted to thank you guys for a speedy delivery and I love your great selection! Getting my vintage shearling coat fixed with those hard to find leather buttons you have. Thanks, and happy holidays!” Aw...you’re looking sharp, and we love you too Ben.


  • Creating a Display at Britex Fabrics

    November 2, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Leslie from Britex Fabrics’ 3rd floor notions department, drapes and gussies up a display mannequin with pink metal chains. Leslie is also a clothing designer and seamstress – creating unique, beautiful flowing garments. (Photo by Kristin from Britex Fabrics)


  • Black & White Wool Houndstooth Shirt by Scissors & Cloth

    October 31, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    We’re so fortunate to have such talented and sweet-natured tailors in San Francisco! Carlos is from Scissors & Cloth; they build couture collared dress shirts, each hand-draped, hand-cut and handcrafted through various classic and modern shirt-making techniques. My goal is to provide exceptional customer service through one on one appointments in my downtown, underground shirt-making workshop. Each client is personally hand-draped with muslin to find that perfect fit.  Once the fabric is smoothed over all shapes of the upper torso, all seams are then drawn in using chalk, including the yoke, neckhole, armhole, side seams and hem.  This gives me an accurate pattern to work from. The muslin is then transferred over to paper and the patternmaking process begins.  I build as many samples that I need to until the client is happy with the fit. Once the fit is deemed perfect, I go to work on the final piece. Patterns are then filed away for future use. Britex Fabrics and Scissors & Cloth collaborated over a length of classic black and white houndstooth wool fabric to come up with this warm and spiffy shirt. Contributing designer Carlos says, “I chose to work with a wool hounds-tooth because of its sheer classic beauty.  However, any fabrics with patterns can be more time consuming to work with.   As far as working with patterns goes, I typically cut each piece one at time, even if there are multiples of the same pattern. Take the yoke for instance, I start by placing my yoke pattern on one piece of fabric, trace around it, then cut out the piece.  I then take that cut piece and lay that down on more fabric while matching up all the patterns on the fabric to the first yoke.  If done precisely, the first yoke blends into the fabric pattern so beautifully that you cannot tell that there are two pieces.  This can be very time consuming but your guaranteed identical pattern pieces, which makes the end product that much nicer. Another issue I came across were raw edges that were fraying.  To better deal with this, any time I cut a pattern piece, I always ran a 1/4 stitch line around my fabric pattern pieces so that the fraying would not run over my 3/8" seam allowance. “

  • Color Theory Geek Fabric

    October 30, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    We love typography and color. HEX, RGB, palettes, Munsell, pixels, hue, Pantone saturation, value, tone…bring it on! ‘Specially for design geeks, Britex Fabrics just received this groove-tastic cotton fabric from Italy. It is 57” wide, and costs $39.99 per 24” panel – available on the 2nd floor, or by phone at 415-392-2910. Nate wants to make a swirly gathered skirt and Avery imagines a spiffy scarf; what would you make?


  • All Hallows' Eve Fascinator by Kristin

    October 30, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Kristin is nonplussed by the enormous furry spider perched upon her head. She made this spooky All Hallows' Evening fascinator with Britex Russian netting, sequins and other notions...the cheery spider just tagged along for the fashion ride and is not available at Britex.


  • Mister Frank - A Suave Winter Hat

    October 24, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    We’d like to introduce the toasty Mister Frank. The Alpine-influenced Frank is created by local milliner, Deanne Gibbons. This style is a warm cozy sewn hat with button down, ear flaps for cold weather. The lining fabrics were purchased at Britex, the yellow is wide weave silk/wool blend and the orange is a silk with a herringbone pattern, the brown face fabric is a woven Angora.


  • 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.

     

     


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