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  • Sugary Pink & White Dress - Nima

    November 16, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    With a crown of Venise lace & bell-shaped skirt, this amazing sugary pink and snowy white dress designed by artiste Nima Shiraz, is fit for any member of royalty....even queenly chanteuse Googoosh. Nima says the dress was constructed using hoop cage materials, Chantilly lace, trims, crepe de chine, pearls & leaves from Britex Fabrics. Gorgeous copyright image courtesy of Scott Marrs Photography. Model, Ashley Valentine.


  • The Corduroy Appreciation Club and 11/11/11

    November 10, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    All hail to the wale…..unfurl your corduroy attire! 11/11/11 is 5th Annual 1111 Grand Meeting of The Corduroy Appreciation Club. Emulating old, secret societies and social clubs, the Corduroy Appreciation Club seeks to create a community and, in turn, a sense of fellowship rooted in the historic and culturally significant fabric known as Corduroy. As a social club, the CAC has membership cards, traditions, bylaws, strange rituals, a secret handshake and meetings. Meetings of the CAC occur only on dates which resemble Corduroy and 11/11/11 is special indeed! Members must wear at least TWO ITEMS of Corduroy at meetings, effectively referred to as the “Two Item Rule.” The Corduroy Appreciation Club wishes to cultivate good fellowship by the advancement of Corduroy awareness, as well as, understanding, celebration, and commemoration of the fabric and all related items. Now, all I need is a butterscotch, wide-wale corduroy three-piece suit, a cream club-collared linen shirt, a cobalt blue corduroy driver’s cap and pointy-toed brown and cobalt blue cowboy boots.


  • Bow Tie Contest - Ends 12/31/2011

    November 8, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Bow Tie Contest Hey all you swanky dudes and dudettes! 598 folks have downloaded BurdaStyle’s bow tie PDF since we posted it on November 2010. That is 598 dandies, wearing 598 suave neck-ties....amazing! Show the love, and email M. Du Jour at Britex Fabrics photos of you wearing your self-made bow ties! All bow tie hardware is available on Britex fabrics' 3rd floor, and is available by in-store or mail (415-392-2910.) This contest runs through New Years Eve, 2012. The grand prize winner will be based upon their creativity, verve, and all-out fabulousness!


  • Alpaca Herringbone Fabric (Made in USA)

    November 8, 2011 by Britex Fabrics


    This classic natural herringbone fabric is special, as it is made from the fleece of a delightful Alpaca named Lexus (or maybe from one of her herd-mates!) Alpaca is a soft, lustrous fiber that is warmer and lighter than wool and is so soft it can be worn next to your skin. Alpaca is also hypo-allergenic and has the ability to wick away moisture. I love this fabric’s buttery soft feel. Either the tan and natural, or the black and natural would make a spectacular unstructured jacket, or tailored waistcoat for fall. This fabric can now be found in Britex Fabrics' online store, and is 45” wide/$225.00 a yard.


  • Japanese Harajuku Style Doll Clothing

    October 21, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    We don’t often call doll clothing dapper, but this black and white outfit made by Cinnamon of Liberty Jane Clothing is as dapper as can be. The outfit is inspired by Japanese Harajuku style, and is a delightful mash-up of British Victorian fop and modern goth. The Britex Fabrics lace trim used on the bloomers is a 1/2" wide black Venise edging lace, perfect for doll clothing! Now, if she would just make this très fashionable suit in my size…….


  • Sew Bird Wings for All Hallows Eve!

    October 21, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Just in time for All Hallows Eve, Natasha from NattyJaneSews has a tutorial for swoopingly fabulous bird wings. Natasha says, “Flamingo, parrot, toucan, imaginary technicolor falcon! The possibilities are as endless as your imagination.” She made these flapping wings with polyester satin -- it would be fun to layer sheer organza on top of the satin for additional lightness! I’d love to make a pair in shades of brown with a brick red underside, and chirp show tunes while handing out sweets.


  • Sweeping Full-Length Wool Coat Pattern

    October 19, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    This is a C-O-A-T. We adore everything about it...the splendidly wide lapels...the ankle sweeping length...the snuggly patch pockets...the chic double-breasted front. This classic coat cries urban tundra like nothing else; make it in an Italian military blue wool, fasten it with stoic bronze metal buttons, and for a hint of scandal…line it in decadent scarlet silk. Pattern #107 by BurdaStyle.


  • Delicate Ribbon Flowers with Curled Edges

    October 19, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Michele from Ifanhour made these classic and delicate hair ornaments from lovely ribbons, pearls and feathers from Britex Fabrics. She says, “I'm all about silk and natural, but, this is a unique opportunity for polyester. I discovered you can cut up polyester, acetate, "blend" ribbons, and delicately "dodge" the raw edges in a tea light flame to create curled edge ribbons. Stitch together, add embellishments (pearls, rhinestones, feathers, etc.) and......floral nirvana.” We love the dark and simply finished edges, and rich array of brilliant, yet soft colors.


  • Leopard Dress & Cotton Piqué Dress - Shirley

    October 19, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Shirley made these two dresses from Britex Fabrics. She says, “The dress itself is leopard print silk chiffon (a 2 3/8 yd remnant) with an overlay of your finest lace (a 7/8 yd remnant), lined in silk. I bought a Vogue shirt pattern for the sleeve cap and armhole shapes, then made the actual pattern in order to get the shape I wanted. The total cost was approximately $180 (the lace!), but it was inspired by a magazine photo of a Valentino dress that retailed for $4490...........not only a major savings, but I like mine much better! I've also included another Britex project from this summer. I recently wore this in the store, and of course, everyone recognized the fabric. I got so many compliments!” The black and white cotton dress is made from a lovely ribbed, cotton piqué fabric has a decidedly graphic feel; with a black and white pattern of varying sized rectangles, this design is reminiscent of skyscraper windows or city street maps (available in our online store!) We love how Shirley paired it with a bright yellow cardigan.


  • Alençon Lace Boloro - Michele

    October 7, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Michele created this ethereal bolero with Alençon lace trim from Britex Fabrics. She notes that the shaping darts are hidden by lace to create a seamless look in sheer organza. We love the delicate gossamer effect, and the way the flowers spill gracefully over the shoulder.


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