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  • Carcoal Grey Back to School Frock - Nicole

    September 20, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Nicole from the Bay area blog, Nicole At Home made a back to school frock from Britex Fabrics’ fabric – a charcoal grey, heavy-weight cotton and a burgundy Bemberg fabrics (both from the remnants department.) She used Vogue pattern V8755, with some variations including adding on-seam pockets...for caramels and school supplies. She also used the lining to create the hem. She says, “I can't say enough about Bemberg lining fabric. Like poly, it still frays like crazy and is pretty slippery, but it irons wonderfully, is breathable and feels wonderfully soft against your skin. I'm ready for school--I just need my laser pointer and high heels!” We love this dress – it is fashionable and comfortable at the same time, qualities that can be dichotomous.


  • Felt Eyeball Pincushion

    September 19, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    At Britex Fabrics we get many fabric requests, from staid grey flannel, to wacky Burning Man blue fur, to romantic Chantilly lace. Today, someone asked us for fabric with eyeballs on it, which started a Britex mad quest for optically themed fabric. In the process, we stumbled across this nifty detailed tutorial from Ohioan Jen for an eyeball pincushion. Made with felt, floss, and pins (available at Britex), this might be the perfect Halloween trinket for your favorite seamstress or craftster!


  • How to Draft a Peplum

    September 18, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Put a peplum on it! Peplums have been worn for centuries; the word originates from the ancient Greek garment, the peplos. We’re partial to wearing them in conjunction with elbow length gloves, elegant chapeaus, dramatically glamorous vintage suits, cobblestones, and Paris river walkways. BurdaStye has a detailed tutorial on drafting and adding a peplum to a garment...now all we need is Paris!


  • Renaissance Themed Wedding - Nancy

    September 18, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    We’re always pleased to hear back from customers with the results of their sewing projects made from Britex Fabrics’ goods! It is amazing to watch the transformation of flat folded fabric to garments and home decorating projects. Nancy from the sewing blog, The Dressmaker’s Muse spent the better part of May, June, and July making clothing for a Renaissance themed wedding. She made a daunting 75 garments to clothe 20 of the 24 participants, including the bride, groom, men and ladies in waiting, children, and parents. When she bought 10 yards of georgette from Britex Fabrics’ online store, I asked her to send me photos once she was done – the georgette was used in the sleeves of the bride and bridesmaids and the full length hooded cape worn by the bride. She said, “Your georgette was lovely to work with, and draped as beautifully and dramatically I had hoped.”


  • Winter Coat Sew-Along!

    September 18, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    The superbly multi-faceted Gertie from Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing: A Modern Homage to Vogue’s New Book for Better Sewing [Published 1952] is hosting another coat sew-along! Join her and her online sewing community as they learn the intricacies of constructing a winter coat. The pattern for the sew-along is vintage-inspired (and designed by Gertie herself!) Butterick 5824 – a glamorous shawl-collared, double-breasted number. Britex carries everything you’ll need for this project, including luscious coatings, sublime linings, snazzy buttons, and Butterick patterns. We’d love to make it in this spicy Dijon wool coating – perfect for a visit to the upcoming Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance exhibit at the De Young Museum.


  • Convert a Sweater into a Cardigan!

    September 5, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Delia made this nifty tutorial at IAmMomaHearMeRoar on converting a sweater into a cardigan. What a great idea for taking a beloved sweater that might be a wee bit worn, outdated, or ill-fitting and spiffing it up. Grab a few unique buttons and a bit of fabric (we like using grosgrain ribbon for a decidedly retro look!), and go to town. P.S. As we all know, cardigans aren’t only for librarians.


  • Glamorous Taupe Lace Dress - SewingOutLoud

    September 5, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    The talented seamstress from the blog SewingOutLoud made this ethereal lace frock out of opaque white fine stretch jersey knit and taupe lace fabric from Britex Fabrics. We’ll just let her speak for herself, “Be that as it may, it’s that same feeling of romance and nostalgia that I was looking to elicit with this project: a confluence of classic and ageless, yet bygone times when memoirs were penned in diaries and flipping the page involved more than a mere click of the mouse. With this in mind, clearly there was only one place to start with my project…lace. For some reason, whenever I see lace fabric, I feel like reciting poetry”...and we agree. She used BurdaStyles’ Ruched Sheath Dress 05/2012 #112; we love the elegant wide neckline and the 3/4 length sleeves, and her sweetly glamorous smile completes the outfit!


  • Designer Spotlight Series - Menswear & Shirtmaking Event, Sept. 20th

    September 5, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Designer Spotlight Series - Menswear & Shirtmaking, Britex Fabrics, Thursday, September 20 from 7 - 9 PM. Who hasn't dreamed of wearing a custom-made three-piece suit?! Make mine in purple velvet! Everyone will find tailors to suit their every angle and curve at this special 60th anniversary design community event. Join us for festive evenings of mingling with some of our favorite designers, dressmakers and tailors. Choose the perfect collaborator for your custom garment, from an array of top-notch talent--and bring your ideas to life. Designers and tailors include Carlos Morin of Scissors & Cloth, DeAnna Gibbons Millinery, Escobar Tailors, Duchess Clothier, and Al’s Attire. Please RSVP for this event by calling the store at (415) 392-2910 or by sending an email to rsvp@britexfabrics.com.


  • Make a Peplumed Jacket for Fall

    August 31, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    BurdayStyle’s new jacket pattern, Novelty Jacket #119 is sweetly tailored. We love the vintage details, including the rounded Peter Pan collar and the flatteringly chic peplum. Take advantage of Britex Fabrics’ online wool suiting sale; sew it up for fall in this luscious plum and smoke grey herringbone fabric, and then line it with ripe apricot silk charmeuse for a yummy fall jacket. All you need now is a leisurely afternoon with a dashing chapeau, a latte, and the (almost!) newly released Garment of Shadows by L. King.


  • Online Sale - Wool Suiting Fabrics from August 1st to the 17th

    August 31, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Wool Suitings Sale! From Friday, August 31st to Monday, September 17th, enjoy 20% savings on the entire online Wool Suiting Fabrics category! Everyone longs for a new bespoke suit for the upcoming autumnal season. Find top quality worsted suitings for your tailoring needs. Chalk line classics, imported rarities, Super 100s, herringbone patterns, and selvedged goods - Britex Fabrics has you covered in luxurious wool suitings! (This sale is good for online Suiting Wool Fabrics fabrics only – in-store Suiting Wool Fabrics are not included in this sale)


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