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  • How to do a No-Dart Full Bust Adjustment (VintageOnTap)

    May 24, 2017 by VintageOnTap

    The Full Bust Adjustment can be a pretty tricky thing to wrap your head around, but it affects everything: even knit tops. A quick Google search for t-shirt and sweater sewing patterns can yield some amazing projects, but for some reason it escapes a lot of minds that a full bust adjustment is just as important on a wool knit garment as on a woven. For this project, I chose an elegant Indigo Wool Knit from Britex Fabrics.

  • Closed on Memorial Day!

    May 23, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics will be closed for Memorial Day - Monday, May 29th.

  • Gentleman's Wardrobe

    May 23, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    The Gentleman's Wardrobe is a really great new book that we just got in on the third floor of our brick-and-mortar store. It includes patterns for shirts, a waistcoat, trousers, a jacket, boxer shorts, pajamas, slippers, a messenger bag, a wallet, a bow tie, a cap, and more. With each project it includes suggested fabrics and color photos of finished garments for men, as well as tools and other sewing resources. The Gentleman's Wardrobe is written by Vanessa Mooncie, and was just published this year. So often people have come in asking us for patterns for men's clothing, and this is a great place to start. Be sure to come in and check it out, and keep an eye out for the new patterns we just ordered for men's vests, pants, shirts, and more, arriving soon!


  • Quilt With Dinosaur Cutouts as Appliqués

    May 23, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    "Hi Sharman,

    It was nice to talk to you yesterday.  Here’s the quilt I made for my first grandson using all Britex fabrics.  I cut out the dinosaurs that were then sewn as applique with embroidery stitching for the “hills.”  The base fabric was the Royal British shirt fabric that was excellent to use because it doesn’t stretch and quilted well.  All the stitching was done by hand.  I made up the design.

    Your staff was very helpful to me in selecting the best fabrics with compatible “stretchability” so that the final result behaved properly.

    Thank you for having the best fabric store I’ve ever found – and I look everywhere I go!



  • Last Chance to Fall in Love With Our Novelty Fabrics! 20% Off All Online Novelty Fabrics Now - 5/29!

    May 22, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    Fall In Love With Imported Novelties!

    Online Sale: 20% Off All Novelty Fabrics 5/16 - 5/29!
    Britex Fabrics is renowned for sourcing unique, amazing textiles from all over the world, and our fashion novelty fabrics are often the most unusual and memorable pieces in our stock. Made of wool, silk, cotton, metallic, nylon, and more, these texturally rich fabrics make beautiful garments. Tweed, chenille, and bouclé novelty fabrics delight us with their contrast of nubby texture and soft hand. Make a swinging bolero jacket, a long mysterious cape, a Chanel-style jacket, or a tailored vest, and you'll add elegance and style to any solid, understated little black outfit. Many of our textured fashion novelty fabrics are blends, lending them a wonderful pliability and sheen. This online sale is from 5/16 - 5/29! Quantities are limited. This sale good for online novelty fabric category purchases* only 5/16 - 5/29. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.

  • Mannequins: A Rich History in Fashion

    May 22, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    pucci Sharman, the owner of Britex Fabrics randomly stumbled upon one of the oldest and best mannequin factories in the heart of New York City. So we decided it would be a great time to share some more information about this wonderful art form that is often overlooked. Join us as we window shop through history.

  • Large Floral Cotton Print Dress (We Love Our Customers)

    May 22, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    Our customer Gabriella Gomez came into our store a few months ago looking for a fabulous floral print cotton to create a dress. She found Aleks on the second floor in our home decor fabric department extremely helpful when choosing a cotton fabric for her dress. She finished the dress in early March, and it came out beautifully. Everyone at the fashion show she was involved with thought it was from a store, and not a student designed dress. She wrote us to thank us for helping her to pick out the most "gorgeous fabric possible". The fabric is an exquisitely hand screen printed cotton from France.

  • How to Sew a Necktie (madeeveryday.com)

    May 17, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    Learn how to sew a necktie in less than 15 minutes! This necktie tutorial video is by Dana of madeeveryday. Use custom fabric to create your necktie instead of buying one at the store!
    A custom necktie is truly a great gift for so many occasions.


  • How to Hem a Dress in Only 6 Steps (by Amy of cozyreverie)

    May 17, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    capture Here is a quick and easy way to hem a dress in only 6 steps, by Amy of cozyreverie! Materials used: - measuring tape - pencil - fabric scissors - sewing machine - pins

  • From Trash to Treasure - A Woman Turns Thousands of Candy Wrappers Into a Dress (neatorama.com / boredpanda)

    May 17, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    Emily Seilhamer challenged herself when she decided to create a dress from Starburst wrappers. With the help of her family and friends, she has been saving Starburst wrappers for the last four years. After she had saved enough, she ironed them, folded them into links and made chains out of the candy wrappers. By using elastic thread, she was able to sew the links together as if she were sewing fabric. Emily is an avid upcycler and creates dresses from every day objects. In addition to the Starburst dress, she created a dress from wallpaper.

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