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Will There be a Fashion Runway on Maiden Lane?
All we’ll whisper is that Britex Fabrics will be producing an amazing fashion show this September which will include new looks from at least four American designers. Look for us in the heart of Union Square in San Francisco. Details and ticket information will be coming soon!

 

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Photo Credits

Photo: Charles Schoenberger
Clothing: Emily Payne
Model: Lily Joy
MU: Kyle Doan
Hair: Michael Forrey

 

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“Make It With Wool” National Contest Winner & First Runner Up!

National Make it With Wool winner Meighan is a loyal customer who has entered the Make it With Wool competition seven times, with fabric from Britex. She has had four 1st in state, two Ohio reserve champion outfits, was fifth runner up in the nation when she was in Jr. High. According to her mom Melinda, Meighan was one of those babies who fell asleep on her lap while she was sewing, and did lots of button stringing and hand sewing before her first “outfit” which was a little jumper she created for Make it With Wool in second grade.
This year Meighan won National First Runner Up, and will now have to move up to the adult category. Meighan has been sewing for about 20 years and has always loved it.

For her winning outfit, she used Vogue Pattern 1320 (Issey Miyake) for her coat, and printed off a paisley coloring sheet for her yoke. Her dress is Vogue pattern 8972. Meighan enjoys playing with color, and as a result of this, the dress does not look like the pattern.

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Last year during the national Make it With Wool competition, Meighan and a girl from Utah named Amelia were sizing each other up as potential competition. They didn’t really like each other much and they both placed first and second runner up. After the contest, they started talking and realized that they lived only 20 minutes from each other. Now they are best friends and had to compete against each other again in the national competition this year. Amelia won National Champion and Meighan won First Runner Up. Amelia will be getting married in a few weeks, and Meighan is her maid of honor.
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Online Novelty Category Fabric Sale 4/19 – 5/2

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Our novelty fabrics often have a beautiful metallic shine which helps them stand out in the crowd! 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…..in order to add elegance and style to any solid, understated little black outfit. Many of our textured novelty fabrics are blends, lending them a wonderful pliability and sheen.

This sale is good for online novelty categories only 4/19 – 5/2.

Check out this awesome Camden Cape made with Novelty wool fabric by one of our Guest Bloggers here.

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Ankara – Dutch Wax Cotton

Ankara Fabric, is commonly known as “African Prints”. ” Holland Wax” , and “Dutch Wax”. This fabric is 100% cotton with brightly colored patterns.
Due to the Tribal-like patterns, this fabric is often associated with Africa. People have made hats, earrings, blazers, shoes, socks, shirts, and other garments with this fabric, which makes it versatile. The prints found on Ankara fabrics are often made by batik, an Indonesian wax-resistant dyeing technique. The intensity of the colors in the patterns determines which side of the fabric is the front and which is the back. The fabric was initially intended for the Indonesian market but received a better response from African audiences. WAX COTTONS

 To check out our new online selection of Wax Cotton, please click here.

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THE Outlander Dress–from Britex Fabrics!

Season 2 of Outlander premiers on Saturday evening, and one of the most iconic new costumes–featured prominently in the Starz official trailer and all over the Internet–is this stunning dress made of fabric from Britex! We were thrilled to work with Outlander costume designer Terry Dresbach, who spent several days here choosing fabrics, trims and buttons for both seasons. Most of the fabrics that she selected were plaids and woolens for Season 1 (set in chilly Scotland), but this particular fabric is such a unique, spectacular combination of color and pattern that we are not surprised to see it emerge in Season 2, set in 18th century Paris.

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This dress is made of a heavy, luxurious furnishing fabric produced in Turkey by one of our favorite sources. Unusually, the floral pattern does not run up the roll, but was designed in panels. Each panel was 27″ square: which meant that there were two panels in each 3/4 yard. We are generally wary of carrying panels like this in the store, because the square design tends to limit application to pillows, ottomans and the like–but we absolutely fell in love with the colors and were confident that our customers would feel the same!

Terry is an incredibly savvy designer, so she turned the panels to her advantage, placing the flowers strategically around the skirt and bodice…and we can’t imagine a more beautiful usage for for one of our favorite fabrics. We’re also proud to mention that Outlander creator Ronald Moore (who happens to be Terry’s husband) says in the Starz trailer that this is his favorite dress!

We no longer have this particular piece in the store (because it took a LOT to make this dress), but we carry other fabrics of similar quality and design from the same source–so come in and take a look!

Expect to hear more from us about Outlander as the season progresses!

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Online Sale: 20% Off All Online Cotton Category Fabrics

Cotton Foxes Sale April 5 April 18

We fancy these frolicking foxy foxes for springtime knitwear – sew an adorable baby jumpsuit, a winsome sundress, or stretchy yoga pants! To make our frisky foxes even more enticing, this cotton knit is designed and made in Los Angeles, USA.

Cotton fabric holds a special place in our fashionable heart. First cultivated 7,000 years ago, cotton is a timeless natural-fiber fabric, whose breathability makes it ideal for many garments. We carry an ever expanding collection of cotton fabric in our online store, including delicate Italian and Swiss voiles, brilliantly colored hand-loomed Guatemalan ikat fabric, nubby couture-inspired cotton tweed fabrics, travelable cotton-lycra blends, and chic designer cotton fabric.

Quantities are limited, so order your swatches now! This sale is good for online cotton categories only 4/5 – 4/18.
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Warm Wool Camden Cape: Made with Novelty Wool Coating

It may or not be nearing the end of winter here in California and it may or may not have been the best idea to make a lined wool cape, but how could I say “no” when this beautiful fabric was begging to be sewn into an awesome cape?!? Seriously guys, I don’t even care that the weather is going to warm up shortly, this cape is going to get a lot of use. I’m going to be wearing it in the middle of summer, dripping sweat, and it’s going to have to be pried off my body. Ok, I’m being dramatic, but I am really really in love with what I made!

 

 

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We Love Our Customers

Kathy Dell is no stranger to Britex Fabrics. She attended our Warp X Weft: Textile 101 workshop on Saturday, and was wearing her “fiesta shirt”, which is one of her many garments that she created with fabric from Britex Fabrics, and is perfect for spring. Kathy used a Misses Asymmetrical Seam-Detail Top Pattern which can be found here.

 

Kathy’s mother taught her to sew when she was about 10 years old.  She made many of her clothes in high school, but then her sewing took a back seat to college and a long career in the medical device industry.  Her husband bought her a new computerized machine last fall and she has been enjoying creating fun things since then.  Britex is her “go to” fabric store, because of the quality of textiles and service she receives when visiting with us.

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Perfect For Spring!

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This gorgeous, 61 inch wide, lightweight, brilliantly colorful, floral, 100% Italian linen fabric is available on the second floor, in our brick-and-mortar store. Perfect for a spring shirtwaist!

100% Linen
Colorful Floral Print
61″ wide
Made in Italy
$75.00 / yard

Contact us to purchase this fabric.
Please email or call.
This fabric is not available through our website.

service@britexfabrics.com
(415) 392-2910

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Polka Dot Shirt Dress With Button Placket Tutorial

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My favorite part of the design process is fabric selection. For this new spring shirt dress design, I elected to work with a crisp, luxury cotton shirting fabric by Burberry. To add interest to the overall design, I chose a contrasting hand-dyed blue cotton for the outer cuff layer and glazed marine blue buttons to highlight the polka dot print. Oftentimes, I find button cuffs to be a little restrictive, especially when I want to roll up my sleeves. Thus, I decided to draft a three-quarter sleeve with a full slit cuff for more freedom and less fuss. (Plus, you can still see a peek of the polka dot fabric sewn as the inner cuff layer.)

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In this tutorial, I will discuss how to draft a standard button placket with a straight fold-back facing using a basic shirt sloper (base pattern used as a template to develop patterns). In womenswear, buttonholes are placed on the right-hand side of a garment that closes at the front. Since I am sewing a shirt dress similar to a classic button-up shirt, I will be providing instructions for marking vertical buttonholes – the measurements for horizontal buttonholes are slightly different. In this design, the buttonholes run vertically down the placket, with the buttonhole on the collar stand sewn horizontally.

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