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  • Free Drivers Cap Pattern

    June 15, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Ashley from BandyCanyon created a pattern and tutorial for this spiffy drivers cap on her blog and on SewingCrafts! Make it out of a scrap of suiting or vintage fabric for a swank retro look. This is perfect for summer; just tilt this chapeau to one side, take a long draw of your sweetened iced coffee, and hunker on down for an afternoon of doing absolutely nothing.

  • Japanese Honey Quilt - Erin

    June 14, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    This golden hexagon quilt is sweet as honey! It was made by Erin, inspired by Malka Dubrawsky’s book Fresh Quilting: Fearless Color, Design and Inspiration, got design assistance from the gals on Britex’s 2nd floor, and fabric from Britex Fabrics. We love the inclusion of all the quirky Japanese fabric, and ‘specially the spotted jaguar!

  • Selvage Frock - Jodie

    June 13, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Jodie blogs from Ballarat, Australia and at VintageRicRac. We can unequivocally state that she does not have that little understood disorder, selvage-phobia. We are head over heels crazy for this dress she constructed entirely of strips of fabric selvage. It is not a reach to say that this artistic frock rocks abstract qualities and a pop art sensibility…..not to mention a lovely vintage fashion feel.

  • 1810 Lace Wedding Gown - Karen

    June 10, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Here is another stunning wedding gown made of Britex Fabrics fabrics and lace by Karen. She says, “It's a beautiful Italian ivory lace which was hand pieced to configure into this gown. My inspiration was the 1810 Empire style made famous by Napoleon's Emperess Josephine....or the fashions of Jane Austen.” She worked with the debonair Douglas on this wedding gown also. This makes me yearn to waltz in the starry moonlight at midnight.

  • New! Cotton Piqué at Britex Online

    June 10, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Just in time for the sweltering dog days of summer, Britex Fabrics brings you a selection of beautiful cotton fabrics in their online store! We are particularly taken with the cotton piqué and imported Italian cotton voile fabric. BurdaStyle’s free online shift pattern and this splashy orange poppy floral cotton piqué print fabric team up to make you cool as the proverbial cucumber. We love the hook and eye front fastening detail and the pockets!

  • Scientific Sewing Periodic Table

    June 10, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Carla from the inspirational and intellectual blog ScientificSeamstress made this Sewing periodic table to spiff up the décor in her sewing studio. As we all know, Db is for Double breasted and Mn for Muslin. The burning question is, what will Elements 114 and 116 become?

  • Vintage History of Sewing Newsreel Clip

    June 9, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    From the knowledgeable media folks at British Pathe, one of the oldest media companies in the world, here is a video newsreel clip illustrating history of sewing, from sewing with hair in the Stone Age, to electronic sewing machines…30 stitches a minute to 2,000! We love the shorts clad picnickers towards the end.

  • Japanese Twill Shirt for Father's Day!

    June 9, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Are you looking for a handsome fathers’ day gift for that special guy in your life? This downloadable men’s shirt pattern from the folks at BurdaStyle sews up into a shirt that would be stylin’ on any bloke. Make it up in this beautiful deep tea green and milk chocolate brown, Japanese cotton twill fabric for a shirt that could be dressed up with a dapper bow tie and vest, or down with a pair of favorite worn jeans!

  • Free 1873 Paletot Pattern

    June 8, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    The folks at Ladies Treasury and Tudor Links have reproduced a slew of free patterns to ensure that we never are forced to gad about unfrivolously. The patterns are reproduced from original period patterns and from cutting diagrams found in English, French and American publications of the 19th and early 20th centuries. This one is for a vintage 1873 women’s beribboned paletot. We adore the dramatically wide cuffs and excessive rows of cording. This would be a lovely fall jacket in black wool melton with black velveteen trim, and perfect to wear while feeding bread crumbs to ducks in the park on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

  • Marcy Tilton Trunk Show at Britex - June 15!

    June 8, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Come to a Trunk Show Presentation at Britex Fabrics with Marcy Tilton on Wednesday, June 15 from 7PM to 9:30PM! See a trunk show of Marcy’s inspirational & wonderfully creative wardrobe, the result of experience and research, including garments from her own closet as well as original garments and accessories from her Vogue designs. Marcy will discuss current fashion, sewing and textile trends, how to recognize foolproof fabrics, and choosing the right style/designs/patterns. You’ll be treated to a lively collection of tips, techniques and ideas from one of the premier mavens of the sewing world and will go home with a fresh set of eyes’ so your sewing ‘to do’ list; your closet will contain clothes that work together, look and feel great on you, and fulfill the needs of your current life, including extraordinary everyday clothes. The class fee is $60 and includes 30 minutes of shared consultation time with Marcy. Call Britex at 415-392-2910 to make your reservation for this workshop.

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