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  • 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 What a great idea for taking a beloved sweater that might be a wee bit worn, outdated, or ill-fitting and spiffing it up.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)


  • Make It With Wool Contest

    August 30, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    The National Make It With Wool contest is upon us! With categories for all ages including preteens, juniors, seniors, and adults, this renowned sewing contest is a wonderful venue for sewists of all ages. Check out their website for state-by-state deadline details and entry information. Fabulous prizes range from $2,000, to serger machines, to merino wool…and more.


  • Textile Design - Erik

    August 30, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Erik is a curtain designer who loves textiles and texture. In this project, he played with a fine tissue linen fabric by stripping 2 dozen weft threads, cross-hatching the warp, and re-weaving a single warp thread. We love how this pattern is reminiscent of old-fashioned faggoting, with a dose of helix keeping it moderne. This technique would be beautiful as a bodice accent, or edging of a full skirt.


  • New - Online Sale of Cotton and Linen Fabric!

    August 24, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    We just added several stretch cotton fabrics, lightweight & midweight cotton fabrics, and linen/cotton blends to our online  Sale section, including several imported fabrics. These will be on sale until September 21st! We are particularly fond of this imported midweight stretch cotton brocade blend - a soft stretch cotton brocade is a lively floral baby canary yellow. It would be chic as a fitted a-line dress, or perhaps as a sassy cropped bolero jacket. Made in Italy. Online only.


  • Make a Tweed-Covered Bench for Fall

    August 24, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Jennifer from the blog TheChroniclesOfHome nests with ease and style! Here, she has written a tutorial on building an upholstered bench with nailhead trim. She says, “My great-grandfather was an upholsterer and I'm beginning to think this fondness for building things with my hands (and some awesome power tools) might be in my blood...It may look like a lot of work, and while not quite a leisurely afternoon project, I promise you the whole thing took me no more than 5-6 hours total.” This would be a great autumnal home sprucing up project – make it with our spiffy black and white tweed fabric, trim it with luxurious black braiding, and finish it off with decorative silver nailheads...and then cozy up with a cup of hot cider, plate of salted walnut shortbread cookies, and a mesmerizing mystery.


  • How to Make Epaulets for Children

    August 23, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Shannon of the crafting blog ShannonMakesStuff made these amazing and spectacular epaulets for her nephew’s 8th birthday party, and then posted a tutorial on how to make them for the rest of us. He asked his mom if he could have a “fancy dance where they play tango music and dress up.” He has a tux, and as we all know, a tuxes and tangos are incomplete without a little fringe! And who could resist this dapper accessory – it incorporates fringe, monogramming, glitter, and lots of love.


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