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  • Online Jeans Sew-Along

    March 4, 2011 by Britex Fabrics


    MalePatternBoldness’s shirt sew-along has been so rowdily successful that Peter at is hosting another adventurous sew-along! This time Peter and company will be making bespoke jeans with an online jeans sew-along. The gates for this exciting community learning experience open on Monday, May 2, 2011. You may use any jeans pattern, and Peter has several suggestions…and of course, any gender may participate.


  • How to Make Button Cuff-links

    March 3, 2011 by Britex Fabrics


    Kate at MadeMan wrote this dandy tutorial on how to turn buttons into cuff-links. One carefully cuts off the button shank, and then uses metal glue to attach the button to the cuff-link finding. Cuff-links add dash and vigor to any attire. I am taken with the idea of making a pair from a pair from a pair of domed midnight blue sparkly buttons to wear with a coordinating Liberty of London clip-on bow-tie. These would be unique and fabulous accessories for your wedding best man and groomsmen! Britex Fabrics carries Liberty of London cotton on our 2nd floor, cuff-link blanks, bow-tie clips, and a vast myriad of buttons on our 3rd floor!


  • Knit Bell-Bottom Pants for Baby!

    March 1, 2011 by Britex Fabrics


    Even babies love bell-bottom pants. The super Alison from TheBlueBlogPatterns developed this whimsical quick and easy pattern for cozy knit pants for her baby. She says that the garter stitch border at the bottom accentuates the slight bell shaping and the elastic at the waist helps keep the pants up. I imaging these made up in a softly variegated denim blue yarn, or maybe in a perky devilish crimson!


  • Fast Fit Seminar with Sandra Betzina - April 5, 2011

    February 28, 2011 by Britex Fabrics


    Britex Fabrics and Sandra Betzina team up again! Sandra will be presenting her amazing fitting seminar on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 from 7 pm to 9:30 pm! Call Britex Fabrics at 415-392-2910 to make your reservation. Space is limited, and the cost for the seminar is $60.
    Are you often disappointed in the fit of your garments? Confused about what size to buy? Have you outgrown your old size in one area and not another? Are you intimidated by good fabric because you are afraid of yet another fit failure? Let Sandra Betzina explain her fit formula and how it will work for you!

    • Lots of new pattern alterations, including altering the bust without affecting the armhole, downsizing for the short, upsizing for the tall, and high hip considerations.
    • Learn how sizing differs from one pattern company to another, what size to buy, how to alter for narrow shoulders, full back, sloping shoulders, full hips, protruding or flat seat, full tummy, large waist, small waist, sway back, and more.
    • Turn pant “hopefuls” into a thing of the past.
    • Eliminate baggy seats, pockets and pleats that pop open, accommodate full thighs, and reshape crotch curves to mimic your body curves.

  • Make a Jabot for Spring!

    February 26, 2011 by Britex Fabrics


    Gail Art, at the charming blog Art, Beauty and Well-Ordered Chaos, presents directions on sewing an 18th century ruffled jabot. Typically made in pristine white from lace, linen or a combination of both, there is no reason not to make one in other colors. This fabulously foppish steam-punk neck-wear would amazing made up in lace or silk-bamboo fabric ….perhaps in a moss green, coffee brown, or periwinkle blue to pick up the shade of one’s eyes.


  • Project Selvage Fabric Design Contest (ends 3/24/2011)

    February 24, 2011 by Britex Fabrics


    Spoonflower, the personal DIY fabric printing company, in conjunction with Michael Miller fabrics have announced a textile design contest, with the winner debuting at the International Quilt Market - Fall 2011. Here is your chance to become a fabric designer for world-renowned Michael Miller Fabrics! This contest ends on March 24th, 2011.


  • Octopus Armchair - Conner

    February 24, 2011 by Britex Fabrics


    It is ocean madness week! Conner sent us a photograph of an armchair that he reupholstered in Britex Fabric home decorating cotton. We love the eight-armed octopus in the center of the back. To make this even more amazing, this is Conner’s first reupholstering project. This spectacular fabric is found on our 2nd floor.
    “I'd like to be under the sea
    In an octopus' garden in the shade
    He'd let us in, knows where we've been
    In his octopus' garden in the shade
    We would be warm below the storm
    In our little hideaway beneath the waves
    Resting our head on the sea bed
    In an octopus' garden near a cave”

    (By R. Starr)


  • Vintage Knit Sailor Outfit Pattern for 16" Dolls

    February 23, 2011 by Britex Fabrics


    Morag at the lovely New Zealand blog, VintagePurls posted this charming free PDF pattern for a 16” doll’s sailor outfit from Stitchcraft magazine No. 94, circa 1940s. This outfit will fit any 16” doll including vintage Terri Lee, Shirley Temple and Saucy Walker. Stitchcraft says, "Our saucy sailor has a choice of skirt or trousers." Now if I could just find a pattern for a knit middy blouse for myself!


  • "Symphony of Color" 2011 Quilt Show & Sale - Feb. 26/27

    February 23, 2011 by Britex Fabrics


    San Francisco Quilters' Guild presents the "Symphony of Color" 2011 Quilt Show & Sale this Saturday February 26th (10 m to 5 pm) and Sunday the 27th (10 am to 4 pm)! Featuring work by quilting artists Janet Mednick and Marcia Stein, along with show quilts, wearable art, sale quilts, merchant mall, children's activities, special exhibits, and demonstrations. This fabulous event is held at The Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 - 8th St. at Brannan St. in San Francisco, CA. Admission is $10 for both days, with children under the age of 12 admitted free.


  • Granny's Delight Mini Quilt

    February 18, 2011 by Britex Fabrics


    This quilted wall-hanging takes two cotton prints, one doily and a smidgen of old-fashioned memories. If I was going to sew one up, I would reminisce about my great-grandmother, including a tiny floral purple print and a tiny floral grey print, the embroidered outline of a birdcage with two budgies and the embroidered outline of an old-fashioned cast iron skillet. This sweet vintage-looking pattern is brought to us courtesy of Etsy’s How-Tuesday, and Whip Up Mini Quilts by Kathreen Ricketson!


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