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  • Draft a Sailor Collar

    June 5, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    We adore sailors and their attire….the cock-eyed caps, the middy blouse, the rakish 13-button trousers! When Charlotte from Tuppence Ha'penny gets the wind in her sail (we couldn’t resist), she goes all out. First she researched nautical fashion and gave us her sailor-y findings, and then she wrote up a tutorial for drafting a sailor collar for your garment. Anchors aweigh, mate!

  • Sew a Beaded Detachable Collar

    June 5, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Brittany of Va-Voom Vintage made this tutorial for the blog Tuppence Ha'penny for making vintage-inspired detachable beaded collars. We love how they snazz up flirty little cardigan sweaters – very Marion...Madam librarian!

  • Corset Sew Alongs from Jo

    June 5, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    With marvelous steadfast determination, the talented Jo from the blog BridgesOnTheBody is sewing her way through every corset pattern in Norah Waugh's book, Corsets and Crinolines. She started in 2009; we love her first corset project made of 4” wide fuchsia ribbon, and lined in scraps of coutil. She details her progress on her blog, step-by-step including photographs and encourages folks to join with periodic sew-alongs. She says, “If one were to wear a corset while playing tennis or bicycling I believe this would be the style to wear”; it certainly would be festive for a casual bicycle meander through Golden Gate Park! And we are positively swooning over her most recent corset – a 1911 number made from a black and white Liberty of London large scale floral print and trimmed in boisterous aqua satin; this begs high tea and low lights. What is next………

  • Missoni Knit Top by Natalie

    June 1, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    We think that cowboy boots and Missoni zig-zags go together like spaghetti westerns and revenge! Natalie agrees. Natalie from Britex Fabrics’ 3rd floor notions department looks pleased as punch, and who wouldn’t while wearing this modified boat-neck top made of luxurious Missoni knit fabric from our 1st floor Missoni collection! Natalie whipped this snappy number from just one yard of fabric, and edged the neckline with wool fold-over trim from the 3rd floor.

  • Royal Albert Hall Chapeau

    June 1, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    The wonderful archivists at award winning British Pathé present another delightful peek into another era with this hat-making clip. Bow tied milliner Monsieur Aage Thaarup made this delightful hat in 1957...and who wouldn’t want to model a Royal Albert Hall shaped chapeau? Sigh! Do you think we could make one shaped like San Francisco’s City Hall?

  • Iconic Britex Fabrics Signage by Mr. Moore

    June 1, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Martin, traveler and photographer par excellence, sent us this stunning photograph that he took of our store. We love the way he played with the moody urban quality of downtown San Francisco by depicting it in tones of black and grey, and then contrasted it with the iconic red Britex Fabrics sign. Look closely to see a tinge of red in the sign reflection in Britex Fabrics’ window. You can see more of his work at MARTINMOOREPHOTOGRAPHY.

  • Glamorous Tulle Enhanced White Shirt

    May 31, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    A wonderful summer idea...the glamorous fashionistas at the blog A Matter of Style present a tutorial for upcycling a men’s white shirt into a glamorous summer top. All you need is a white shirt and a bit of tulle or lace. Grab an iced coffee, crank up some Seu Jorge, and start sewing!

  • Cross-Stitch a TARDIS iPhone Case

    May 31, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    The ever geek-tastic Haley from Brooklyn and master of The Zen of Making blog, made a groovy tutorial for cross-stitching a Doctor Who TARDIS iPhone case – perfect for all your time traveling needs! Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics' 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.

  • Sew a Swishy Full Skirt!

    May 31, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    The talented sewing enthusiast, Gertie of Gretie’s New Blog for Better Sewing, created an easy two-part tutorial for sewing a swirly, gathered dirndl skirt! We like how she incorporated the zipper into the waistband. Make an elegant ankle-length skirt with glamorous iridescent chocolate brown taffeta to go see Rigoletto, or a frolicsome knee-length version in a delightful airy Rose of Sharon cotton for picnicking on Stow Lake!

  • Typewriter A-Line Skirt - Sue

    May 25, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Sue made this groovy a-line skirt from Japanese linen/cotton fabric, and a self-drafted pattern. She is a student at Sew-It-All, and credits them with keeping her on track. She sews about half of her wardrobe, so it must be working! We love the fabric’s literary typewriter design and its soothing color combination of muted chartreuse and aqua….and how Sue accessorized her skirt with beatnik black tights, boots, cardigan, and knit top – so chic and playful!

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