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  • How to Construct a French Seam

    March 10, 2011 by Britex Fabrics


    Gertie from the blog Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing: A Modern Homage to Vogue’s New Book for Better Sewing (pub. 1952), has posted a fabulous tutorial on French seam construction. French seams are a classic method of seam finishing, making back of the item as attractive and neat as the front, and are an ideal finish for sheer fabrics. This is another bit of persnickety attention to detail that lends flair and beauty to hand-sewn garments!


  • How to Use Silk Organze as Underlining

    March 9, 2011 by Britex Fabrics


    It is bridal season! Sherry from the Auckland, New Zealand-based blog, pattern ~ scissors ~ cloth demonstrates how to use silk organza as underlining for a fitted cocktail or wedding gown bodice. She says that she uses it a lot in wedding gowns because it is lightweight, crisp, and is easy to cut, sew and press. Underlining adds body and stability to your shell fabric, and allows you to catch stitch hems and seam allowances invisibly. It is this kind of persnickety attention to detail that makes bespoke items fit with flair and beauty!


  • Spring Sale Britex Gift Certificate Winner

    March 8, 2011 by Britex Fabrics


    Amy was the winner of a $100 gift certificate in our spring sale raffle. Amy is from Santa Clara, and first heard about Britex seven years ago from a lady in her knitting group. She says that she loves going to visit Britex to pick out buttons, or to look for prints that she can't find anywhere else in the area for sewing or quilting projects. Amy plans on using the Britex $100 gift certificate on fabrics and notions for making clothes for Caroline, her 18 month old daughter...and a dress or blouse for herself. We think Caroline is winsomely adorable in the blue playsuit that Amy made for her!

    P.S. Amy also made the blue leaf-printed skirt that she is wearing.


  • 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)


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