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The Britex Blog
July 11, 2016 by Chuleenan of CSewsPart I: Making a lace hat The first part of this tutorial is about making a lace hat using milliner Patricia Underwood’s Vogue pattern (V8891). I made version D – a small-brimmed hat – and trimmed it with Petersham ribbon. The materials (Available at britexfabrics.com and / or at the Britex Fabrics brick-and-mortar store in San Francisco)
July 8, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
Want to increase your sewing speed? Here is one of the easiest ways to accomplish this. Check out this awesome post by one of our guest bloggers.
"The time it takes to sew a project is largely the sum of the time it takes to complete each task. The time it takes to complete each task is primarily driven by body motion, so the more motions that are required, the more time it takes to complete a project. What all this means is that the key to decreasing the overall time to complete a project is to decrease the necessary motions." - Orange Lingerie
July 8, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
We adore linen for its beautiful natural texture, breathability, and classic good looks. Made from the fibers of the flax plant, linen is one of the oldest known textiles. Britex is pleased to offer you a unique collection of linen fabric, including amazing Irish linen. Equally wonderful for home decorating use and garments, we love linen fabric for elegant duvet covers, comfy lounge pillows, tailored curtains, louche summer suits, chic dresses, and delicately pleated skirts.
Quantities are limited, so order your swatches today! This sale good for online linen fabric category purchases* only 7/12 – 7/25.
July 7, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
We're enamored of these elegant, ethereal gowns designed by visionary Dutch fashion designer, Iris van Herpen; they are unabashedly unworldly in their beauty. Watch this video in Refinery 29 of how Iris utilizes 3-D printing and materials manipulation to construct amazing garments that feel as "organic and natural as dew, bones, and lightning."
July 7, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
Our novelty fabrics often have a beautiful metallic shine which helps them stand out in the crowd! Made of wool, silk, cotton, metallic, nylon, and more, these texturally rich fabrics make beautiful garments. Tweed, chenille, scuba knits, and bouclé novelty fabrics delight us with their contrast of nubby texture and soft hand. Make a swinging bolero jacket, a long mysterious cape, a Chanel-style jacket, or a tailored vest.....in order to add elegance and style to any solid, understated little black outfit. Many of our textured novelty fabrics are blends, lending them a wonderful pliability and sheen.
Quantities are limited, so order your swatches today! This sale good for online fashion novelty fabric categories purchases* only Now - 7/11.
*This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases."
July 5, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
Hand Sewing 101 (coming soon)
Learn basic hand sewing techniques to banish your fears of stitching by hand. This beginner-level class will cover the essentials, from tools and materials to all the most common sewing stitches. No previous sewing experience required.
Hand Sewing for Mending & Repair (coming soon)
Rescue worn clothing with simple hand mending techniques. This class will cover basic hand-sewn repairs for tears, holes, and frayed fabrics. Students are expected to know basic hand-sewing techniques.before taking this class.
Keep up with our upcoming events to reserve your space in our workshops.
July 1, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
Celebrate Summer and Take 50% Off All Nylon Lycra Fabrics & All Elastic Trims By the Yard!
Our Summer Swimwear Sale includes 50% off all all lycra fabrics, including solids and prints, as well as all of our amazing elastic trims by the yard!
Tuesday, July 5 - Tuesday, July 12
*In-store sale is limited to stock on floor. No mail orders, email. phone, or special orders.
Minimum fabric cut is 1/2 yard.
146 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA. 94108
Monday - Saturday
10am - 6pm
CLOSED MONDAY JULY 4th
June 30, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
Today our customer Joan Burgren stopped by wearing an awesome dress that she created with some of our gorgeous cotton fabric. Joan lives locally in Menlo Park and has been sewing for three years. She drafts her own patterns, including the pattern for the dress she is wearing here. She sews for herself, for fun.
June 30, 2016 by NicoleAtHomeI’m so excited to share my method for inserting lace into a curved seam (such as a princess seam). For my blouse, I used this dusty peach handkerchief-weight linen and floral ivory insertion lace, though there are many, many options for both linens and laces, both online and in-store! After seeing one of the cover shots for the Hayden pattern, and making a couple myself (two versions here), I really wanted to insert lace in the seam lines on the front and along the hem. The style lines are curved, though, so the typical way of inserting lace had to be tweaked a bit. Usually, insertion lace is applied on an uncut, unseamed piece of fabric. The general steps are: sew along both lengths of the insertion lace, then cut through the fabric on the wrong side and press the fabric open. On the right side, using a narrow zig-zag stitch, sew along the edge of the lace again (which catches the fabric on the wrong side) and the trim the fabric on the wrong side, close to the stitches. Insertion lace can also be inserted into an existing seam, before sewing the seam and after taking into consideration the added width of the lace. However, for this blouse, the seam in which I wanted to put the lace was a curved princess seam along the front. Instead of inserting the lace before sewing the seam, I did it a bit differently:
June 29, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
This Fall at PROJKT Maiden Lane, Emily Payne (Project Runway / Project Runway All Stars) will be showcasing her kids line DevonRose's (www.devonrosekids.com) brand new collection "Santa Fe" Featuring artwork by DevonRose herself developed by textile designer Teresa Reynolds.
Here's a sneak preview of some of the new designs from DevonRose that were create with materials from Britex Fabrics, and will be featured this fall.Items will be available for purchase at the event PopUp and online via Emily's website www.leathertongue.net
Photographer: Snaps Studio
Model: Lily Joy
Heather Rome Styling