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  • Free Historical Costume Patterns

    April 29, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Have you ever wanted to create an historically accurate bathing suit, corset, or an Elizabethan dress? With the rise in popularity of historical fiction period piece shows and films, it's no wonder that there are hundreds of historical costume patterns available online for free. www.costumingdiary.com has an entire collection of free historical costume patterns including Medieval, Elizabethan, and Victorian. Just one click on this page, and you will find a link to hundreds of other patterns.   1920 bathing suit   There is a pattern for a gentleman's sack shirt from 1907, a corset from 1911, a bra from 1910, a young girl's kilted suit from 1876, a boy's Russian blouse costume from 1905, a gown from the Italian Renaissance, a 1950's petticoat, and even a pattern for drawers and knickerbockers, as well as a really awesome women's bathing suit project from the 1920's that has no pattern at all.   6   The variety of free patterns available is amazing, and these are just a few examples that have been compiled on www.costumingdiary.com. Continue Reading

  • Online Linen Category Fabric Sale 5/3 - 5/16

    April 28, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Linen Online Sale MAy 3 May 16

    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 now!

    This sale is good for online linen categories* purchases only 5/3 - 5/16.

    *These sale prices do not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.


  • How To Sew On A Button

    April 28, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    HOW TO SEW ON A BUTTON (This process works  best for shirt, suit, or pant buttons) What You Will Need: 1 sewing needle 1 thicker sewing needle or a toothpick to use as a spacer Button or Buttons Scissors Silk Buttonhole Twist IMG_3159 STEP 1: Thread the Needle and Knot the End of the Thread To start, be sure you have at least 12” of thread to work with. If you have 24” or more, double over the thread, which means you slide the thread through the eye of the needle, folding the thread in half until you have 2 equal sides of thread. Put a square knot in the end of the thread, using both sides together. IMG_3160 STEP 2: Create an Anchor X Point Starting on the back side of the fabric, run the needle through the front where the button will eventually live. Run the thread through to the back, and again to the front, to create a small X where the button will be centered. This X will also act as reinforcement for the thread so that the button doesn’t loosen from stress. IMG_3161 STEP 3: Position the Button Put the button on the anchor X and begin sewing from the back side of the fabric. Push the needle through the first button hole. At this point you will want to use a spacer. A second needle or a toothpick will work fine. Push the needle through the second hole from the front side of the fabric to the back side, encasing the second needle in a loop. Push the needle from the back side of the fabric and through the third button hole and pull the thread all the way through, while using your fingertip to keep the button in place.  Then push the needle back through the last button hole, while sliding the second needle in place to encase it a second time by a second loop. Repeat 3 sets of this process for each set of holes. (A total of 6 times) IMG_3162 Continue Reading

  • Vintage-inspired Linen Sundress and Petite Adjustment Tutorial

    April 27, 2016 by NicoleAtHome

    IMG_4435   Aloha!  I was so excited to have the opportunity to make a garment out of one of Britex's beautiful linen fabrics, and I knew immediately what I wanted to sew: a fabulous sundress for the summer (and my family's trip to Hawaii!).  The timing of this project meant that instead of photos from my sewing studio or my neighborhood in Northern California, I could model the dress in Haleiwa, Oahu!   IMG_4455   The linen I chose for this project is a Midweight Cross-Dyed Turquoise Linen is fairly lightweight, though slightly more opaque than you'd expect.  Linens are always a bit shifty while cutting and sewing, so I had to take care not to distort the fabric, but overall, I found it very easy to sew and was the perfect choice for this dress.   IMG_4476   For the pattern, I selected the vintage-inspired Siren Sundress by Decades of Style.  The dress has a faux-wrap front bodice, with secured wrap skirt in the back.  However, the highlight of the design is the cross-wrapping straps that wrap around the waist to tie in the back.  Lots of wrapping going on in this dress!  While it takes a while to get it on (with the aid of a mirror or significant other to keep the straps flat), once "assembled", it is comfortable and secure. Continue Reading

  • Four Floors of Fabulous: A Britex Fabrics Tour (Special Dates in Conjunction with SFMade Week)

    April 25, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Join us every other Saturday at 11am sharp | FREE
    (First Come First Served)

    Tours are led by expert Britex Fabrics staff.

    This is a fast paced tour so be sure to arrive early.
    Space is limited. Reserve your space now.
    Contact us for special group tours.
    415-392-2910

    Get your tickets

    Britex Fabrics will be having three week day tours as part of SFMade Week!
    Special Tour Dates:
    Monday May 9
    Wednesday May 11
    Friday May 13

    UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
    April 2, 2016
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  • RIP Prince - An Icon

    April 21, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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  • We Love Our Customers

    April 21, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Our customer Carla visited us in December and picked out a fabulous Italian Silk Cotton blend fabric. She was looking for fabric for a creation that she wanted to take on her vacation in February. The fabric she decided on screamed "tunic" to her, so she modified the Burda 6935 pattern, which she picked up the same day,  created a hi low hem, and added a pom-pom fringe and neck and shoulder trim to create a fun and breezy feel. The colors went perfectly with the waters of the Caribbean. She had fun wearing it and showing it off on the Island of Mustique.

     

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  • Exciting Event Announcement Coming Soon!

    April 20, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Will There be a Fashion Runway on Maiden Lane?
    All we'll whisper is that Britex Fabrics will be producing an amazing fashion show this September which will include new looks from at least four American designers. Look for us in the heart of Union Square in San Francisco. Details and ticket information will be coming soon!

     

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    Photo Credits

    Photo: Charles Schoenberger
    Clothing: Emily Payne
    Model: Lily Joy
    MU: Kyle Doan
    Hair: Michael Forrey

     


  • "Make It With Wool" National Contest Winner & First Runner Up!

    April 20, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    National Make it With Wool winner Meighan is a loyal customer who has entered the Make it With Wool competition seven times, with fabric from Britex. She has had four 1st in state, two Ohio reserve champion outfits, was fifth runner up in the nation when she was in Jr. High. According to her mom Melinda, Meighan was one of those babies who fell asleep on her lap while she was sewing, and did lots of button stringing and hand sewing before her first "outfit" which was a little jumper she created for Make it With Wool in second grade. This year Meighan won National First Runner Up, and will now have to move up to the adult category. Meighan has been sewing for about 20 years and has always loved it. For her winning outfit, she used Vogue Pattern 1320 (Issey Miyake) for her coat, and printed off a paisley coloring sheet for her yoke. Her dress is Vogue pattern 8972. Meighan enjoys playing with color, and as a result of this, the dress does not look like the pattern. IMG_0627 Last year during the national Make it With Wool competition, Meighan and a girl from Utah named Amelia were sizing each other up as potential competition. They didn't really like each other much and they both placed first and second runner up. After the contest, they started talking and realized that they lived only 20 minutes from each other. Now they are best friends and had to compete against each other again in the national competition this year. Amelia won National Champion and Meighan won First Runner Up. Amelia will be getting married in a few weeks, and Meighan is her maid of honor. Continue Reading

  • Online Novelty Category Fabric Sale 4/19 - 5/2

    April 19, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Blog Novelty Fabric April 19 May 2

    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, 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.

    This sale is good for online novelty categories only 4/19 - 5/2.

    Check out this awesome Camden Cape made with Novelty wool fabric by one of our Guest Bloggers here.


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