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  • 18th Century Cockades - A Perfect Accessory

    April 26, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Everyone needs a vanity box of cockades – perfect for spiffing up a warm weather cap or enticingly dapper as lapel ornamentation. Lauren from American Duchess put together this beautiful tutorial on making an 18th century cockade from grosgrain ribbon and a centerpiece (we think a sweet glass button center would be terrific!) Make several double cockades in contrasting colors; olive and turquoise to channel Emma Peel, taupe and slate for dandy elegance, and coral and blush for a dainty afternoon tea.

  • SFMade Week: a celebration of local manufacturers and their products

    April 25, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    SFMade Week is Monday, May 7th to Sunday, May 13th. Saturday, May 12th is Shop SFMade Day! SFMade presents a week-long celebration of San Francisco’s vibrant manufacturing sector and the companies and people that bring locally produced products to fruition. SFMade Week features seven days of educational events, factory tours, and retail adventures designed to heighten awareness of local manufacturing and its critical role in our local economy. Visit sfmadeweek.org for a list of retailers who support local manufacturers. Events include factory tours of Ritual Coffee Roasters, Anchor Brewing Company, Rickshaw Bag Works, Foamorder, Timbuk 2, Kika’s Treats and Cocoa, and an SFMade introduction and orientation.

  • Elegant Bias Cut Wedding Gown

    April 25, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    It is time for love, and we adore this elegantly classic wedding gown – from the softly draped neckline, to the sensuous low back, to the flowing romantic train. Cut on the bias, it would be perfect in either fluid silk crepe back satin or silk charmeuse. Pattern is Vogue 2965.

  • Sew Reversible Cloth Napkins

    April 24, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Maggie from the super homemaking and crafting blog Smashed Peas and Carrots, created this simple tutorial on Kirtsy for making double-sided cloth napkins. Cloth napkins are luxurious, thrifty and ecologically sound. Make a handful from cotton or linen fabrics in your stash, pack a picnic basket with cherry scones & a thermos of tea, and spend a lazy afternoon reading under a shady tree in the park!

  • Venice Lace Bridal Gown - Michele

    April 24, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Here is a romantic bridal gown designed and created by local designer Michele for the wedding of Brie and Brian. This dress is made with a lovely Venice lace fabric from Britex Fabrics - we love the simple lines, v-neck, empire waist-line accented with silk satin ribbon, and the delicate scalloped hem that floats around Brie’s ankles. Photography by Mike Milne.

  • Free Improv Sewing Workshop at Britex Fabrics: Make Your Own Scarf

    April 23, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

  • Make an 18th Century Petticoat for Spring!

    April 19, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Lauren of American Duchess fame, created this tutorial on crafting an 18th century petticoat.....and who doesn’t need a new petticoat for spring? She says, “The cool thing about 18th c. petticoats is that they have a special and awesome way of being both adjustable to the wearer, and including secret pocket-slits so you can access your secret hanging pockets. Petticoats can be worn as underskirts, just on their own, or you can pile them up to create extra-huge puffy skirts. They can also be worn for other big-skirted centuries.” We love the knife pleating details. A poufy petticoat would be whimsically perfect to wear while swinging to and fro under a weeping willow tree, cloud watching, and day dreaming. Then afterwards, a wee tea-time picnic would be marvelous!

  • Sale - 20% Off all Online Silk Sheer Fabrics

    April 19, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Online Sale of Silk Sheer Fabrics: Thursday, April 19th to Friday, May 4th, enjoy 20% savings on the entire online Silk Sheer Fabrics category! Sheer silk fabric is the most gossamer of textile delicacies! From airy silk chiffon to delicate silk organza, Britex Fabrics carries a variety of sheer silk fabrics. This is the ideal fabric to perfect the art of making French seams. Sheer silk fabric makes elegant blouses, beautiful ribbons, and stunning scarves…and of course is perfectly charming as wispy lingerie. (This sale is good for online silk sheer fabrics only – in-store silk sheer fabrics are not included in this sale)

  • It is Raining Cats and Dogs!

    April 16, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    [vimeo clip_id="9248054"] It’s raining cats and dogs! Howie, of the blog WooWork.com: crochet creations for the playful at heart made this outdoor installation for Davie Village Community Garden in Vancouver, BC. We’re in love with the silly raindrops with their wee feline and canine faces. Here is Howie (with assistance from his girlfriend and his girlfriends’ mom) stringing up the drops.....of course, in the rain!

  • Free 1740 Men's Waistcoat Pattern

    April 11, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    The folks at the Costume and Textiles Department at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)worked with Thomas John Bernard, a theatrical costume designer, to draft several men’s clothing patterns, including this man’s waistcoat. Originally made in silk plain weave (faille) with silk embroidery, and circa 1740, we crave this in iridescent brown taffeta lined with cool wintergreen silk....marvelous for a starry late night riverside picnic. Download this PDF for an annotated pattern.

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