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  • Corset Making 101

    December 30, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    Stefan, costumière extraordinaire has documented making his progress making a corset for a friend. His instructions span several months of process of corset creation, and include extremely clear written instructions and photographs. The busk insertion section is amazingly clarifying. He uses professional corset-making supplies including busks, coutil, and spiral boning….all items that Britex now carries on the 3rd and 2nd floors! Please email M. Du Jour at Britex Fabrics if you want to buy corset-making supplies, and you will be guided to the correct department.

  • Victorian Attire - Natalie and Chris

    December 30, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    We couldn’t wait to post this teaser of Natalie from Britex’s 3rd floor, and her husband, Chris en route to the Dickens Christmas Fair. Natalie made her beautifully simple ruffled mauve dress and Chris’s gentlemanly plaid vest herself, and has promised to give us details. We think the two of them look charmingly suave and fabulous!

  • Free Child's Bear Knit Hat and Mittens Pattern

    December 29, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    Linda, StitchNation, and VogueKnitting have joined forces to bring us unstoppable cuteness in the form of a pattern for a knit infant and toddler size hat and mittens. From the glowing pink ear interiors and chubby paw pads, to the practical under-the-chin button fastening, this set will keep your little bear toasty all winter!

  • Wine Connoisseur Apron - Melody

    December 29, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    Melody created this charming bib apron of Britex Fabric cotton strewn with wine connoisseur gewgaws including corkscrews, wine stemware, oak wine barrels, wing corkscrews, wooden corkscrews, corks, and bottles of wine….and then she trimmed the hem with brown rick-rack! This would make a lovely gift for any host or hostess.

  • Stylin' Overalls - Secretary

    December 27, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    Secretary made these chic overalls for her nephew, “Little Hog”. They are sewn out of sturdy Japanese cotton/linen from Britex that is adorned with wee planes, helicopters and floaty little clouds. We love Secretaries attention to detail; the slash pockets are lined with natural linen, she used brass snaps for fasteners, and she fashioned these pants from a vintage pattern. “Little Hog” is going to be one stylin’ dude! Japanese cotton/linen is 44” wide and can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.

  • Britex New Years Hours!

    December 27, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics will close at 4 pm on Friday, December 31st, and be closed on New Year’s Day, Saturday January 1st. We wish you a joyous new year!

  • Classic Tweed Skirt - Kristy

    December 27, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    Kristy is a designer, blogger at, and seamstress in Wichita, Kansas. She visited Britex for the first time during a recent trip to foggy San Francisco. She bought some beautiful wool tweed on our 4th floor at a bargain price and made a skirt from McCall's pattern #3830. She tweaked the pattern by adding a lining and higher vent in the back. She says, “Love the fabric. Love the skirt!!” We adore the classic simplicity of this straight skirt.

  • Ice Skating Costumes - Molly

    December 23, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    Molly came into Britex the other day with her mother, Kathy. Molly is 11 years old and an ice-skating artist; she has studied ballet for six years, and ice-skating for 2 1/2 years. She considers her costumes sewn from Britex fabrics and notions to bestow good luck upon her, and has won several performances wearing these glamorous skating costumes. The one-sleeved costume on the left is from her dramatic piece, ” The Dying Swan”, and the be-feathered costume on the right is from her light piece, “Mungojerrie and Rumpelteaser” from the musical “Cats”. Her mom says that “Costumes are a big part of skating presentation – they must accurately reflect the music choice and mood of the skater’s program. We’ve been asked at several competitions where we’ve been able to find such beautiful fabrics and trims and we always let people know it’s Britex.”

  • Free Felt Harry Potter Doll Tutorial

    December 23, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    Heidi of MyPaperCrane crafted a PDF tutorial for this groovy Harry Potter felt doll! He even has a removable robe and gigantic round spectacles….just like the real Harry Potter! All you need is felt, embroidery floss, and a needle, stuffing, a couple of pipe cleaners, fabric glue, a stick, and pins. She made it using a sewing machine, but it would also be easy to hand-sew. This is a great toy for Potter fans of all ages.

  • How to Make Fabric-Covered Thumb-Tacks

    December 22, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    Jessica from HowAboutOrange posted this tutorial on how to make super-cute fabric-covered thumb-tacks. This would be a fabulous way to use up tiny scraps of fabric, and to accessorize your bulletin board. Some made up in fabric printed with tiny teapots and teacups would be delicious in the kitchen holding up a collection of vintage recipe booklets – Cakes Men Like…..yum!

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