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October 19, 2016 by Britex FabricsWith cooler autumn weather comes the opportunity to wear sweaters, long coats, plaid, wool, denim, jackets, boots and more. The people at Bloglovin' have compiled twenty looks to inspire your every day looks this fall, and we are inspired as well. Here are some of the looks they found, with similar fabric from our website to help get you started on some new projects.
October 13, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
Join local fashion designer and Britex Fabrics guest blogger Jamie Lau for a two-hour interactive workshop on fashion design. This inspirational and creative fashion design course will introduce you to the principles of fashion design, including basic fashion drawing techniques, creating mood boards for color selection, and fabric awareness.
Upcoming dates: Saturday, October 15th, Saturday, November 5th, and Saturday, December 3rd.
Students will have access to croquis (fashion figure templates), colored pencils, and markers for sketching. In addition, students will also create inspirational mood boards using magazine tears, fabric swatches, and collage. This course is open to students, aspiring fashion designers, stylists, fashionistas, and seamstresses alike.
(All supplies provided by Britex Fabrics.)
Jamie Lau is a designer, sewing instructor, fashion writer, and native San Franciscan. A self-taught seamstress consistently inspired by her love of dresses, Jamie infuses a playful nostalgia into her work by transforming simple silhouettes into fashion forward frocks sewn from traditional Japanese prints, luxurious brocades, handwoven ikats, and her own textile designs. In addition to designing her clothing line Jamie Lau Designs, she guest blogs and teaches workshops for Britex Fabrics. Jamie is also the author of BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern and is a sewing instructor at New York's Textile Arts Center. After ten plus years of living in New York, Jamie relocated her design studio to San Francisco.
October 12, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
Stefanie is a local Bay Area designer who is challenging herself to create a look based on the same challenge given to the designers on this season of Project Runway. Her project is called Project RealWay.
"I immediately thought a coat/dress would be perfect for the versatility needed in the ‘everywoman’s’ wardrobe. I found this beautiful mustard yellow satin-backed tweed, which allows the fabric to be raw cut at the sleeves and hem. I liked this rough edge detail as a contrast to the covered up silhouette to avoid the look from being to conservative. The inset details are actually done in ombre silk dyed ribbon, and inset in-between the tweed panels for a little sheerness. Lastly, I chose to exaggerate the sleeve as this coat needed a bit of a flair so it wasn’t too simple, and I particularly like the bracelet sleeve length so that it can be layered nicely over longer tops."
October 7, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
Britex Fabrics has been in the news lately. So, what's the real story on Britex? We are not leaving Union Square. The real story at this point is that we've been absolutely overwhelmed by the calls, and emails, and tweets, and Facebook messages from people who are heartbroken at the mere idea that we might be closing. And while it's terrible to worry people like that, it's really reassuring to know that we're so valued in the community - it means that we're doing something right, and we're going to keep on doing it! And I really love having all these conversations that we wouldn't ordinarily have - everyone's got a Britex story.
October 4, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
*In-store sale is limited to stock on floor. Imported/vintage lace, Liberty, velvets, previously discounted (except remnants) and specialty items are excluded. No mail orders, online orders, Customized Swatch service, phone orders, or special orders. Minimum fabric cut is 1/2 yard.
September 16, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
In preparation for our fashion show PROJKT Maiden Lane, which is a week from today, Lance, a Britex Fabrics staff member is styling our windows this afternoon. Check out the plaid, chain, and metallics (all available at our brick-and-mortar store) which make for a stylish and edgy display.
September 7, 2016 by MaleDevonSewingAs you may know, I love shirts. Not just wearing them but of course making them too. Although shirt styles are all fairly similar (well at least for men) you can always have fun playing with the details: Different collars and cuff shapes, placket styles and of course fun fabric and buttons. So when I was asked to make a shirt for my guest blog post, I jumped at the opportunity. I wanted to do something a little different though; something a bit wild and fun. Over the years I have made countless different shirts but there was one particular style I had yet to make: The Guayabera. You don’t see many over here in the UK but I have always been drawn to the relaxed yet precision aspects of such a shirt: The pleats, pintucks, curved yoke and four pockets were enough for me. The fabric had to make a statement too. It had to be bright with a fun design so what better than a cotton print with pink with little birds! I drafted the pattern myself, opting for a normal collar with stand, a triple point curved yoke, pintucked fronts and back with a central double pleat down the spine. Four pocket ‘through’ the pintucks and a cuffed hem. Before cutting the double pleat and two rows of pintucks were added to a piece of fabric that would form the back. The pleat was simple enough but I had to carefully measure the position of the pintucks so they would meet the pointed yoke.
September 6, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
Cotton fabric holds a special place in our fashionable heart. First cultivated 7,000 years ago, cotton is a timeless natural-fiber fabric, whose breathability makes it ideal for many garments. We carry an ever expanding collection of cotton fabric in our online store, including delicate Italian and Swiss voiles, brilliantly colored hand-loomed Guatemalan ikat fabric, nubby couture-inspired cotton tweed fabrics, travelable cotton-lycra blends, and chic designer cotton fabric.
August 18, 2016 by Britex FabricsLance Victor Moore and Emily Payne, wearing masks designed by Lance for Emily's fashion line Leathertongue. These masks will be worn by models for PROJKT MAIDEN LANE, a Britex Fabrics event on September 23, 2016.
As September approaches, we're gearing up for the Britex Fabrics fashion show, PROJKT MAIDEN LANE, featuring Project Runway designers Kini Zamora, Richard Hallmarq and Emily Payne (our own Britex alumna and Project Runway All Star) and Under the Gunn designer Rey Ortiz. Showing new pieces for her edgy Leathertongue line, Emily's focus is a loose-lined, non-gender-specific look featuring painted fabrics by designer Mary Rosenberger.
Emily also commissioned a series of unique masks created by artist Lance Victor Moore, (L.V.M.) who utilized a different organic material in each exquisite piece. Emily's mask in the picture above, for example, features gilded branches gathered in Golden Gate Park, while Lance's look sports gilded starfish arm tips. Lance explains, "Emily contacted me in July asking if I'd be interested in making some masks for her runway show–her line is very ungendered, and the masks are designed to give the models an anonymous, androgynous look." Enhanced with trims and hardware (most of which can be found in our Third Floor notions department), the masks are crafted from leather, animal bones, tusks, shells, wood and even porcupine quills: anything that "had a sharp, spiky feel," as Lance puts it.Lance holds one of the masks he made. He used a variety of materials such as chain, open work metal, studs, and thorns that he covered in chrome powder coat. The mask is attached to the head with an elastic band across the back of the head.
Lance and Emily's collaboration is unforgettable–we're so proud to feature their work in PROJKT MAIDEN LANE! We'll be posting photos as soon as we can after the event.
Lance describes the materials he used as things like "leather, stamped metal, beads, chain, horn, shell, wood, glass, crystal, antler, etc., along with airbrushing, hand painting, sculpting and burnishing metal."
We asked him what his favorite mask is. "My favorite three masks are the wood one, the antlers, and the gold shell one. "
Check out Lance Victor Moore's new website coming soon.
August 9, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
Wool fabric from Britex Fabrics is perfect for every season. Summer-weight wools make elegant pleated slacks, wind-resistant boiled wools are perfect for snow-angel expeditions, tricotine is retro-glamorous for a 1950's gored skirt, and everyone craves a snappy bespoke double-breasted pin-striped jacket for year-round urban flair.
Quantities are limited, so order your swatches now! This sale good for online wool category purchases* only 8/9 - 8/22. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.