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A June Wedding in Paris – We Love Our Customers

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We recently received this message from our customer Denise:

Hi – I just wanted to send you a photo of a wedding gown I’ve just finished for a client, using silk and lace that we purchased at Britex. The bride fell in love with your Chantilly lace, and splurged! There are a few more photos on my page, with more to be added later, especially one of her in the gown. I hope you enjoy!
Thank you so much! She’s getting married in Paris in 2 weeks, I can’t wait to get the pro photos of her in the dress, out in the garden! And, just an FYI, we bought 3 yds of the Chantilly fabric, 15 yds of the lace trim and 15 yds of the Thai Silk – we both couldn’t be happier with everything from Britex! Douglass helped us with the silk and lace, and I know he isn’t online at home, so maybe you could show him the photos? I’d really appreciate it – We can’t thank him enough!

Thanks again,
Denise!

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We’re Getting Fancy!

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We’re gussying up our website! If you experience problems, please email us at service@britexfabrics.com for assistance.

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Novelty Wool Challis Print Robe & Hem Facing Tutorial

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You can never have too many robes! That was my first thought when I saw this amazing wool challis fabric from Britex. Wool challis is such an amazing fabric to work with and this Etro-like paisley print is exactly what I was looking for!

Since I wanted a luxurious robe with a shawl collar and did not have one drafted, I decided to use Vogue Patterns 8888, View A.

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Given the pattern repeat on this fabric (an uneven plaid), I ended up having to shorten the robe length by 1 ½” to get it to fit within my yardage. The amount I needed to shorten the robe by was just over the pattern specified hem allowance and I really wanted to stay as close as possible to original length. I thought a narrow hem would look out of place on such a luxe robe so I decided to make a hem facing!

 

Luckily I had decided to forgo pockets and had just enough fabric left to allow me cut hem facings. To calculate the dimensions of the hem facing, I first determined the size hem that I wanted. Keeping with the luxe theme, I decided to go with a generous 2” hem.

 

The hem of the robe is curved so to draft the hem facing, I first traced off the front and back pattern pieces along the line where I had cut the length. Next, I marked up from that line ¼” for the seam allowance to attach the facing to the robe, plus the 2” hem that I wanted to end up and finally another ½” to turn under the raw edge of the fabric and be able to topstitch the hem at 2”. Total width of the hem facing was 2 ¾” (¼” + 2” + ½”). I then traced the side seams of the garment to get the side seams of the hem facing so the facing so it would fit perfectly inside garment.

 

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Once the robe was sewn up, I applied the facings. First I sewed the front and back hem facings together and pressed under the 3/8” that I had allowed to turn under the raw edge (the extra 1/8” would ensure I would be able to topstitch the hem at 2” and capture the facing).

 

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The Outlander Dress Featured Yet Again

If you will be in the L.A. area now through August 14th. Be sure to check out the amazing costumes and set models from the Starz tv series Outlander at The Paley Center. The show is free and features the amazing dress created by Terry Dresbach. Terry created this dress with fabric from Britex Fabrics. Read more about the dress here.

The show runs Wednesdays – Sundays 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
465 North Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA.

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Admission is FREE and open to the public.

 

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We Go Bananas Over Our Customers

Hi Britex,
Last week, my Mom and I came to Britex Fabrics in San Francisco (my first trip) and snagged up some Tommy Bahama banana upholstery (say that three times fast).
I identify as a novice, but my mother is a seasoned seamstress and enthusiastically agreed to fabric hunt with me. I had an amazing time taking the “top down” approach through each floor of the store, starting at the fourth floor, and ending on the main floor of the store.
The inspiration here was the Dolce & Gabbana look we saw a block over in their window; with large tropical prints on a classic silhouette. We admired their attention to detail in matching up their panels, but agreed that it would not be a healthy choice for my sanity to attempt such a feat in my first rodeo.
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Thank you for the wonderful experience,
-Julie (pictured) and Terry Stephens
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Online Silk Sale 20% Off 5/31 – 6/13

Silk Sale May 31 June 13

Britex Fabrics loves everything about silk and it shows. Silk is a natural fiber that is usually derived from the mulberry silkworm’s cocoons. Silk has it all; it is smooth, soft, strong, and lustrous. Silk is ethereal for a summer frock, and just as smart for a winter frock-coat lining. We delight in traipsing about to find you the most chic Italian silks, natty necktie silks, brilliant jacquard silks, and airy sheer silk chiffons.

Quantities are limited, so order your swatches now!

This sale is good for online silk categories* purchases only 5/31 – 6/13.

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

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Win Free Tickets to PROJKT Maiden Lane

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Send us photos of your fabulous designs that you have created with fabric from Britex Fabrics, and you could win two free tickets to PROJKT Maiden Lane this fall! Please email photos with your name to marketing@britexfabrics.com

Please be sure to include your name, the type of fabric  you used and any links to your social media, blog and/or website.
If you win, your project will be featured on our blog!

Britex Fabrics presents: PROJKT Maiden Lane
A Fall Fashion Show Featuring: Emily Payne, Richard Hallmarq, Kini Zamora
(Project Runway)
And Rey Ortiz (Under the Gunn)
With San Francisco ARTist: Michael Covington (collaborative pieces with Emily Payne)
and DJ Keith Kraft
Sponsored by: Myla’ Cor Martinis

When:

Tickets on Sale Wednesday June 1, 2016 at midnight!
$15 – $30

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Lipstick and Lace Chemise: How to Work with Chantilly Lace

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I love silk chemises. They are so simple and yet so luxurious. I also love working with lace. When Britex Fabrics sent me a black lipstick print silk fabric along with some Chantilly galloon lace and I knew immediately what I wanted to make!


Chemise Construction

I started with my camisole pattern and added 10”to the length. As with all bias garments, I made sure to have full pattern pieces so I could cut the fabric in a single layer. Since the garment is on the bias, I allowed for 2” seam allowances. I also cut some long bias strips to make the straps. I cut a few extra bias strips because it is always good to have options!

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The sewing was straightforward. With a Schmetz Microtex 70 needle and my favorite Gütermann Mara 120 thread (available at Britex Fabrics brick-and-mortar store) I sewed along the side seam lines while lightly stretching the fabric. Since the fabric edges are on the bias and will not fray, I finished the seams by merely pinking the fabric edges, a pretty and lighter weight finish compared to French seams. In the following picture you can see my original thread tracing of the seam lines in orange and the basted seam line in brown, both of which were removed after sewing by machine (the white thread) and finishing the edges.
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I made straps from bias strips that were folded, sewn and turned. I set these aside, planning to attach them as a final step once the lace was sewn to the garment, preserving as much optionality as possible for lace placement.

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Featured on Outlander! Fabulous French Alençon Lace Trim from Britex Fabrics!

Outlander costume designer Terry Dresbach took full advantage of the width of our lace on the bodice of this turquoise gown. The negative space in the lace creates a striking zig zag pattern running vertically on the torso. The purple color plays beautifully with the iridescent turquoise silk. For more details and everything that is amazing about this dress, check out the discussion on frockflicks.com

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ALENCON LACE TRIM

To order this trim in Red, Grey, Black, Taupe, Navy, or Eggplant, contact us by phone or email.
service@britexfabrics.com
(415) 392-2910

French Alençon Lace Trim Eggplant – 5 1/2″ Wide – $55.00 / yard

French Alençon Lace Trim Red – 5 1/2″ Wide – $55.00 / yard

French Alençon Lace Trim Grey – 5 1/2″ Wide – $55.00 / yard

French Alençon Lace Trim Black – 5 1/2″ Wide – $49.95 / yard

French Alençon Lace Trim Taupe – 5 1/2″ Wide – $55.00 / yard

French Alençon Lace Trim Navy – 5 1/2″ Wide – $55.00 / yard

 

This is one of our most popular lace trim patterns. The 5 1/2″ wide Alençon lace trim, made in France, is available in our online store in
Ivory and White for $45.95 / yard.

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Available Online:
French Alençon Lace Trim Ivory – 5 1/2″ Wide – $45.95 / yard

French Alençon Lace Trim White – 5 1/2″ Wide – $45.95 / yard

 

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“Make It With Wool” National Contest Winner & First Runner Up!

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.

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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.
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