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  • Novelty Wool Challis Print Robe & Hem Facing Tutorial

    June 23, 2016 by Orange Lingerie

    Finished_Garment 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. Vogue_Patterns_8888   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.   Hem_Facing_Pattern 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).   Hem_Facings_Prep

  • The Outlander Dress Featured Yet Again

    June 9, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    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.

    outlander plus fabric for blog

    Admission is FREE and open to the public.


  • We Go Bananas Over Our Customers

    May 31, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    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.
    Thank you for the wonderful experience,
    -Julie (pictured) and Terry Stephens

  • Online Silk Sale 20% Off 5/31 - 6/13

    May 31, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    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.

  • Win Free Tickets to PROJKT Maiden Lane

    May 25, 2016 by Britex Fabrics


    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

    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


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

  • Lipstick and Lace Chemise: How to Work with Chantilly Lace

    May 23, 2016 by Orange Lingerie

    Finished_Chemise_2 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!
    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.
    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.

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

    May 17, 2016 by 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

    purple french lace trim Starz Outlander FFImage courtesy of and


    To order this trim in Red, Grey, Black, Taupe, Navy, or Eggplant, contact us by phone or email.
    (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.

    Ivory trim

    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


  • "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.

  • 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 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.

  • We Love Our Customers

    March 28, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Kathy Dell is no stranger to Britex Fabrics. She attended our Warp X Weft: Textile 101 workshop on Saturday, and was wearing her "fiesta shirt", which is one of her many garments that she created with fabric from Britex Fabrics, and is perfect for spring. Kathy used a Misses Asymmetrical Seam-Detail Top Pattern which can be found here.   Kathy's mother taught her to sew when she was about 10 years old.  She made many of her clothes in high school, but then her sewing took a back seat to college and a long career in the medical device industry.  Her husband bought her a new computerized machine last fall and she has been enjoying creating fun things since then.  Britex is her “go to” fabric store, because of the quality of textiles and service she receives when visiting with us. blog 3 28

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