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September 21, 2016 by Britex FabricsDIY Enthusiasts. Purchase some sheer organza or tulle, a handful of glittery rhinestones, and a length of silk ribbon on the third floor of Britex Fabrics, and make your own lacy mask...and become the mysterious queen or king of the ball. Continue Reading
September 14, 2016 by Britex FabricsAndrea Kneilands a Britex Fabrics customer from Port Hope, Canada ordered a lovely stretch silk print fabric online, and created a lovely dress and silk tie. Britex Fabrics ships internationally, to almost everywhere! Check out this silk print fabric and others here."Hello, I was so happy with my silk fabric I ordered from you I thought I would share a picture of the finished dress and tie. Thank you for the great customer service." - Andrea KneilandsAndrea has been sewing since she was about 7 or 8 years old. Her Mother and Nanny sewed. They taught her how to sew. She made dolls and doll clothes. In High School she took Home Economics and private sewing lessons. This is when she started to make clothes for people, and she has been making them ever since. She had a small business when her children were little, where she made children’s clothes and some ladies wear. She has always sewn her own dress up clothing. Continue Reading
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.
June 30, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
Today our customer Joan Burgren stopped by wearing an awesome dress that she created with some of our gorgeous cotton fabric. Joan lives locally in Menlo Park and has been sewing for three years. She drafts her own patterns, including the pattern for the dress she is wearing here. She sews for herself, for fun.
April 29, 2016 by Britex FabricsHave you ever wanted to create an historically accurate bathing suit, corset, or an Elizabethan dress? With the rise in popularity of historical fiction period piece shows and films, it's no wonder that there are hundreds of historical costume patterns available online for free. www.costumingdiary.com has an entire collection of free historical costume patterns including Medieval, Elizabethan, and Victorian. Just one click on this page, and you will find a link to hundreds of other patterns. There is a pattern for a gentleman's sack shirt from 1907, a corset from 1911, a bra from 1910, a young girl's kilted suit from 1876, a boy's Russian blouse costume from 1905, a gown from the Italian Renaissance, a 1950's petticoat, and even a pattern for drawers and knickerbockers, as well as a really awesome women's bathing suit project from the 1920's that has no pattern at all. The variety of free patterns available is amazing, and these are just a few examples that have been compiled on www.costumingdiary.com. Continue Reading
April 21, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
Our customer Carla visited us in December and picked out a fabulous Italian Silk Cotton blend fabric. She was looking for fabric for a creation that she wanted to take on her vacation in February. The fabric she decided on screamed "tunic" to her, so she modified the Burda 6935 pattern, which she picked up the same day, created a hi low hem, and added a pom-pom fringe and neck and shoulder trim to create a fun and breezy feel. The colors went perfectly with the waters of the Caribbean. She had fun wearing it and showing it off on the Island of Mustique.
February 24, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
What You Will Need
1. Elastic (no wider than 1")
2. 4 Straight Pins
3. Needle and Thread
4. One 1" Metal Back Patch
5. 1 Garment Tape Measure
7. Four 1" Grips With Brackets
STEP 1: With the tape measure, measure from 1 inch below your left front pant loop, bring the tape measure over your left shoulder and down to 1 inch below and to the right of your center pant loop, or 1 inch below your right back pant loop. This is the length of elastic you will need. Be sure to cut 2 strips of the elastic in this length.
STEP 2: With the scissors, cut 2 straps from the elastic in the length you measured in step 1.
STEP 3: Use the straight pins to pin a horizontal line to hold the elastic end around the grip, making sure that when the grips are clipped onto your
pants, the elastic is snug but comfortable.
STEP 4: Hand sew the end of the elastic so that it's around one of the grip ends. (This will be the back right end)
STEP 5: Take the end of the elastic that is not yet sewn, and put it through the metal back patch, so that the point of the triangle is facing up.
STEP 6: Sew the unfinished side so that it's around a second grip end.
STEP 7: Take the second strap of elastic and repeat steps 3-5, making sure both straps of elastic form an overlapping X.
STEP 8: Trim off most of the excess elastic that remains, clip on all 4 grips.
February 13, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
We here at Britex have one last Valentine's gift idea for you. The people over at Momtastic put together instructions for a lovely heart pocket apron that requires less than a yard of canvas fabric. Come check out what we still have in stock! Gems like the popart cotton pictured above won't last long.
February 9, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
Don’t settle for the same, mass produced Valentine’s Day chocolates and cards as everyone else this year – join Britex Fabrics in celebrating this season of love and self-love by making gifts for your loved ones yourself. In the first of a multi-part series of counting down to Valentine’s Day, we pulled a simple DIY bowtie tutorial from our archives. Just click on the links to download the free pattern and instructions. Sure to charm the socks off your sartorially minted significant other, make a bold statement this Valentine’s Day with a present that’s already bow-tied to present. Britex Fabrics’ online store carries all the bow tie hardware you’ll need!
November 23, 2015 by Britex FabricsWith the holidays coming up, surely there are a few parties to attend, right? The iridescent magenta-black color of this stunning silk taffeta is so joyous and opulent that I knew it had to be a sassy, swingy skirt for an evening fête! When the fabric arrived, I was surprised by how stiff, yet light, the taffeta was. My experience with taffeta is pretty limited, so I knew I had a challenge on my hands! For the pattern, I used Sewaholic's Hollyburn skirt really only as a jump-off point. First off, I removed the pockets. This is the opposite of what I typically do, but I knew the style wouldn't look quite right with pockets (the sacrifices we make for fashion!) Second, I increased the circumference of the skirt hem by about 18" by slashing and spreading the front and back pieces. With the stiffness of the fabric, I felt like more weight would help it drape and increase the drama. Continue Reading