Our customer Tawny recently purchased some exquisite French lace which will become her wedding dress. Tawny’s cousin Jessie Thomason is the person who gets the credit for bringing Tawny’s design concept to life. These photos are of the work in progress of what will eventually become her dress. It is actually a lace romper with a removable chiffon skirt. This concept for a wedding dress is so unique, that we just couldn’t resist showing you.
An amazing couture cotton knit in clear sunny yellow, with a loose cable weave mounted on mesh, this fabric has the luxurious look and feel of a tailored knit lace. This unique knit would make a stunning strapless evening gown or a sophisticated jacket. 48″ wide. Cotton and viscose blend. Made in Italy.
Regularly $125.99 / yard
On Clearance at 50% off – $62.99 / yard
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!
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!
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
To order this trim in Red, Grey, Black, Taupe, Navy, or Eggplant, contact us by phone or email.
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
French Alençon Lace Trim Ivory – 5 1/2″ Wide – $45.95 / yard
French Alençon Lace Trim White – 5 1/2″ Wide – $45.95 / yard
This gorgeous, sheer, multicolored, embroidered tulle is a new favorite here at Britex Fabrics. No one can walk by this fabric without swooning. With a shear black tulle background and colorful embroidered design, this amazing fabric is reminiscent of master paintings – it would make a fabulous evening gown or a glamorous peasant style blouse. This fabric is only available on the first floor of our brick-and-mortar store, and is not available online.
Tulle & Embroidery
52″ active width
$175 / yard
1st Floor of Britex Fabrics
Contact us to purchase this fabric by phone or email.
Sadly, this fabric is not available online.
Wow! I can’t quite believe I am writing a guest post for Britex Fabrics and hope this is the first of many. I enjoy making menswear so why not make a piece for my first post?
I enjoy taking things and adding a twist and this make will be no different. I have used the Kwik Sew K4075 Shirt pattern with a few twists. I like to call it a ‘Shacket’, a shirt-jacket. I like the comfort of a shirt but making it a little bigger, little heavier and adding some informal details works well. A shacket is a great garment to throw on, when the sun starts to set or in the cooler months (we have a lot of those in the UK!).
I was sent 3yds of Ribbed Charcoal Rayon blend Knit, a heavyweight fabric but beautifully soft. The ribbed pattern to the fabric really suits a shirt, giving that traditional pinstripe look but gives detail when cut cross grain such as in the yoke and cuffs. The pattern was cut and I was pleased to find the fabric didn’t curl at all. Pinning was a challenge due to the thickness and stretch but using good sharp pins helped. Anywhere I was worried about stretch I hand basted first (such as pockets on the fronts and button stand).
Remember the fabric we featured that Terry Dresbach used to design that amazing dress in the Outlander Starz official trailer and all over the Internet? Well, we originally thought that we wouldn’t be able to get it back in stock, but the manufacturer is making it for us, so we will have it available for the general public, within eight – ten weeks! This dress is made of a heavy, luxurious furnishing fabric produced in Turkey by one of our favorite sources. Unusually, the floral pattern does not run up the roll, but was designed in panels. Each yard and 1/8 panel contains 2 full bouquets of flowers, and is $99 . We are generally wary of carrying panels like this in the store, because the square design tends to limit application to pillows, ottomans and the like–but we absolutely fell in love with the colors and were confident that our customers would feel the same!
Terry is an incredibly savvy designer, so she turned the panels to her advantage, placing the flowers strategically around the skirt and bodice…and we can’t imagine a more beautiful usage for for one of our favorite fabrics. We’re also proud to mention that Outlander creator Ronald Moore (who happens to be Terry’s husband) says in the Starz trailer that this is his favorite dress!
Recently in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Terry told a story about choosing the perfect fabric for the dress:
“That brown dress with the flowers, that is a great story. My favorite fabric store is in San Francisco, it’s called Britex Fabrics, and I’ve been going there for years and years. I went in and I said, “I know you have something down in that basement that nobody else would buy. Go down and dig something up.” And they come back with that flowered fabric, just magnificent! And the best part of the story is, we roll it out across the table and there’s another shopper there. She stops and goes, “That’s beautiful, isn’t it? Have you ever seen a show called Outlander? It looks like something they’d use on that show.” And I said, “Guess who I am?”
“It was a fabric that set off alarm bells across the Internet. People were like, “Wait a minute, that doesn’t look period correct!” It’s not supposed to be. We want to imagine that Claire goes into a dress salon in Paris in the 18th century and says, “Take this off! Move this! Why don’t we put the flowers down here like this?” She is a modern woman. So the minute I saw that fabric I knew that it had a feel and a flavor to it that was inaccurate. We really made a choice to go there.”
To read the entire interview click here.
If you would like to know when the “Outlander” fabric arrives, please contact us at email@example.com
This beautiful, 58 inch wide, designer floral, cotton blend fabric is available on the second floor, in our brick-and-mortar store. Perfect for a spring floral Mother’s Day shirt or skirt!
Spring Bouquet Floral Print
$45.00 / yard
Contact us by phone or email to purchase this fabric.
Sadly, this fabric is not available online.
We adore linen for its beautiful natural texture, breathability, and classic good looks. Made from the fibers of the flax plant, linen is one of the oldest known textiles. Britex is pleased to offer you a unique collection of linen fabric, including amazing Irish linen. Equally wonderful for home decorating use and garments, we love linen fabric for elegant duvet covers, comfy lounge pillows, tailored curtains, louche summer suits, chic dresses, and delicately pleated skirts.
Quantities are limited, so order your swatches now!
This sale is good for online linen categories* purchases only 5/3 – 5/16.
*These sale prices do not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.
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