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20% Off All Online Knit Category Fabric 7/26 – 8/8

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We love sewing with knit fabrics. Our knit fabrics are great for making zipper-enhanced hoodies, upscale t-shirts, comfy yoga pants, warm weather scarves, or chic Diane von Furstenberg wrap style dresses. Knits are especially great for travel since they are wrinkle resistant! We carry polyester jersey knits, viscose knits, cotton knits, two way and four way knits, scuba knits, and tissue knits. These fabulous knit fabrics are all available online for 20% off from 7/26 – 8/8.

Quantities are limited, so order your swatches now!
This sale good for online knit category purchases* only 7/26 – 8/8. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.

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For Immediate Release – Britex Fabrics Presents: PROJKT Maiden Lane

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            July 25, 2016

 

Press contacts: Joie Rey Cohen / 415.392.2910 / marketing@britexfabrics.com

                        Dina Fayer / 415.392.2910 / dina@britexfabrics.com

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Britex Fabrics presents: PROJKT Maiden Lane

A Runway Showcase Featuring Four Designers
from Project Runway and Under the Gunn

 

Friday, Sept. 23 2016 / 7:00– 9:30pm  / Union Square, SF / Historic Maiden Lane is about to be transformed into a runway, as Britex Fabrics presents PROJKT Maiden Lane–featuring new fall designs from Emily Payne, Kini Zamora and Richard Hallmarq (All Three From Project Runway) and Rey Ortiz (From Under the Gunn), along with new work and collaborations with local artists Michael Covington and L.V.M.

Local designer/Britex Fabrics alum/Project Runway All Stars favorite Emily Payne explains, “I realized how many pieces in my collections have always been made with fabrics from Britex, and that it just makes sense to collaborate on a show. Both Richard and I have done draping workshops at Britex before, but this event is just huge.” Britex Fabrics has a long history of supporting local designers, showcasing their work in window displays and on social media, and even sponsoring the Academy of Art’s Britex Fabrics Project collection in 2009 (which previewed at Mercedes-Benz NY Fashion Week). “Fabrics make fashion–literally,” says Britex Fabrics owner Sharman Spector, “You can’t have one without the other. It’s wonderful to see what designers like Emily do with our fabrics, and we think it’s incredibly important to support that kind of creativity.”

Attendees of PROJKT Maiden Lane will enjoy free giveaways and pop-up shops with Britex Fabrics, Leathertongue & Devon Rose designed by Emily Payne, Goorin Brothers Hats, Threads Magazine, Myla’Cor Martinis, Caffe’ Central and more.

Doors for the Myla’Cor Martini Bar inside Britex Fabrics to open at 6:15pm. Runway show at 7:00pm.

Britex Fabrics offers a variety of workshops, online tutorials, community partnerships and store tours. A San Francisco landmark since 1952, Britex is four floors of fabulousfeaturing high quality fashion and furnishing fabrics along with notions, trims and 22,000 styles of buttons.

 

Please contact Joie Cohen or Dina Fayer for further information about Britex Fabrics or press inquiries about PROJKT Maiden Lane.
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Reversible 7-Gore Skirt

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Hey! It’s Shams of Communing with Fabric with another garment made from a beautiful Britex fabric!

For this project, my assignment was to choose a fabric from the Knits category. I quickly settled on this beautiful double-sided ponte made from cotton, polyester, and lycra.

Reversible Black and Cardinal Red Cotton Blend Knit Fabric
Click the image to see this fabric on the Britex site. It’s also available in sky blue
(Note that some of the photos show this fabric as a bright red, but it’s actually a heathered red in real life)

 

This fabric is wonderful! It has more drape than some of its stiffer ponte cousins. It feels like a rayon and I was surprised to learn that it contains cotton, but no rayon. It is beefy, so it hangs nicely, but it’s also a bit “sproingy”. It presses beautifully. I threw it into the washer and dryer before cutting and it looked just the same afterwards. I didn’t measure to determine the amount of shrinkage, but I suspect that it shrank a bit.

Because it’s a double knit, it’s very easy to sew. If you are afraid of sewing knits, a ponte (double knit) fabric is a good way to get started. It doesn’t curl at the edges due to it’s double-sided construction. This ponte stretches in both directions, but it’s also fairly stable.

I wanted to feature both sides of the fabric and I seriously dithered about how to use it. I was torn between a top and a skirt and I knew exactly how I wanted to make each but, in the end, the skirt won out. I drafted a 7-gore skirt. Why 7 gores? I find the asymmetry of an uneven number of gores aesthetically pleasing.

In order to use both sides of the fabric, I drafted the pattern with 1″ seam allowances and a 1″ hem. The only exception was the waist seam, which has a 1/2″ seam allowance.

I sewed the 1″ seams with the black side facing the black side. I decided to funk it up by constructing it in a car wash style so I sewed each gore 15″ down from the waist, and left the rest of the seam unsewn.

I turned each seam allowance and hem segment to the red side and folded it under, turning the 1″ seam allowance into a 1/2″ trim. I secured each seam allowance, individually, to the red side by hand. You could do this by machine, but I like the effect of hand sewing—I have more control.

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As part of this process, I mitered all 14 corners at the hemline. Mitering is important to manage the bulk that would result if you merely turned up the trim on each edge.

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An advantage of such a clean finish is that the skirt is fully reversible! The red side features black trim, and the black side is solid black.

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It might be summer elsewhere, but when I took these pics this morning it was 50°F, windy, foggy, wet, drippy, and misty. In short, it was COLD and more like winter weather than summer weather!

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I didn’t include a pic of the waistband, and I never tuck a top, but I attached a casing for elastic using the black side of the fabric. Because of the car wash effect, both sides flash the reverse color as I move.

This skirt is a lot of fun to wear!

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“Shacket” Made in the UK

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!).

 

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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).

 

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Online Sale: 20% Off All Online Knit Category Fabrics

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New Online Fabrics

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We’ve got some delicious new items on our website, so we decided to give you a little bit more of an up close and personal look of these fabrics in our store. Starting off are these beautiful and oh, so colorful cottons: our turquoise and watermelon “eyelet” and a metallic flecked orchid (which, by the way, is water resistant! Cool!).

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New Missoni Knits at Britex


Britex Fabrics has received a shipment of luscious Missoni knits, just in time for sewing additions to your autumn wardrobe. These fabrics would be stunning made into a pair of elephant -belled lounging pants, a slinky wrap top, or a simple fitted shirt. Fabric content includes poly/metallic/wool, polyacrylic, wool/poly, and wool, the width ranges from 48” to 54”, and the prices range from $69.99 a yard to $125 a yard. This fabric is found on Britex Fabric’s 1st floor (no mail-order swatches please)

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Ruffled Knit Dress – Sophia


Sophia (age 5) designed this vibrantly-colored knit summer dress. We love the cascading tiers of scrumptious orange ruffles, and how she has paired her dress with knit pants. Her grandmother Tita sewed it for her, and is planning on whipping up another one. The fabric is called Cha-Cha Ruffles, is 93% polyester/7% lycra, 47” wide, and $24.99 a yard.

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