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  • Metallic Linen Palazzo Pant Jumpsuit + Fashion Inspiration by Guest Blogger Jamie Lau

    January 31, 2017 by Jamie Lau Designs

    jld_novelty_01312017_main I’m often drawn to fabrics with texture, particularly fashion novelty fabrics. I particularly love working with metallic brocades when I want to achieve a certain luxury feel. You may recall this Linen Palazzo Pant Jumpsuit style from one of my previous posts. It is definitely a customer favorite! I have been exploring new fabrics to offer it in this season and was happy to find this beautiful, luxurious linen novelty fabric. The metallic finish adds visual interest and elevates the material, yet still meets my criteria for functionality since it is a linen. A brocade would be too thick for the look and ease of this silhouette. Plus, I wanted to work with a fabric that was easy to care for.

  • Online Fabric Sale - Decorate Your Daydreams With Linen!

    January 12, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Online sale: 20% off all online Linen Category fabrics 1/10 - 1/23. 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, hightlighted by our 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. Our online linen sale starts on January 10th and ends on January 23rd. This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch Service purchases.  *Some exceptions apply. Quantities are limited, so order your swatches now! This sale is good for online linen fabric category purchases* only 1/10 - 1/23. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.

     


  • Online Fabric Sale - Decorate Your Daydreams With Linen!

    January 5, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Online sale: 20% off all online Linen Category fabrics 1/10 - 1/23. 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, hightlighted by our 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. Our online linen sale starts on January 10th and ends on January 23rd. This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch Service purchases.  *Some exceptions apply. Quantities are limited, so order your swatches now! This sale is good for online linen fabric category purchases* only 1/10 - 1/23. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.

     

     


  • Two-tone Linen Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Guest Blogger Nicole (NicoleAtHome)

    January 3, 2017 by Nicole at Home

    img_5541 Who says you can't wear linen in the winter?  Using some amazing linen knit fabric from Britex Fabrics, I sewed up a beautiful and warm color-blocked infinity scarf, perfect for the colder months.  For my version, I chose two different colors--turquoise and navy--but this tutorial would work equally well if you wanted to go with a single color of fabric.   Here's what to do.

  • WARP X WEFT: Textile 101

    August 19, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    At Britex Fabrics we believe it is important to know your fabrics. Knowledge of how fabric came into being is equally as important, and can be an endlessly fascinating topic. Enter Geana Seaburger, with her workshop Warp X Weft: Textile 101. Geana, a former Britex assistant buyer and marketing whiz, is an Oakland-based maker with a design studio,and owner of GDS Clothgoods. Although she is currently making aprons to order-and quite successfully-her passion seems to be textiles from the ground up, literally.

    Attend her workshop Warp X Weft: Textile 101 at Britex Fabrics and you will hear, touch, smell, and see cotton, linen, wool, and silk in their most natural form. These natural fibers each have very different characteristics, which becomes evident the more you handle them.

    In the classroom, she encourages students to touch, poke, prod, and pull apart a cotton ball, flax (linen fiber), wool fibers, and silk. Each fiber has differences in length, texture, strength, and beauty.

    "Typically with fibers, length corresponds with quality... "

     

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    As she talks, students rip or pull pieces of the natural fibers and cut swatches from the corresponding finished fabrics, then glue them on sheets of paper, labeling them and taking notes. This exercise helps to illustrate the process that these fibers must go through to become fabrics. Students swatch different examples of fabric weaves, and learn that the sheen of a fabric is controlled by the type of weave it is woven into/from.

     

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    Terms such as hand, sheen, drape, resilience, wicking properties, protein vs. animal fibers, plain weaves, and matte vs. reflection, are thrown around the room as the students handle and catalog examples of each of these. Synthetics and man made fibers are also discussed.

    "If we're  interested in textiles, it's good to know the whole story."

    It is a given that Seaberger is very passionate about her subject matter. She touches on environmental matters as a part of her discussion, at one point saying "conventional cotton is terrible for the environment" in the way that it is produced. She praised polyester for its ability to "imitate so many natural fibers," and described one of the fabric swatches she used as an example of a synthetic blend as a "coarse wool and yucky acrylic."

    Her workshop is given practically every month  and tickets sell out weeks, sometimes months ahead of time.

     

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    Upcoming Workshop Dates
    Saturday, September 10th 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Saturday, October 1st 10:30am - 12:30pm

     


  • 20% Off All Online Linen Category Fabric 7/12 - 7/25

    July 8, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    LINEN online July 12 July 25
    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 today! This sale good for online linen fabric category purchases* only 7/12 – 7/25.


  • Insertion Lace on a Curved Seam - Guest Blogger Nicole

    June 30, 2016 by NicoleAtHome

    IMG_4854 I’m so excited to share my method for inserting lace into a curved seam (such as a princess seam).  For my blouse, I used this dusty peach handkerchief-weight linen and floral ivory insertion lace, though there are many, many options for both linens and laces, both online and in-store! After seeing one of the cover shots for the Hayden pattern, and making a couple myself (two versions here), I really wanted to insert lace in the seam lines on the front and along the hem.  The style lines are curved, though, so the typical way of inserting lace had to be tweaked a bit.   IMG_4875 Usually, insertion lace is applied on an uncut, unseamed piece of fabric.  The general steps are: sew along both lengths of the insertion lace, then cut through the fabric on the wrong side and press the fabric open.  On the right side, using a narrow zig-zag stitch, sew along the edge of the lace again (which catches the fabric on the wrong side) and the trim the fabric on the wrong side, close to the stitches.  Insertion lace can also be inserted into an existing seam, before sewing the seam and after taking into consideration the added width of the lace.   IMG_4870 However, for this blouse, the seam in which I wanted to put the lace was a curved princess seam along the front.  Instead of inserting the lace before sewing the seam, I did it a bit differently:

  • Online Linen Category Fabric Sale 5/3 - 5/16

    April 28, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Linen Online Sale MAy 3 May 16

    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.


  • Vintage-inspired Linen Sundress and Petite Adjustment Tutorial

    April 27, 2016 by NicoleAtHome

    IMG_4435   Aloha!  I was so excited to have the opportunity to make a garment out of one of Britex's beautiful linen fabrics, and I knew immediately what I wanted to sew: a fabulous sundress for the summer (and my family's trip to Hawaii!).  The timing of this project meant that instead of photos from my sewing studio or my neighborhood in Northern California, I could model the dress in Haleiwa, Oahu!   IMG_4455   The linen I chose for this project is a Midweight Cross-Dyed Turquoise Linen is fairly lightweight, though slightly more opaque than you'd expect.  Linens are always a bit shifty while cutting and sewing, so I had to take care not to distort the fabric, but overall, I found it very easy to sew and was the perfect choice for this dress.   IMG_4476   For the pattern, I selected the vintage-inspired Siren Sundress by Decades of Style.  The dress has a faux-wrap front bodice, with secured wrap skirt in the back.  However, the highlight of the design is the cross-wrapping straps that wrap around the waist to tie in the back.  Lots of wrapping going on in this dress!  While it takes a while to get it on (with the aid of a mirror or significant other to keep the straps flat), once "assembled", it is comfortable and secure.

  • Perfect For Spring!

    March 24, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    This gorgeous, 61 inch wide, lightweight, brilliantly colorful, floral, 100% Italian linen fabric is available on the second floor, in our brick-and-mortar store. Perfect for a spring shirtwaist!

    100% Linen
    Colorful Floral Print
    61″ wide
    Made in Italy
    $75.00 / yard

    Contact us to purchase this fabric.
    Please email or call.
    This fabric is not available through our website.

    service@britexfabrics.com
    (415) 392-2910


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