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  • Couture Researcher and Britex Fabrics Enthusiast - Dolly McFadden

    August 4, 2016 by Kristin D

    DOLLY HEADER FOR BLOG   Long time Britex Fabrics customer, custom clothing designer, and couture documentarian Dolly McFadden has been sewing couture fashions since her mother taught her to hand sew. "I spent more time ripping things out and pressing them than working with the sewing machine,” she said in the 1990 October/November issue of Threads magazine.   mcfadden_0018 FOR BLOG   Her research and cataloging of the "Theatre de la Mode" fashion exhibit won the documentary of the same name an Emmy. The exhibit was made up of over 200 one-third scale French mannequins and garments. The Theatre de la Mode was created in 1946 and toured all over the world to raise money for post-war France economic recovery. It was also designed to highlight the French fashion industry. It kept the Paris fashions on the map as the world recovered from the Second World War. Designers such as Lanvin, Balenciaga, Balmain, Sciaparelli, Patou, and others were represented in the Theatre. Extreme care was taken in the making of each mini-garment, down to trim, buttons, hats and accessories. The result was a true reproduction of the designer's creations. The collection has been housed at the Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale, Washington, since its last exhibition at the De Young Museum in San Francisco in 1946. McFadden says she feels "So fortunate and grateful to be part of some of these projects."   mcfadden_0003 FOR BLOG   McFadden has been shopping at Britex Fabrics over the years, and is considered one of our regular customers. She creates custom clothing designs and teaches couture techniques. Special occasion gowns she has designed over the years include wedding gowns and headpieces, after five dresses, and a variety of one-of-a-kind fashions.

  • Oscar de la Renta at the De Young

    March 17, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Guest Blog Post by Tamara
    (Tulle and silk flowers for headdress above were purchased at, and are available for purchase at Britex Fabrics brick-and-mortar store.)
    After seeing his beautiful dresses in the Neiman Marcus windows across the street from Britex Fabrics, I couldn't wait to see the Oscar de la Renta exhibit at the De Young. I knew it would be a treat. The garments made of elegant fabrics of many types, (some which have cousins which can be found at Britex Fabrics) with fine embellishments and unique details, are what made this exhibit memorable. Because I work at Britex Fabrics, love to sew, and have taken courses in Fashion design, I have a wealth of knowledge and passion about fabric. This made me appreciate the garments immensely.

  • The Antique & Vintage Sewing Machine Virtual Museum

    September 11, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    Here is the Antique & Vintage Sewing Machine Virtual Museum with a gallery of over 130 machines in order of country! I am 'specially enthralled with the toy sewing machines & sock knitters. The toy Vulcan machines are totally cute in either vibrant robins egg blue or poppy red. I wish there machines for grown-ups like these! *sigh*
    vulcan senior

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