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  • Designer Fashion For Aviation

    July 22, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Take a walk through the history of aviation and fashion at the SFO Museum’s “Fashion in Flight” exhibit that runs through January 8th, 2017. The show is located in the International Terminal and features 70 women’s uniforms from 1930 to present day, with designs from Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, Emilio Pucci and more. The world’s first female flight attendant was hired in San Francisco, so it seemed logical that the show be displayed at SFO. Check out some similar patterns which are available on the third floor of our brick-and-mortar store. Visit us at 146 Geary Street, just off Union Square in San Francisco, or call our notions department to order them.   The Pan Am uniform created by Don Loper was an homage to the shape of a jet. It is a more angular cut than the uniforms of earlier years. Burda 6775 resembles the Pan Am uniform from 1959 and is available in our notions department.

    Pan Am 1959 looks like Burda 67751959: Pan Am (Don Loper)

    The 1969 Air France winter wool uniform was one of the last designs created by Cristobal Balenciaga before closing his fashion house. The designer fitted each individual flight attendant to ensure proper fitting. It was as if the uniforms were created for a runway premiere. Burda 6669 resembles this uniform and is available in our notions department. The only difference is the pockets on the uniform design.

    Air France 1969 looks like Burda 66691969: Air France (Cristobal Balenciaga)

    The 1968 United Airlines uniform by designer Jean Louis was created from double knit wool and came in two different colors. He used the double knit wool to create a tighter fitting uniform than previous ones.

    United Airlines 1968 looks like Burda 66421968: United Airlines (Jean Louis)

    The brightly colored outlandish 1965-6 "Supersonic Derby Outfit" was worn by the flight attendants on Braniff International Airways, with bright green calfskin boots. Most memorable were the Space Bubble helmets that were worn as passengers boarded flights. This uniform, known as the "non-uniform uniform" is similar to Burda 7114, pictured below.

    Space Bubble Helmet

    Braniff 1966 looks like Burda 71141965-6: Braniff International Airways (Emilio Pucci)

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  • We Love Our Customers

    June 30, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    JOan Burgren

    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.


  • Free Custom Corset Pattern Generator

    May 2, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    This Custom Corset Pattern Generator is a great way to take your measurements when creating a corset. All you need to do to generate a free pattern is enter the measurements of your bust, waist, waist to underarm, cup size, and your center front length. You will then have the option of viewing the pattern as small or large illustrations. Once you have generated the pattern, there are construction instructions as well.

     

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  • Free Historical Costume Patterns

    April 29, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Have 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.   1920 bathing suit   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.   6   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

  • Ankara - Dutch Wax Cotton

    April 18, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Ankara Fabric, is commonly known as "African Prints". " Holland Wax" , and "Dutch Wax". This fabric is 100% cotton with brightly colored patterns.
    Due to the Tribal-like patterns, this fabric is often associated with Africa. People have made hats, earrings, blazers, shoes, socks, shirts, and other garments with this fabric, which makes it versatile. The prints found on Ankara fabrics are often made by batik, an Indonesian wax-resistant dyeing technique. The intensity of the colors in the patterns determines which side of the fabric is the front and which is the back. The fabric was initially intended for the Indonesian market but received a better response from African audiences. WAX COTTONS

     To check out our new online selection of Wax Cotton, please click here.


  • Indie Patterns Come to Britex Guest Bloggers

    February 25, 2014 by Britex Fabrics

    For about a year, our team of Guest Bloggers have been sampling and offering tons of tips on working with a variety of fabrics from our online selection. They have also been sharing their personal tricks on using and altering existing patterns. Here's where the really awesome news comes in---our guest bloggers will now be test driving some of your favorite (or soon to be favorite) independent pattern companies. The list is pretty long, but here are a few. Find the entire list of collaborating pattern companies on our Guest Blogger page.  

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  • Tips: Vintage Pattern Primer

    July 23, 2013 by Lilacs & Lace

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    Hello fellow sewing enthusiasts! I'm Laura Mae from Lilacs & Lace. It will probably come as no surprise that I am a huge fan of vintage patterns.  I adore reproductions, which are generally a little more forgiving because of the added markings and updated instructions, free of damage and strange smells.  But there is something wonderful about working with a vintage pattern that is decades old.  Some have written notes or postmarks, and even contain newspaper clippings, or facing pieces cut from newsprint.  I love to imagine what the original purchaser had in mind when she picked out her pattern! I chose a beautiful lightweight navy wool for this mail order pattern from the late 1940s.  A classic fabric for a classic silhouette!

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     If the idea of working with a vintage pattern intimidates you, here are a few hints. Continue Reading

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