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Unique Wool Crepes, Double Crepes, Cashmere and Other Exquisite Wool!

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Come in and say hello to Douglas on the first floor and check out our recent gorgeous unique acquisitions from Italy that just arrived. Douglas is rearranging our wool wall, in colors from all across the rainbow and every shade in between. These all wool crepes, double crepes, cashmere and other exquisite wools are to die for. Our Britex store owner says this is a “very special” group of goods from Italy, only available in our brick-and-mortar store. Worth the trip in! Not local? No worries, check out our amazing online wool selection.

 

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Novelty Wool Challis Print Robe & Hem Facing Tutorial

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You can never have too many robes! That was my first thought when I saw this amazing wool challis fabric from Britex. Wool challis is such an amazing fabric to work with and this Etro-like paisley print is exactly what I was looking for!

Since I wanted a luxurious robe with a shawl collar and did not have one drafted, I decided to use Vogue Patterns 8888, View A.

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Given the pattern repeat on this fabric (an uneven plaid), I ended up having to shorten the robe length by 1 ½” to get it to fit within my yardage. The amount I needed to shorten the robe by was just over the pattern specified hem allowance and I really wanted to stay as close as possible to original length. I thought a narrow hem would look out of place on such a luxe robe so I decided to make a hem facing!

 

Luckily I had decided to forgo pockets and had just enough fabric left to allow me cut hem facings. To calculate the dimensions of the hem facing, I first determined the size hem that I wanted. Keeping with the luxe theme, I decided to go with a generous 2” hem.

 

The hem of the robe is curved so to draft the hem facing, I first traced off the front and back pattern pieces along the line where I had cut the length. Next, I marked up from that line ¼” for the seam allowance to attach the facing to the robe, plus the 2” hem that I wanted to end up and finally another ½” to turn under the raw edge of the fabric and be able to topstitch the hem at 2”. Total width of the hem facing was 2 ¾” (¼” + 2” + ½”). I then traced the side seams of the garment to get the side seams of the hem facing so the facing so it would fit perfectly inside garment.

 

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Once the robe was sewn up, I applied the facings. First I sewed the front and back hem facings together and pressed under the 3/8” that I had allowed to turn under the raw edge (the extra 1/8” would ensure I would be able to topstitch the hem at 2” and capture the facing).

 

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Warm Wool Camden Cape: Made with Novelty Wool Coating

It may or not be nearing the end of winter here in California and it may or may not have been the best idea to make a lined wool cape, but how could I say “no” when this beautiful fabric was begging to be sewn into an awesome cape?!? Seriously guys, I don’t even care that the weather is going to warm up shortly, this cape is going to get a lot of use. I’m going to be wearing it in the middle of summer, dripping sweat, and it’s going to have to be pried off my body. Ok, I’m being dramatic, but I am really really in love with what I made!

 

 

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Online Wool Sale 20% Off (Coming Soon)

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We Love Our Customers

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Sue Manuel who is a loyal Britex Fabrics customer stopped in looking for some fabric for a new creation that her dress maker back in Canberra, Australia will be making for her. Our staff immediately noticed the fabulous jacket she was wearing was crafted from our French wool, silk lining, and shiny buttons. Her jacket was designed and made by Gloria Grady, her dress maker in Australia.

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Wool Fiber Art

Oh the Glory of Wool!

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Jeff Root is a Local San Francisco Artist who creates beautiful Fiber Art using various Woolens

(Mostly found at here Britex!)

Our Main Floor is a playground for Wool Fabric which you will see here on these beautiful pieces of Art!

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It doesn’t stop there, he also creates Plush toys, Cartoons & Paintings! Jeff learned how to use a sewing machine at a very young age!

His mother taught sewing classes in their home when Jeff was a kid.  When Jeff and his brother were bored (during snowstorms, etc), they would sew beanbags, which evolved slowly into Plush toys.

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How to Make a Cadet Cap: Tutorial + Free Pattern

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Hello Britex readers, this is Mary from Craft Buds and I’m excited to be guest posting here today! I’ve put together a free cadet-style hat pattern for you. Just download the pattern from Craftsy here (you’ll need a free Craftsy account) and we’ll get started. I’ve used two fabrics provided by Britex in my hat, a beautiful midweight herringbone olive & espresso wool for the exterior, and a silky smooth chocolate brown rayon/cupro for the lining. The fabrics are both high quality and were a perfect set of fabrics for a warm and comfortable hat.

All kinds of woolens would work for this nifty cap. Try this Glen plaid wool, then line it with toasty, glorious red warm-back lining!

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What’s Trending Online!

We’ve been keeping tabs on what you all are buying from our website, and here is a quick list highlighting our hot sellers! Make sure to pick some of these up before the yardage is gone; there are some real pretties selling quickly.

 

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First up!

a) Animal-esque Chocolate and White Silk Chiffon, $39.99/yd reg., *ON SALE! For $20.00/yd

b) Softest Whisper-Weight Viscose & Cashmere Knit (Made in Italy), $24.99/yd reg.

c) Heathered Taupe Plaid Stretch Wool (Made in Italy), $34.99/yd reg., *ON SALE! For $27.99 (Limited Stock)

 

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Fantastic Fall 2015 Runway Fashions

 

 

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Being a step ahead in the fashion world is a must and so now that summer is here, we’ve been eying the horizon of Fall 2015. Based upon what we’ve seen from NYFW, Britex has your back for the upcoming season. Starting with Chanel and Balenciaga, white and black textured wools are doing wonders for the autumn season and our 1st Floor has a whole section with similar items!

 

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May The 4th Be With You!

Today, in honor of the 4th, we are celebrating our fellow Star Wars fans by showing off an array of fabrics that speak to the costumes of our beloved series.

 

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