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June 19, 2017 by Britex Fabricshere. If you want to improve your hand sewing and stereoscopic skills, just register for our Hand Sewing 101 workshop with Natalie!
December 8, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
Learn to drape from Project Runway star Emily Payne. Emily will share her own designs by letting you in on her draping secrets. This demo will last about one hour and a half, with plenty of time for q&a to follow.
Plus, every participant gets 20% off regular-priced fabrics coupon. Whether you are a Project Runway fan or you are interested in draping, this is the demo workshop for you.
Emily Payne, San Francisco based fashion designer and former Britex Fabrics team member has showcased her fashion design skills on the Lifetime network series Project Runway Season 13, and was also featured on Project Runway All Stars. Emily's fashion labels are Leathertongue and DevonRose.
October 13, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
Join local fashion designer and Britex Fabrics guest blogger Jamie Lau for a two-hour interactive workshop on fashion design. This inspirational and creative fashion design course will introduce you to the principles of fashion design, including basic fashion drawing techniques, creating mood boards for color selection, and fabric awareness.
Upcoming dates: Saturday, October 15th, Saturday, November 5th, and Saturday, December 3rd.
Students will have access to croquis (fashion figure templates), colored pencils, and markers for sketching. In addition, students will also create inspirational mood boards using magazine tears, fabric swatches, and collage. This course is open to students, aspiring fashion designers, stylists, fashionistas, and seamstresses alike.
(All supplies provided by Britex Fabrics.)
Jamie Lau is a designer, sewing instructor, fashion writer, and native San Franciscan. A self-taught seamstress consistently inspired by her love of dresses, Jamie infuses a playful nostalgia into her work by transforming simple silhouettes into fashion forward frocks sewn from traditional Japanese prints, luxurious brocades, handwoven ikats, and her own textile designs. In addition to designing her clothing line Jamie Lau Designs, she guest blogs and teaches workshops for Britex Fabrics. Jamie is also the author of BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern and is a sewing instructor at New York's Textile Arts Center. After ten plus years of living in New York, Jamie relocated her design studio to San Francisco.
August 19, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
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... "
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.
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.
July 5, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
Hand Sewing 101 (coming soon)
Learn basic hand sewing techniques to banish your fears of stitching by hand. This beginner-level class will cover the essentials, from tools and materials to all the most common sewing stitches. No previous sewing experience required.
Hand Sewing for Mending & Repair (coming soon)
Rescue worn clothing with simple hand mending techniques. This class will cover basic hand-sewn repairs for tears, holes, and frayed fabrics. Students are expected to know basic hand-sewing techniques.before taking this class.
Keep up with our upcoming events to reserve your space in our workshops.
February 12, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
November 15, 2015 by Britex Fabrics
Calling all fashionistas and fashion enthusiasts! Have you ever wanted to learn real world fashion skills from a full-time designer? Well, now is your chance. Jamie Lau, of Jamie Lau Designs, will be here on December 19th to show you the basics for beginning a successful move into the world of fashion. She will cover starter fashion drawing techniques, creating mood boards for color selection, and will help with fabric awareness. Students will have access to croquis (fashion figure templates), colored pencils, and markers for sketching. In addition, you will also create inspirational mood boards using magazine tears, fabric swatches, and collage.
Because space is limited, we encourage you to sign-up right away! See our events page for information on reserving your spot.
April 27, 2015 by Britex Fabrics
One of our lovely guest bloggers, Jamie Lau of Jamie Lau Designs, is traveling from the East Coast next month and will be hosting a workshop while she is here. We are so excited to have her in the store, and we hope that you will join us for her demo. Jamie will be here on May 21st to show us how to draft our own collars, including Peter Pan and Mandarin collars, and also how to alter pre-exisiting pattern pieces. Make sure you sign-up soon to reserve your spot!
October 29, 2014 by Britex FabricsKnit a Loop Scarf Using Fabric workshop on Saturday, November 1---yes, that is the day after Halloween. Local Designer, Kika Knaup, will walk us through the steps of making this simple art scarf.
October 22, 2014 by Britex FabricsMask-Making workshop this Saturday. Natalie is the manager and buyer for the Notions Department, and is also an avid seamstress, specializing in hand-crafted reproductions of historical costumes and accessories ranging from the Renaissance to the Roaring ‘20s. For several years we've all had the pleasure of seeing her amazing costumes---often winning the annual Costume Contest---but learning from her is a rare opportunity. Follow her sewing adventures on her blog Frolicking Frocks, and of course, join us on 10/25!