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Kate at MadeMan wrote this dandy tutorial on how to turn buttons into cuff-links. One carefully cuts off the button shank, and then uses metal glue to attach the button to the cuff-link finding. Cuff-links add dash and vigor to any attire. I am taken with the idea of making a pair from a pair from a pair of domed midnight blue sparkly buttons to wear with a coordinating Liberty of London clip-on bow-tie. These would be unique and fabulous accessories for your wedding best man and groomsmen! Britex Fabrics carries Liberty of London cotton on our 2nd floor, cuff-link blanks, bow-tie clips, and a vast myriad of buttons on our 3rd floor!

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The gals on Britex’s’ 3rd floor created this jeweled belly dancing (or “danse du ventre”) costume with a few trims and items from their floor, and a couple of snippets of wafting chiffon from the remnant floor. The fitted top is constructed using a beaded lace overlay top, with metallic coin fringe providing jingling interest. The collar is made of a pair of gemstone encrusted appliqués in shades of amber and coffee, the belt is of a length of swishing beaded trim, and the skirt is made of several panels of chiffon. Please come into our store, or call Darlene at 415-392-2910 if you are interested in buying any of these glittery and delightful trims or jewels! (Fitted top $19.85, gemstone appliqués $27.95/pair, bugle bead trim $13.95/yard, coin trim $21.95/yard)

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We are overjoyed with our new shipment of corset construction materials, and wanted to get you an idea of our selection. All corset making notions are available in Britex Fabric’s 3rd floor across from the Bridal Lace, and Coutil is available on our 2nd floor. Please contact us at 415-392-2910 if you want to buy corset-making supplies, and you will be guided to the correct department.
BONING:
1/4” white steel. 4” to 17” in 1” increments
1/2” white steel. 4” to 17” in 1” increments
1/4” spiral steel. 4” to 17” in 1” increments
1/2” spiral steel. 4” to 17” in 1” increments
BONING CASING:
1/4” white
1/2” white
1/4” black
1/2” black
LACING:
1/4” white
1/4” black
BUSKS:
Silver knobs or closures. 8”, 9”, 10”, 11”, 12”, 13”, and 14”
Gold knobs or closures. 12”
Antique Brass knobs or closures. 12”
Black knobs or closures. 12”
COUTIL FABRIC:
Black (2nd floor)

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Stefan, costumière extraordinaire has documented making his progress making a corset for a friend. His instructions span several months of process of corset creation, and include extremely clear written instructions and photographs. The busk insertion section is amazingly clarifying. He uses professional corset-making supplies including busks, coutil, and spiral boning….all items that Britex now carries on the 3rd and 2nd floors! Please email M. Du Jour at Britex Fabrics if you want to buy corset-making supplies, and you will be guided to the correct department.

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Britex Fabrics has just expanded their selection of boning and other corset-making notions. We now carry both flat and spiral steel boning in widths from ¼” to ½” and 4” to 17” long, busks with brass or chrome knobs, and all black busks on the 4th floor. We will feature details later! To assist you with your garment construction, here is Tight Linings and Boning by Mary Brooks Picken, and published by the Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences in 1922. This 44 page book covers making the making the tight lining, boning, and girdles or waist-line foundations.

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Britex Fabrics carries the retro reproduction patterns, Truly Victorian and Decades of Style! These are great for making springtime lawn party, and afternoon tea gathering garb.


(pictured are Decades of Style 2502 & Truly Victorian TV292)

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