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Indie Patterns Come to Britex Guest Bloggers

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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Purple Velvet Belgian Chef’s Jacket – Duane

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Duane from the sewing blog Mainely Dad is one of our favorites, and we are one of his. He recently made a purple velvet jacket with velvet from Britex Fabric. He is a fan of hand sewing and does beautiful tailoring work; we love his detailed photos of lining the sleeve in this garment. He says, “I’m giving it it’s first outing at my nephew’s engagement party this weekend. I’m sure no one will be wearing anything like it. :) I must say this was a very challenging project, working with two pretty finicky fabrics.”, but we suspect that he is this handsomely debonair all the time.

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Ends 2/27 – Winter Tweed, Plaid, Herringbone Online Sale!

matching plaidThe online Wool Tweed & Plaid category fabric sale ends Thursday, February 27th.  Enjoy 20% savings on the entire online Wool Tweeds & Plaids! Plaid is a beautifully classic pattern, and with its subtle variations of line quality and color it can convey an ever-changing mood. From the royal Glen plaid, to graphic buffalo checks, to playful puppy-tooth, our plaid wools will liven up your wardrobe.  Tweeds have a language of their own. With their nubby, homespun texture, tweed fabrics are ideal for casual jackets, skirts and trousers. The language that is spoken is contained in how you wear it; a rumpled tweed jacket with suede elbow patches screams fluency in obscure film criticism, yet a pair of light-weight pleated front worsted tweed trousers murmurs relaxed glamour.  This sale is good for our online Wool Tweeds & Plaids Category only – SF in-store Wool Tweed & Plaid Fabrics are not included in this sale.

P.S. No, you don’t have to make striking matching plaid outfits for the whole gang, even though we’re kind of in love !

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Embellishing with Rhinestones!

resize8Costumer, Angela from Rhode Island made this meticulous and gorgeous cosplay costume of Elsa the Snow Queen from “Frozen”, the musical fantasy-comedy film. We love the detailed behind-the-scenes tutorial at creating the ethereal and glamorous rhinestone embellished cape! She uses E6000 glue and Swarovski Elements rhinestone crystals, both which are available on Britex Fabrics’ 3rd floor, via email at service@britexfabrics.com, or by phone at 415-392-2910.

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Britex will close early Saturday – 农历新年

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Britex Fabrics will close at 4:00 on Saturday, Feb. 15th for the Chinese New Year parade!

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In-store Sale: 2/17, All Day, Storewide

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It’s that time of year again…

The big 30% off in-store sale* is on Monday, February 17 from 10 to 7 PM.

Count on incredible deals throughout the entire store, from Main Floor silks to Fourth Floor already-reduced remnants. Turn an ordinary pattern into an exquisite designer look-alike. Make a one-of-a-kind tie. Sew a silk chiffon scarf. Commit to making a coat. Did someone say pleats? 2014 is all about challenging yourself to be a better sewist. We’re here to help with scrumptious quality textiles and accessories plus tips and tutorials to guide you along the way!

View our Pinterest Sale Sampler >

*Limited to stock on the floor. Imported/vintage lace, sale, and  specialty items not included. No mail orders, online, phone, or special orders.

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Our Online Coating Sale Ends 2/13!

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Our online Coating and online Lining categories sale ends Thursday, February 13th. Baby, it’s cold outside; Britex turns up the heat with a plethora of soft wool coatings that will keep your limbs toasty even in the gloomiest weather. Maintain glamour both inside and out while stalking the chilly night streets, tramping through snowy parks, and sipping hot chocolate in outdoor cafes. We have herringbone weaves, elegant bouclés, butchly plaids, alpaca/wool blends, and so many more. To make your new coat project easier to assemble, we’ve included our linings in this sale! Brand new coatings and linings are included in this wintertime sale. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! This sale is good for our online Coating Wool category and online Lining category only – in-store coating Wool Fabrics and Linings are not included in this sale.

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Craftsy Classes by Apparel Arts’ Suzy

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If you are seriously looking to sharpen your sewing skills and you live in the San Francisco area, you go to Apparel Arts, which you probably already know about since the design school hosted several Pop-up Britex workshops last year. What’s new is that Suzy, director of Apparel Arts, is now offering patternmaking classes on Craftsy, an online community of makers. Yes, it’s true. You can now learn the basics of patternmaking at your own pace, in your own home. Of course, this does not take the place of participating in an Apparel Arts class in person, but it is a good fix for greatly advancing your patternmaking skills!

Patternmaking Basics: The Skirt Sloper
Patternmaking Basics: The Bodice Sloper
Patternmaking + Design: Creative Darts & Seam Lines

Take a look and let us know what you think!

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Blum’s Coffee Crunch Cake Recipe

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All this talk of the brand new, welcome-to-Britex store tours at Britex Fabrics has unleashed a torrent of Britex memories about Union Square in the 1960s and 1970s…with Blums bakery being the top contender of heartfelt sighs, teary eyes, and desperate jaunts to local bakeries for cake, however we understand that nothing can touch the towering deliciousness of Blum’s Coffee Crunch Cake, created by master baker Ernest Weil, renowned baker from Blum’s and later Fantasia Confections. In honor of the launching of our store tours and San Francisco’s bygone glory days, we present the recipe for Blum’s Coffee Crunch Cake! (The full cookbook can be bought here) (photo by Mr. Ratto)

BLUM’S COFFEE CRUNCH CAKE

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After Hours Britex Fabrics Textile Tours Start in February!

after_hours_iconAfter Hours Britex Fabrics Textile Tours on Wednesday, February 12 from 7pm -9pm. Preregistration is required!  This after-hours excursion, made up of part Britex store tour, part textile 101, starts on the Main Floor of Britex Fabrics. We’ll share with you a bit of unknown history and talk about how fabrics from all over the world end up in our San Francisco store. We’ll show you where to find what you’re looking for in this floor-to-ceiling finely curated and solidly-packed store. From wool coatings and imported designer silks on the Main Floor to outdoor adventure wear and laminated linen on the Fourth Floor, you’ll know the ins and outs of this 62 year old establishment after this two-hour tour. We’ll also talk about the basic textile categories and how they are created using different fibers, yarn construction, weaves and knit styles. Be sure to bring a notebook–our after-hours excursion is as densely packed as our four-story building. The fee for this social evening is $20. Light drinks and snacks are included.

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