Calling all glamour-pusses! This sale ends Thursday, October 31st. Get 20% off all fabrics in the Novelty category from Wednesday, October 16th to Thursday, October 31st. Made of wool, silk, cotton, metallic and more, these texturally rich fabrics make beautiful garments. Many of our novelty fabrics have a beautiful metallic shine which helps them stand out in the crowd, and many of our textured novelty fabrics are blends, lending them a wonderful pliability and sheen! Tweed, chenille, and bouclé novelty fabrics delight us with their contrast of nubby texture and soft hand, while brocades possess a unique elegance. Make a swinging bolero jacket, a long mysterious cape, a Chanel-style jacket, or a tailored vest; add elegance and style to any solid, understated little black outfit. This sale ends October 31st. Quantities are limited, so shop now for the best selection! (This sale is good for online Novelty Categories fabrics only – in-store novelty fabrics are not included in this sale)
Karen from the sewing blog Fifty Dresses, made this adorable blanket for her old-fashioned wooden trundle bed, and a matching rick-rack trimmed doll’s blanket from rose and cream checked wool from Britex Fabrics. She says she was captivated by this “friendly jacquard-woven deer, set amongst the bold pink checks, with that subtle gold woolen thread traversing its expanse, seemed to be a blend of Tyrolean style, buffalo checks, and frontier whimsy!” FYI: this limited stock imported checked woolen fabric is available online and in our San Francisco store. It is on sale online at 20% off until October 31st.
“Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
Is a wee one’s trundle-bed.
So shut your eyes while mother sings
Of wonderful sights that be,
And you shall see the beautiful things
As you rock in the misty sea,
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three:
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.” (Eugene Field)
Join us for two events as we celebrate this festive season. Visit our Upcoming Events page for details.
Halloween Costume Contest
Saturday, October 26 – all day
Rendezvous at Britex
Saturday, November 2 – 3 PM – 5 PM
These events are free of charge, so bring your friends! We look forward to seeing you soon.
Rice and Potatoes, two multi-talented gals who worked on the notions floor of Britex Fabrics stitched this up in time for Halloween. Using only a needle and thread, 3 items and our tutorial on Instructables, this easy to make flapper headband will transform you into a glamorous vamp in no time at all! Now you are well on the way to becoming the cat’s whiskers. Shimmy into a frock, pull up your silk stockings, get all dolled up, hussy on down to the Fairmont Hotel, and Bunny Hug the night away to the “Memphis Blues .”
The Online Wool Tweed & Plaid and Lining category fabrics sale ends Tuesday, October 15th. Enjoy 20% savings on the entire online Wool Tweeds & Plaids and Lining categories! For the best selection, order your swatches online now, and make your choices next week. 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. As a bonus, all fabrics in our Linings category are also on sale at 20% off; pick up a length of wool plaid, plus coordinating lining for a nifty new fall blazer! (This sale is good for Online Wool Tweeds & Plaids and Linen Categories only – SF in-store Wool Tweed & Plaid and Lining Fabrics are not included in this sale)
Monday, October 14th from 10am-7pm, Join us for colossal discounts of 30% off most fabrics, most notions, and all remnants.* This in-store sale is ONE DAY ONLY so mark your calendar and get ready for this giant day of Britex discounts! Take advantage of the extra hour of shopping—we’re open until 7 PM. *Sale is limited to stock on floor. Imported laces, velvets and specialty items not included. No special orders, mail, online, or phone orders.
From soldiers and fairies, and chickens and postmen, this open source vintage French children’s costume instructional booklet (circa 1935) of 38 costumes from blogger Pillpat has you covered for an adorable Halloween costume party, although we certainly would not tell if you sized up and made these for yourself! We’re very fond of this coy rooster. Patterns and instructions are both included…and costuming fabric is available at Britex Fabrics.
Just in time for Dia de Los Muertos on November 1st through the 2nd, the ever creative Melissa at the hand sewing blog, Elemental Stitches made this free Dia de Los Muertos Sugar Skull Embroidery pattern. Dia de Los Muertos is a celebration to honor the life of those who are no longer with us and to remember our ancestors… honoring both death and the cycle of life. Stitch these sweetly adorned skulls in remembrance of your departed friends and family, using their favorite colors and colors that represent their spirit. Muslin is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss are available on our 3rd floor.
When: tonight, Thursday October 3rd from 6pm to 8pm! Where: Britex Fabrics and the Union Square area! Britex Fabrics’ first floor, home to woolens and silks, will be open until 8pm tonight for this special fashion event. Britex will be serving bubbly, along a free gift with purchase (while supplies last.) Get ready for the chill of winter; learn all about the different types of wool fabrics including worsteds and more, how to recognize quality and what garments they are best suited for. Carlina from the fashion blog Allergic to Vanilla will be on hand at Britex as well. The F3: Fall Fashion Fest is a myriad of over 25 Union Square shops and an evening of fashion, food and fun! We’re celebrating fall fashion, local trendsetters, food and music by bringing together over 25 shops to stay open late and throw parties with bites, bubbly, gifts with purchase, discounts, live music and more for one fabulous night on the town! Participants include 7 For All mankind, Agent Provocateur, Adam Neeley, Adriano Goldschmeid, Alain Mikli, Bonobos, Britex Fabrics, Cuyana, Diptyque, Fashion Incubator San Francisco & Nespresso Boutique, Favor, Ferrari Store, FINN Boutique, Fresh, Harputs, Joe’s Jeans, Kurt Geiger, Loehmann’s, Macy’s, Maiden Lane Studios, Optical Underground, Paul Smith, Porsche Design, Scoop NYC, Scotch & Soda, Theory, and Vince. Check out the FFF site for parking discount codes, downloadable event maps, and more.
It is October…time to get your mad costuming skills together for Halloween! Mike from Make: made these awesome germ costumes for his children, and shares his construction tips for making the dreaded and frightening Pink Paramecium, which is typically found in freshwater, brackish and marine environments, such as stagnant basins and ponds. We love the practicality of making the macronucleus into the face opening, and the gullet and food vacuole into a pouch for treats! Milk Duds and Sweet Tarts never tasted better. Paramecia propel themselves by violently swishing their cilia, and we can tell that this one is especially speedy! Make your germs from fleece or felt, both found on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 415-392-2910.