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Calling all Bon Vivants! Online Novelty Fabric Sale

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Get 20% off all fabrics in the Novelty Fabric category from Wednesday, October 29th to Tuesday, November 11th. Calling all bon vivants and glamour-pusses! Made of wool, silk, cotton, water resistant nylon, metallic and more, these 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, brocades possess a unique elegance, and our new Italian scuba knits are chic as Paris. Make a swinging bolero jacket, a floor length mysterious cape, a Chanel-style jacket, a water resistant rain cape, or a tailored vest; add elegance and style to any solid, understated little black outfit. This sale ends November 11th. For the best selection, order your swatches online now, and make your choices next week. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! (This sale is good for online Novelty Categories fabrics only – in-store novelty fabrics are not included in this sale)

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Silk Tunic Dress – Sandra Betzina

Photography of Power Sewings' Sandra BetzinaWe love this silk tunic dress that Sandra Betzina made; sewn with silk panels from Britex Fabrics, and underlined with a lightweight cotton/silk blend fabric. This silk print is unique, and Sandra was astonished by the fact that the cutting lines for the dress are actually printed onto the fabric! Imported from Italy. Each panel is 2 yards and 23” long by 54” wide. $245.00 per panel.

This fabric is available on Britex Fabrics’ 1st floor, via email at service@britexfabrics.com, or by phone at 415-392-2910. (Photo by Michael Mustacchi)

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Winners of the Halloween Costume Contest 2014

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1st place tie – based on costumes of Game of Thrones

 

Click here to read more »

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Connect with our Project Runway Star

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We’re so proud of Emily. She lasted so long on Project Runway! She never lost her cool, dealt with every challenge with the utmost of decorum, was entertaining to watch and her designs were absolutely eye-popping!

The good thing about Emily being off the show is that she’s back to Britex and her custom design work. If you love Emily like we do, there are several websites you should visit—and a few where you can shop.

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Leathertongue women’s line on Etsy

Devon Rose girls’ line on Etsy

And, connect on Facebook and Twitter.

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Costumes of Yesteryears + 2014 Contest Details

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Photograph by Kristin Demoro

We cannot count the number of shockingly awesome costumes in past years’ contests. This pair for example, bacon & egg, still has us chuckling because, yes, the egg is standing on slender slices of butter and was soon to be a mom. A few years ago this same duo did a rice & potato number. See below for complete contest details and how you can win a $100 Britex gift certificate. Click here to read more »

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Make Your Own Fabulous Mask

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We just couldn’t help it. A photo shoot was surely bound to happen since we just haven’t been able to keep our hands off the samples Natalie made for the Mask-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! Click here to read more »

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Wine Connoisseur Quilt – Benilde

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Benilde emailed Britex when she ran out of wine bottle quilting cotton in the middle of sewing a quilt for her husband, who is an oenophilist. Fortunately, we’d just gotten a shipment and were able to send her some post haste! Benilde wrote, “I wanted to make this for him since I found this material on our trip to San Francisco and wanted to make a memory for us. It was an easy quilt to make and I’m so glad I was able to finish it thanks to you. Thank you again for sending me the material I need!” The wine connoisseur fabric collection is available on Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor, via email at service@britexfabrics.com, or by phone at 415-392-2910.

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Emily’s Latest Look from Sofa to Vest

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Emily’s look from Project Runway’s Episode 11

We are all still rooting for Emily on Project Runway! Last week she did an amazing job turning a sofa into one of the coolest vests we’ve seen–the construction was impeccable and the dramatic shoulders were exaggerated, yet wearable. The judges agreed that her look was fabulous…and she was safe yet again! Our other favorite design was (of course) Kini’s soccer ball dress, which was literally a reimagined ball gown. Very sporty.

Tune in tomorrow at 9 PM on Lifetime to see who gets to show at New York’s Fashion Week.

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Britex Fabrics’ Twinsies!

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It is another case of Britex Fabrics twinsies! Dina, Britex Fabrics’ manager, and Barbara from the first floor must have called one another before work to coordinate their clothing du jour. Barbara is wearing one of her own signature handsewn silk jackets and Dina is wearing a black and blue cocktail frock. We think their color scheme is reminiscent of peacock tails!

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30% Off Sale In-Store + Online

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San Francisco In-Store Sale: The big Britex Fabrics 30% Off Sale* is on Monday, October 13. Join us in-store from 10 to 7 PM for this store-wide sale. See below for details and exclusions.

Online Store Sale: If you cannot make it into the San Francisco store, everything in our online store is 30% off on Monday, October 13th from midnight to midnight PST. This is for online store items only. No phone or email orders. Clearance items excluded.

Shop on every floor (and every online category) whether your style is high glam or woodland natural–indulge in exquisite silks, top quality woolens and sharp suitings…or yarn-dyed linen, home decor rarities and the most fashion-forward cotton prints. Of course, already-reduced remnants and notions are also included!

Now, this is important: Share a picture of your favorite purchase using #BritexSale on Twitter on 10/13 for a chance to win a $50 Britex Fabrics gift certificate plus a tote bag of your choice. Don’t forget to follow us!

This is also important: Postcard subscribers, the postcard era is coming to an end! If you receive a postcard, we ask that you please sign up for our newsletter Warp. Weft. Wired. to stay in touch. Find news about new tutorials, see our fabrics in action as sewn by guest bloggers and learn about ongoing online sales and new products. This is where we share community news, too–so keep on sending us pictures of your inspiring projects.

Sign up for Warp. Weft. Wired. now by scrolling down to the bottom of this page to Newsletter Sign Up!

*In-store sale is limited to stock on floor. Imported/vintage lace, Liberty and specialty items not included. No mail orders, phone, or special orders.

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