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Ends Monday! Online Fall Wool & Lining Sale!

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Our entire online Mid/Lightweight Wool, Stretch Wool Fabric, and Lining Fabric categories are on sale until September 29th! Sale ends Monday, September 30th, enjoy 20% savings on all three categories! Get toasty with fall and winter sewing projects — find quality light and medium weight wool fabrics in stunning colors such as warm cardinal red, spicy Dijon mustard, soot black, peacock blue, persimmon, and deep cappuccino brown – from draping woolens for dresses (and even blouses), to worsted suitings for perfect pencil skirts, to flannels and gabardines for fitted trousers. We all aspire for artless elegance, and woolens help us make the trip! To make your new projects even easier to assemble and more elegant, we’ve included all of our linings in this sale, including the marvelous imported anti-static rayon bemberg. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! This sale is good for our online Mid/Lightweight Wool, Stretch Wool Fabric, and Lining categories only – in-store fabrics are not included in this sale. (photo 1953 Handmacher Advertisement)

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Keep up w/Emily of Project Runway

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Emily of Project Runway at Britex Fabrics

Every week, we watch with bated breath…will Britex Sales Associate, Emily Payne make it through this exciting episode of Project Runway…? Yes she did! Our Emily Payne continues to delight audiences with her lovely style, quick wit, and amazing designs. It’s on again this Thursday at 9pm on Lifetime. Last week, she created a lovely child’s ensemble using a Missoni knit much like the one we have online here.

Don’t miss the chance to meet Emily in person at the Patricia Field Meet + Greet at Britex on October 3rd at 11 AM. As well, don’t miss seeing Emily’s creations live at the Benicia Fashion Runway October 3-5.

 

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Oct. 25 Halloween Workshops + Contest

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Halloween is a big deal at Britex! That’s why we’re supplying you with so much more than just materials this year. The mask-making workshops on October 25 are guaranteed to inspire and transform. A mask is perfect for those that want to keep it simple, but still want to play. It can also be an impressive finishing touch on an already elaborate costume. The workshops are back-to-back on Saturday morning starting at 10:30 and 11:30 and the cost is $15 per person. Get the details and register HERE.

If you are a long-time customer than you probably already know about our fabulous Halloween staff costume contest that takes place every year. Take a look at last years costumes and see for yourself how committed to a good costume Britex staff can be! Join us on October 25 to vote for the winner and enter for a chance to win a $100 Britex Fabrics gift certificate.

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Winners of 2013 Britex Fabrics Halloween staff costume contest

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Dramatic Shawl for Stevie Nicks – Robin

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A long time customer at Britex Fabrics, Robin emailed us with photos and a scrupulously detailed description of a scrumptious garment that she made inspired by and for Stevie Nicks! Robin says it best:

“Less than a month before the deadline I saw in Rolling Stone that Stevie Nicks was holding a contest to design a shawl for her to wear in promotions for her upcoming tour. It was like a zing through the heart by cupid’s sartorial bow! I love Stevie Nicks, her songs, her aesthetic, and her longevity as a Troubadourian singer-songwriter. If you like it, vote here!

Click here to read more »

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Elegent Silk Chiffon Summer Dress – Anne

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We are enchanted with everything about this photo that was sent to us by Britex online shopper, Anne…the sweet smiles, the love, everyone’s elegant style, the summery roses, Anne’s incredible blooming chapeau, and the sophisticated silk frock.  Laura Dyson in Chicago used Vintage Women’s Day Advance pattern 8440 (circa 1957) and a silk chiffon border print from Britex Fabrics when concocting this wondrous creation for Anne’s family wedding occasion. Pictured is Anne, her husband Mike, and their daughter, Emily. Anne also says, “A friend (and dress admirer) here has been to Britex in SF, when I mentioned Britex as the source of that fabulous find she raved about “4 floors of things you need and really knowledgeable people who work there”. I only knew that part :)”

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Ends Monday! Britex Fabrics Online Knit Fabric Sale – Perfect for Traveling!

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Our 20% off all fabrics in the Knit Fabric Category ends Monday, September 15th. Take off for a four day weekend, make a jar of sun tea and a stack of tea sandwiches, and grab your favorite escapist literature, because knits are wonderful for traveling and holidays. Sale ends September 15th. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! (This sale is good for online Knit Fabric Category fabrics only – in-store knit fabrics are not included in this sale)

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We are Closed on Labor Day!

Britex Fabrics will be closed Monday, September 1st for Labor Day.

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Ends Wednesday – August Online All Cotton, All the Time Cotton Sale!

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Get 20% off ALL fabrics in our Lightweight, Stretch, and Midweight Cotton categories from Thursday August 14th to Wednesday August 27th…over 180 fabrics! Cotton fabric holds a special place in our fashionable heart. First cultivated 7,000 years ago, cotton is a timeless natural-fiber fabric, whose breathability makes it ideal for so much – bathrobes and pajamas, sundresses, pillow cases and curtains, aprons, dress shirts and more! We carry an ever expanding collection of cotton fabric in our online store, including witty Swedish home decorating graphic prints, brilliantly colored hand-loomed Guatemalan fabric, elegant imported shirtings, breezy eyelets, hand-blocked Indian prints, delicate voiles, stupendous Swiss batiste, and more! Sale ends Wednesday, August 27th.  (This sale is good for online Cotton Category fabrics only – in-store cotton fabrics are not included in this sale)

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New Fall Workshops at Britex

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Here we go! The Britex workshop space is in full swing this fall with workshops taught by fashion designers, mixed media and textile artists all offered on our 4th floor.

On September 6, the interdisciplinary artist Katrina Rodabaugh, will be sharing with us the very traditional craft of sashiko embroidery through the modern approach of a mini quilt. The lovely thing about sashiko is that once you learn the skill, you can upgrade almost any textile creation. Learn more and register for Katrina’s sashiko mini quilt workshop here. Click here to read more »

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High Fashion Inspiration from 1951


Cull your fall and winter sewing inspiration from these clips of a fashion show at the Savoy Hotel, London in 1951, taken from the legendary British Pathe. This elegant show features amazing coats, suits, and gowns of the early 1950s. We are particularly enamored with Sheila in her fern-like feathered antenna hat and black wool coat, then again in a wool jersey three piece suit with a hip mounted umbrella sheath. These women really knew how to wield an umbrella for great effect!

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