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.
Winners of 2013 Britex Fabrics Halloween staff costume contest
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!
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 :)”
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)
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)
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 »
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!
Adam, a local tailor, made his client a suave and chic tailored jumpsuit of brilliant red viscose from Britex Fabrics. Britex Fabrics’ associate, Douglas, assisted Adam. We love the modest plunging neckline and sparklingly bright color. Adam says, “I am an independent designer working in Portland for the last twelve years. I have a collection of men’s and women’s pieces, as well as custom design that I create to order for a clientele. I design, pattern draft, fit, cut, and construct every garment myself in my studio. I am inspired by fabric, color, texture, and finding the perfect fit. Because my main focus is on fit and construction, my designs have often been called “classic”, although I personally strive to strike a timeless balance between fabric, line, and function.” This lovely 100% viscose is available is imported from Italy and on Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 415-392-2910.
This tartan gives new meaning to the phrase “blue moon”, with it’s marvelous combination of moonwalk smoke greys and earth ocean blues. This was inspired by the superbly iconic image of the earth rising above the moon and designed by Steve Sim of Arbroath, Scotland. Steve says, “I designed it on the actual anniversary of the photo being taken in December,” Steve said. “I was prompted to launch it publicly as it was the anniversary of Neil Armstrong landing on the moon a week ago.” Of course, Britex carries wool tartans on the first floor and cotton tartans on the second floor…but sadly, no moonwalk tartan!