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Sew a Flirty Lace Skirt for Springtime!

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Despite ice, snow, cold, and slush abounding, we hear rumors that spring is just around the corner. To celebrate the promise of warmer weather, bluebirds, and daffodils, here is a free pattern for a flirty lace skirt from BurdaStyle…and to make sure you don’t need to leave your cozy home to shop, Britex Fabrics now has lace fabric in our online store. I’m imagining our black floral lace fabric underlined in delicate bud green silk!
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Trim for Chanel-Inspired Jackets at Britex!

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Britex Fabrics now carries a plethora of boucle, braid, fringed, and chenille trims in our online store, in addition to our expanded collection in our San Francisco store. These trims are perfect for accenting haute couture garments such as Chanel-inspired jackets – layer your trims for a unique and special look! If nothing in our online store is quite right for your creation and you can’t make it into the city, and then use our Customized Swatch Service to access the full line of our glamorous trims. Just buy the service, mail us a swatch of your jacket fabric, and we’ll ship you samples of up to 14 trims to chose from when designing that special look. And if you have not bought your jacket fabric yet, we also carry a full line of couture tweed fabrics – use our Customized Swatch Service and be prepared to greet spring in a new suit!

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Mid/Lightweight & Stretch Wool Fabric Category Sale

opt-pale-blue-suit-womens-pOur entire online Mid/Lightweight Wool and Stretch Wool Fabric categories are on sale from Friday, Febuary 28th to Thursday, March 13th. Enjoy 20% savings on the entire online Mid and Lightweight Woolen Fabric categories, including stretch mid/lightweight wools! Get toasty with winter sewing projects and greet the spring with lightweight wool seperates — find quality light and medium weight wool fabrics in stunning colors such as wild orchid, warm cardinal red, spicy Dijon mustard, soot black, peacock blue, persimmon, and deep cappuccino brown. All wool and wool blends in our Mid/Light Weight Wool Fabrics category are 20% off for two weeks – 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! For the best selection, order your swatches online now, and make your choices quickly.  Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! This sale is good for our online Mid/Lightweight Wool and Stretch Wool Fabric categories only – in-store Mid/Lightweight Wool and Stretch Wool Fabrics are not included in this sale.

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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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