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 »
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 415-392-2910.
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.
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!
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!
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*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.
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)
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.
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!
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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 :)”