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Category Archive: Fabrics

San Francisco & Britex Fabrics Souvenir Fabric

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It’s back in stock! This midweight cotton shows everyone exactly where you left your heart….San Francisco and Britex Fabrics! Representing our much loved landmarks and attractions; The Golden Gate Bridge, Haight Ashbury, Coit Tower, the iconic neon Britex Fabrics sign, Chinatown,  Pier 39, Lombard Square, trolley cars, wine country, and more! This fabric is ideal for an apron, quilting projects, or even a nifty camp shirt. $15.99 per yard/44″ wide. 100% cotton.

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Remnant Sale 4/24 – 4/26

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The much anticipated 50% OFF REMNANT IN-STORE SALE is here. The sale starts Thursday, April 24 at 10 AM and goes through Saturday, April 26, 6 PM. It’s hard to come by discounts as good as these—remnants will be 50% off their already reduced prices. You’ll find an assortment of fabrics such as fine woolens, wool suitings, silk prints, silk solids, linen and cotton fabrics. Find home décor fabrics as well. Remember, remnants range in size from about half yard cuts to 3 yard lengths, and cannot be cut. This sale is in-store only—on-line fabrics, phone and mail orders are not included in this sale!

If you’ve joined us for a remnant sale in the past, you know the drill. If you haven’t, here are some tips:

1. Arrive early for the best selection.
2. It gets crazy-busy on day one. So, if you prefer a mellower experience, stop by in the afternoon or on day 2 or 3 of the sale.
3. While you’re here, don’t forget your notions—thread, zippers, trims, rulers, marking tools, etc.. They’re not on sale, but it saves you a trip.
4. Have fun! Invite your sewing friends and make it a downtown San Francisco adventure. Check out the designer shops for inspiration, then stop by Otis Cafe for a gourmet coffee on Maiden Lane.

In the meantime, enjoy this selection of provocative images. See you soon! Click here to read more »

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Online Cotton Picking Sale!

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Get 20% off all fabrics in our Midweight Cotton Category from Tuesday April 1st to Tuesday April 15th. 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 many garments. 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, and chic designer cotton fabric. Sale ends April 15th. 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 Midweight Cotton Category fabrics only – in-store cotton fabrics are not included in this sale)

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New – Scuba Knits from Italy!

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Scuba knit or apparel neoprene is similar to ponte knit in weight and feel; an easy to sew, two-way stretch double-knit with a soft smooth texture and beaucoup body. This lovely imported knit is great for cigarette pants, form fitting dresses, tantalizing straight skirts, and spring worthy jackets. 95% polyamide and 5% lycra. Made in Italy. Prices range from $29.99 on up. This lovely fabric is available on Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor, via email at service@britexfabrics.com, or by phone at 415-392-2910. If you cannot make it into the store, just use our Customized Swatch Service and we’ll mail you swatches for your new project!

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Swedish Textiles at Britex Fabrics!

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Scandinavian home decorating textile designs are known for their innovative graphic qualities, wit, and brilliant colors. We’re happy to present a limited selection of 100% cotton home decorating weight fabrics from a Swedish company renowned for singular textiles since 1949. From rows of buildings by Emelie Ek, to fluttering butterflies by Bjork-Forth, to birdies in their homes by Mialotta Arvidsson-Mars, little green apples and more…we have you covered. These are great for window treatments, tote bags, or cushion covers. Come into our San Francisco store or keep an eye on our online store to see more! These charming fabrics are 60” wide and $22.99 per yard. Available on Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor, via email at service@britexfabrics.com, or by phone at 415-392-2910. These Swedish lovelies are arriving online pronto!

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Italian Couture Silk Prints to Greet Springtime!

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Banish your lingering wintertime blues and greet the spring with our luscious new Italian couture silk prints in cool watery paisleys, glistening peach parrot tulips, riotously pink paisley, and our favorite, silhouetted tree branches on a fresh pistachio green background. These Emanuel Ungaro prints are perfect for a classic bias cut tank top or an elegant wrap dress!

(We also have a selection of everyday silks in our 50% Sale Section)

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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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Magnetic Alpha Fibers Tutorial

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What better way to learn about fibers and textiles than with a tactile magnetic experience. Follow these steps for a simple no-sew d.i.y. magnetic alphabet fibers gift project.

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Britex Fab Chapeaux at Del Mar

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Long-time customer Belinda is hard to miss. She has great style, is hilarious and vivacious—the sort of person you notice from a distance, quite literally. She is especially hard to miss at Del Mar. Here are her fabulous designs for the last two years using all Britex fabrics.

 

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Part 2: Beautiful Bound Buttonholes by Laura Mae

Our retro queen Guest Blogger Laura Mae of Lilacs & Lace has a fabulous new project in store for us. There are so many details to this gala outfit that we have decided to break down the process into many fabulous technique-rich posts. Part 1 offers tons of pattern handling tips. Part 3? You’ll just have to wait and see.

[Britex has generously provided the fabric and sewing supplies for a dress I will be wearing to a formal event in October.  I will be sharing some of the steps and construction techniques with you as I work on this project over the next couple of months. All materials were selected in-store.]

 

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I am an avid fan of the bound buttonhole.  There are quite a few variations, but today I will focus on one of my personal favorites.

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