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Category Archive: Fabrics

8 Tons of Fabric!

Yes Virginia, that is a 53 foot semi truck full of 18,000 pounds (8 tons) of fabric parked in front of Britex Fabrics! Luckily, we managed to get it unloaded between bursts of San Francisco winter rain. To get an idea of how large this truck is, there is a bus stop and bus immediately before the truck’s cab; the truck ‘o textiles lords over the MUNI bus! We’ll keep you updated as we unpack the goodies this week and next week. Gratuitous pictures of fabric to follow…

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Pantone: The Color of the Year for 2013 is PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald

The world according to Pantone: The color of the year for 2013 is PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, a lively, radiant, lush green. Britex has you covered in gorgeous green softness – perfect for a swingin’ cape lined in contrasting magenta silk. 1st floor, wool/mohair/acrylic blend, 59″ wide, $59.99 per yard (limited stock) To buy this fabric come into the store, or order via email at service@britexfabrics.com.

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Alpaca Vintage Frock – Karen

We’re always excited when someone emails us the results of creating from Britex Fabrics’ fabrics; this is a dress sewn from gorgeous herringbone Alpaca (made in USA.) Karen of the blog Fifty Dresses: Sewing classic fashions from mid-century patterns, made this elegantly swank frock from the vintage pattern Vogue 9353 (c. 1957.) We love the yoke and sleeve design, and how Karen utilized fabric scraps for her bound buttonholes. She said, “Even though I did not have “plaids” to match, I needed to pay close attention to the rows in the herringbone weave, so that none of them were crooked.  This is where Clover two-pronged pins (recommended by Susan Khalje in The Couture Dress class) came in handy and helped me keep those rows lined up evenly.” The vibrant Kelly green leather gloves and scarf provide a chic accent!

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I Left my Heart in San Francisco Fabric

Coit Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge, trolleys, and more – this quilting weight cotton fabric lets us know exactly where you left your heart! Here is our San Francisco fabric made into an apron – just the thing to wear while drinking coffee and baking a batch of apricot scones for brunch! And the folks at Tipnut graciously offered three free booklets packed full of apron patterns – full aprons, half aprons, smocked aprons and more! 44″ wide/$15.99 per yard. This fabulous fabric is available in-store or via email at service@britexfabrics.com.

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Plaid Viyella at Britex Fabrics…Swoon-Worthy!

This cold and rainy weather is making us want to get cozy. We want a length of scrumptious (difficult to find) Viyella to make a classic plaid shirt – perfect for chilly drizzly weekends! Make BurdaStyle’s Jakob #6013 for yourself, or for your favorite gentleman friend.  Available on Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor, 57″ wide, $27.99 per yard, and 80% cotton/20% wool. To buy this fabric, come into the store, or order via email at service@britexfabrics.com.

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Literary Penguin Fabric

Literary waddling penguins – what could be better? 2nd floor, Japanese cotton and linen blend, $34.99 per yard, 43″ wide

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Peplumed Blouse from Vintage-Look Silk – Nicole

Nicole from the Bay area blog, Nicole At Home made a charming peplumed blouse from this vintage-look floral imported Britex Fabrics’ stretch silk. She says, “During my recent visit to Britex I purchased a beautiful stretch silk floral fabric, the most expensive piece of fabric I’ve ever purchased (but so worth it!).  I only got a small amount, with some kind of sleeveless shell in mind.  After making the Minna blouse by Salme patterns, their Peplum blouse caught my eye.” We love the effort that Nicole made with the fit, from decreasing the flounce of the peplum, to deepening the arm scythe, to decreasing the darts.

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Silk with Swallows

We are swooning for this new Italian silk fabric that just came in! A classic navy blue with vintage-inspired ivory swallows flying throughout – perfect for a long elegant scarf à la Isadora Duncan. “The dancer’s body is simply the luminous manifestation of the soul.”

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Color Theory Geek Fabric

We love typography and color. HEX, RGB, palettes, Munsell, pixels, hue, Pantone saturation, value, tone…bring it on! ‘Specially for design geeks, Britex Fabrics just received this groove-tastic cotton fabric from Italy. It is 57” wide, and costs $39.99 per 24” panel – available on the 2nd floor, or by phone at 415-392-2910. Nate wants to make a swirly gathered skirt and Avery imagines a spiffy scarf; what would you make?

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Free Friday – Men’s Double-Breasted Coat Pattern from BurdaStyle

Yay BurdaStyle for free pattern Fridays, and this absolutely terrific free menswear coat pattern! We love the stand-up collar and double-breasted styling, with eight buttons parading up the front.  Make it in Britex Fabrics’ midweight Shetland wool coating, in a classic forest green and black large scale Shetland plaid. 100% wool, 58″ wide, and on sale for $31.99 per yard until Monday, October 22nd. This pattern is free from BurdaStyle through Friday, October 19th.

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