You told us how difficult it is to find quality linen fabrics, and we listened. Just in time for the hot summer days ahead, Britex Fabrics has opened up a blooming online linen collection! Watch as we add more scrumptious linen fabrics over the next couple of weeks.
Category Archive: Fabrics
It is time for love, and we adore this elegantly classic wedding gown – from the softly draped neckline, to the sensuous low back, to the flowing romantic train. Cut on the bias, it would be perfect in either fluid silk crepe back satin or silk charmeuse. Pattern is Vogue 2965.
It has been a long wait, but Britex Fabrics has silk tulle again! Silk tulle is as light and delicate as a butterfly wing, with incredibly soft drape and flow. This would be perfect for an heirloom bridal veil, or to adorn a vintage reproduction garment. 62″ wide.
These silk scarves are exquisite, and would be très stunning thrown over a black sheath dress and worn to a New Years Eve party. Imported from romantic Italy, they are beautifully drapable, infused with gorgeously rich colors, and soft as a kitten’s belly. These are glamorously perfect for sipping champagne by candlelight! And for New Years Eve, we have marked them down for Britex Fabrics customers; mention that you read about this special on our blog or Facebook page, and buy a silk panel for $150 (normally $195). Each panel is approximately 1 ½ yards long, by 54” wide, and found on the 1st floor of Britex Fabrics in San Francisco. This special price is good Wednesday, December 28th to Saturday, December 31st!
Drat! We missed the last SF Tweed ride, however ‘tis never too early to prepare for 2012. We have a plethora of tweed fabrics at Britex Fabrics, ready to be sewn into wooly dapper attire…capes, Norfolk jackets, riding suits, smoking jackets (pipe optional)! According to SF Tweed, we are “a rare breed of cyclist — ladies and gents who refuse to endure anymore spandex! For us there is nothing better than a spin through our fair streets in the finest most dapper attire. As we are courteous, we do not look down on our more pedestrian fellows. SF Tweed will embrace all forms of Tweed Culture: from cycling to croquet outings to picnics — anywhere there is a spot of tea available. If you yourself are hosting an event where tweed would be welcome please let us know!” (photo from Boston Tweed Run, 2010)
This classic natural herringbone fabric is special, as it is made from the fleece of a delightful Alpaca named Lexus (or maybe from one of her herd-mates!) Alpaca is a soft, lustrous fiber that is warmer and lighter than wool and is so soft it can be worn next to your skin. Alpaca is also hypo-allergenic and has the ability to wick away moisture. I love this fabric’s buttery soft feel. Either the tan and natural, or the black and natural would make a spectacular unstructured jacket, or tailored waistcoat for fall. This fabric can now be found in Britex Fabrics’ online store, and is 45” wide/$225.00 a yard.
Missoni knits are now online at Britex Fabrics; we now have a limited amount of our latest imported Italian Missoni knits available in our online store! Missoni was founded in 1953 by Rosita and Tai Missoni, and is renowned for their zig-zag patterns and multi-colored stripes. Missoni knits are stunning; whisper soft, beautifully drapable, and woven in gorgeous colors. We love these elegant wide-legged pants, v-neck top and cardigan made of Missoni knits from the show, Fashion in Motion: Missoni at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Yea! Britex Fabrics now sells wool felt in our online store! Designers and craft-persons find our beautiful 3mm (1/8”) thick 100% wool felt a joy to work with. This pressed craft wool felt is durable and water repellent, with lovely rich vibrant heathered and non-heathered colors. This wool felt is perfect for craft and sewing projects including laptop and electronic device cases, potholders, coasters, floor mats, and soft toys. It is made in the USA, sold by the yard and 24” wide. We particularly like wool felt for Kindle, iPod, laptop and other electronic device cases….perhaps a heathered charcoal grey case with a cream-colored laptop case with embroidered gossiping squirrels (vintage transfer embroidery courtesy of Abigail)!
There is hardly anything better to do with the hot lazy days of summer than to make an icy pitcher of mint tea or tangy lemonade, learn new sewing techniques, experiment with patterns, and make autumn duds. We forecast the recurrence of fabulously dapper casual clothing; the suave vintage-inspired Norfolk jacket is perfect for chilly days spent drinking hot chocolate while strolling through fall foliage. Kass at ReconstructingHistory has published patterns and directions for men’s Norfolk jackets and women’s Norfolk jackets, including embellishment suggestions, historical notes and period tailoring. We are planning on making our own sportif Norfolk jacket from coffee brown and cream wool tweed, lined with brown and cream geometrically patterned silk, and fastened with woven brown leather buttons….with all fabrics and buttons are available at Britex Fabrics!
Here is another stunning wedding gown made of Britex Fabrics fabrics and lace by Karen. She says, “It’s a beautiful Italian ivory lace which was hand pieced to configure into this gown. My inspiration was the 1810 Empire style made famous by Napoleon’s Emperess Josephine….or the fashions of Jane Austen.” She worked with the debonair Douglas on this wedding gown also. This makes me yearn to waltz in the starry moonlight at midnight.