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Buckles, Necktie Interlining, and Metal Chain!

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What would dapper waistcoats, bespoke neckties, tailored trench coats, Chanel-style jackets, and scholarly cable-knit sweaters be without buckles, metal chain, and wool necktie interlining? Our online store now stocks sophisticated mock tortoise buckles from Germany, classic leather buckles, sleek metal buckles from Spain, and two finishes of metal chain…along with luxurious wool necktie interlining, to provide just the right amount of drape to your bespoke neckwear.

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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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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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1930s Button Dress – Decades of Style pattern #3007

1930s-xmas-dress-12-25-12Lauren of American Duchess: Historical Costuming made this cunning frock from Decades of Style pattern #3007 – 1930s Button Dress.  Lauren commented, “I gathered the butterfly sleeves into puffed sleeves, and set the waist ties at an angle instead of straight.  I hemmed the skirt at 3 inches…. Overall, I recommend this pattern. It’s easy to sew, looks nice when complete.” Get your perky on, and sew this dress up for spring in snappy red rayon plaid and sprinkle it with yolk yellow quadrilateral authentic vintage buttons!

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Decades of Style – Now Online!

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We are completely enamored with sewing patterns from small independent companies, so we’re expanding our online sewing pattern selection! In addition to Portland based Colette patterns, we now offer Oakland based Decades of Style patterns. Decades of Style is known for their authentic vintage reproduction patterns in sizes ranging from a 30” bust up to a 49” bust. Eras include the jazz baby 1920s, the glamorous 1930s, the war years of the 1940s, and the chic ladylike 1950s. Keep an eye out as we continue to add more patterns.

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NEW! Tote Bags from Britex Fabrics

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Introducing the revival of our popular San Francisco lace skyline tote, plus two new designs; “COLOR” and “Glimmer, Glamour, Gleam”! These totes are sturdy enough for library books, market runs, picnic totes, and shopping expeditions. These limited edition heavy duty canvas totes were created and hand-screen printed for Britex Fabrics by a local designer in foggy San Francisco.  Want a great gift giving idea? Instead of a stocking, give something people can use throughout the year, and stuff a beautiful Britex Fabrics canvas tote with luscious goodies such as handmade, home-baked and locally crafted items….or even sewing and craft supplies! Tote size is a hunky 14” by 16”.

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NEW! Bow Tie Hardware Online at Britex Fabrics

rudolph valentino profile in polka dot bowtie 1922Britex Fabrics is pleased to offer bow tie hardware for the dandy amongst us; from standard bow tie hook, eye & slides in two finishes and three widths, to metal clips for child’s or adult’s clip-on bow ties, to the ever suave adjustable bow tie kit….we have all your bow tie needs neatly tied up! Bow ties add a fillip of dash-titude to any occasion from afternoon row boat picnics at Stowe Lake, to passionate musical evenings at the opera…although we can’t guarantee the elegance of Rudolph Valentino.

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Britex Sweet-Heart Squared Tote Bag!

heart tote bagNew & hot off the presses! Limited Edition Sweet-Heart Squared Britex Fabrics Tote: These limited edition heavy duty canvas totes were created and hand-screen printed for Britex Fabrics by a local designer in foggy San Francisco.  Our natural tote has a woven heart in scrumptious rich colors on one side, and the iconic Britex logo on the other side. Want a great gift giving idea? Instead of a stocking, give something people can use, and stuff a beautiful Britex Fabrics canvas tote with meaningful goodies such as handmade, home-baked and locally crafted gifts. Size: a hunky 14” by 16” and $15.

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Sew a Vintage Inspired Blouse of Silvery Silk

These two go together like blinis and caviar! Pair Colette’s Sencha Blouse with this geometric silk from Britex Fabrics. Rated for beginners, the vintage influenced Sencha sewing pattern has a discreet je ne sais quoi that only flatters the sedately boisterous silvery silk. Sew this up over the weekend, and be prepared for moonlit adventures.  To make it all even sweeter, this diamond patterned silk is now 50% off in our newly created half off fabric section!

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Colette Patterns & Britex Fabrics 4-Ever!

After getting our first shipment of patterns from Colette, we’re officially going steady with each and every one of the Portland Colette folks! These patterns are awesome; each pattern comes with a handy book that in includes beautifully clear and concise step by step instructions and drawings. The actual pattern is folded into a pocket in the back cover, and some patterns include additional online variations. The Clover pants pattern is made for beginning sewers. Classic beautifully simple slim pants with a side zipper – they would be oh so groovily Mad Men meets Kerouac  made up with Britex Fabrics’ vintage-inspired Italian cotton/lycra  puppy-tooth olive and mauve stretch cotton.

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