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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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NEW – Colette Patterns at Britex Fabrics!

We’re pleased as punch to be adding Colette patterns to our in-store and online collection. Born and created in Portland, Oregon, Colette patterns are known for their design details and vintage inspiration. The designs themselves are often inspired by the past, but constructed to be modern and wearable. Each is easily adapted in a range of versatile fabrics, are available in modern sizes 0 through 18, and have practical details such as pockets. Each pattern comes packaged in a beautifully printed booklet with fine linen-textured cover and stitched binding. Instructions are clearly illustrated, and each includes a glossary of sewing terms and special area for the sewer’s own notes. We will be adding more styles next week, and will carry their entire line.

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Limited Edition 60th Anniversary Tote from Britex Fabrics

These limited edition canvas totes were created and hand-screen printed for Britex fabrics by a local designer in foggy San Francisco. Our natural tote has our 60th anniversary logo 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”

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Onesie Redux

We couldn’t resist this San Francisco moment! iPhone – check! Burning Man yellow fun fur – check! Flower in the hair – check! Tape measure – check! Organic onesie – check! Madeleine provided courtesy of Trudy. Photo from this afternoon’s Britex Fabrics’ onesie photo shoot.

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Organic Onesie for Baby Britex Lovers!

Babies drool over Britex Fabrics! Show the love with a silk-screened onesie. Made of certified organic fabric in a natural color, designed by San Francisco designer Where Collection, and silk-screened in foggy San Francisco. Sizes 6m or 12m.

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Environmental Runway: Embroidered Taffeta Tote Bags from Britex Fabrics

Keeping it green is chic; San Francisco leads the way in the U.S., and Britex is up first on the environmental runway with this sturdy white taffeta tote bag. The purpose of the Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance legislation is to encourage customers to bring their own checkout bags, in order to reduce the impact of disposable bags to the City and the environment. In the spirit of environmental chic, Britex Fabrics commissioned 100 of Lauren Dicioccio’s tote bags just as the Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance took action. The Britex Fabrics’ tote bag is machine embroidered in red on white taffeta, is a sturdy and washable totes, and intended for daily use. Bags are $35 and available in-store and online! See our awesome window display. You can find out more about Lauren Dicioccio at The Workshop Residence in San Francisco.

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Hand-Crafted Silk Flowers at Britex Fabrics!

Britex Fabrics is pleased as punch to be carrying locally hand-crafted silk flowers on the 3rd floor of our San Francisco store. Werner Originals was established in Los Angeles, California in 1972 as a maker of handmade European style silk flowers for home and commercial decorating. They currently specialize in flowers for the millinery and fashion industry made in a wide variety of fabrics including silk, organza, satin, velvet, cotton and leather. Kristin from Werner says, “Having learned the decades long family business of silk flower making in Hungary we were lucky enough to bring it to Los Angeles in 1972 and have been at ever since. The silk flower industry has changed dramatically over last 40 years, seeing most American makers go out of business, we are determined to keep this craft alive. We are proud to celebrate 40 years of lovingly hand crafting the highest quality silk flowers.” All of their luscious floral creations start their life as a roll of white fabric and then go through the painstaking process of cutting, dying, shaping and assembling by hand until the perfect flower is created. We’re fascinated by these artisan methods. Here is a silk flower colorist, flower forming metal molds, and two beauteous finished blossoms.

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Limited Edition Britex Fabrics Totes

These limited edition canvas totes were created and hand-screen printed for Britex fabrics by a local designer in foggy San Francisco. Our basic black tote has an image of lace hand-screened onto textured canvas. Our natural tote has an image of a lacy San Francisco silhouette, including the iconic Britex Fabric neon sign. 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”

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