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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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Japanese Silk Thread – Now Online!


Britex Fabrics’ online store now carries three weights of Japanese monofilament silk thread – carded silk buttonhole twist, 30 weight silk top-stitching thread, and 50 weight silk all-purpose sewing thread. Some of these Japanese silk threads are a Britex Fabrics exclusive! In a plethora of luscious colors and three weights, these monofilament silk threads are perfect for making hand-made buttonholes, top-stitching, hand-quilting, and other fine tailoring techniques. In addition to tailoring, these luxurious silk threads can be used for many other hand-crafted needle arts. Once you have tried silk thread for machine sewing or quilting, you won’t want to ever return to mundane polyester or cotton thread!

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Tipsy White Chapeau


Sigh! We knew that chapeaux are all the rage, but this causes our heart to beat even faster with delight! Here is the marvelously talented artist Yoko Ono at the Costume Institute Gala 2011, to celebrate the opening of the exhibition ‘Savage Beauty’ in honor of recently deceased innovator and designer Alexander McQueen. She is wearing a fantastique tipsy Stephen Jones hat with a whoosh of swooping white millinery netting over one bright and bespectacled eye.

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Russian Veiling is Online at Britex!


We’re ecstatic to announce that Britex Fabrics now offers both flocked and classic Russian netting in our online store. This is perfect for making romantic bridal birdcage veils, accessorizing fascinators, or adding a charming vintage touch to historical costumes. Of course, a chapeau adorned with black flocked veiling makes everyone appear like we should be riding the Orient Express to Turkey, or rendezvousing beneath the Eiffel Tower!

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