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Category Archive: Britex Fabric Store

Ends 2/27 – Winter Tweed, Plaid, Herringbone Online Sale!

matching plaidThe online Wool Tweed & Plaid category fabric sale ends Thursday, February 27th.  Enjoy 20% savings on the entire online Wool Tweeds & Plaids! Plaid is a beautifully classic pattern, and with its subtle variations of line quality and color it can convey an ever-changing mood. From the royal Glen plaid, to graphic buffalo checks, to playful puppy-tooth, our plaid wools will liven up your wardrobe.  Tweeds have a language of their own. With their nubby, homespun texture, tweed fabrics are ideal for casual jackets, skirts and trousers. The language that is spoken is contained in how you wear it; a rumpled tweed jacket with suede elbow patches screams fluency in obscure film criticism, yet a pair of light-weight pleated front worsted tweed trousers murmurs relaxed glamour.  This sale is good for our online Wool Tweeds & Plaids Category only – SF in-store Wool Tweed & Plaid Fabrics are not included in this sale.

P.S. No, you don’t have to make striking matching plaid outfits for the whole gang, even though we’re kind of in love !

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Britex will close early Saturday – 农历新年

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Britex Fabrics will close at 4:00 on Saturday, Feb. 15th for the Chinese New Year parade!

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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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Our Online Coating Sale Ends 2/13!

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Our online Coating and online Lining categories sale ends Thursday, February 13th. Baby, it’s cold outside; Britex turns up the heat with a plethora of soft wool coatings that will keep your limbs toasty even in the gloomiest weather. Maintain glamour both inside and out while stalking the chilly night streets, tramping through snowy parks, and sipping hot chocolate in outdoor cafes. We have herringbone weaves, elegant bouclés, butchly plaids, alpaca/wool blends, and so many more. To make your new coat project easier to assemble, we’ve included our linings in this sale! Brand new coatings and linings are included in this wintertime sale. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! This sale is good for our online Coating Wool category and online Lining category only – in-store coating Wool Fabrics and Linings are not included in this sale.

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After Hours Britex Fabrics Textile Tours Start in February!

after_hours_iconAfter Hours Britex Fabrics Textile Tours on Wednesday, February 12 from 7pm -9pm. Preregistration is required!  This after-hours excursion, made up of part Britex store tour, part textile 101, starts on the Main Floor of Britex Fabrics. We’ll share with you a bit of unknown history and talk about how fabrics from all over the world end up in our San Francisco store. We’ll show you where to find what you’re looking for in this floor-to-ceiling finely curated and solidly-packed store. From wool coatings and imported designer silks on the Main Floor to outdoor adventure wear and laminated linen on the Fourth Floor, you’ll know the ins and outs of this 62 year old establishment after this two-hour tour. We’ll also talk about the basic textile categories and how they are created using different fibers, yarn construction, weaves and knit styles. Be sure to bring a notebook–our after-hours excursion is as densely packed as our four-story building. The fee for this social evening is $20. Light drinks and snacks are included.

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SFMade, Tote Bags & Britex Tradition

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After sixty plus years in San Francisco, Britex has seen unbelievable changes from the close of City of Paris and I.Magnin to the rise of tech in our very neighborhood. And now, even our usual style of keeping production local is receiving a different sort of attention. Our fabrics still come from all over the world, but our tote bags are made right here in San Francisco. We’re proud to announce that this year we are officially SFMade members.

SFMade’s mission is to build and support a vibrant manufacturing sector in San Francisco,  that sustains companies producing locally-made products, encourages entrepreneurship and innovation, and creates employment opportunities for a diverse local workforce. Visit SFMade before you shop and you’ll be surprised to find out how many local companies are contributing to our local economy from casual fashion to your favorite food truck.

If you want to celebrate with us with great design, purchase your limited edition tote bag soon before they’re all gone.

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Online Silk Solid Fabric Sale Ends 1/30!

Sale ends Thursday 1/30! 410px-Silk_industry-_spinning,_winding,_doubling_and_throwing_machines._(_1858-_)Get 20% off all fabrics in the Silk Solid Category. Nothing says timelessness like silk solid fabrics, and we carry a charming range! Britex has silk solids with demure crepe weaves, textured matka, crisp taffeta, subtle jacquards, slithery charmeuse, and more. These silk fabrics would be superlative for many uses including vintage-inspired blouses, stunningly fabulous luxury linings, and spiffy summer jackets. Sale ends Thursday January 30th. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection!

(This sale is good for online Silk Solid Category fabrics only – In-store Silk Solid fabrics are not included in this sale)

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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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Celebrating PANTONE® 18-3224 Radiant Orchid!

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Pantone has proclaimed that PANTONE® 18-3224 Radiant Orchid is the color of the year for 2014! Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®  says this luscious color is “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” Sew a pair of vibrant orchid lightweight wool slacks, a plum and rose madder tweed jacket lined in limpid navy blue silk charmeuse, and a beguiling floral silk blouse….and get ready for spring!

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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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