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SFMade, Tote Bags & Britex Tradition

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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Professional Coat-making Tips from Jen



Hi everyone, Jen from Grainline Studio here to talk a little bit about winter coats. I know that sewing a full on winter coat can seem a bit intimidating but they really are a most rewarding project, and one of my favorite things to sew! In this post we are going to talk about choosing the right fabric as well as construction tips to get a professional and long lasting coat. The pattern used in this tutorial is my Birchwood Toggle Coat pattern, which will be available in my shop shortly, paired with this unbelievably beautiful and warm Double-Faced coating from Britex. I’m also kind of freaking out about the toggle closures as well. So beautiful and actually made from quality materials. The colors really are a perfect match with this wool! Click here to read more »

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Make a Dangerously Studded Smart Phone Case

DSC_1166It is all about thrilling texture this year…so lets us upgrade our smart phone case to something with pizzazz. Kaila from Hong Kong and the blog C’est Classique made this tutorial on creating a dangerous spiky studded smart phone case using screw-on studs. Studs and spikes are available on Britex Fabrics’ 3rd floor, via email at, or by phone at 415-392-2910.

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Make Faux Fortuny Pleated Fabric!

afb9f840733a79d2b87f01994d2365ffTara and Lorraine with The Costumer’s Manifesto created this tutorial on making faux Fortuny style pleated fabric – it would be fun to have a pleating party with your most glamorous crafty friends, and then make your own sensuous Grecian gowns to perform the rites of spring!

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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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Make a Retro 1960s Peter Pan Collar!


Ami runs My Little Tailoress, a UK blog packed full of sewing projects, style ideas and vintage inspiration. Here she created a tutorial on drafting the ethereal Peter Pan collar, using beginner Colette sewing pattern Laurel and a fillip of creative ingenuity! Add a Peter Pan collar to a floral cotton shirtwaist dress for a pert retro look!

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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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Make Single-Fold Bias Tape with a Printable Template!

double1We love how contrasting bias tape can add a spunky accent to everything from collars to pot holders! Carla, the Scientific Seamstress crated this free PDF pattern to make printable 1” and 1/2” single-fold bias tape templates using cardstock and scraps of fabric. Go wild; trim an old-fashioned gingham apron or gussy up a dainty Peter Pan collared blouse!

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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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