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Tutorial: Festive Tie and Pocket Square

With the holidays quickly approaching, the season of get-togethers and parties with family, friends, and co-workers is nearly upon us!  Whether it’s as a gift for your sweetie or a unique statement to be worn yourself (you budding tailors out there!) sewing a special tie and coordinating pocket square is actually surprisingly easy.

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1947 – Ancient Grecian Inspired Reading Nook!


We love this article in the December 1947 issue of Life Magazine on the baby beginnings that lead up to digital printing on fabric. Life Magazine says, “For the textile-printing industry photographic fabrics are the big news of the year. Although now limited to a group of restrained monotones, both pioneering companies are working to develop techniques that will give them full-color photographs on fabric and an opportunity to compete vigorously with traditional methods of printing fabric.” We’re much enamored of the fulsome full blooming rose frock, the suave skyline necktie, and the indulgent ancient Grecian inspired reading nook!

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NEW! Tote Bags from Britex Fabrics


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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How to Wrap a Turban

Turbans are the new beret. Chic and creative – they can even keep your ears toasty in blustery conditions. Let the squalls squell, and tie on a glamorous turban. In this 1942 video from British Pathѐ, Anne Edwards promises that you’ll become a “natty little pussycat” by following her directions…and we don’t doubt it for one hot minute! So, grab a few yards of fabric from Britex Fabrics and get wrapping!

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Surprise Black Friday & Cyber Monday SALES

Local? Shop in-store for 30% savings on Black Friday. Can’t make it to downtown San Francisco? Shop online for 30% savings on Cyber Monday. For the first time ever, our entire online shop will be on sale. Stock up on your basic go-to fabrics, and invest in the fabrics you crave–one-of-a-kind designs in all fibers and styles. Celebrating the holiday season has never been better at Britex.


30% off fabrics, notions and remnants
All Day: Friday, November 29 from 10 am – 6 pm
Sale excludes special/mail/phone orders, laces and specialty items. Limited to stock on floor.
In-Store Sale Sampler >

30% off everything online
Fabric, Bridal, Buttons, Lace & Trim, Ribbon, Notions and more
24 hrs: Monday, December 2 from midnight to midnight PST
For the best selection, order your swatches online now, and make your choices next week. Sale excludes special orders, custom swatch orders, French Chantilly & Alençon lace trim, 4-ply crepe back satin, selected duchess silks, and gift certificates.
Start Looking Online >

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Free Men’s Shirt Pattern & Tutorial


Melissa of the awesome sewing blog Melly Sews has a passel of charming free sewing patterns, with so many that I had a difficult time picking just one to feature.  We chose this free men’s casual shirt pattern and tutorial, where she talks about how she used  a pattern-making technique called the rub-off, that she learned from the book Patternmaking for a Perfect Fit in order to make a bespoke pattern for her husband (and a Math gEEk shirt for her little brother.) We adore this photo of her seriously studious brainiac brother modeling his shirt, and channeling John Forbes Nash from A Beautiful Mind by recreating  mathematic formulas on glass.

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Elegance for Sale!


ONLINE WOOL SALE! Our entire online Mid/Lightweight Wool and Stretch Wool Fabric categories are on sale until November 30th! From Friday, November 15th to Saturday, November 30th, enjoy 20% savings on the entire online Mid and Lightweight Woolen Fabric categories, including stretch mid/lightweight wools! Get toasty with winter sewing projects — find quality light and medium weight wool fabrics in stunning colors such as warm cardinal red, spicy Dijon mustard, soot black, peacock blue, persimmon, and deep cappuccino brown. All wool and wool blends in our Mid/Light Weight Wool Fabrics category are 20% off for two weeks – from draping woolens for dresses (and even blouses), to worsted suitings for perfect pencil skirts, to flannels and gabardines for fitted trousers.  We all aspire for artless elegance, and woolens help us make the trip! For the best selection, order your swatches online now, and make your choices quickly.  Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! This sale is good for our online Mid/Lightweight Wool and Stretch Wool Fabric categories only – in-store Mid/Lightweight Wool and Stretch Wool Fabrics are not included in this sale. (photo by the illustrious Louise Dahl-Wolfe,  1895-1989)

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Keep Toasty in a Cozy Missoni Knit Dress!

missoni dressEmma from the British sewing blog, SewWhatAreYouWaitingFor visited Britex Fabrics, picking up a length of this vibrant Missoni knit fabric.  She wrote about her process of making a muslin, and then sewing her dress.  She says, “I’ve made a rather nice sweater dress good for the British weather. It got a bit hair raising at the beginning as after carefully cutting out the pieces, a pin got stuck in my overlocker and essentially ‘chewed’ off the shoulder! The cuffs and hem were overlocked and then hand stitched in place to form neat edges, the neckline is banded with royal blue woolen binding.” Emma fretted that this made her look like a frumpy librarian, however we think her frock makes her look like a cozy and brainy Emma Peel! Britex Fabrics has a selection of Missoni knits available on our 1st floor. If you cannot make it into the store, then I recommend that you buy our Customized Fabric Swatch Shopper Service.


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Coating Fabric Sale Extended to 11/18!

Baby, it’s cold outside! Britex is here to keep you toasty; we’ve extended our wool coating (and lining sale) until Monday, November 18th! Get 20% off all fabrics in the online Coating and online Lining categories from Friday, November 1st to Monday, November 18th. We all need a little warmth, and 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! 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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Hollywood Vest by Wanett

Another beautiful project by Wanett of Sown Brooklyn brings us closer to the inevitable truth that winter is approaching. In her second Guest Blogger post, Wanett tells us how she modified a jacket pattern to make a quick wooly and wintery vest. For inspiration, take a look at our online wool fabrics currently on sale; Coating sale ends November 14 and Mid/Light Weight Wool sale runs from November 15-30.

For this, my second Britex project, I got to work with one of my FAVORITE fabrics (again!!):


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