Here it is—the much discussed Britex After-Hours Tour. So what happens during these evening hours is no longer a secret. First, visitors are greeted and helped to a fine selection of cheese and an assortment of drinks from white wine to sparkling cider. Geana Sieburger, Britex’s educator and programs gal, leads the tour floor by floor starting with a quick chat about what attracted everyone to the tour. Click here to read more »
One of my favorite color combinations is a red with a little bit of orange in it mixed with a nice pop of blue (think Jean-Luc Godard’s La Chinoise). When I was in San Francisco last month for the opening of my Hayes Valley pop-up shop at Makeshift Society, I picked out a Swiss Vermilion Orange Cotton Jacquard Shirting fabric. This fabric has a nice texture to it and I envisioned designing something with a dramatic sleeve given its body.
Scandinavian home decorating textile designs are known for their innovative graphic qualities, wit, and brilliant colors. We’re happy to present a limited selection of 100% cotton home decorating weight fabrics from a Swedish company renowned for singular textiles since 1949. From rows of buildings by Emelie Ek, to fluttering butterflies by Bjork-Forth, to birdies in their homes by Mialotta Arvidsson-Mars, little green apples and more…we have you covered. These are great for window treatments, tote bags, or cushion covers. Come into our San Francisco store or keep an eye on our online store to see more! These charming fabrics are 60” wide and $22.99 per yard. Available on Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor, via email at email@example.com, or by phone at 415-392-2910. These Swedish lovelies are arriving online pronto!
Katy of the sewing and craft blog Sweet Verbena is a school teacher from Texas with a great sense of old-fashioned DIY style. She made this tutorial for a deceivingly easy to sew single loop lace infinity scarf – perfect to see you into spring and warmer weather. Make one with lace from our online store, and then line it in a contrasting color for added verve!
Free Weekly Britex Fabrics Saturday Morning Store Tours – Saturday, March 29 at 11am. Preregistration is required! This 25 minute tour starts in the back of Britex on Maiden Lane with a bit of history that will knock your socks off. A quick walk through each of the four floors will give you the confidence and know-how to handle even the busiest Britex day. We’ll show you where things are located, talk about our history and what’s up our sleeves for the new year. This is a fast paced tour so be sure to arrive early. Wondering if this tour is right for you? This is a free tour for special customers that want to better maneuver through this decades-old store and its highly methodical organizational systems. Space is limited. Afterwards, take time off for sewing project planning over a latte and pastry in Union Square for a marvelous Saturday morning!
Banish your lingering wintertime blues and greet the spring with our luscious new Italian couture silk prints in cool watery paisleys, glistening peach parrot tulips, riotously pink paisley, and our favorite, silhouetted tree branches on a fresh pistachio green background. These Emanuel Ungaro prints are perfect for a classic bias cut tank top or an elegant wrap dress!
(We also have a selection of everyday silks in our 50% Sale Section)
Yes, you heard right. We are taking a break from pop-up workshops, but not without a better offer in exchange. Warp x Weft: Textile 101 workshops are now happening on the Fourth floor of Britex!
Many of you joined us last year all over San Francisco for demos and workshops like simple dress-making by Sonya Philip at Makeshift Society, leather-working by Melissa Fleis at the NWBLK, and of course, textile workshops by our very own textile whiz Geana Sieburger.
Now with our new workshop space on the Fourth Floor, we first bring you Warp x Weft: Textile 101—a 2-hour fiber and textile construction intensive. Next in-store are workshops from designers, artists and other experts, so stay tuned.
If you love to sew, get giddy over textiles and feel immense joy learning about these things in groups of people who feel the same way about sewing and textiles, don’t take a chance—subscribe to the newsletter at the footer of this page or on our homepage and never miss an opportunity. New workshops, demos and events are currently under development…
P.S. Join us for a workshop-space launch party in April! Date will be announced soon.
Twinsies at Britex Fabrics rule! Dina, our store manager, and Ina, from our first floor must have special textile ESP.
When the opportunity came up to work with some of the beautiful Britex knits AND use a pattern from one of the independent patternmakers newly affiliated with Britex, I jumped on it. Not only did I already have my eye on this dotted viscose/lycra blend fabric, but I had the perfect pattern in mind, too: the Renfrew cowl neck from Sewaholic. I’ve made the top a few times, but love the fit and shape so much, that I was excited to sew it up again in this lovely, drapey fabric.
We’re always excited when we hear from Britex customer and Persian couture designer, Nima of Nima Shiraz Couture. Here is a glamorous, sophisticated cocktail dress he designed of double-sided silk duchess satin and various lace trims that were acquired at Britex. One side is princess blue and the other side is lavender. The lovely embellishments are a combination of multiple Venise lace trims and beaded trim from Britex Fabrics’ 3rd floor. His designs are always glamorous, often sultry, and 100% stunning! (Photo by Scott Marrs and the model is Danielle Hartono)