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Tutorial: Attaching a Zipper to a Lined Clutch

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Hello everyone!  It’s Tori again from One Eleven Studio and I’m back with another tutorial!  This time I’ll be teaching you how to make a foldover clutch with an emphasis on how to install a zipper.  Now, I know zippers can be very intimidating, but I assure you it’s not bad at all.  There are a few different ways to install zippers into bags but I find this way to be very simple, and because I produce bags in bigger quantities, installing a zipper this way helps me cut back on time.  I love a good print so for this project I used a beautiful Woven Ikat Striped Cotton fabric and for the lining I used this extremely soft Reversible Two-Toned Rose and Chocolate Cotton Twill fabric.  That being said, let’s get started!

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Facing Silk-o-Phobia with Silk Charmeuse Pants

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Hi everyone! Sophie, from Ada Spragg here, with my first contribution as a Britex guest blogger! To say I’m excited is an understatement. Today’s post is pure inspiration but I also hope to take some of the fear out of sewing silk so you too can DIY yourself a pair of gourmet silk pleated pants! Britex has a jaw-droppingly beautiful selection of silk solid fabrics that would be perfect for this project and I couldn’t resist this ’gleaming emerald green silk charmeuse‘. I’ve been wanting in on this pleated pants trend and hunting around for a good pattern for while. This one, the Antoinette pants by Style Arc, with its pleated details, hidden pockets and tapered leg is just what I had in mind.   Click here to read more »

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ONLINE SILK SOLIDS FABRIC SALE!

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Get 20% off all fabrics in the Silk Solid Category from July 29th to Wednesday, August 13th. Nothing says timelessness like silk solid fabrics, and we carry a charming range! Britex has silk solids with demure crepe weaves, 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. For the best selection, order your swatches online now.  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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David Reposar + Britex Fabrics = Fabulousness!

Tunic with DavidDavid Reposar, local fashion icon, hair stylist to the stars, artist, and faithful Britex Fabrics’ customer was recently featured in all his glory in the rag, SF Style wearing a tunic made of super Britex textiles! Shades of Hedwig, David says, “I tend to break the barriers across the gender divide and wear what I feel best suits my taste as an artist and as the Global Glam Gypsy.” Remember, if you cannot make it into the store, just use our Customized Swatch Service and we’ll mail you swatches for your new project!

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Britex Fabrics’ Emily + Project Runway!

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Sigh! We can’t get enough of Britex Fabrics’ Emily Payne and Lifetime’s Project Runway. Watch Project Runway Thursday night for more of our favorite home town designer.

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San Francisco & Britex Fabrics Souvenir Fabric

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It’s back in stock! This midweight cotton shows everyone exactly where you left your heart….San Francisco and Britex Fabrics! Representing our much loved landmarks and attractions; The Golden Gate Bridge, Haight Ashbury, Coit Tower, the iconic neon Britex Fabrics sign, Chinatown,  Pier 39, Lombard Square, trolley cars, wine country, and more! This fabric is ideal for an apron, quilting projects, or even a nifty camp shirt. $15.99 per yard/44″ wide. 100% cotton.

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Linen in July Sale Ends Monday, July 28th!

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Just in time to beat the summertime blues, our lovely online Linen Fabric Category will be 20% off from Tuesday, July 15 (10:30 PST) until Monday, July 28! Shop from more than 50 rich, scrumptious linen fabrics, including a luxurious selection of Belgian linen fabrics and extra wide 118” linen. We love the cool, crisp feel of linen in the summer–perfect for garments and home decorating. For the best selection, order your swatches online now to be ready to choose your fabrics when the sale begins. Sale ends July 28th. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! (This sale is good for online Linen Category fabrics only – in-store linen fabrics are not included in this sale)

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Emily from Britex + Project Runway = Fireworks!

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San Francisco designer and Britex employee Emily Payne has been selected to join the cast of elite creators on Lifetime Channel’s hit series Project Runway. “Emily is a unique talent,” says Britex Fabrics owner Sharman Spector. “Her sense of style is dramatic, and her ability to put together intricate and unexpected combinations make her a stand-out.”  Originally from Temple, Texas, Emily is happy to call San Francisco home. She produces her online  and custom client Leathertongue designs here, as well as her childrenswear line Devonrose (inspired by her fashion-forward daughter, Devon), which has been carried in select stores from Brooklyn, NY to Dallas, TX.   Over Project Runway’s 13 seasons, Emily is only the third San Francisco designer to be featured.

Season 10 finalist Melissa Fleis, who has become a national success and Bay Area favorite with her leatherwear, says, “Emily has been my go-to gal at Britex Fabrics for years. She’s extremely talented and I wish her all the best on the show.”

Britex manager Dina Fayer notes, “She’s one of the first people you see when you walk in the store, and her sense of style is immediately clear. Plus, Emily is a problem-solver: she can think on her feet and come up with creative solutions in just about any context.

Project Runway-Season 13 airs on Thursdays at 9 PM, beginning on July 24th. This season, Tim Gunn  and judges Heidi Klum, Zac Posen and Nina Garcia will be joined by guest judges Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Elisabeth Moss (Top of the Lake, Mad Men), Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars), Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn, entertainer Dita Von Teese, British TV personality Amanda de Cadenet, designer/Runway champ Christian Siriano, YouTube sensation Bethany Mota, and many more.  There are several ways you can participate and show your support. Go to the Project Runway Site to Like Emily Payne. Plus, tweet your cheers for Emily using #DesignerEmily! Oh…and check out Emily’s Closet Tour and Home Tour videos in their eclectic San Francisco Chinatown apartment; Emily, Devin, Isaac, Bik, and Billy can invite us over for coffee anytime!

Learn more and show your support for Emily here.

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A Studio Visit w/ Lisa Solomon

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Welcome to Lisa Solomon’s studio. Lisa, who is teaching the Hand Appliqué workshop on August 16, welcomed Britex to her studio in Oakland.

We have been searching and researching local designers and makers to teach at Britex. Many weeks ago, we set out to find visual artists working with fibers and textiles who would be interested in sharing their ‘outside the box’ approach to making. Lisa was an obvious perfect match. She is a mixed media artist with lots of teaching experience. She exhibits her work both nationally and internationally and is the author of Knot Thread Stitch – exploring creativity through embroidery and mixed media [Quarry]. Click here to read more »

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New Clearance Fabrics!

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We just added a stack of new fabrics to our 50% off and Clearance section, including midweight wools, shirtings, stripes, knits, imported fabrics, ikats, and more! Pick your pattern, buy your yardage, make a pitcher of sweetened iced tea, put on some tunes, and get ready to sew into the night.

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