The Online Wool Tweed & Plaid and Lining category fabrics sale ends Tuesday, October 15th. Enjoy 20% savings on the entire online Wool Tweeds & Plaids and Lining categories! For the best selection, order your swatches online now, and make your choices next week. 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. As a bonus, all fabrics in our Linings category are also on sale at 20% off; pick up a length of wool plaid, plus coordinating lining for a nifty new fall blazer! (This sale is good for Online Wool Tweeds & Plaids and Linen Categories only – SF in-store Wool Tweed & Plaid and Lining Fabrics are not included in this sale)
With this project, I decided to venture into a different color palette and try out a fabric with some subtle jewel tones—brilliant blue, emerald green, and purple. I was mostly drawn to the metallic characteristics of this French floral novelty blend (I particularly love working with metallic brocades for my dress designs), but I knew this polyester, acetate, and metallic combo was going to be a challenge. I knew two things going into this. First, serging was a must. This fabric has an incredibly soft, wool-like hand to it—super luxurious feeling—but it also has a tendency to fray given its loose weave. Second, I would definitely need to line the dress for breathability, and also to keep the loose threads from snagging. Click here to read more »
Monday, October 14th from 10am-7pm, Join us for colossal discounts of 30% off most fabrics, most notions, and all remnants.* This in-store sale is ONE DAY ONLY so mark your calendar and get ready for this giant day of Britex discounts! Take advantage of the extra hour of shopping—we’re open until 7 PM. *Sale is limited to stock on floor. Imported laces, velvets and specialty items not included. No special orders, mail, online, or phone orders.
From soldiers and fairies, and chickens and postmen, this open source vintage French children’s costume instructional booklet (circa 1935) of 38 costumes from blogger Pillpat has you covered for an adorable Halloween costume party, although we certainly would not tell if you sized up and made these for yourself! We’re very fond of this coy rooster. Patterns and instructions are both included…and costuming fabric is available at Britex Fabrics.
Our retro queen Guest Blogger Laura Mae of Lilacs & Lace has a fabulous new project in store for us. There are so many details to this gala outfit that we have decided to break down the process into many fabulous technique-rich posts. Part 1 offers tons of pattern handling tips. Part 2 is a thorough bound buttonholes walk-through. Part 3? You’ll just have to wait and see.
[Britex has generously provided the fabric and sewing supplies for a dress I will be wearing to a formal event in October. I will be sharing some of the steps and construction techniques with you as I work on this project over the next couple of months. All materials were selected in-store.]
Just in time for Dia de Los Muertos on November 1st through the 2nd, the ever creative Melissa at the hand sewing blog, Elemental Stitches made this free Dia de Los Muertos Sugar Skull Embroidery pattern. Dia de Los Muertos is a celebration to honor the life of those who are no longer with us and to remember our ancestors… honoring both death and the cycle of life. Stitch these sweetly adorned skulls in remembrance of your departed friends and family, using their favorite colors and colors that represent their spirit. Muslin is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss are available on our 3rd floor.
When: tonight, Thursday October 3rd from 6pm to 8pm! Where: Britex Fabrics and the Union Square area! Britex Fabrics’ first floor, home to woolens and silks, will be open until 8pm tonight for this special fashion event. Britex will be serving bubbly, along a free gift with purchase (while supplies last.) Get ready for the chill of winter; learn all about the different types of wool fabrics including worsteds and more, how to recognize quality and what garments they are best suited for. Carlina from the fashion blog Allergic to Vanilla will be on hand at Britex as well. The F3: Fall Fashion Fest is a myriad of over 25 Union Square shops and an evening of fashion, food and fun! We’re celebrating fall fashion, local trendsetters, food and music by bringing together over 25 shops to stay open late and throw parties with bites, bubbly, gifts with purchase, discounts, live music and more for one fabulous night on the town! Participants include 7 For All mankind, Agent Provocateur, Adam Neeley, Adriano Goldschmeid, Alain Mikli, Bonobos, Britex Fabrics, Cuyana, Diptyque, Fashion Incubator San Francisco & Nespresso Boutique, Favor, Ferrari Store, FINN Boutique, Fresh, Harputs, Joe’s Jeans, Kurt Geiger, Loehmann’s, Macy’s, Maiden Lane Studios, Optical Underground, Paul Smith, Porsche Design, Scoop NYC, Scotch & Soda, Theory, and Vince. Check out the FFF site for parking discount codes, downloadable event maps, and more.
It is October…time to get your mad costuming skills together for Halloween! Mike from Make: made these awesome germ costumes for his children, and shares his construction tips for making the dreaded and frightening Pink Paramecium, which is typically found in freshwater, brackish and marine environments, such as stagnant basins and ponds. We love the practicality of making the macronucleus into the face opening, and the gullet and food vacuole into a pouch for treats! Milk Duds and Sweet Tarts never tasted better. Paramecia propel themselves by violently swishing their cilia, and we can tell that this one is especially speedy! Make your germs from fleece or felt, both found on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 415-392-2910.
Britex Fabrics is pleased to offer bow tie hardware for the dandy amongst us; from standard bow tie hook, eye & slides in two finishes and three widths, to metal clips for child’s or adult’s clip-on bow ties, to the ever suave adjustable bow tie kit….we have all your bow tie needs neatly tied up! Bow ties add a fillip of dash-titude to any occasion from afternoon row boat picnics at Stowe Lake, to passionate musical evenings at the opera…although we can’t guarantee the elegance of Rudolph Valentino.
September Online Fabric Sale ends Monday, September 30th! Get 20% off all fabrics in the Silk Solid and the Silk Sheer Categories from Monday, September 16th to Monday, September 30th. We love silk solid and silk sheer fabrics……from glossy charmeuse, elegant faille, to featherweight China silk, to form-fitting silk lycra blends. From airy silk chiffons to bold silk gazaar, you’ll find a silk sheer fabric for any occasion. Tease the imagination with draping layered skirts, or line a silk organza gazaar for a bold evening blazer! Silk fabric makes elegant blouses and stunning scarves…and of course is perfectly charming as wispy lingerie. And to sweeten the post, we’ve added over 30 new silk fabrics just in time for the sale! This sale ends Monday, September 30th. (This sale is good for online Silk Solid and Sheer Silk category fabrics only – in-store fabrics are not included in this sale)