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What is new and fabulous in our online store this month? Silks, woolens, cottons, buttons, lace trims, and more...each month brings new temptations!

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Information and tutorials for folks interested in antique Italian lacework, nouveau fashion, sewing techniques and much much more!

Britex At The Symphony

As many know, Britex has been a long standing San Francisco icon, along with many other wonderful places. One of which is our famous San Francisco Symphony. Last month, the two met in a spectacular event celebrating music director Michael Tilson Thomas’ 70th birthday.

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Tutorial: Reinforcing a Kimono Sleeve Like an Expert

Hello everyone! Today I have a few tricks to help you reinforce the curved edge of a kimono sleeve using this wool and mohair boucle.

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I love a kimono sleeve. The design feature is classic, easy to wear, and very easy to construct. As a fan of vintage silhouettes, I have made quite a few dresses and blouses with this design feature over the years. But I have never liked the fact that it requires clipping into a seam that sees a lot of movement and potential wear. Click here to read more »

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Annual Storewide & Online President’s Day Sale!

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It’s that time of year again–you can shop for the finest fabrics available at prices worth celebrating. Our traditional sale includes fabrics, notions and remnants–that’s four floors (and all online categories) of truly unique materials, all at 30% off.

SHOP IN OUR SAN FRANCISCO STORE!
30% Off In-Store President’s Day Sale*
Monday 2/16 10-7 (we are open one extra hour)
Tuesday 2/17 10-6

SHOP ONLINE!
30% Off President’s Day Sale**
Includes fabrics, notions, lace trim, buttons, ribbon etc
Monday 2/16 midnight to midnight PST
Tuesday 2/17 midnight to midnight PST

WIN A PRIZE!
Shop in-store and share a picture of your favorite purchase using #BritexSale on Twitter on 2/16 or 2/17 for a chance to win a $50 Britex Fabrics Gift Certificate. Don’t forget to follow us! Winner will be announced on 2/17.

*In-store sale is limited to stock on floor. Imported/vintage lace, Liberty, velvets and specialty items not included. No mail orders, phone, or special orders. Minimum fabric cut is 1/2 yard.

**Online sale excludes custom swatch orders, French Chantilly & Alençon lace trim, 4-ply crepe back satin, selected duchess silks, already discounted items, and gift certificates.

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About the Artwork: The New San Francisco

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As a 60+ year-old San Francisco institution, Britex has seen and endured many waves of change. However, if you have been downtown lately you might wonder for yourself if this is different. Change is abound, but as you drive by the cranes and read about the latest tech start-up taking residence in SF, remember Britex is here amidst the construction to support and inspire you with the finest and awesome-est materials, plus loads of workshops to take your skills to the next level.

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Block Printing at Britex w/ The Recoverie

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Our first block printing workshop of the year was, as suspected, a complete blast. Our teacher, Danielle Broder of The Recoverie, knows her craft. But, even better than that, she loves sharing her craft with others so that everyone can experience the satisfaction of creating their own surface designs.

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Adding Buttonholes to Lightweight Knits

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For my first Britex blog post of 2015 I was excited to work with the beautiful selection of silks that Britex carries!  I chose to sew our new Camas Blouse pattern using a drapey and incredibly soft silk jersey knit.  I added a contrast panel to the back of the blouse using a floaty grey silk chiffon.

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Pre-Spring Online Linen Sale!

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Don’t let snow and ice get you down, but dream of springtime! Be prepared to stroll in the park with newly blooming cherry trees and picnic amongst tulips and daffodils while wearing refreshing linen! Our lovely online Linen Fabric Category is 20% off from Tuesday, January 27th through Monday, February 9th! 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 February 9th. 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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Ends Monday! Online Wool Fabric Sale

Baby, it’s cold outside! All Online Wool category fabrics are on sale for 20% off through Monday, January 26th, 2015.  For the best selection, order your swatches online now, and make your choices next week. Toasty coatings, imported classic boiled wool, natty plaids, snugly knits, literary herringbones, proper tweeds, practical pantweights and more! This sale is good for Online Wool fabrics only – SF in-store Wool fabrics are not included in this sale.

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Tutorial: How to Sew a One-Piece Flat Collar

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For this garment, my goal was to create a color block resort-inspired look. Linen seemed like the perfect choice for a relaxed fit, lowered-waist shirt dress. I chose a midweight blue linen for the primary body of the dress and combined it with a semi-sheer natural linen for the color block elements. I thought that the embroidered polka dots would work great for accent features on the collar, button placket, and skirt and sleeve hems. I most recently wore this dress to my art exhibition in Kyoto, which featured my hand dyed, handwoven, and handsewn kasuri (ikat) fashion designs. Click here to read more »

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Silk Fabric Sale Ends Monday!

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Ends Monday, January 12th! 20% off all fabrics in the Silk Print, Silk Sheer, and Silk Solid categories – We love silk print 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, delicate frocks, and stunning scarves…and of course is perfectly charming as wispy lingerie. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! (This sale is good for online Silk category fabrics only – in-store fabrics are not included in this sale)

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