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Italian Couture Silk Prints to Greet Springtime!

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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)

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Warp x Weft: Textile 101 Returns

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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…

Warp x Weft: Textile 101 Schedule >

All Upcoming Events >

P.S. Join us for a workshop-space launch party in April! Date will be announced soon.

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Britex Fabrics Twinsies Dina & Ina

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Twinsies at Britex Fabrics rule! Dina, our store manager, and Ina, from our first floor must have special textile ESP.

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Knits: 3 Tips for Easier Sewing by Nicole

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.

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Cocktail Dress – Nima Shiraz Couture

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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)

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Sew a Flirty Lace Skirt for Springtime!

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Despite ice, snow, cold, and slush abounding, we hear rumors that spring is just around the corner. To celebrate the promise of warmer weather, bluebirds, and daffodils, here is a free pattern for a flirty lace skirt from BurdaStyle…and to make sure you don’t need to leave your cozy home to shop, Britex Fabrics now has lace fabric in our online store. I’m imagining our black floral lace fabric underlined in delicate bud green silk!
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Trim for Chanel-Inspired Jackets at Britex!

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Britex Fabrics now carries a plethora of boucle, braid, fringed, and chenille trims in our online store, in addition to our expanded collection in our San Francisco store. These trims are perfect for accenting haute couture garments such as Chanel-inspired jackets – layer your trims for a unique and special look! If nothing in our online store is quite right for your creation and you can’t make it into the city, and then use our Customized Swatch Service to access the full line of our glamorous trims. Just buy the service, mail us a swatch of your jacket fabric, and we’ll ship you samples of up to 14 trims to chose from when designing that special look. And if you have not bought your jacket fabric yet, we also carry a full line of couture tweed fabrics – use our Customized Swatch Service and be prepared to greet spring in a new suit!

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Mid/Lightweight & Stretch Wool Fabric Category Sale

opt-pale-blue-suit-womens-pOur entire online Mid/Lightweight Wool and Stretch Wool Fabric categories are on sale from Friday, Febuary 28th to Thursday, March 13th. Enjoy 20% savings on the entire online Mid and Lightweight Woolen Fabric categories, including stretch mid/lightweight wools! Get toasty with winter sewing projects and greet the spring with lightweight wool seperates — find quality light and medium weight wool fabrics in stunning colors such as wild orchid, 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.

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Indie Patterns Come to Britex Guest Bloggers

For about a year, our team of Guest Bloggers have been sampling and offering tons of tips on working with a variety of fabrics from our online selection. They have also been sharing their personal tricks on using and altering existing patterns. Here’s where the really awesome news comes in—our guest bloggers will now be test driving some of your favorite (or soon to be favorite) independent pattern companies. The list is pretty long, but here are a few. Find the entire list of collaborating pattern companies on our Guest Blogger page.

 

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Knockout Wool Dress Variations by Laura Mae

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Many patterns include multiple views that whet the creative appetite by showing one or two variations on a theme.  But there are so many more possibilities!  Add or substitute a piece from another existing pattern or draft your own, and things get even more interesting. Click here to read more »

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