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Reusable Grocery Bag, Women’s Waistcoat & Bow Tie

Britex Fabrics annual remnant sale and BurdaStyle go together like bread and butter, moonlight and kisses, or salt and pepper. Britex’s 50% off remnant sale takes place Monday, May 3rd and Tuesday, May 4th. Our remnants include yardage from ¼ yard pieces, all the way up to substantial 3 yard pieces! BurdaStyle has scads of open source patterns. We are crazy for the ecologically friendly Charlie Reusable Grocery Bag, the casually chic Franzi women’s waistcoat, and the dandy-esque David bow tie! http://www.burdastyle.com/

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Capelet by Judy

We have been busy at Britex! Steph is wearing a queenly capelet that was hand-crafted by Judy. This charming capelet is knitted from Polyamide yarn, the trim is made of chunky wool yarn, and it is tied with a length of black ribbon edged in faux white stitching. This stylish item is just the thing to keep your shoulders warm on a cool evening!

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Ski Suit – Annika

Debbie made this very cool downhill ski racing suit for her daughter, Annika. It is reversible, with one side made of football pant stretch fabric and a complimentary knit for the lining. We love how the fashionable peony pinks, melon orange, and lemony yellow colors stand out against the snow.

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SEE YOU AT THE 2011 REMNANT SALE!

THE REMNANT SALE OF 2010 IS OVER WITH. SEE YOU AT THE REMNANT SALE IN 2011!

Monday, May 3rd, 2010 and Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 – you’ll find Britex’s remnants 50% off already reduced prices. This sale includes fabric remnants from the entire store. You’ll find beautiful imported wools and silks from our first floor and a sample of everything from cotton knit jersey to home decor fabrics from our second floor. Come on up to the fourth floor. We’re open from 10:00 to 6:00.

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Bridal Veiling – Trimming and Preservation

Britex Fabrics loves romance and weddings. We have piles and piles of gossamer tulle, already attached to hair combs, for your bridal veiling desires. Our veils are available in over thirteen styles, in lengths ranging from 20” to 120” long, in single or double tiers, and with cut, beaded, pencil, corded, satin ribbon or sheer ribbon edges. Many brides customize their veils with one of our stunningly delicate French laces. Remember to carefully preserve your veil after your wedding, so that it can be passed down as a romantic heirloom.

  • Check for any slight tears, or missing pearls or sequins, and repair if needed.
  • Get your veil professionally dry-cleaned.
  • Store it in an acid-free box, and wrapped in acid-free tissue paper, cotton fabric, or neutral pH, unbuffered acid free tissue paper.
  • Store your boxes in a dry dark area. Do not store them in your basements or attic. Insects and mildew will destroy your heirloom items. Protect the boxes from dust with fabric, not plastic, as plastic encourages dampness.


(See the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute for additional conservation resources)

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Britex Goes to The Festival de Cannes

Britex Fabrics will be traveling to The Festival de Cannes this May on the back of the delightful, witty, and luscious Kitten on the Keys (Suzanne Ramsey), in the form of a ’30s-style gown!  “San Francisco’s Kitten on the Keys and Roky Roulette, who appear in French director Mathieu Almaric’s new movie, ” Tournée” were delighted to learn last week that the film is one of 16 chosen for the Cannes Film Festival. Kitten (Suzanne Ramsey), whose Web site describes her as an “international cabaret and burlesque artist,” writes songs and plays piano, ukulele and accordion. Roulette is apparently a whiz at multitasking. Ramsey described him as a “pogo striptease artist” who bounces up and down on his pogo stick while removing his clothes. Ramsey said she was headed out to Britex to shop for the makings of a ’30s-style gown she was planning to wear on the red carpet. The festival is in mid-May, and somehow, I don’t think this step is in the standard “How to Prepare for Cannes” movie star instruction manual. She’ll be performing at Madrone on Divisadero on Thursday.” –  Leah Garchik at SFGate

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Maker Faire – 2010

Yeah, Maker Faire is back! Maker Faire Hours – Saturday, May 22 (10am – 8 pm) and Sunday, May 23rd (10am – 6pm) Maker Faire is a two-day, family-friendly event that celebrates the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset. It’s for creative, resourceful people of all ages and backgrounds who like to tinker and love to make things.

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Seersucker Vintage Apron to Sew

One of this season’s delightful fabrics is seersucker. Seersucker makes me think of crochet, bocce ball, drinking tall frosted glasses of icy beverages, and scintillating tête-à-têtes. Springtime is also a perfect time to make aprons for all your seasonal organizing and cleaning, and here are some lovely vintage apron directions from a Canadian sister, Tipnut. All you need is one yard of seersucker fabric and nine yards of coordinating rickrack, and you’ll be set to grab your feather duster and label maker to clean and organize all afternoon….and then you can relax with aforementioned tall frosted beverage.


(All seersucker fabrics pictured are cotton/polyester blends & 45″ wide. Violet/white seersucker is $8.99/yard, orange-red/white seersucker is $6.99/yard, and grey/white seersucker is $10.99/yard)

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Bridal Veils – Alençon Lace

June will arrive more quickly than we expect, and with June come the brides! Using Vogue pattern V8569, a handful of gossamer tulle, and a couple of yards of lovely lace from Britex Fabrics you can make your own romantic, heirloom wedding veil. This imported French 4 1/2″ wide ivory Alençon lace, with a corded rose and leaf motif, and a double-scalloped border can easily be cut through the center to make trim, and would be luxuriously stunning as veil edging.

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Hat Contest at The de Young Museum!

Join The de Young Museum for a hat contest on Friday, April 23! There is still time to visit Britex Fabrics for tulle, velvet and silk ribbons, lace, silk flowers, and rhinestones to make an artistic chapeau. Hats should be inspired by the French Impressionist paintings in the museum’s collection. Let Manet, Degas, Morisot, Pissarro and more drive you to frivolous heights! Categories include, Moulin Rouge or Soiree (evening hats), Boating on the Seine River (daytime hats), Can-Can (theatrical), Glamorous Garden Party, and Professional Hat Designers (will be judged separately). And of course there are prizes.

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