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  • Britex Fabrics' Holiday Hours

    December 28, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    We will be closed Monday, December 25th, and Monday, January 1st.

    We wish everyone a peaceful and pleasurable holiday season!


  • Gift Certificates from Britex Fabrics for the Holidays!

    December 21, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Britex Fabrics helps make creative dreams come true! Give the gift of inspiration with a San Francisco In-Store Gift Certificate for use at Britex Fabrics' San Francisco store at 117 Post Street in San Francisco.

    Don't forget your pals overseas, the Midwest, or just plain out of town - give them an Online Gift Certificate for use at Britex Fabrics' online store!


  • Savage Silvery Leopard Brocade Coat - Shams

    December 19, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    img_6435-leopard-coat img_6322-leopard-coat Hey! It's Shams from Communing with Fabric with a project made from a stunning Britex fabric! For this project I selected a fabric from the Novelty category, Smoke Striped Leopard Smooth Brocade: reversible-britex-brocade This reversible brocade leopard print from Italy is truly a stunning fabric. I wanted to make a coat and quickly settled on Butterick 6385, a Lisette pattern. I made this coat once before for my Paris wardrobe and I have loved wearing that coat.

  • We Moved!

    December 10, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Britex Fabrics is now open at our brand new address, 117 Post Street near Gump's department store in Union Square. Our hours remain the same, Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. Our team is thrilled to move forward and shape our beautiful new space, and we hope and think you will be too.

     


  • Thanksgiving Hours at Britex Fabrics

    November 20, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Britex Fabrics will close at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, November 22nd, and will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd. We will be open our regular hours on Friday the 25th from 10 am to 7 pm for our SF store-wide Classic Black Friday sale. Have a wonderful time with your friends and family on this holiday!

     


  • Britex Fabrics is Moving!

    November 20, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Britex Fabrics is moving--just around the corner.  Our last day at 146 Geary Street is Friday, November 24th. We reopen at 117 Post Street in Union Square mid-December 2017. Our team is thrilled to move forward and shape our beautiful new space, and we hope and think you will be too.

    To celebrate the changes, we invite you to Make Something Out of It. Over the next four months, you'll be treated to special in-store and online events and promotions...so check your inbox for regular announcements!

    We promise to continue to bring you the fabrics and embellishments that make Britex special. Britex is Britex, no matter the address. We look forward to sharing both our current space and our future home: Please join us for both!


  • Chuleenan of C Sews.com Makes a Fabulous Pilvi Coat--From Our Yard Sale Fabric!

    November 16, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    chuleenan-1   As soon as I saw this colorful fabric, I thought to myself, "Pilvi Coat!" A simple design is great for a large print because you can show off the print to full advantage. That's what I like this pattern from the sewing book Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style. Plus the coat has pockets! I had fun using colorful fabric scraps for my pockets.   chuleenan-2

  • Expanded Store Hours...and an In-Store Sale!

    November 1, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Join us and Lighten Our load.

    Thursday, Friday, and Saturday - open until 7 pm!

    40% to 60% off selected in-store ONLY fabrics and notions!


  • Striped Bouclé Coat by Shams

    October 31, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Hey! It's Shams of Communing with Fabric with another garment made from a beautiful Britex fabric! For this project, my assignment was to choose a fabric from the Wool category. I quickly settled on this beautiful bouclé, Coat-Weight Black & Winter White Wool Blend Bouclé (Made in Italy). It's 80% wool and 20% polyester.
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    I absolutely love this fabric! If you know bouclé, you know that it's more loosely woven than most wool fabrics, and it can ravel. And, yes, this fabric ravels, but that means that you can use it to make fabulous fringe! Its content is mostly wool, but I did not find it to be scratchy. If possible scratchiness concerns you, order a swatch. I've been inspired by recent Chanel collections (and, of course, Chanel is famous for their use of bouclé). The 2018 Spring show was held recently in Paris. If you watch just the first few minutes, you'll see wonderful bouclé dresses, tops, pants, and coats featuring long fringe:

  • Meghan of Made By Meg Visits the 4th Floor Yard Sale at Britex...

    October 26, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    When you have champagne taste but a yard sale budget, what better thing to do than hit up the Britex yard sale! Last week I browsed Britex's selection of silks, wools, cottons, and novelty fabrics and came away with this perfect bolt end of silk blend. With so many fabrics marked down for the yard sale, there's nothing to stop you from looking classy on a budget.

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    Once I got my fabric home, I had to decide what to make. I'm currently interviewing for jobs and so I thought that this fabric, which has a bit of stretch, would look lovely as a sheath dress. Nothing like having something a bit expensive looking to tell them you're worth it!

    Of course, I knew I had to think carefully about how to deal with the print. I love windowpane prints, but you don't want something with too much seaming breaking up all those lovely lines! To solve this problem, I selected a Lekala pattern with long double pointed darts down the front and back. This allowed me to add shaping to the dress without disrupting the pattern. To do this, I carefully laid out my pattern pieces so that the darts fell between the vertical lines of the fabric. Then, carefully matching the horizontal lines, I sewed the darts closed. Voila! Shaping without disrupting the look of the fabric!

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    I love the little cap sleeves and pleats of this pattern. Combined with the stretch of the silk blend, this dress looks classy but is comfy enough to wear all day. I wish I could say the same for my heels!

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    To get your own fabric on a budget, hurry into our brick-and-mortar store and check out the Yard Sale on our 2nd and 4th floors--we are adding more fabrics and more discounts every day! Yard Sale fabrics are $3, $5, $10, $20 and $30 per yard. For more from Meghan, visit www.madebymeg.us


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