The Britex Blog
February 20, 2019 by Britex Fabrics
February 10, 2019 by Britex Fabrics
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 two floors (and all online categories) of truly unique materials, all at 30% off.
SHOP IN OUR SAN FRANCISCO STORE!
30% Off In-Store Springtime Sale*
Monday 2/18 and Tuesday 2/19
30% Off Springtime Sale**
Includes fabrics, notions, lace trim, buttons, ribbon etc
Monday 2/18 to Tuesday 2/19 midnight to midnight PST
*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, silk tulle, 4-ply crepe back satin, selected duchess silks, already discounted items, and gift certificates. Limited to stock.
February 7, 2019 by Britex Fabrics
Zippers! They’re the onomatopoetically satisfying sewing tool that has become so common in modern fashion that we take them for granted: but their rocky start over a hundred years ago nearly derailed the invention.
The zipper made its first appearance at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair with a rudimentary design: and it met with little success. Corsets were still in vogue, but the fashion audience did not find a device that helped people disrobe faster to be of much interest. Instead, the zipper managed to find its niche in the construction of money pouches for sailors during the First World War, and in oversized (overshoe) rubber boots. In the fashion world, Elsa Schiaparelli finally embraced zippers in the 1930s as a design element in her couture collections, and Levi’s introduced the zipper fly in 1947 in order to appeal to female customers who thought the button fly was unappealing. There is still a great debate between “denimheads” about the purity of denim with a zipper instead of a button fly. As Jerry Seinfeld once said, “that is one place on my wardrobe I do not need sharp interlocking metal teeth.” Today, zippers are used not just as simple closures but as decorative elements that add interest to any piece of clothing.
At Britex, we have a wide selection of zippers that can be used either as closures or design elements. We carry two main types– separating, and closed bottom--and each has its own purpose and use. Separating zippers are typically used on jackets; we have heavy and light weight, nylon coil, plastic teeth, metal teeth, a limited selection of separating closed bottom zippers, and dual separating zippers. In the closed bottom variety, which is typically used for dresses, flys, and skirts, we have visible and invisible, nylon coil, and metal teeth zippers. We also have a small selection of specialty zippers that feature unique teeth, tapes, pulls, or even rhinestones to add sparkle to your outfit. And lastly, we have zippers by the yard, which are perfect for creating cushion covers or for extra-large projects.
So zip it in style! Don’t miss a trick when it comes to designing and creating something that you’ll love forever.
January 24, 2019 by Britex Fabrics
Fabulous, chic, and sophisticated, boucle fabrics are as beautiful as they are complex. Derived from the French word for ‘curled’ or ‘looped’, boucles have an exceedingly rich and intricate history and a unique weaving process.
The boucle weave is a multi-step process. At the base of every fabric is its yarn: and boucle is special because it is made up of three different threads, which are looped together to create a single yarn. These three threads are commonly referred to as the core, which operates as the base of the yarn, the effect, which is what creates the marvelous the texture of the yarns, and finally the binder that holds it all together. After the yarns have been spun together the weaving process is the same as a plain weave, but the results are anything but plain! Most commonly made from wool, these threads can consist of many different fiber contents and can even incorporate sequins and metallic threads for added glitz.
The history of boucle is just as fascinating as the weave. First showcased in 1954 in Paris by Coco Chanel, boucle gained popularity as fashion icons like Jackie O. made it part of their signature style. Today, the boucle Chanel suit is universally recognizable.
At Britex, we love boucle! And we have a dizzying array of it. From tone-on-tone gems in fuschia, green, cream, red, blue and black, to tweeds, stripes, plaids, checks, confetti-pepper and metallic, we have just about every kind of Chanel boucle that you can dream of--from Italy, Paris and Spain. So come in and get inspired!
January 23, 2019 by Britex Fabrics
Outside, there's winter in all it's snowy glory. Don't let the snow, ice, and frost get you down; combat the icy chill with a new sewing project! Avery at Britex fabrics has been on a florid blossoms binge and has been sewing a new shirt...we love the contrasting placket. Prepare yourself for spring and lift winter's gloom with some all cotton shirting from Britex Fabrics. Stay in and sew your winter blues away!
January 15, 2019 by Britex Fabrics
Britex Fabrics longtime customer Joel says, "Ten years ago, I began learning how to sew and make my own patterns. Recently, I remade my very first project using better techniques and materials.
The fine wool and blue lining came from you guys some time back. It has magnetic closures on the front and in the cuffs and is inspired by the coat Neo wore in the Matrix Revolutions."
We adore Joel's fine handiwork and tailoring. Look at that pocket; His attention to detail is amazing!
December 13, 2018 by Britex FabricsHi, my name’s Andrew, you can find more from me on Instagram @SewAndrew or my blog SewAndrew.com however, today I’m here to tell you a bit about men’s underwear and this lovely jersey from Britex. I got a yard each of black/white cotton jersey, navy/white striped cotton jersey, and another yard of white cotton jersey with a cute cherry print on it. Also a yard each of star motif elastic in red, blue and black (this fabulous waistband elastic available in our notions department - A). The elastic is soft and strong, perfect for underwear and the jersey felt so nice that I changed my plan a little (but more on that later!).
I’ve been trying out some different patterns and thought I’d share with you a few things I’ve learnt along the way. There aren’t that many modern men’s briefs patterns available, but this is by no means an exhaustive list - these are just the three that I could get my hands on easily! First up, Ottobre Magazine Family Edition - Men’s Briefs.
December 5, 2018 by Britex Fabrics
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!
December 5, 2018 by Britex Fabrics
We will be closed Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24th, and Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25th. We close at 4 pm on New Year's Eve and are closed New Years's Day, Tuesday January 1st.
We wish everyone a peaceful and pleasurable holiday season!
November 19, 2018 by Britex Fabrics
Cyber Monday 11/26 - Monday, November 26th, almost the entire the online store is on sale! Fabric, buttons, ribbon, and more! Shop the best way possible! While propped up in bed, sipping coffee, nibbling bagels, and wearing your jammies....and get 30% off almost everything online.**
** Online sale is limited to online orders--no phone orders, email orders, or customized swatch orders. Not included are imported Chantilly and Alencon lace trims, and silk tulle