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Guess What We’re Getting Back In Stock?!

Remember the fabric we featured that Terry Dresbach used to design that amazing dress in the Outlander Starz official trailer and all over the Internet? Well, we originally thought that we wouldn’t be able to get it back in stock, but the manufacturer is making it for us, so we will have it available for the general public, within eight – ten weeks! This dress is made of a heavy, luxurious furnishing fabric produced in Turkey by one of our favorite sources. Unusually, the floral pattern does not run up the roll, but was designed in panels. Each yard and 1/8 panel contains 2 full bouquets of flowers, and is $99 . We are generally wary of carrying panels like this in the store, because the square design tends to limit application to pillows, ottomans and the like–but we absolutely fell in love with the colors and were confident that our customers would feel the same!

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Terry is an incredibly savvy designer, so she turned the panels to her advantage, placing the flowers strategically around the skirt and bodice…and we can’t imagine a more beautiful usage for for one of our favorite fabrics. We’re also proud to mention that Outlander creator Ronald Moore (who happens to be Terry’s husband) says in the Starz trailer that this is his favorite dress!

Recently in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Terry told a story about choosing the perfect fabric for the dress:

“That brown dress with the flowers, that is a great story. My favorite fabric store is in San Francisco, it’s called Britex Fabrics, and I’ve been going there for years and years. I went in and I said, “I know you have something down in that basement that nobody else would buy. Go down and dig something up.” And they come back with that flowered fabric, just magnificent! And the best part of the story is, we roll it out across the table and there’s another shopper there. She stops and goes, “That’s beautiful, isn’t it? Have you ever seen a show called Outlander? It looks like something they’d use on that show.” And I said, “Guess who I am?”

“It was a fabric that set off alarm bells across the Internet. People were like, “Wait a minute, that doesn’t look period correct!” It’s not supposed to be. We want to imagine that Claire goes into a dress salon in Paris in the 18th century and says, “Take this off! Move this! Why don’t we put the flowers down here like this?” She is a modern woman. So the minute I saw that fabric I knew that it had a feel and a flavor to it that was inaccurate. We really made a choice to go there.”

To read the entire interview click here.

If you would like to know when the “Outlander” fabric arrives, please contact us at marketing@britexfabrics.com

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Britex Fabrics Presents: PROJKT Maiden Lane

PROJKT Maiden Lane for blogBritex Fabrics Presents:
PROJKT Maiden Lane

Featuring Designers Emily Payne, Kini Zamora,
Richard Hallmarq, & Stella Zotis
from Project Runway
With local San Francisco Artist Michael Covington

 

A Fall Fashion Show Featuring: Emily Payne, Richard Hallmarq, Kini Zamora and Stella Zotis
(Project Runway)
With San Francisco ARTist: Michael Covington (collaborative pieces with Emily Payne)
& DJ Keith Kraft
Sponsored by: Myla’ Cor Martinis

When:
Where: Britex Fabrics – 146 Geary Street (Maiden Lane), San Francisco, CA 94108

Tickets on sale soon!

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Mother’s Day Spring Bouquet

Mothers Day

This beautiful, 58 inch wide, designer floral, cotton blend fabric is available on the second floor, in our brick-and-mortar store. Perfect for a spring  floral Mother’s Day shirt or skirt!

96% Cotton
4% Lycra
Spring Bouquet Floral Print
58″ wide
$45.00 / yard

Contact us to purchase this fabric.
Please email or call.
This fabric is not available through our website.

service@britexfabrics.com
(415) 392-2910

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Free Custom Corset Pattern Generator

This Custom Corset Pattern Generator is a great way to take your measurements when creating a corset. All you need to do to generate a free pattern is enter the measurements of your bust, waist, waist to underarm, cup size, and your center front length. You will then have the option of viewing the pattern as small or large illustrations. Once you have generated the pattern, there are construction instructions as well.

 

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Free Historical Costume Patterns

Have you ever wanted to create an historically accurate bathing suit, corset, or an Elizabethan dress? With the rise in popularity of historical fiction period piece shows and films, it’s no wonder that there are hundreds of historical costume patterns available online for free.
www.costumingdiary.com has an entire collection of free historical costume patterns including Medieval, Elizabethan, and Victorian. Just one click on this page, and you will find a link to hundreds of other patterns.

 

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There is a pattern for a gentleman’s sack shirt from 1907, a corset from 1911, a bra from 1910, a young girl’s kilted suit from 1876, a boy’s Russian blouse costume from 1905, a gown from the Italian Renaissance, a 1950’s petticoat, and even a pattern for drawers and knickerbockers, as well as a really awesome women’s bathing suit project from the 1920’s that has no pattern at all.

 

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The variety of free patterns available is amazing, and these are just a few examples that have been compiled on www.costumingdiary.com.
Click here to read more »

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Online Linen Category Fabric Sale 5/3 – 5/16

Linen Online Sale MAy 3 May 16

We adore linen for its beautiful natural texture, breathability, and classic good looks. Made from the fibers of the flax plant, linen is one of the oldest known textiles. Britex is pleased to offer you a unique collection of linen fabric, including amazing Irish linen. Equally wonderful for home decorating use and garments, we love linen fabric for elegant duvet covers, comfy lounge pillows, tailored curtains, louche summer suits, chic dresses, and delicately pleated skirts.

Quantities are limited, so order your swatches now!

This sale is good for online linen categories only 5/3 – 5/16.

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How To Sew On A Button

HOW TO SEW ON A BUTTON
(This process works  best for shirt, suit, or pant buttons)

What You Will Need:
1 sewing needle
1 thicker sewing needle or a toothpick to use as a spacer
Button or Buttons
Scissors
Silk Buttonhole Twist

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STEP 1: Thread the Needle and Knot the End of the Thread

To start, be sure you have at least 12” of thread to work with. If you have 24” or more, double over the thread, which means you slide the thread through the eye of the needle, folding the thread in half until you have 2 equal sides of thread. Put a square knot in the end of the thread, using both sides together.

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STEP 2: Create an Anchor X Point

Starting on the back side of the fabric, run the needle through the front where the button will eventually live. Run the thread through to the back, and again to the front, to create a small X where the button will be centered. This X will also act as reinforcement for the thread so that the button doesn’t loosen from stress.

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STEP 3: Position the Button

Put the button on the anchor X and begin sewing from the back side of the fabric. Push the needle through the first button hole. At this point you will want to use a spacer. A second needle or a toothpick will work fine.

Push the needle through the second hole from the front side of the fabric to the back side, encasing the second needle in a loop.

Push the needle from the back side of the fabric and through the third button hole and pull the thread all the way through, while using your fingertip to keep the button in place.  Then push the needle back through the last button hole, while sliding the second needle in place to encase it a second time by a second loop.

Repeat 3 sets of this process for each set of holes. (A total of 6 times)

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Four Floors of Fabulous: A Britex Fabrics Tour (Special Dates in Conjunction with SFMade Week)

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Join us every other Saturday at 11am sharp | FREE
(First Come First Served)

Tours are led by expert Britex Fabrics staff.

This is a fast paced tour so be sure to arrive early.
Space is limited. Reserve your space now.
Contact us for special group tours.
415-392-2910

Get your tickets

Britex Fabrics will be having three week day tours as part of SFMade Week!
Special Tour Dates:
Monday May 9
Wednesday May 11
Friday May 13

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
April 2, 2016
April 16, 2016
April 30, 2016
May 14, 2016
May 28, 2016
June 11, 2016
June 25, 2016
July 9, 2016
July 23, 2016
August 6, 2016
August 20, 2016
September 3, 2016
September 17, 2016
October 1, 2016
October 15, 2016
October 29, 2016
November 12, 2016
November 26, 2016
December 10, 2016
December 24, 2016

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RIP Prince – An Icon

PRINCE

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We Love Our Customers

Our customer Carla visited us in December and picked out a fabulous Italian Silk Cotton blend fabric. She was looking for fabric for a creation that she wanted to take on her vacation in February. The fabric she decided on screamed “tunic” to her, so she modified the Burda 6935 pattern, which she picked up the same day,  created a hi low hem, and added a pom-pom fringe and neck and shoulder trim to create a fun and breezy feel. The colors went perfectly with the waters of the Caribbean. She had fun wearing it and showing it off on the Island of Mustique.

 

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