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  • Annual Two Day Storewide & Online President's Day Sale!

    February 12, 2018 by Britex Fabrics

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    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 President's Day Sale*
    Monday 2/19 and Tuesday 2/20

    SHOP ONLINE!
    30% Off President's Day Sale**
    Includes fabrics, notions, lace trim, buttons, ribbon etc
    Monday 2/19 to Tuesday 2/20 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, 4-ply crepe back satin, selected duchess silks, already discounted items, and gift certificates.


  • Cuddle Up in a Cozy-Yet-Stylish Sweater from MadeByMeg

    January 29, 2018 by Britex Fabrics

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    Hi! Meg here from MadebyMeg. Today I'm sharing with you my new winter sweater featuring Britex's Cloud-Soft Black Wool Sweater Knit - yes, that is literally what it's called and it is that fluffy!

    For this project, I wanted to take a basic sweater and jazz it up a bit. I was inspired by the Shein Twist-Front Sweater that I saw on Pinterest and decided to copy the look using two patterns: Tessuti's free Mandy Boat Tee and the Style Arc Dee Knit Top. The Dee Knit Top is a perfect match for the twist front detail, saving me the headache of having to figure out that step myself. And the Mandy Boat Tee is oversized with dropped shoulders, much like my inspiration. Together, I knew I could get the look I wanted.

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    While pattern drafting from scratch is very much a technical skill, for the home sewer I view combining patterns as more of an art than a science. My sewing style is all about throwing things together and seeing what comes out. If you've been afraid to try altering patterns, I say have fun with it and see where it leads!

    For this project, I decided to order the more fitted Dee Knit Top in a larger size so that it would match the finished garment measurements of the oversized Mandy Boat Tee. I purchased a size 20 instead of my usual size 8. If you can't size up, you can try printing your pattern at a larger scale, but be wary of enlarging things that are critical to fit such as sleeve heads and armscyes. Luckily for this pattern, all you need to copy is that interesting hem detail.

    Then, here's what I did to combine the front pattern pieces:

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    To combine the patterns, I laid one on top of the other, matching center front and shoulder seams. I then carefully traced around them with tracing paper, taking the details I wanted from each. I kept the boxy shape and wide shoulders of the Mandy Boat Tee, but used the hem detail of the Dee Knit Top. You'll also notice I dropped the neckline a little as the Mandy Boat Tee's is quite high, and also dropped the armhole a bit so that I could draft larger, more loose-fitting sleeves. I made no alterations to the back of the Mandy Boat Tee (not pictured) except to leave the hem a bit long so I had room to work with.

    From here, all I had to do was follow the instructions for how to construct the front of the Dee Knit Top and sew everything together. While the design looks complicated, it's actually not that hard! This step always takes some adjustments and experimentation as you go, but in a sweater knit the fabric is very forgiving if everything doesn't quite line up.

     

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    I think the end result is quite fun! The twist adds a lot of interest to this basic sweater, and I like how the hemline is slightly raised in the front. Plus, the wool knit is super warm, perfect for this time of year.
    Have you made any pattern hacks using Britex fabrics? Let us know in the comments!

  • Teal Wool Papercut Patterns Sapporo Coat by Chuleenan of CSews.com

    January 25, 2018 by Britex Fabrics

    chuleenan-coat-1   I made this Papercut Patterns Sapporo Coat from this luscious teal wool melton ($49.99/yard) from Britex Fabrics. It’s the first coat I’ve made from a melton fabric. I’m happy to say that it was easy to sew. My lining fabric is also from Britex – it’s a lining specifically made for coats. This black warm-back coat lining is satin on one side and flannel on the other, which makes it easy to sew (more on this later). It’s 60″ wide and $15.99/yard.

  • Online Wool Fabric Sale Until February 19th!

    January 24, 2018 by Britex Fabrics

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    All wondrously wooly woolen online fabrics are 20% off until Febuary 19th! Wool fabric from the Britex Fabrics online store is perfect for every season...and it's especially wonderful in late summer, when the wind starts to blow in the evening. Summer-weight wools make elegant pleated slacks; wind-resistant boiled wools are perfect for less temperate expeditions; tricotine is retro-glamorous for a 1950's gored skirt; and everyone craves a snappy bespoke double-breasted pin-striped jacket for year-round urban flair. This sale is good for ALL online wool fabric categories only to Monday, February 19th. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.


  • Meg's color-blocked jacket gets the most out of small pieces!

    January 22, 2018 by Britex Fabrics

    meg-jacket-1Meg from MadebyMeg here! Today I have some inspiration for sewing up your precious pieces of fabric. You know, the ones where you could only buy a yard, or have hoarded the leftovers from your favorite project, or just caught the bolt end at Britex. Why not try out some color-blocking and mix it in with another piece of fabric?This jacket is made from Britex's Italian Black Stretch Wool Twill and a thick red wool knit remnant I had leftover from an estate sale. Together, these two amazing fabrics teamed up to make my new favorite jacket!


  • 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!

     


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