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  • Unique Wool Crepes, Double Crepes, Cashmere and Other Exquisite Wool!

    July 25, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Douglas for Blog

     

    Come in and say hello to Douglas on the first floor and check out our recent gorgeous unique acquisitions from Italy that just arrived. Douglas is rearranging our wool wall, in colors from all across the rainbow and every shade in between. These all wool crepes, double crepes, cashmere and other exquisite wools are to die for. Our Britex store owner says this is a "very special" group of goods from Italy, only available in our brick-and-mortar store. Worth the trip in! Not local? No worries, check out our amazing online wool selection.

     

    Douglas


  • For Immediate Release - Britex Fabrics Presents: PROJKT Maiden Lane

    July 25, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            July 25, 2016

     

    Press contacts: Joie Rey Cohen / 415.392.2910 / marketing@britexfabrics.com

                            Dina Fayer / 415.392.2910 / dina@britexfabrics.com

    EVENTBRITE NEW W REY EVENTS PAGE

    Britex Fabrics presents: PROJKT Maiden Lane

    A Runway Showcase Featuring Four Designers
    from Project Runway and Under the Gunn

     

    Friday, Sept. 23 2016 / 7:00– 9:30pm  / Union Square, SF / Historic Maiden Lane is about to be transformed into a runway, as Britex Fabrics presents PROJKT Maiden Lane–featuring new fall designs from Emily Payne, Kini Zamora and Richard Hallmarq (All Three From Project Runway) and Rey Ortiz (From Under the Gunn), along with new work and collaborations with local artists Michael Covington and L.V.M.

    Local designer/Britex Fabrics alum/Project Runway All Stars favorite Emily Payne explains, "I realized how many pieces in my collections have always been made with fabrics from Britex, and that it just makes sense to collaborate on a show. Both Richard and I have done draping workshops at Britex before, but this event is just huge." Britex Fabrics has a long history of supporting local designers, showcasing their work in window displays and on social media, and even sponsoring the Academy of Art's Britex Fabrics Project collection in 2009 (which previewed at Mercedes-Benz NY Fashion Week). "Fabrics make fashion–literally," says Britex Fabrics owner Sharman Spector, "You can't have one without the other. It's wonderful to see what designers like Emily do with our fabrics, and we think it's incredibly important to support that kind of creativity."

    Attendees of PROJKT Maiden Lane will enjoy free giveaways and pop-up shops with Britex Fabrics, Leathertongue & Devon Rose designed by Emily Payne, Goorin Brothers Hats, Threads Magazine, Myla’Cor Martinis, Caffe’ Central and more.

    Doors for the Myla’Cor Martini Bar inside Britex Fabrics to open at 6:15pm. Runway show at 7:00pm.

    Britex Fabrics offers a variety of workshops, online tutorials, community partnerships and store tours. A San Francisco landmark since 1952, Britex is four floors of fabulousfeaturing high quality fashion and furnishing fabrics along with notions, trims and 22,000 styles of buttons.

     

    Please contact Joie Cohen or Dina Fayer for further information about Britex Fabrics or press inquiries about PROJKT Maiden Lane.
    www.britexfabrics.com/events

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  • Designer Fashion For Aviation

    July 22, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Take a walk through the history of aviation and fashion at the SFO Museum’s “Fashion in Flight” exhibit that runs through January 8th, 2017. The show is located in the International Terminal and features 70 women’s uniforms from 1930 to present day, with designs from Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, Emilio Pucci and more. The world’s first female flight attendant was hired in San Francisco, so it seemed logical that the show be displayed at SFO. Check out some similar patterns which are available on the third floor of our brick-and-mortar store. Visit us at 146 Geary Street, just off Union Square in San Francisco, or call our notions department to order them.   The Pan Am uniform created by Don Loper was an homage to the shape of a jet. It is a more angular cut than the uniforms of earlier years. Burda 6775 resembles the Pan Am uniform from 1959 and is available in our notions department.

    Pan Am 1959 looks like Burda 67751959: Pan Am (Don Loper)

    The 1969 Air France winter wool uniform was one of the last designs created by Cristobal Balenciaga before closing his fashion house. The designer fitted each individual flight attendant to ensure proper fitting. It was as if the uniforms were created for a runway premiere. Burda 6669 resembles this uniform and is available in our notions department. The only difference is the pockets on the uniform design.

    Air France 1969 looks like Burda 66691969: Air France (Cristobal Balenciaga)

    The 1968 United Airlines uniform by designer Jean Louis was created from double knit wool and came in two different colors. He used the double knit wool to create a tighter fitting uniform than previous ones.

    United Airlines 1968 looks like Burda 66421968: United Airlines (Jean Louis)

    The brightly colored outlandish 1965-6 "Supersonic Derby Outfit" was worn by the flight attendants on Braniff International Airways, with bright green calfskin boots. Most memorable were the Space Bubble helmets that were worn as passengers boarded flights. This uniform, known as the "non-uniform uniform" is similar to Burda 7114, pictured below.

    Space Bubble Helmet

    Braniff 1966 looks like Burda 71141965-6: Braniff International Airways (Emilio Pucci)

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  • Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) Quilts Made With Fabric From Britex

    July 18, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    header for blog Much like the stitch that is sewn into the fabric (fabric provided by Britex Fabrics) of each quilt, the binding force that gives fabric meaning and life, each student has a history upon which their reality is vested.   IMG_3276   However, history as it is taught in our public education system is not inclusive, ostracizing hundreds of thousands of Black and Brown people whose history lies outside of the dominant American narrative. A history that only hints at the endless suffrage, exploitation and violence incurred by minority populations; today’s social, educational and economic inequality remnants of that history. - Sara Trail IMG_3275   SJSA is an opportunity for students to see themselves reflected in a curriculum that values the stories of their ancestors and the legacy they have yet to realize. The curriculum itself is multidisciplinary drawing on concepts taught in ethnic studies, gender/women studies, education and sociology. The main objective of SJSA is to give young people a safe space and tools to develop a critical lens allowing understanding of the social issues that plague their communities.   IMG_3280   SJSA is a social process using art as both a learning environment and a sewing studio for young people. While sewing has become a gendered activity that is often thought of as outdated or exclusively female, the hope is that in introducing young women to the practice of sewing, they will see just how powerful it is to breath life into a simple piece of fabric. Quilting is more than just a hobby; it is a revolutionary practice of resistance.   IMG_3274   The Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) is an opportunity for students to see themselves reflected in a curriculum that values the stories of their ancestors and the legacy they have yet to realize. The curriculum itself is draws on concepts taught in ethnic studies, gender/women studies, education and sociology.   IMG_3269 Continue Reading

  • Britex Fabrics' Website Redesign is Almost Complete

    July 18, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    We're gussying up our website! If you experience problems, please email us at service@britexfabrics.com for assistance.

    The Britex Fabrics' website redesign is almost complete, however during this period, there are a few tiny snafus.

    All customer accounts are temporarily unavailable. They will come back soon. You can still place your order without logging in. There is an odd mystery message on order confirmations, which is meaningless.

    Thank you for your patience!


  • Tips to Increase Your Sewing Speed

    July 8, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Orange Lingerie tips

    Want to increase your sewing speed? Here is one of the easiest ways to accomplish this. Check out this awesome post by one of our guest bloggers.

    "The time it takes to sew a project is largely the sum of the time it takes to complete each task. The time it takes to complete each task is primarily driven by body motion, so the more motions that are required, the more time it takes to complete a project. What all this means is that the key to decreasing the overall time to complete a project is to decrease the necessary motions." - Orange Lingerie


  • 20% Off All Online Linen Category Fabric 7/12 - 7/25

    July 8, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    LINEN online July 12 July 25
    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 today! This sale good for online linen fabric category purchases* only 7/12 – 7/25.


  • Ethereal Liquid Silicone Gown by Iris van Herpen

    July 7, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Herpen

    We're enamored of these elegant, ethereal gowns designed by visionary Dutch fashion designer, Iris van Herpen; they are unabashedly unworldly in their beauty. Watch this video in Refinery 29 of how Iris utilizes 3-D printing and materials manipulation to construct amazing garments that feel as "organic and natural as dew, bones, and lightning."


  • Online Novelty Fabric Sale 20% Off Now - 7/11

    July 7, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    NOVELTY SALE BLOG POST

    Our novelty fabrics often have a beautiful metallic shine which helps them stand out in the crowd! Made of wool, silk, cotton, metallic, nylon, and more, these texturally rich fabrics make beautiful garments. Tweed, chenille, scuba knits, and bouclé novelty fabrics delight us with their contrast of nubby texture and soft hand. Make a swinging bolero jacket, a long mysterious cape, a Chanel-style jacket, or a tailored vest.....in order to add elegance and style to any solid, understated little black outfit. Many of our textured novelty fabrics are blends, lending them a wonderful pliability and sheen.

    Quantities are limited, so order your swatches today! This sale good for online fashion novelty fabric categories purchases* only Now - 7/11.
    *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases."

     


  • New Workshops Coming Soon: Hand Sewing 101 & Hand Sewing For Mending and Repair

    July 5, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Hand Sewing 101 (coming soon)

    Learn basic hand sewing techniques to banish your fears of stitching by hand. This beginner-level class will cover the essentials, from tools and materials to all the most common sewing stitches. No previous sewing experience required.

    Hand Sewing for Mending & Repair (coming soon)
    Rescue worn clothing with simple hand mending techniques. This class will cover basic hand-sewn repairs for tears, holes, and frayed fabrics. Students are expected to know basic hand-sewing techniques.before taking this class.

    Keep up with our upcoming events to reserve your space in our workshops.


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