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  • Vintage Lace Trim & Fashion

    August 11, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    CaptureThe vintage lace trim that is featured above is now SOLD OUT

    We have this vintage circa 1920s-30 bobbin lace that we roar for! We have over 200 vintage lace trims on our third floor at the bridal counter. Many other animals, and lifestyle activities, such as tennis are represented. As well as traditional floral and geometric designs. In addition to vintage lace trims we have hundreds of modern lace trims and ribbons on the third floor of our brick-and-mortar store. Many of these trims are also available online.



    To learn more about vintage lace and vintage lace trims, please visit the third floor of our brick-and-mortar store, or if you're not local, please chck out our excellent selection online.

    Additionally, an excellent resource for vintage fashion enthusiasts is available through the San Francisco Public Library. This includes The Vogue Archive 1892 - present, Harper's Bazaar Archive 1867 - present, Women's Wear Daily Archive 1910 - present, The Design & Applied Arts Index 1973 - present, as well as The Women's Magazine Archive: Homes & Gardens 1922 - 2005 Good Housekeeping 1885 - 2005 and Redbook 1903 - 2005.

    You will be able to explore this incredible archive by visiting their Articles & Database page under the eLibrary tab at

  • Never Enough Sparkle, Never Enough Shiny

    August 9, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Recently, the New York Times wrote an article about the incredible bedazzling of the leotards, worn by the United States Olympic Gymnastics Team this year.  According to the article, in 2008, when Nastia Liukin won the gold medal in the individual all-around at the Olympics in Beijing, her leotard had just 184 crystals on it, whereas, in 2012, when Gabby Douglas won the same event in London, her leotard had 1,188, and this year, many of the Team USA leotards will have close to 5,000 crystals on each. Ironically, the amount of crystals on the U.S. Gymnastics Team's Leotards has been growing along with the point system by which they are scored. In 2006, the Assessment System went from a 1-10 scale to an infinite one. Be sure to check out our amazing Crystals by Swarovski™ wall on the third floor of our brick-and-mortar store in San Francisco.

    crystals 1Crystals by Swarovski™ available in our notions department on the third floor
    of our brick-and-mortar store

    crystal wall

    Leotards, which were once called maillots, were popularized in the late 1800's by Jules Léotard, a pioneer acrobat, known for the flying trapeze. In the mid-twentieth century, leotards took on a more modern shape, where they began to fit the human form, and were less baggy than they had been in the past. As recently as the 1970s, leotards were made from polyester, and it wasn't until the early 1980s that they began being manufactured from Lycra. With this new material came bold graphics, such as the stars and stripes on the side of the leotard worn by Mary Lou Retton and the rest of the U.S. gymnastics team during the 1984 Olympics.

    Currently, the U.S. Gymnastics Team's Leotards are made of a shiny Lycra-like fabric called Mystique, which in addition to the crystals, adds even more sparkle to them. Despite being judged on their performance alone, and not by their outfits, many of the gymnasts like to feel good, and sometimes the added sparkle helps.

    LycraCheck out our Lycra department on the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store

    On the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store, you can find shiny nylon Lycra, similar to the Mystique fabric used in the manufacturing of the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team's Leotards.

    Whether you are creating an outfit for your next circus act, trip to Burning Man, costume for a dance competition or your kid's dance recital, we have an amazing selection of Lycra and crystals available in almost any color, in our brick-and-mortar store.

    To order Lycra swatches for your next project, please use our Customized Swatch Service.

  • Online Sale: 20% Off All Online Wool Category Fabrics 8/9 - 8/22

    August 9, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    WOOL FABRIC SALE ONLINE August 9 August 22

    Wool fabric from Britex Fabrics is perfect for every season. Summer-weight wools make elegant pleated slacks, wind-resistant boiled wools are perfect for snow-angel 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.
    Quantities are limited, so order your swatches now! This sale good for online wool category purchases* only 8/9 - 8/22. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.

  • "Chanel: The Making of Lesage Tweed"

    August 4, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    This truly sensual process is fascinating to watch, from ripped straps of fabrics placed in the loom, to watching the weaving process, to finished garment. Filmed in a seductive manner what is Chanel, if not seductive?


    Britex Fabrics carries similar Chanel-like tweets, boucle',  and other textural beauties such as this.


    We are two doors away from the Union Square Chanel boutique,  and we love to study their Geary Street windows for inspiration and hints of the latest look from Paris.


  • I Love Britex Fabrics

    August 2, 2016 by Britex Fabrics


    Announcing free Britex buttons with purchase in our brick and mortar store! A new staff favorite is the new houndstooth one. Collect all six of these awesome buttons. Come in and make a purchase and any one of them can be yours!

  • Outlander Dress Fabric is Back (SOLD OUT!)

    July 29, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    outlander plus fabric for blog


    Double bouquet fabric panel (as featured on Outlander) is available for $99 in our brick-and-mortar store, on the second floor in our home furnishing fabric department, or by phone.

    If you are interested in ordering a panel, please contact Joie or Dina at 415-392-2910 as soon as possible, as we have limited stock available.

    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 has made it for us, and we have it available for the general public. The 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!

  • Check Out our New Window

    July 28, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Store Window


    Our windows received a makeover yesterday. The final results are fabulous! We love chiffon, because it looks so summery. It would make an excellent scarf.



    Our beautiful finished window on Geary! Thanks, Lance. Great job!

  • Wool Crepes and Gabardines in Our Brick-and-mortar Store

    July 27, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    blue wools

    Lovely blues and greens abound in our signature wool wall on the first floor. We love the cool blues, crisp greens, and the mix of textures and color. Really, once you start browsing the wool wall, touching the fabrics and dreaming of what to sew, you become lost in the possibilities.

    Worth the stop in to our brick-and-mortar store, or use our customized swatch service online to pick out fabulous fabrics to make your next coat, suit, or autumn skirt.

  • 20% Off All Online Knit Category Fabric 7/26 - 8/8

    July 26, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Knit Sale July 26 August 8 Blog Header

    We love sewing with knit fabrics. Our knit fabrics are great for making zipper-enhanced hoodies, upscale t-shirts, comfy yoga pants, warm weather scarves, or chic Diane von Furstenberg wrap style dresses. Knits are especially great for travel since they are wrinkle resistant! We carry polyester jersey knits, viscose knits, cotton knits, two way and four way knits, scuba knits, and tissue knits. These fabulous knit fabrics are all available online for 20% off from 7/26 - 8/8.

    Quantities are limited, so order your swatches now!
    This sale good for online knit category purchases* only 7/26 - 8/8. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.

  • 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.



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