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  • Buttonholing Boutonnières: When, How and Why to Wear One

    June 8, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    Have you ever worn a boutonnière? Britex Fabrics has every component you need to make your own!
    Despite sea changes in culture and trend, the boutonnière remains a relevant fashion fillip--recommended for special occasions such as weddings, proms, homecomings, and society gatherings. Traditionally, boutonnières are flowers--either fresh or silk--worn with the stem pushed through a lapel buttonhole on the left side (the same side as a pocket handkerchief). At our Britex Fabrics brick-and-mortar store, we carry beautiful silk flowers and leaves on our embellishments floor, including traditional favorites like carnations, orchids, and roses; along with many more fashion-forward choices like camellias, sweet peas, and apple blossoms.

  • Feathers in Fashion: A History of Plumage

    June 2, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    img_0469 At some point, people decided that peacocks had the right idea, and feathered flamboyance entered the fashion world! Feathers are everywhere now, but in fact, the feather was first commercially introduced to fashion during the Middle Ages. Feathers were originally a symbol of high social standing. They were used to decorate head dresses and jewelry. During the 12th century, Venetian masks were decorated with gold, silver, crystals and feathers. Because fashion was dictated by royalty during the Middle Ages, only the very wealthy could afford to dress fashionably. By the end of the 15th century, fur trimmings and feathers became a staple part of the aristocracy’s wardrobes.

  • Online Sale: 20% Off All Online Wool Category Fabrics Now - 6/12

    May 31, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    Sew Yourself A Dream Spring Suit!

    Online Sale: 20% Off All Wool Category Fabrics 5/30 - 6/12!
    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. This online sale is from 5/30 - 6/12! Quantities are limited. This sale good for online wool fabric category purchases* only 5/30 - 6/12. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.

  • The World of Anna Sui at London's Fashion and Textile Museum

    May 31, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    americana-queen-anna-sui-2011-copyrightAnna Sui Americana Queen © 2011 Anna Sui

    "I wanted to dress Rock Stars!" - Anna Sui

    Anna Sui trims available at Britex Fabrics
    If you can't make it all the way to the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, you can come check out our Anna Sui Tribute to the San Francisco Summer of Love on the third floor of our brick-and-mortar store!

  • Linen Tunic by Susan (We Love Our Customers)

    May 30, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    I used a Burda pattern but changed the front neckline-shallow vee instead of
    long opening with buttons and loops.
    I washed the linen twice in hot water and then dried it in a hot dryer
    per Sandra Betzina's instructions so it is softer and will wrinkle
    less. I like the slightly wrinkled look which ads texture to the
    pattern. - Susan

    The fabric featured above is available online in our linen section here.

  • DIY Hexagon Denim Patchwork Chair (

    May 25, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    upcycle-jeans-chairs Using your old jeans or a variety of denim fabrics from the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store, you can create these hexagon denim patchwork covers by for your chairs.

  • Tutorial: Upholster a Framed Diamond Tufted Headboard (Little Green Notebook)

    May 25, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    This DIY headboard re-upholstery tutorial by Jenny of Little Green Notebook has specific step by step instructions and is time consuming but worth the outcome. It shows you in detail how to re-purpose vintage headboards she found at a thrift store.  Using velvet, adhesive, foam, a Sharpie marker, a ruler, a needle, some thread, and some tools from her tool box, Jenny transformed old raggedy headboards into the fabulous one featured above! For the complete tutorial, please visit it here. For velvet fabric, and other fabulous home decor fabrics, please visit the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store, just off Union Square in San Francisco.

  • Celebrate Summer With Vintage Images and Swimwear for Creative Inspiration

    May 25, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    vintage-1960s-pool In the photo essay Celebrate Summer With Vintage Photos of Swimming Pools Across America by Lily Rothman and Liz Ronk, on, they take us back to backyard pools of the past, in honor of this upcoming Memorial Day.

  • Last Chance to Fall in Love With Our Novelty Fabrics! 20% Off All Online Novelty Fabrics Now - 5/29!

    May 24, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    Fall In Love With Imported Novelties!

    Online Sale: 20% Off All Novelty Fabrics Now - 5/29!
    Britex Fabrics is renowned for sourcing unique, amazing textiles from all over the world, and our fashion novelty fabrics are often the most unusual and memorable pieces in our stock. Made of wool, silk, cotton, metallic, nylon, and more, these texturally rich fabrics make beautiful garments. Tweed, chenille, 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, and you'll add elegance and style to any solid, understated little black outfit. Many of our textured fashion novelty fabrics are blends, lending them a wonderful pliability and sheen. This online sale is from 5/16 - 5/29! Quantities are limited. This sale good for online novelty fabric category purchases* only 5/16 - 5/29. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.

  • How to Sew Elastic Into Swimwear (

    May 24, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    Sewing your own swimwear can be intimidating for some sewists, or a thrill for others. For many, it is a completely new experience. Sewing with ultra stretchy fabric, linings, clasps, and swimwear elastic is nothing like sewing up a flowy summer blouse. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Sewing your own bathing suit doesn’t have to be scary. Be sure to keep in mind that hand made swimwear will look different than store bought swimwear.

    Check out the step by step tutorial for sewing the elastic into your swimwear by Allie on here.

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