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  • Boucle at Britex Fabrics

    January 24, 2019 by Britex Fabrics


    Fabulous, chic, and sophisticated, boucle fabrics are as beautiful as they are complex. Derived from the French word for ‘curled’ or ‘looped’, boucles have an exceedingly rich and intricate history and a unique weaving process.

    The boucle weave is a multi-step process. At the base of every fabric is its yarn: and boucle is special because it is made up of three different threads, which are looped together to create a single yarn. These three threads are commonly referred to as the core, which operates as the base of the yarn, the effect, which is what creates the marvelous the texture of the yarns, and finally the binder that holds it all together. After the yarns have been spun together the weaving process is the same as a plain weave, but the results are anything but plain!  Most commonly made from wool, these threads can consist of many different fiber contents and can even incorporate sequins and metallic threads for added glitz.

    The history of boucle is just as fascinating as the weave. First showcased in 1954 in Paris by Coco Chanel, boucle gained popularity as fashion icons like Jackie O. made it part of their signature style. Today, the boucle Chanel suit is universally recognizable.

    At Britex, we love boucle! And we have a dizzying array of it. From tone-on-tone gems in fuschia, green, cream, red, blue and black, to tweeds, stripes, plaids, checks, confetti-pepper and metallic, we have just about every kind of Chanel boucle that you can dream of--from Italy, Paris and Spain. So come in and get inspired!

  • Gift Certificates from Britex Fabrics for the Holidays!

    December 5, 2018 by Britex Fabrics


    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!

  • Britex Fabrics' Holiday Hours

    December 5, 2018 by Britex Fabrics

    We will be closed Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24th, and Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25th. We close at 4 pm on New Year's Eve and are closed New Years's Day, Tuesday January 1st.

    We wish everyone a peaceful and pleasurable holiday season!

  • Thanksgiving Hours at Britex Fabrics

    November 19, 2018 by Britex Fabrics


    Britex Fabrics will close at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, November 21st, and will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd. Have a wonderful time with your friends and family on this holiday!


  • Big Britex 30% off Allover Sale

    September 27, 2018 by Britex Fabrics


    Hold onto your hats and your hair: the famous Britex Fabrics Fall Sale is here again! Take 30% off all of the fabrics, buttons, ribbons, notions and lace trims & trims you've been pining for. Whether it's for the upcoming Holidays (which means Halloween, too!) or just 'cause, treat yourself and your extra-special friends and family to something lovely. Visit us in our beautiful new space at 117 Post Street in Union Square on Monday, October 8 and Tuesday, October 9 from 10-6 PM to take advantage of these superlative savings.

    30% Off In-Store Columbus Day Sale*
    Monday, October 8th and Tuesday, October 9th, 10-6

    *Sale is limited to stock on floor. Imported/vintage lace, Liberty, velvets, already discounted items and specialty items not included. No mail orders, phone, or special orders. Minimum fabric cut is 1/2 yard in the SF store and 1 yard in the online store. Online sale is midnight to midnight PST.



  • Britex is Erupting with New Italian Couture Fabrics!

    September 7, 2018 by Britex Fabrics


    Britex Fabrics is erupting with 1,000s of new Italian couture fabrics! We couldn't resist this visionary volcano panel -- Just in from Italy - we only have a few yards, so get this 3-yard couture panel while it's still available! A devastatingly chic silk and wool double-faced challis in a vibrant volcanic print. This unique fabric would make a show stopping evening gown or a majestic full-length cape.

  • New Italian Couture Silk Prints at Britex!

    September 6, 2018 by Britex Fabrics

    We really can't decide which new imported silk print we like the most; they're all so delicious. Here are a flock of chubby winged cherubim and silvers roses. Who wouldn't want to float away with these sweeties in the clear blue skies!



    We also love this Arts & Crafts influenced romantic floral, with it's dusty pink broad leaves and tiny chartreuse buds.



  • We are Closed on Labor Day!

    August 5, 2018 by Britex Fabrics


    Britex Fabrics will be closed Monday, September 3rd for Labor Day.

  • Barb - Quilted Reversible Britex Jacket!

    August 1, 2018 by Britex Fabrics


    Barb is a retired teacher whose passion is sewing! We adore this quilted, reversible jacket that she made out of our unique Britex Fabrics San Francisco cotton fabric that she got as a Christmas gift from her husband. Barb started off with a Rag Merchant blouse sewing pattern, but modified it to suit her shape and her needs. Barb has the layers prequilted, then cuts the pattern out. With this particular jacket, Barb used Ultrasuede® to bind the edges and nifty Golden Gate Bridge buttons. She prefers either low-loft bamboo or cotton batting. Barb has sewn over 68 of these fabulous jackets, all from a variety of fabrics. We'd love to see her fabric stash...I bet it's a wondrous mélange of colors and textures!

  • Blue Roses for a Blue Lady!

    July 27, 2018 by Britex Fabrics



    We adore this drift of a silk fabric, with its overblown blue roses and jacquard polka dots - perfect for a new summer frock or a romantic blouse. Made in Italy by a well-known Italian designer. 54" wide and $145.00 per yard. This is available in our San Francisco store at 117 Post Street. Please stop by or email us at to order yardage of this lovely fabric.

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