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Category Archive: Fabrics

Never Enough Sparkle, Never Enough Shiny

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

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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.

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

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.

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“Chanel: The Making of Lesage Tweed”

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.

 

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Outlander Dress Fabric is Back (SOLD OUT!)

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(INVENTORY IS SOLD OUT)

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!

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

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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.

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

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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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Online Novelty Fabric Sale 20% Off Now – 7/11

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.”

 

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Chic Graffiti Cotton (made in Italy) 20% Off Online

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Part of our online Cotton Categories Sale 20% off 6/14 – 6/27
Chic Tangelo Graffiti Stretch Cotton (made in Italy)
A midweight cotton in an urban graffiti print in black on vibrant tangelo orange – perfect for a summer dress, lined tote bag, or fitted bolero jacket. Made in Italy.
100% cotton
60″ wide
Regular $39.99 / yard
Sale Price $31.99 / yard

 

 

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Chic Lemon Graffiti Stretch Cotton (made in Italy)
A midweight stretch cotton in an urban graffiti print in black on vibrant lemon yellow – perfect for a summer dress or fitted bolero jacket.
Made in Italy.
One-way stretch.
96% cotton
4% lycra
60″ wide.
Regular $39.99 / yard
Sale Price $31.99 / yard

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100% Japanese Cotton

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100% Japanese Cotton
Badgers Eating Apples
44″ wide
$29.99 / yard
Available on the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store.
Email service@britexfabrics.com or call 415-392-2910

 

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100% Japanese Cotton
Bears in the Woods
45″ wide
$22.99 / yard
Available on the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store.
Email service@britexfabrics.com or call 415-392-2910

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The Outlander Dress Featured Yet Again

If you will be in the L.A. area now through August 14th. Be sure to check out the amazing costumes and set models from the Starz tv series Outlander at The Paley Center. The show is free and features the amazing dress created by Terry Dresbach. Terry created this dress with fabric from Britex Fabrics. Read more about the dress here.

The show runs Wednesdays – Sundays 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
465 North Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA.

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Admission is FREE and open to the public.

 

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