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  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 50% Off Summer Swimwear Sale (In-Store Only)

    July 1, 2016 by Britex Fabrics


    Celebrate Summer and Take 50% Off All Nylon Lycra Fabrics & All Elastic Trims By the Yard!

    Our Summer Swimwear Sale includes 50% off all all lycra fabrics, including solids and prints, as well as all of our amazing elastic trims by the yard!


    Tuesday, July 5 - Tuesday, July 12

    *In-store sale is limited to stock on floor. No mail orders, email. phone, or special orders.
    Minimum fabric cut is 1/2 yard.

    Britex Fabrics
    146 Geary Street
    San Francisco, CA. 94108

    Store Hours
    Monday - Saturday
    10am - 6pm


  • 100% Japanese Cotton

    June 13, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Capture1 100% Japanese Cotton Badgers Eating Apples 44" wide $29.99 / yard Available on the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store. Email or call 415-392-2910   Capture1 100% Japanese Cotton Bears in the Woods 45" wide $22.99 / yard Available on the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store. Email or call 415-392-2910

  • Magenta Silk Gazar

    May 31, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    bill lies magenta silk

    Local San Francisco photographer, Bill Lies is inspired by all the amazing silk at Britex Fabrics. The image above is just one in a series of photographs he created with fabric from Britex Fabrics.

    The magenta silk gazar pictured above is a plain weave, high twist, double yarn, with a smooth texture that is crisp to the touch, and is available on the first floor in our brick-and-mortar store only, and is not available online. It is 57" wide and $89.99 / yard.

    57″ wide
    $89.99 / yard

    1st Floor of Britex Fabrics

    Please call us at 415-392-2910 or email us to order.

  • Gorgeous Blue Silk Jacquard

    May 31, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Blue Silk Jacquard

    Britex Fabrics loves everything about silk and it shows. Silk is a natural fiber that is usually derived from the mulberry silkworm’s cocoons. Silk has it all; it is smooth, soft, strong, and lustrous.
    This gorgeous, leaf pattern print silk jacquard is 100% silk, 55" wide, and $69.99 / yard. It is available in our brick-and-mortar store only, and is not available for sale online.
    Please call us 415-392-2910 or email us to order.

    55″ wide
    $69.99 / yard

    1st Floor of Britex Fabrics

  • We're Closed on Memorial Day!

    May 17, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics will be closed for Memorial Day - Monday, May 30th.

  • A New Britex Fabrics' Favorite!

    May 12, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Embroidered Tulle Feature 4 blog

    This gorgeous, sheer, multicolored, embroidered tulle is a new favorite here at Britex Fabrics. No one can walk by this fabric without swooning. With a shear black tulle background and colorful embroidered design, this amazing fabric is reminiscent of master paintings - it would make a fabulous evening gown or a glamorous peasant style blouse. This fabric is only available on the first floor of our brick-and-mortar store, and is not available online.

    Tulle & Embroidery
    56″ wide
    52" active width
    $175 / yard

    1st Floor of Britex Fabrics

    Contact us to purchase this fabric by phone or email.
    Sadly, this fabric is not available online.
    (415) 392-2910


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