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Free BurdaStyle Shift Pattern – 8/10/12 Only

Today, Friday the 10th only, BurdaStyle is offering this easy, but sleek shift pattern for free! This pattern comes with two neckline versions – either a mandarin collar, or collarless and with a gentle rounded neckline. It only takes 2 3/4 yards of fabric, and is a breeze to whip up…make it in Italian imported slate grey stretch wool for a flattering and sophisticated frock.

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Free Child’s Swing Jacket Pattern

It’s always time to sew for growing children! Destri from the blog TheMotherHuddle created this free Central Park swing coat PDF pattern and tutorial for a charming child’s short-sleeved, reversible jacket. It is sized in 3t-5t, but she provides instructions for resizing the pattern. This would be enchanting made up in cheery carmine red Guatemalan cotton…add buttons up the front and your sprouting youngster can wear it through autumn and winter as a jumper!

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Contributing Sewer – Amy’s Dusty Rose Jenny Skirt

Amy, from the blog Sew Well: as by reflection, is a bioorganic chemist, cat lover, BurdaStyle member, and sewing enthusiast. Amy describes her interest in sewing as a gratifying balance to her science research; she enjoys the relatively immediate results she gets with a sewing project, compared to the often less timely results with scientific research.

Amy made BurdaStyle’s Jenny Basic Skirt pattern #6058 with Britex Fabrics’ Italian Dusty Rose Lightweight Stretch Wool Blend and had lots of helpful comments. Click here to read more »

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Follow Us on Pinterest!

Britex Fabrics is now on Pinterest. Join us for Monday Morning Pins, and see which beauteous, quirky, luxurious fabrics captures our roaming photographer‘s eye! Summery eyelets….new Missoni sweater knits…graphic home decorating cottons and more.

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20% Off Online Sale – Stretch Cotton Fabrics 7/1/2012 to 7/16/2012

From Sunday, July 1st to Monday, July 16th 2012, enjoy 20% savings on the entire online Stretch Cotton Fabrics category! We love stretch cotton fabric. Breathable, washable, and fabulous for fitted garments, stretch cotton has it all! Britex Fabrics carries a scrumptious variety of stretch cottons — from imported Italian beauties, to midweight all-purpose suitings, to lightweight prints perfect for tailored shirts, to woven brocades and patterns. (This sale is good for online stretch cotton fabrics only – in-store fabrics are not included in this sale)

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A Summer Frock – Imported Stretch Cotton, BurdaStyle, and Natasha

Natasha from the sewing blog NattyJaneSews made this summer-licious frock from Britex Fabrics Italian stretch cotton and 10/2010 Full skirted dress with cut-out bustline #116 (available as a print at home PDF.) Natasha is a self-taught seamstress, hails from Berkeley, and is featured in The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook. She said she was instantly attracted to the vibrant color and subtle stripes of the watermelon sherbet fabric, and was surprised at how easy working with stretch cotton turned out to be. She loved how the fabric’s lycra accentuated the bodice fit. We think this dress is swell – perfect for riding San Francisco cable cars on a breezy summer day!

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Costume and Corsetry – July 26, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012 from 7 – 9 pm at Britex Fabrics. From cabaret to red carpet, from Burning Man to the Dickens Fair, this event brings you the designers responsible for the most daring and memorable costumes.

Due to an overwhelming positive response, this event is full and we’re no longer accepting reservations!  Please visit our website for information about future events!

House of Nines Design is an independent hat maker based in San Francisco. All our hats are individually made by hand using a mix of traditional and modern techniques and only high quality materials. We produce custom hats and three ready-to-wear collections per year. Photo by Joel Aron.

Dark Garden – In business since 1989, Dark Garden’s uniqueness lies in their approach to making people feel beautiful – they create corsets and wedding gowns that truly express each individual’s personality and style, bringing out their natural beauty and boosting confidence. They believe every person has the right to feel gorgeous, not only on their wedding day, but any day they choose to make special. Through careful design and fitting, they produce beautiful, timeless and stylish garments that flatter and fit with amazing comfort. Photo by Joel Aron.

Sheri Jurnecka, a practicing San Francisco attorney, costumer, and corsetiere, has enjoyed creating and wearing fantasy and historical costumes since she was a teenager. Her interest in costuming has evolved over time to include embellished and imaginative corsetry as the basis for opulent evening and bridal wear.

Satin Shadow custom designs historical costumes for both men and women. From English Regency evening wear for men, including fall front breeches, to enchanting and highly embellished Victorian Gowns that are perfect for a romantic period wedding, to alluring Jazz Era dresses, exceptional for dancing away the night. Our goal is to make your fantasy costume a reality.

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SFGate Article about Britex!

It is Britex Fabrics’ 60th anniversary! What a fabulous article and series of photographs of our store in our local online rag, SFGate! We are particularly taken with quotes from our dedicated staff members, many who are first generation immigrants who’ve worked at Britex for decades. Maya says, “I walk down the street and people say, ‘That’s the button lady!’ I love all the buttons, though I particularly love anything with rhinestones. The sparklier, the better.” Ana, who landed her first job in America at Britex says, “Twenty-two years here. It has changed a lot, but it is still a family business. It is a Mecca. I look at all of the colors and fabric and feel happy. To me, it is a place where art happens.” Opened by Austrians Lucy and Martin Spector, Britex Fabrics is currently run by their daughter Sharman, “My parents came out to San Francisco on vacation and saw this place and my father said, ‘We are taking that store.’ One of the first things my dad did was to create a ‘wall of wool,’ which we have today.” (Photos by Siana Hristova and article by Julian Guthrie)

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Imported Italian Swimsuit Fabrics at Britex!

Beachcomber alert! Britex Fabrics’ new imported Italian swimsuit fabrics are swimmingly swell. Find them on the 2nd floor. Nylon and lycra blend, 59” wide, and $39.99per yard. Out of town, and can’t make it into our brick and mortar store? Use Britex Fabrics’ Customized Fabric Swatch Shopper Service to order and see swatches of our exclusive new swimsuit fabric.

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How to Make a Custom Swimsuit Pattern

We love the beach at Britex Fabrics….looking for sand dollars, sipping lemonade, watching the waves roll in, and sultry afternoon naps. To help you enjoy yourself this summer, Britex has a bounteous selection of stunning imported Italian swimwear fabrics on our 2nd floor, and Stuart ‘s fashion design blog, Pattern School: The Original Home Of Stretch-fit Pattern Making offers detailed instructions for drafting swimwear and dancewear for women, men and children. He even has a section called Lazy People’s Patterns for folks that don’t have the time to make their own patterns. His patternmaking instructions are sophisticated, detailed, and diverse, including guidelines for maternity swimsuits, micro swimwear, catsuits, men’s thongs and briefs, and toddler’s and children’s swimwear and leggings. His love for swimwear is evident; check out his swimsuit of the week on his home page! Use Britex Fabrics’ Customized Fabric Swatch Shopper Service to see swatches of our exclusive new swimsuit fabric.

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