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  • Belly Dancing Costume

    January 8, 2011 by Britex Fabrics


    The gals on Britex’s’ 3rd floor created this jeweled belly dancing (or "danse du ventre") costume with a few trims and items from their floor, and a couple of snippets of wafting chiffon from the remnant floor. The fitted top is constructed using a beaded lace overlay top, with metallic coin fringe providing jingling interest. The collar is made of a pair of gemstone encrusted appliqués in shades of amber and coffee, the belt is of a length of swishing beaded trim, and the skirt is made of several panels of chiffon. Please come into our store, or call Darlene at 415-392-2910 if you are interested in buying any of these glittery and delightful trims or jewels! (Fitted top $19.85, gemstone appliqués $27.95/pair, bugle bead trim $13.95/yard, coin trim $21.95/yard)


  • Sandra Betzina Presents the Power Sewing Toolbox!

    January 7, 2011 by Britex Fabrics


    Power Sewing Toolbox: this workshop by Sanda Betzina is on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 between 7 pm and 9 pm. The cost is $60 per student. Call Britex Fabrics at (415) 392-2910, or visit us at 146 Geary Street in San Francisco to sign-up. Our hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. Enrollment space in this class is very limited, so reserve your spot early! This two hour class is full of tips and techniques the patterns don’t tell you, but essential to a quality looking finished product. No longer will you be intimidated by mitered bindings, fringe detailing, classy seam embellishments, welt pockets and buttonholes, neckline bindings for round and V necklines, and truly invisible zippers. In addition, you will learn techniques for lining knit pants, T-shirts in stretch mesh and zippers hidden in pockets. Feel your sewing savvy soar from a C to an A+ as you learn new tricks of the sewing trade.


  • Britex Fabrics Corset Making Selection

    January 6, 2011 by Britex Fabrics


    We are overjoyed with our new shipment of corset construction materials, and wanted to get you an idea of our selection. All corset making notions are available in Britex Fabric’s 3rd floor across from the Bridal Lace, and Coutil is available on our 2nd floor. Please contact us at 415-392-2910 if you want to buy corset-making supplies, and you will be guided to the correct department.
    BONING:
    1/4” white steel. 4” to 17” in 1” increments
    1/2” white steel. 4” to 17” in 1” increments
    1/4” spiral steel. 4” to 17” in 1” increments
    1/2” spiral steel. 4” to 17” in 1” increments
    BONING CASING:
    1/4” white
    1/2” white
    1/4” black
    1/2” black
    LACING:
    1/4” white
    1/4” black
    BUSKS:
    Silver knobs or closures. 8”, 9”, 10”, 11”, 12”, 13”, and 14”
    Gold knobs or closures. 12”
    Antique Brass knobs or closures. 12”
    Black knobs or closures. 12”
    COUTIL FABRIC:
    Black (2nd floor)


  • Britex Now Carries Boning and Busks!

    December 15, 2010 by Britex Fabrics


    Britex Fabrics has just expanded their selection of boning and other corset-making notions. We now carry both flat and spiral steel boning in widths from ¼” to ½” and 4” to 17” long, busks with brass or chrome knobs, and all black busks on the 4th floor. We will feature details later! To assist you with your garment construction, here is Tight Linings and Boning by Mary Brooks Picken, and published by the Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences in 1922. This 44 page book covers making the making the tight lining, boning, and girdles or waist-line foundations.


  • Britex Fall Sale! October 11th & 12th

    October 4, 2010 by Britex Fabrics


    BRITEX FABRICS FALL SALE - 30% OFF* Fabrics - All Notions - All Remnants . Monday, Oct. 11 (10-7) - Tuesday, Oct. 12 (10-6). *Sale limited to stock on floor. *Imported laces, velvets and specialty items not included. *No special orders, mail or phone orders


  • Britex Notions Gift Certificates

    December 22, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    Looking for a way to bring Britex Notions to out-of-town family and friends? Britex Notions Gift Certificates are now available through our online store. Give the gift of inspiration with a Britex Notions Online Store gift certificate. From shimmering shell to antique gold metal buttons, crochet to Alençon lace trim, petersham grosgrain to hand-dyed silk velvet ribbon, Britex helps make creative dreams come true! Your Britex Notions Online Store Gift Certificate can be either mailed or emailed. Britex Notions Gift Certificates are valid only towards the purchase of items offered through our website.


  • International Shipping From ShopBritexNotions

    November 19, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics and www.ShopBritexNotions.com, Britex Fabrics’ online notions store, are now shipping internationally! At this time, M. Du Jour cannot hand-deliver your buttons to your bâtiment de plusieurs chambers in Paris, but packages are shipped by U.S. postal service. We are excited about this worldwide expansion.


  • Flapper Headband Tutorial

    October 6, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    Sew up this flapper's headband for your next party! Shimmy into a frock, pull up your silk stockings, get all dolled up, hussy on down to the Fairmont Hotel, and Bunny Hug the night away to the "Memphis Blues ".

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