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Category Archive: Britex Fabric Store

Nima Shiraz’s First Fashion Video – Featuring Fabulous Designs Created With Fabrics From Britex Fabrics!

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Online Wool Sale 20% Off (Coming Soon)

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Simple DIY Suspenders Tutorial

SUSPENDERS TUTORIAL SUPPLIES LIST
A simple way to make suspenders with seven items, in only eight easy steps.

What You Will Need


1. Elastic
(no wider than 1″)

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2. 4 Straight Pins

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3. Needle and Thread

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4. One 1″ Metal Back Patch

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5. 1 Garment Tape Measure

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6. Scissors

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7. Four 1″ Grips With Brackets

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STEP 1: With the tape measure, measure from 1 inch below your left front pant loop, bring the tape measure over your left shoulder and down to 1 inch below and to the right of your center pant loop, or 1 inch below your right back pant loop. This is the length of elastic you will need. Be sure to cut 2 strips of the elastic in this length.

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STEP 2: With the scissors, cut 2 straps from the elastic in the length you measured in step 1.

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STEP 3: Use the straight pins to pin a horizontal line to hold the elastic end around the grip, making sure that when the grips are clipped onto your

pants, the elastic is snug but comfortable.

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STEP 4: Hand sew the end of the elastic so that it’s around one of the grip ends. (This will be the back right end)

STEP 5: Take the end of the elastic that is not yet sewn, and put it through the metal back patch, so that the point of the triangle is facing up.

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STEP 6: Sew the unfinished side so that it’s around a second grip end.

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STEP 7: Take the second strap of elastic and repeat steps 3-5, making sure both straps of elastic form an overlapping X.

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STEP 8: Trim off most of the excess elastic that remains, clip on all 4 grips.

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Britex will close early Saturday 2/20

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Britex Fabrics will close at 4:30 on Saturday, Feb. 20th for the Chinese New Year parade!

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How To Properly Iron a Dress Shirt

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Have you ever wondered how to easily get the creases and wrinkles out of a dress shirt? I know that I have. Whether you are looking for work in this incredibly competitive job market, or trying to impress a new date, having this skill is handy to have. The Dude Society has come up with a pretty simple process to do just that. You’ll first need a good ironing board and iron, and they have recommendations listed. They suggest that the width of your board, be as close to the width of your shirt as possible. (This will make your task easier.) They have a recommended shirt ironing strategy, which includes temperature, motion, and sequence. They have broken down the process of ironing a standard button down shirt into a specific sequence:
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For specific instructions on how to iron a shirt, be sure to check out The Dude Society “How to Iron a Dress Shirt Correctly”.

 

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Annual Storewide & Online President’s Day Sale!

SALE Feb 15 2016

It’s that time of year again–you can shop for the finest fabrics available at prices worth celebrating. Our traditional sale includes fabrics, notions and remnants–that’s four floors (and all online categories) of truly unique materials, all at 30% off.

SHOP IN OUR SAN FRANCISCO STORE!
30% Off In-Store President’s Day Sale*
Monday 2/15

SHOP ONLINE!
30% Off President’s Day Sale**
Includes fabrics, notions, lace trim, buttons, ribbon etc
Monday 2/15 midnight to midnight PST

*In-store sale is limited to stock on floor. Imported/vintage lace, Liberty, velvets and specialty items not included. No mail orders, phone, or special orders. Minimum fabric cut is 1/2 yard.

**Online sale excludes custom swatch orders, French Chantilly & Alençon lace trim, 4-ply crepe back satin, selected duchess silks, already discounted items, and gift certificates.

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Draping With Emily Payne from Project Runway All Stars!

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We Love Our Customers

We love our customers. Ginny stopped by Britex Fabrics last week, and again today, wearing an outfit, hat, and purse that she made. She’s been sewing since she was 6 years old, and we just think she’s fabulous. Ginny is a regular at Britex Fabrics, and often uses our fabrics to create her spontaneous, on the fly designs.

You too can be in the spotlight. Just come on in to the store wearing one of your own creations, or tag us on social media!

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From the Tropics to Buttons on a Winter Coat

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The Tagua nut is the seed of a tropical palm that grows in the Northwestern region of South America, starting North of Peru, throughout Ecuador, Columbia, and Southern Panama. Tagua can be made into many beautiful items such as carved figurines, buttons, and other fashion accoutrements. It can be cut, pressed, heated, burned, lasered, bleached, tinted, and polished to phenomenal bright finishes.

The Tagua is found inside a fruit that is approximately one foot in diameter and is covered with hard spikes. After approximately eight months, when the fruit ripens, the liquid part of the fruit that tastes like concentrated cocoa is used as a medicine for kidney problems.

Ironically, the Tagua is found in the tropics, yet often ends up as Corozo buttons on winter coats.

To add some fabulous flair to any winter coat, check out our wide variety of Corozo buttons available online.

 

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Breathtaking Butterfly Silk

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Bring in a little ray of sunshine to brighten up your winter with radiant butterflies and polka dots, with a hint of shiny. This 100% silk makes a flawless skirt, or a great scarf. For an excellent outfit, why not make both. This border print begins three inches from the edge, and the butterflies and polka dots expand 16 inches from there. Shiny sequins within the design add an extra sparkle.

Our sleek silks are found on the main floor of our store. This Butterfly fabric is 45″ wide and is $59.99 per yard. To purchase this fabric come into the store, call us at (415) 392-2910, or order via email at service@britexfabrics.com

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