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  • We Love Our Customers

    March 7, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics customer Adam Arnold created a fabulous blouse and skirt set from some amazing Viscose Crepe fabric with a brightly colored print, from his own pattern.  Since viscose is light in weight, it makes for excellent skirts or shirts for spring. Visit the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store to check out our amazing selection of Viscose fabrics.

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    Adam is an independent fashion designer in Portland, Oregon. He designs, drafts, and constructs clothing for men and women. Adam has collaborated with the Portland Art Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Craft, and the Oregon Ballet. Adam graduated from FIDM in San Francisco in 1996, and has been sewing his entire life.

    For more information on Adam Arnold and his work, visit his website
    or follow him on Instagram

     


  • Nima Shiraz's First Fashion Video - Featuring Fabulous Designs Created With Fabrics From Britex Fabrics!

    February 26, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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  • Simple DIY Suspenders Tutorial

    February 24, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    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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  • How To Properly Iron a Dress Shirt

    February 15, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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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".

     


  • Draping With Emily Payne from Project Runway All Stars!

    February 12, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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  • We Love Our Customers

    February 12, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    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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  • Breathtaking Butterfly Silk

    January 7, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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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


  • Britex Fabrics' Holiday Hours

    December 17, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics will close at 4 pm on Thursday December 24th, and at 4pm on Thursday December 31st.

    We will be closed on Friday December 25th, and Friday January 1st.

    We wish everyone a peaceful and pleasurable holiday season!


  • For one week only...Cashmeres are 50% off in-store!

    December 15, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

    Make your holidays a little cozier--our luscious Cashmeres are 50% off for one week only at our brick-and-mortar store! These beautiful coatings vary from shawl weight to double face, in a variety of traditional colors. Don't miss out--the sale lasts from Monday, December 14 through Saturday, December 19 at 6 PM. And after purchasing some fabulous cashmere (along with other goodies--have you got your glitz for New Year's yet?), take a stroll by Macy's and melt over the adorable (and adoptable!) kittens and puppies in the windows.

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  • Workshop Alert December 19 - Fashion Design w/ Jamie Lau

    November 15, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

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    Calling all fashionistas and fashion enthusiasts! Have you ever wanted to learn real world fashion skills from a full-time designer? Well, now is your chance. Jamie Lau, of Jamie Lau Designs, will be here on December 19th to show you the basics for beginning a successful move into the world of fashion. She will cover starter fashion drawing techniques, creating mood boards for color selection, and will help with fabric awareness. Students will have access to croquis (fashion figure templates), colored pencils, and markers for sketching. In addition, you will also create inspirational mood boards using magazine tears, fabric swatches, and collage.

     

    Because space is limited, we encourage you to sign-up right away! See our events page for information on reserving your spot.


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