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  • Find a Piece of Outlander at Britex Fabrics (sass3journey.com)

    March 8, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    bridge Have you ever found yourself exploring a new city and then become awestruck by an unexpected finding?  That is what happened to me on my most recent trip to San Francisco, California.  This trip was meant to be a getaway to a big city, introducing my children to all the joys of San Francisco.  I relished the opportunity to share my favorite activities and expose them to new experiences.   From cable car rides to appreciating architecture and art – we found ourselves making memories that would last a lifetime!  However, it was our interest in exploring a quaint street in the heart of Union Square that led me to one of my most memorable experiences.  I found myself facing the back entrance to the world-renowned Britex Fabrics!

  • We Love Our Customers (Raw Silk Tweed Fabric Woven From Saris)

    February 14, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Our wonderful long standing customers, Sharon stopped in today wearing a gorgeous jacket that she created from our fabulous raw silk tweed that is woven from saris. She has been shopping at Britex Fabrics for decades and is one of our amazing talented customers. This silk is available on the first floor of our brick-and-mortar store. It is 48" wide and $59.99 per yard.


  • An Outlander Inspired Wrap From Britex Fabrics

    February 13, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    An unexpected visit to Britex Fabrics in the heart of San Francisco led sass3journey.com to purchase some of her favorite materials for this easy DIY project.  Britex Fabrics originally opened its doors in 1952 and has since been considered one of the best locations for designers and anyone else seeking “creative inspiration.”  You are sure to find exactly what you are looking for, especially with four complete floors filled with an immense variety of fabrics and accessories.
    Supply List:
    • 1/2 yard of a plaid wool fabric (approximately 59" width)
    • 1/2 yard of satin fabric
    • 4 accent buttons of your choice
    •  Antique lace measured as per the width of the wrap
    • An iron to press the material during and following project completion.

  • Make It With Wool Ohio First Place and 2nd Runner-up National Winner

    January 6, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Hello!  Just wanted to share the results of Meighan's Make It With Wool entry for Ohio.  She won 1st in the adult division for the state of Ohio and ended up 2nd runner-up nationally in the adult division.  Being the youngest entrant in that division I think she held her own pretty well... but, hey, I am her mom so I might be a tad bit biased lol!  The beautiful blue crepe in the dress is from our favorite store, BRITEX!!!:-)  Thanks again for always being so willing to help out..especially at crunch time!. I hope that you enjoy the photo!

    Sincerely,
    Melinda Stevens
    Ohio Make It With Wool Direrctor


  • Heather's Mohair Coat

    October 17, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Check out Britex Fabrics fan Heather who showed up to our two day sale last week sporting a mohair coat that she made with the fabric she bought here at our brick-and-mortar store. She created her coat the night before our two day sale. Mohair fabric is available in our online store and in our brick-and-mortar store, in Union Square, in San Francisco.


  • Project RealWay: Local Designer Stefanie Featuring Britex Fabrics

    October 12, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Stefanie is a local Bay Area designer who is challenging herself to create a look based on the same challenge given to the designers on this season of Project Runway. Her project is called Project RealWay.

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    For her second challenge, Stefanie created a look for the "Every Day Woman", with fabric she purchased at Britex Fabrics. Check out her blog post featuring Britex Fabrics.

    "I immediately thought a coat/dress would be perfect for the versatility needed in the ‘everywoman’s’ wardrobe. I found this beautiful mustard yellow satin-backed tweed, which allows the fabric to be raw cut at the sleeves and hem. I liked this rough edge detail as a contrast to the covered up silhouette to avoid the look from being to conservative. The inset details are actually done in ombre silk dyed ribbon, and inset in-between the tweed panels for a little sheerness. Lastly, I chose to exaggerate the sleeve as this coat needed a bit of a flair so it wasn’t too simple, and I particularly like the bracelet sleeve length so that it can be layered nicely over longer tops."


     


  • OwlAlwaysBeThereForYou

    September 30, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    owlbethereforyou4 Our customer Elizabeth Michelle who is a regular customer at Britex Fabrics seems to always be on the lookout for vibrant colors and amazing prints at our brick-and-mortar store. She always gives us a shout out on her Instagram page when she creates something cute or fun from our fabric. Recently, she found a lipstick print that she transformed into a fabulous garment. Capture

  • Silk Necktie and Cocktail Dress by Andrea

    September 14, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Andrea Kneilands a Britex Fabrics customer from Port Hope, Canada ordered a lovely stretch silk print fabric online, and created a lovely dress and silk tie. Britex Fabrics ships internationally, to almost everywhere! Check out this silk print fabric and others here.
    "Hello, I was so happy with my silk fabric I ordered from you I thought I would share a picture of the finished dress and tie. Thank you for the great customer service." - Andrea Kneilands
    CUSTOMER FEATURE 9 2016 Andrea has been sewing since she was about 7 or 8 years old. Her Mother and Nanny sewed. They taught her how to sew. She made dolls and doll clothes. In High School she took Home Economics and private sewing lessons. This is when she started to make clothes for people, and she has been making them ever since. She had a small business when her children were little, where she made children’s  clothes and some ladies wear. She has always sewn her own dress up clothing.

  • Yum Yum Couture

    August 31, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    header   Britex Fabrics customer and YumYum couture fashion designer Miriam Shepard from Chevy Chase Maryland designs and handcrafts contemporary haute couture garments in her studio. She drafts her own original patterns, and has been sewing for 15 years. At first glance you might think that youa re looking at a life sized mannequin wearing a gown, but each design is created for fashion dolls ranging 15 - 17 inches in height. Each design is a one of kind or one of a limited edition. Miriam's creates the outfits to fit very specific types of dolls from various doll manufacturers such as Tonner Doll Company and Integrity Toys. She does this so that each design will exactly fit the doll it is created for. Each design is for sale, and many of them end up in the hands of doll collectors who have commissioned work from Miriam. YumYum provides a wide variety of garments, including gowns, dresses, blouses, jackets, coats, skirts, pants, and accessories. Below is a couture dress which Miriam created from a limited edition 100% silk Georgette floral print which she purchased at Britex Fabrics. Although Miriam purchased the last of this particular silk fabric, we have over 200 other silk fabrics online to choose from. Now is an excellent time to order Silk fabric since all online silk category fabrics are on sale now through September 5th.  

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  • Designer Masks for PROJKT Maiden Lane

    August 18, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    IMG_3427 Lance Victor Moore and Emily Payne, wearing masks designed by Lance for Emily's fashion line Leathertongue. These masks will be worn by models for PROJKT MAIDEN LANE, a Britex Fabrics event on September 23, 2016.

     

    As September approaches, we're gearing up for the Britex Fabrics fashion show, PROJKT MAIDEN LANE, featuring Project Runway designers Kini Zamora, Richard Hallmarq and Emily Payne (our own Britex alumna and Project Runway All Star) and Under the Gunn designer Rey Ortiz. Showing new pieces for her edgy Leathertongue line, Emily's focus is a loose-lined, non-gender-specific look featuring painted fabrics by designer Mary Rosenberger.

    Emily also commissioned a series of unique masks created by artist Lance Victor Moore, (L.V.M.) who utilized a different organic material in each exquisite piece. Emily's mask in the picture above, for example, features gilded branches gathered in Golden Gate Park, while Lance's look sports gilded starfish arm tips. Lance explains, "Emily contacted me in July asking if I'd be interested in making some masks for her runway show–her line is very ungendered, and the masks are designed to give the models an anonymous, androgynous look." Enhanced with trims and hardware (most of which can be found in our Third Floor notions department), the masks are crafted from leather, animal bones, tusks, shells, wood and even porcupine quills: anything  that "had a sharp, spiky feel," as Lance puts it.

     

    IMG_4251 Lance holds one of the masks he made. He used a variety of materials such as chain, open work metal, studs, and thorns that he covered in chrome powder coat. The mask is attached to the head with an elastic band across the back of the head.

     

    Lance and Emily's collaboration is unforgettable–we're so proud to feature their work in PROJKT MAIDEN LANE! We'll be posting photos as soon as we can after the event.

     

    IMG_4256 Lance poses with two of his creations.

    Lance describes the materials he used as things like "leather, stamped metal, beads, chain, horn, shell, wood, glass, crystal, antler, etc., along with airbrushing, hand painting, sculpting and burnishing metal."

    We asked him what his favorite mask is. "My favorite three masks are the wood one, the antlers, and the gold shell one. "

    Check out Lance Victor Moore's new website coming soon.

    Britex will be hosting the PROJKT MAIDEN LANE on Friday, September 23rd. Limited tickets available through Eventbrite.


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