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  • We Love Our Customers

    March 28, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Kathy Dell is no stranger to Britex Fabrics. She attended our Warp X Weft: Textile 101 workshop on Saturday, and was wearing her "fiesta shirt", which is one of her many garments that she created with fabric from Britex Fabrics, and is perfect for spring. Kathy used a Misses Asymmetrical Seam-Detail Top Pattern which can be found here.   Kathy's mother taught her to sew when she was about 10 years old.  She made many of her clothes in high school, but then her sewing took a back seat to college and a long career in the medical device industry.  Her husband bought her a new computerized machine last fall and she has been enjoying creating fun things since then.  Britex is her “go to” fabric store, because of the quality of textiles and service she receives when visiting with us. blog 3 28

  • 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

     


  • We Love Our Customers

    January 21, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Norrie A. Thomas, author of "The Needlepointer, The Philosophy of Stitching Life" stopped by yesterday not only to shop, but also to show us the lovely bright orange and purple silk blend brocade that she purchased at Britex, that is featured on the back cover of her book. There are many other fabrics from Britex featured in her book as well. This gorgeous brocade is available in Britex on the first floor and is $89.99 per yard. We also have others available on our website.

    Norrie makes four trips to San Francisco each year, specifically to shop at Britex, and to visit her daughter who lives here in San Francisco. She creates needlepoint and often backs them with brightly colored fabrics from Britex. Norrie describes her book as a dedication to her family, and a preservation of her craft. She has been doing needlepoint for 25 years, and says that it began when she retired from her Entrepreneurial Pharmacy career, to create a way to depict how much color mattered to her. To find out more information about her upcoming book release, or for tips needlepoint, please visit her website.

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  • We Love Our Customers

    January 18, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    On Friday, we had a visit from one of our customers who was wearing a dress she had made from one of our brightly colored cotton fabrics.
    Emma has been sewing all of her own clothes since she was 15 (she is now 18). She taught herself to make dresses by obsessively re-reading vintage 1950s sewing books that she found at thrift stores. Her taste for her own dresses is very specific, she tends to heavily favor vintage-esque silhouettes in bright colors with geometric designs, and she loves African wax-print cottons. The only sewing/clothes design that she has done for someone other than herself, is when she costumed a science fiction play at the Berkeley Repertory Theater. Emma has countless illustrations that she has made of her own outfits and designs for her theater costume work.

    For her day job, Emma is a cartoonist. When she isn't creating fabulous clothing, she has an online comic, she has drawn strips for Dark Horse publishing, and has taught cartooning classes for kids at 826 Valencia, a writing center in the Mission, in San Francisco. To see more of Emma's work please visit her website.

    For more about our cotton fabrics, please visit the cotton section of our website, or the second floor of our store at 146 Geary Street in San Francisco.

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  • Wool Fiber Art

    October 15, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

    Oh the Glory of Wool!

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    Jeff Root is a Local San Francisco Artist who creates beautiful Fiber Art using various Woolens

    (Mostly found at here Britex!)

    Our Main Floor is a playground for Wool Fabric which you will see here on these beautiful pieces of Art!

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    It doesn't stop there, he also creates Plush toys, Cartoons & Paintings! Jeff learned how to use a sewing machine at a very young age!

    His mother taught sewing classes in their home when Jeff was a kid.  When Jeff and his brother were bored (during snowstorms, etc), they would sew beanbags, which evolved slowly into Plush toys.


  • How to Make a Cadet Cap: Tutorial + Free Pattern

    October 1, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

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    Hello Britex readers, this is Mary from Craft Buds and I'm excited to be guest posting here today! I've put together a free cadet-style hat pattern for you. Just download the pattern from Craftsy here (you'll need a free Craftsy account) and we'll get started. I've used two fabrics provided by Britex in my hat, a beautiful midweight herringbone olive & espresso wool for the exterior, and a silky smooth chocolate brown rayon/cupro for the lining. The fabrics are both high quality and were a perfect set of fabrics for a warm and comfortable hat. All kinds of woolens would work for this nifty cap. Try this Glen plaid wool, then line it with toasty, glorious red warm-back lining! Wool plaidLINING-85-RED60D  

  • How to make Harem Pants with Shams!

    September 28, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

    IMG_1231-squareIG   Hi, it's Shams from Communing with Fabric with another garment made from a lovely Britex fabric! When Britex asked me to choose one of their polyester fabrics, I was drawn to their Japanese-Influenced Polyester Crepe. The pic on the website doesn't show its true glory, so here it's draped over a chair:   IMG_5065-fabric   I love the texture of a pebbled crepe and this fabric came through the washer and dryer like a champ. But how to use it? I wanted to sew it into harem pants, but I could also see this as a stunning kimono jacket. The fabric resists wrinkles and would be great for travel. I decided to use Sandra Betzina's harem pant pattern, Vogue 1355. This harem pant is unusual in that it is close-fitting through the crotch. The fullness is located on the inside leg, not at the outer hip.  

  • Partaking Patrons Vol XII

    September 2, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

    Blog1 Welcome to Partaking Patrons volume 12! This is a bi-monthly post where Britex will be celebrating our customers and the gorgeous items they create with our materials. Interested in participating? Email us at [marketing@britexfabrics.com] for further information.   Here at Britex, many of our staff's parents are seamstresses, too. Apparently the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree! And today we are so thrilled to be able to share one of our Moms of Britex projects.  

  • Indigo Basketweave Raw Silk Cap Sleeve Pleated Dress

    August 31, 2015 by Jamie Lau Designs

    Blog2 Earlier this summer, I relocated my design studio from New York to San Francisco, which meant closer proximity to Britex and more fabric shopping. This past weekend, I taught a fashion design workshop at the Britex Salon. In addition to fashion illustration and creating mood boards, we also touched upon the importance of fabric awareness in fashion design.  

  • Partaking Patrons Vol. XI

    August 12, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

    Welcome to Partaking Patrons volume 11! This is a bi-monthly post where Britex will be celebrating our customers and the gorgeous items they create with our materials. Interested in participating? Email us at [marketing@britexfabrics.com] for further information.   Whether it is a large ballroom gown, upholstered couches, or a small and nuanced doll, Britex is home to all things creative! In this installment of PP, the lovely Joseph Coloff shows us the latter. With his detailed and precise handiwork, Joe has made a beautiful roaring 20s doll for a competition in Texas.   Final6  

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