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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.

    Emma T Capps


  • 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.

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  • 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   Continue Reading

  • 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.   Continue Reading

  • 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.   Continue Reading

  • 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.   Continue Reading

  • 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   Continue Reading

  • Cross-Dyed Linen Jacket with Bias Fringe

    August 4, 2015 by Communing with Fabric

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    Hi, it's Shams from Communing with Fabric with another garment made from a lovely Britex fabric!   Continue Reading

  • Partaking Patrons Vol. X

    July 29, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

    Welcome to Partaking Patrons volume 10! 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.   When one thinks of Britex it is not usually first on the list to think of historical costuming. But, as a matter of fact, we have a huge costuming clientele, the most well known right now being Terry Dresbach of Outlander. We serve up piles of wools and cottons and silks for specific and accurate reproductions that our costuming community yearns for. And this time of year particularly picks up with the encroaching Costume College festivities! Costume College (or lovingly referred to by those in the know as CoCo) is a long weekend conference held in Southern California that features workshops, demos, and lectures geared towards costuming and historical sewing. Each of the three days is also packed with events, such as an Ice Cream Social and an evening Gala, where attendees can wear and show off their beautiful creations. There also happens to be a pool party...   VivienCollage   Continue Reading

  • Metallic Pleated Skirt

    July 22, 2015 by Ada Spragg

    9   Greetings friends of Britex! Sophie here from Ada Spragg. I'm very excited to share this hand-make with you because it is fabulous. And yes I'm allowed to say so myself because I still can't believe it worked out. Plus after hand-pleating 4.2meters of fabric you kind of become your own hero! Let's start with the fabric, because it is something very special. When I first saw the Brilliant Metallic Gold Stretch Linen & Cotton Blend I thought hey, that could be fun to play with. Then it turned up and I realized I had no idea what I was going to do with it.   Continue Reading

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