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Fancy party skirt by Nicole!



With the holidays coming up, surely there are a few parties to attend, right? The iridescent magenta-black color of this stunning silk taffeta is so joyous and opulent that I knew it had to be a sassy, swingy skirt for an evening fête! When the fabric arrived, I was surprised by how stiff, yet light, the taffeta was. My experience with taffeta is pretty limited, so I knew I had a challenge on my hands!


For the pattern, I used Sewaholic’s Hollyburn skirt really only as a jump-off point. First off, I removed the pockets. This is the opposite of what I typically do, but I knew the style wouldn’t look quite right with pockets (the sacrifices we make for fashion!) Second, I increased the circumference of the skirt hem by about 18″ by slashing and spreading the front and back pieces. With the stiffness of the fabric, I felt like more weight would help it drape and increase the drama.

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Workshop Alert December 19 – Fashion Design w/ Jamie Lau



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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How to Sew Wool knit with Lace overlay w/Nicole!

Wool knit Linden with lace overlay


I was won over by the Linden sweatshirt, designed by fellow Guest Blogger Jen from Grainline Studios, after making it in a sporty quilted fabric. But the wheels started turning immediately, and I felt like a lace-overlay version would take this basic wardrobe staple up a couple of notches.


As luck would have it, I was due for my next project with Britex working with one of their amazing knits! After working hard to narrow down the choices, I decided on this beautiful medium-weight wool knit fabric, in an extra-dark loden (almost black) color. I’m a sucker for pale pink, so this cotton-blend lace was the perfect contrast. The image below shows how nicely this wool drapes. Very luxurious!

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Wool Fiber Art

Oh the Glory of Wool!


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!


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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Big Britex 30% off Sale

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It’s time for our colossal Fall Sale 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. Almost everything is 30% off!

30% Off In-Store Columbus Day Sale*
Monday October 12, 10-7 (we are open one extra hour)

30% Off Columbus Day Sale**
Includes fabrics, notions, lace trim, buttons, ribbon etc.
Monday October 12, midnight to midnight PST

Shop in-store and share a picture of your favorite purchase using #BritexSale on Twitter on October 12 for a chance to win a $50 Britex Fabrics Gift Certificate. Don’t forget to follow us! Winner will be announced on October 13.

*In-store sale is limited to stock on floor. Imported/vintage lace, Liberty, velvets, already discounted items (excluding remnants) 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.

Check out our Halloween Blog post to make a list of everything you might need for your Costume!


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Time to gear up for Halloween!

 Pop into Britex Fabrics today for your Halloween Endeavors!


Come and play in our Sale Buttons on the 3rd floor in Notions!


We’ve pulled out our Halloween themed Buttons, ready to amplify any garment!


Our Pumpkin shaped Velvet trim (On Sale) along with our Swarovski Crystals & Gold Lace Trim!


Our little villain Kirby showing off our Dark enchanted Silk, perfect for any villains on the prowl


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How to make Harem Pants with Shams!



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:




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.


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How Do I Add Piping: Curvy Sewing Collective Post

Hello! I’m Tanya and I blog at Mrs. Hughes. I’m excited to be the first of the Curvy Sewing Collective editors to contribute to the Britex blog. I’m a NorCal girl and Britex is one of my most favorite places to shop!


For this project, I chose this sublime royal purple worsted wool. This fabric is a midweight wool, with a nice drape that works well for the Decades of Style 1930’s Stardust Skirt. I love retro styles, but I’ve never ventured into the 1930’s silhouette as I’ve always found it to be more form-fitting than I’m generally comfortable with. However, I do like to step outside of my self-imposed boundaries occasionally and venture in to new territory, and thus entered this 1930’s skirt. Click here to read more »

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Cross-Dyed Linen Jacket with Bias Fringe

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


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Vivienne Westwood Meets ‘Thrones’



Vivienne Westwood has long been hailed as one of the leading off kilter designers; she leans heavily towards the punk, historical, and wildly imaginative all while using sumptuous and delicious textiles. This season she has launched a new line, which plays with androgynous and unisex designs. And here is the fun part…


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