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  • Ankara - Dutch Wax Cotton

    April 18, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Ankara Fabric, is commonly known as "African Prints". " Holland Wax" , and "Dutch Wax". This fabric is 100% cotton with brightly colored patterns.
    Due to the Tribal-like patterns, this fabric is often associated with Africa. People have made hats, earrings, blazers, shoes, socks, shirts, and other garments with this fabric, which makes it versatile. The prints found on Ankara fabrics are often made by batik, an Indonesian wax-resistant dyeing technique. The intensity of the colors in the patterns determines which side of the fabric is the front and which is the back. The fabric was initially intended for the Indonesian market but received a better response from African audiences. WAX COTTONS

     To check out our new online selection of Wax Cotton, please click here.


  • THE Outlander Dress--from Britex Fabrics!

    April 8, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Season 2 of Outlander premiers on Saturday evening, and one of the most iconic new costumes--featured prominently in the Starz official trailer and all over the Internet--is this stunning dress made of fabric from Britex! We were thrilled to work with Outlander costume designer Terry Dresbach, who spent several days here choosing fabrics, trims and buttons for both seasons. Most of the fabrics that she selected were plaids and woolens for Season 1 (set in chilly Scotland), but this particular fabric is such a unique, spectacular combination of color and pattern that we are not surprised to see it emerge in Season 2, set in 18th century Paris. brown dress outlander This dress is made of a heavy, luxurious furnishing fabric produced in Turkey by one of our favorite sources. Unusually, the floral pattern does not run up the roll, but was designed in panels. Each panel was 27" square: which meant that there were two panels in each 3/4 yard. We are generally wary of carrying panels like this in the store, because the square design tends to limit application to pillows, ottomans and the like--but we absolutely fell in love with the colors and were confident that our customers would feel the same!
    Terry is an incredibly savvy designer, so she turned the panels to her advantage, placing the flowers strategically around the skirt and bodice...and we can't imagine a more beautiful usage for for one of our favorite fabrics. We're also proud to mention that Outlander creator Ronald Moore (who happens to be Terry's husband) says in the Starz trailer that this is his favorite dress!
    We no longer have this particular piece in the store (because it took a LOT to make this dress), but we carry other fabrics of similar quality and design from the same source--so come in and take a look!
    Expect to hear more from us about Outlander as the season progresses!
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  • Online Sale: 20% Off All Online Cotton Category Fabrics

    April 6, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Cotton Foxes Sale April 5 April 18

    We fancy these frolicking foxy foxes for springtime knitwear - sew an adorable baby jumpsuit, a winsome sundress, or stretchy yoga pants! To make our frisky foxes even more enticing, this cotton knit is designed and made in Los Angeles, USA.

    Cotton fabric holds a special place in our fashionable heart. First cultivated 7,000 years ago, cotton is a timeless natural-fiber fabric, whose breathability makes it ideal for many garments. We carry an ever expanding collection of cotton fabric in our online store, including delicate Italian and Swiss voiles, brilliantly colored hand-loomed Guatemalan ikat fabric, nubby couture-inspired cotton tweed fabrics, travelable cotton-lycra blends, and chic designer cotton fabric.

    Quantities are limited, so order your swatches now! This sale is good for online cotton categories only 4/5 - 4/18.

  • Warm Wool Camden Cape: Made with Novelty Wool Coating

    April 5, 2016 by MissCrayolaCreepy

    It may or not be nearing the end of winter here in California and it may or may not have been the best idea to make a lined wool cape, but how could I say "no" when this beautiful fabric was begging to be sewn into an awesome cape?!? Seriously guys, I don't even care that the weather is going to warm up shortly, this cape is going to get a lot of use. I'm going to be wearing it in the middle of summer, dripping sweat, and it's going to have to be pried off my body. Ok, I'm being dramatic, but I am really really in love with what I made!     Miss-Crayola-Creepy-Seamwork-Camden-7-032916 Continue Reading

  • 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 Continue Reading

  • Perfect For Spring!

    March 24, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    linen in store blog

    This gorgeous, 61 inch wide, lightweight, brilliantly colorful, floral, 100% Italian linen fabric is available on the second floor, in our brick-and-mortar store. Perfect for a spring shirtwaist!

    100% Linen
    Colorful Floral Print
    61″ wide
    Made in Italy
    $75.00 / yard

    Contact us to purchase this fabric.
    Please email or call.
    This fabric is not available through our website.

    service@britexfabrics.com
    (415) 392-2910


  • Polka Dot Shirt Dress With Button Placket Tutorial

    March 21, 2016 by Jamie Lau Designs

    JLDBritexFabricsCotton03152016_Main My favorite part of the design process is fabric selection. For this new spring shirt dress design, I elected to work with a crisp, luxury cotton shirting fabric by Burberry. To add interest to the overall design, I chose a contrasting hand-dyed blue cotton for the outer cuff layer and glazed marine blue buttons to highlight the polka dot print. Oftentimes, I find button cuffs to be a little restrictive, especially when I want to roll up my sleeves. Thus, I decided to draft a three-quarter sleeve with a full slit cuff for more freedom and less fuss. (Plus, you can still see a peek of the polka dot fabric sewn as the inner cuff layer.) JLDBritexFabricsCotton03152016_1 JLDBritexFabricsCotton03152016_2 In this tutorial, I will discuss how to draft a standard button placket with a straight fold-back facing using a basic shirt sloper (base pattern used as a template to develop patterns). In womenswear, buttonholes are placed on the right-hand side of a garment that closes at the front. Since I am sewing a shirt dress similar to a classic button-up shirt, I will be providing instructions for marking vertical buttonholes - the measurements for horizontal buttonholes are slightly different. In this design, the buttonholes run vertically down the placket, with the buttonhole on the collar stand sewn horizontally. Continue Reading

  • Oscar de la Renta at the De Young

    March 17, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Guest Blog Post by Tamara
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    (Tulle and silk flowers for headdress above were purchased at, and are available for purchase at Britex Fabrics brick-and-mortar store.)
     
    After seeing his beautiful dresses in the Neiman Marcus windows across the street from Britex Fabrics, I couldn't wait to see the Oscar de la Renta exhibit at the De Young. I knew it would be a treat. The garments made of elegant fabrics of many types, (some which have cousins which can be found at Britex Fabrics) with fine embellishments and unique details, are what made this exhibit memorable. Because I work at Britex Fabrics, love to sew, and have taken courses in Fashion design, I have a wealth of knowledge and passion about fabric. This made me appreciate the garments immensely.
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  • Word Search: Fabric & Sewing Terms

    March 14, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Below are words associated with fabric and sewing. Try to find the words hidden in the puzzle, or click on the highlighted words to explore the links.  (Solution Down Below) WORD SEARCH ACRYLIC, BIAS, BLEND, BOILED WOOL, BOUCLE, BUTTON, CHAMBRAY, COTTON, CREPE, FASHION, FELTED, GEORGETTE, HAND DYED, HERRINGBONE, IRON, JERSEY, KNIT, LACE, LEATHER, LINEN, NEEDLE, NOTIONS, PATTERN, PLAID, POLYESTER, PRINT, RAYON, REMNANT, RIBBON, SATEEN, SCISSORS, SEWING, SILK, SPANDEX, SWATCH, TAILOR, THREAD, TULLE, TWILL, VINYL, VISCOSE, WAX COTTON, WEAVE, WOOL, YARD, YARN *Special thanks to Burda Style Patterns for their amazing online fabric glossary. Continue Reading

  • Just in time for spring

    March 11, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    This fabulous, 57 inch wide, light and drapey, sheer, floral, 100% Italian silk fabric is available in three colors in our brick-and-mortar store. Perfect for a scarf, lined spring dress, or blouse.

    ITALIAN SILK 3 colors bam

    100% Silk
    Available in:
    blue & white
    black & gold
    or orange & white
    57" wide
    Made in Italy
    $89.99 / yard

    Contact us to purchase this fabric. Please email or call. This fabric is not available through our website.
    service@britexfabrics.com
    (415) 392-2910


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