The Britex Blog
October 19, 2016 by Britex FabricsWith cooler autumn weather comes the opportunity to wear sweaters, long coats, plaid, wool, denim, jackets, boots and more. The people at Bloglovin' have compiled twenty looks to inspire your every day looks this fall, and we are inspired as well. Here are some of the looks they found, with similar fabric from our website to help get you started on some new projects.
October 18, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
Online Sale 20% Off All Online Wool Category Fabrics 10/18 - 10/31
Wool fabric from Britex Fabrics is perfect for every season. Summer-weight wools make elegant pleated slacks, wind-resistant boiled wools are perfect for snow-angel expeditions, tricotine is retro-glamorous for a 1950's gored skirt, and everyone craves a snappy bespoke double-breasted pin-striped jacket for year-round urban flair.
This sale good for online wool fabric category purchases* only 10/18 - 10/31. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.
October 17, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
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.
October 14, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
Have you ever imagined yourself leaping a building in single bound, flying through a cityscape with a cape, well, with this seven part lesson from Instructables, you may do just that. This tutorial will show you how to transform yourself into a superhero this Halloween. Learn how to create light weight body armor, including a head piece, and how to sew with spandex for a superhero suit. Similar fabrics to the ones used in this tutorial are available in various colors and prints, on the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store.
October 13, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
Join local fashion designer and Britex Fabrics guest blogger Jamie Lau for a two-hour interactive workshop on fashion design. This inspirational and creative fashion design course will introduce you to the principles of fashion design, including basic fashion drawing techniques, creating mood boards for color selection, and fabric awareness.
Upcoming dates: Saturday, October 15th, Saturday, November 5th, and Saturday, December 3rd.
Students will have access to croquis (fashion figure templates), colored pencils, and markers for sketching. In addition, students will also create inspirational mood boards using magazine tears, fabric swatches, and collage. This course is open to students, aspiring fashion designers, stylists, fashionistas, and seamstresses alike.
(All supplies provided by Britex Fabrics.)
Jamie Lau is a designer, sewing instructor, fashion writer, and native San Franciscan. A self-taught seamstress consistently inspired by her love of dresses, Jamie infuses a playful nostalgia into her work by transforming simple silhouettes into fashion forward frocks sewn from traditional Japanese prints, luxurious brocades, handwoven ikats, and her own textile designs. In addition to designing her clothing line Jamie Lau Designs, she guest blogs and teaches workshops for Britex Fabrics. Jamie is also the author of BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern and is a sewing instructor at New York's Textile Arts Center. After ten plus years of living in New York, Jamie relocated her design studio to San Francisco.
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.
"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."
October 12, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
We love sewing with knit fabrics. Our knit fabrics are great for making zipper-enhanced hoodies, upscale t-shirts, comfy yoga pants, warm weather scarves, or chic Diane von Furstenberg wrap style dresses. Knits are especially great for travel since they are wrinkle resistant! All online knit category fabrics are on sale, including cotton, polyester, rayon, wool and scuba knits. 10/4 - 10/17.
This sale good for online knit fabric category purchases* only 10/4 - 10/17. *This online sale does not apply to trims, in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.
October 11, 2016 by MsJennyHomeMakerHello again, everyone! This month, I thought I’d share a more daily-wear item. Wool pencil skirts in various weights are a staple in my wardrobe, nearly year-round. Some of my favorites are made from double cloth or double serge wool, so when I spotted this cool pale blue wool double-cloth, I knew it would be perfect for a transitional skirt. When I received it, I saw it had an interesting texture, so I decided to pick a slightly more fun and casual pattern, forgoing my usual Simplicity 2154 for Simplicity 8175. And I’m so glad I did – the fabric paired beautifully and I have a new favorite skirt!
October 7, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
Britex Fabrics has been in the news lately. So, what's the real story on Britex? We are not leaving Union Square. The real story at this point is that we've been absolutely overwhelmed by the calls, and emails, and tweets, and Facebook messages from people who are heartbroken at the mere idea that we might be closing. And while it's terrible to worry people like that, it's really reassuring to know that we're so valued in the community - it means that we're doing something right, and we're going to keep on doing it! And I really love having all these conversations that we wouldn't ordinarily have - everyone's got a Britex story.
October 5, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
Here are a few of the prints we have available.
Spooktacular cotton print fabrics for Halloween. Pumpkins, cats, skeletons, witches and bats! Dozens of 100% cotton Halloween print fabrics are available on the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store. All are 44" wide and range from $11.99/yard - $16.99/yard. Call now to order yours. 415-392-2910