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  • We're Closed on Memorial Day!

    May 17, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics will be closed for Memorial Day - Monday, May 30th.

  • A New Britex Fabrics' Favorite!

    May 12, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Embroidered Tulle Feature 4 blog

    This gorgeous, sheer, multicolored, embroidered tulle is a new favorite here at Britex Fabrics. No one can walk by this fabric without swooning. With a shear black tulle background and colorful embroidered design, this amazing fabric is reminiscent of master paintings - it would make a fabulous evening gown or a glamorous peasant style blouse. This fabric is only available on the first floor of our brick-and-mortar store, and is not available online.

    Tulle & Embroidery
    56″ wide
    52" active width
    $175 / yard

    1st Floor of Britex Fabrics

    Contact us to purchase this fabric by phone or email.
    Sadly, this fabric is not available online.
    (415) 392-2910


  • "Shacket" Made in the UK

    May 9, 2016 by MaleDevonSewing

    Wow! I can’t quite believe I am writing a guest post for Britex Fabrics and hope this is the first of many. I enjoy making menswear so why not make a piece for my first post? I enjoy taking things and adding a twist and this make will be no different. I have used the Kwik Sew K4075 Shirt pattern with a few twists.  I like to call it a ‘Shacket’, a shirt-jacket. I like the comfort of a shirt but making it a little bigger, little heavier and adding some informal details works well. A shacket is a great garment to throw on, when the sun starts to set or in the cooler months (we have a lot of those in the UK!).   IMG_1567   I was sent 3yds of Ribbed Charcoal Rayon blend Knit, a heavyweight fabric but beautifully soft. The ribbed pattern to the fabric really suits a shirt, giving that traditional pinstripe look but gives detail when cut cross grain such as in the yoke and cuffs. The pattern was cut and I was pleased to find the fabric didn’t curl at all. Pinning was a challenge due to the thickness and stretch but using good sharp pins helped. Anywhere I was worried about stretch I hand basted first (such as pockets on the fronts and button stand).   IMG_1577

  • Outlander Fabric: Guess What We're Getting Back In Stock?!

    May 5, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Remember the fabric we featured that Terry Dresbach used to design that amazing dress in the Outlander Starz official trailer and all over the Internet? Well, we originally thought that we wouldn't be able to get it back in stock, but the manufacturer is making it for us, so we will have it available for the general public, within eight - ten weeks! 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 yard and 1/8 panel contains 2 full bouquets of flowers, and is $99 . 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!

    outlander plus fabric for blog

    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!

    Recently in an interview with Harper's Bazaar, Terry told a story about choosing the perfect fabric for the dress:

    "That brown dress with the flowers, that is a great story. My favorite fabric store is in San Francisco, it's called Britex Fabrics, and I've been going there for years and years. I went in and I said, "I know you have something down in that basement that nobody else would buy. Go down and dig something up." And they come back with that flowered fabric, just magnificent! And the best part of the story is, we roll it out across the table and there's another shopper there. She stops and goes, "That's beautiful, isn't it? Have you ever seen a show called Outlander? It looks like something they'd use on that show." And I said, "Guess who I am?"

    "It was a fabric that set off alarm bells across the Internet. People were like, "Wait a minute, that doesn't look period correct!" It's not supposed to be. We want to imagine that Claire goes into a dress salon in Paris in the 18th century and says, "Take this off! Move this! Why don't we put the flowers down here like this?" She is a modern woman. So the minute I saw that fabric I knew that it had a feel and a flavor to it that was inaccurate. We really made a choice to go there."

    To read the entire interview click here.

    If you would like to know when the "Outlander" fabric arrives, please contact us at

  • Britex Fabrics Presents: PROJKT Maiden Lane

    May 5, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    PROJKT Maiden Lane for blogBritex Fabrics Presents:
    PROJKT Maiden Lane

    Featuring Designers Emily Payne, Kini Zamora,
    Richard Hallmarq, & Stella Zotis
    from Project Runway
    With local San Francisco Artist Michael Covington


    A Fall Fashion Show Featuring: Emily Payne, Richard Hallmarq, Kini Zamora and Stella Zotis
    (Project Runway)
    With San Francisco ARTist: Michael Covington (collaborative pieces with Emily Payne)
    & DJ Keith Kraft
    Sponsored by: Myla' Cor Martinis

    Where: Britex Fabrics - 146 Geary Street (Maiden Lane), San Francisco, CA 94108

    Tickets on sale soon!

  • Mother's Day Spring Bouquet

    May 2, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Mothers Day

    This beautiful, 58 inch wide, designer floral, cotton blend fabric is available on the second floor, in our brick-and-mortar store. Perfect for a spring  floral Mother's Day shirt or skirt!

    96% Cotton
    4% Lycra
    Spring Bouquet Floral Print
    58″ wide
    $45.00 / yard

    Contact us by phone or email to purchase this fabric.
    (415) 392-2910
    Sadly, this fabric is not available online.

  • Free Custom Corset Pattern Generator

    May 2, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    This Custom Corset Pattern Generator is a great way to take your measurements when creating a corset. All you need to do to generate a free pattern is enter the measurements of your bust, waist, waist to underarm, cup size, and your center front length. You will then have the option of viewing the pattern as small or large illustrations. Once you have generated the pattern, there are construction instructions as well.



  • Free Historical Costume Patterns

    April 29, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Have you ever wanted to create an historically accurate bathing suit, corset, or an Elizabethan dress? With the rise in popularity of historical fiction period piece shows and films, it's no wonder that there are hundreds of historical costume patterns available online for free. has an entire collection of free historical costume patterns including Medieval, Elizabethan, and Victorian. Just one click on this page, and you will find a link to hundreds of other patterns.   1920 bathing suit   There is a pattern for a gentleman's sack shirt from 1907, a corset from 1911, a bra from 1910, a young girl's kilted suit from 1876, a boy's Russian blouse costume from 1905, a gown from the Italian Renaissance, a 1950's petticoat, and even a pattern for drawers and knickerbockers, as well as a really awesome women's bathing suit project from the 1920's that has no pattern at all.   6   The variety of free patterns available is amazing, and these are just a few examples that have been compiled on

  • Online Linen Category Fabric Sale 5/3 - 5/16

    April 28, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Linen Online Sale MAy 3 May 16

    We adore linen for its beautiful natural texture, breathability, and classic good looks. Made from the fibers of the flax plant, linen is one of the oldest known textiles. Britex is pleased to offer you a unique collection of linen fabric, including amazing Irish linen. Equally wonderful for home decorating use and garments, we love linen fabric for elegant duvet covers, comfy lounge pillows, tailored curtains, louche summer suits, chic dresses, and delicately pleated skirts.

    Quantities are limited, so order your swatches now!

    This sale is good for online linen categories* purchases only 5/3 - 5/16.

    *These sale prices do not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.

  • How To Sew On A Button

    April 28, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    HOW TO SEW ON A BUTTON (This process works  best for shirt, suit, or pant buttons) What You Will Need: 1 sewing needle 1 thicker sewing needle or a toothpick to use as a spacer Button or Buttons Scissors Silk Buttonhole Twist IMG_3159 STEP 1: Thread the Needle and Knot the End of the Thread To start, be sure you have at least 12” of thread to work with. If you have 24” or more, double over the thread, which means you slide the thread through the eye of the needle, folding the thread in half until you have 2 equal sides of thread. Put a square knot in the end of the thread, using both sides together. IMG_3160 STEP 2: Create an Anchor X Point Starting on the back side of the fabric, run the needle through the front where the button will eventually live. Run the thread through to the back, and again to the front, to create a small X where the button will be centered. This X will also act as reinforcement for the thread so that the button doesn’t loosen from stress. IMG_3161 STEP 3: Position the Button Put the button on the anchor X and begin sewing from the back side of the fabric. Push the needle through the first button hole. At this point you will want to use a spacer. A second needle or a toothpick will work fine. Push the needle through the second hole from the front side of the fabric to the back side, encasing the second needle in a loop. Push the needle from the back side of the fabric and through the third button hole and pull the thread all the way through, while using your fingertip to keep the button in place.  Then push the needle back through the last button hole, while sliding the second needle in place to encase it a second time by a second loop. Repeat 3 sets of this process for each set of holes. (A total of 6 times) IMG_3162

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