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  • How to Hem Jeans in 30 Minutes

    March 9, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    This is the quick and easy way to hem any pair of jeans! Next time you are considering taking your jeans to a tailor to be hemmed, do it yourself! What You Will Need Jeans Scissors Measuring Tape Pins Iron Sewing Machine Thread IMG_2886 Continue Reading

  • Hand Beaded Designer Appliques - Made in India

    March 9, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Have you ever wondered how beaded appliques are made? There is actually a lot of time and patience that goes into the process of this amazing craft. Here is a video that was made in a factory where appliques are created for high end couture designers.



    We recently received many gorgeous, hand beaded appliques directly from India. Come into our brick-and-mortar store to check them out.
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  • Online Wool Sale 20% Off 3/8 - 3/21

    March 9, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Wool Sale March 8 March 21

  • We Love Our Customers

    March 7, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics customer Adam Arnold created a fabulous blouse and skirt set from some amazing Viscose Crepe fabric with a brightly colored print, from his own pattern.  Since viscose is light in weight, it makes for excellent skirts or shirts for spring. Visit the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store to check out our amazing selection of Viscose fabrics.

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    Adam is an independent fashion designer in Portland, Oregon. He designs, drafts, and constructs clothing for men and women. Adam has collaborated with the Portland Art Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Craft, and the Oregon Ballet. Adam graduated from FIDM in San Francisco in 1996, and has been sewing his entire life.

    For more information on Adam Arnold and his work, visit his website
    or follow him on Instagram


  • Fabulous Cotton Blend Designer Skirt Panel

    March 3, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    skirt panel cotton fabric
    Come check out this fabulous American designer, cotton blend skirt panel fabric on the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store. It features a 1950s-influanced print reminiscent of woodcuts, with a modified Greek key border and sublime mask print, and it is 57" wide.
    Contact us to purchase this fabric. Please email or call. This fabric is not available through our website.
    (415) 392-2910

    Jamie for blog
    50% cotton
    40% nylon
    10% lycra
    57" wide

    $125 / panel
    Skirt panel is for a 30" waist

  • NEW! Gorgeous Silk Linen Blend crafted in Italy

    March 3, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    This fabulous silk linen blend that was made in Italy stands out with its beautiful colorful painterly quality. This fabric would make an excellent spring dress. It is available in store and by mail order only, and can not be ordered through the website.
    Contact us to place an order.
    (415) 392-2910

    55% Silk
    45% Linen

    60" wide

    Made in Italy
    $110 / yard


  • Nima Shiraz's First Fashion Video - Featuring Fabulous Designs Created With Fabrics From Britex Fabrics!

    February 26, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Chrysta Bell Nima Shiraz FW16 1

  • Online Wool Sale 20% Off (Coming Soon)

    February 25, 2016 by Britex Fabrics


  • Simple DIY Suspenders Tutorial

    February 24, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    A simple way to make suspenders with seven items, in only eight easy steps.

    What You Will Need

    1. Elastic
    (no wider than 1")


    2. 4 Straight Pins


    3. Needle and Thread


    4. One 1" Metal Back Patch


    5. 1 Garment Tape Measure


    6. Scissors


    7. Four 1" Grips With Brackets

    STEP 1: With the tape measure, measure from 1 inch below your left front pant loop, bring the tape measure over your left shoulder and down to 1 inch below and to the right of your center pant loop, or 1 inch below your right back pant loop. This is the length of elastic you will need. Be sure to cut 2 strips of the elastic in this length.


    STEP 2: With the scissors, cut 2 straps from the elastic in the length you measured in step 1.


    STEP 3: Use the straight pins to pin a horizontal line to hold the elastic end around the grip, making sure that when the grips are clipped onto your

    pants, the elastic is snug but comfortable.


    STEP 4: Hand sew the end of the elastic so that it's around one of the grip ends. (This will be the back right end)

    STEP 5: Take the end of the elastic that is not yet sewn, and put it through the metal back patch, so that the point of the triangle is facing up.


    STEP 6: Sew the unfinished side so that it's around a second grip end.


    STEP 7: Take the second strap of elastic and repeat steps 3-5, making sure both straps of elastic form an overlapping X.


    STEP 8: Trim off most of the excess elastic that remains, clip on all 4 grips.


  • Online Sale: 20% Off All Online Knit Category Fabrics

    February 22, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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