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Gift Certificates from Britex Fabrics for the Holidays!

Britex Fabrics helps make creative dreams come true! Give the gift of inspiration with an San Francisco In-Store Gift Certificate for use at Britex Fabrics’ San Francisco store.

Don’t forget your pals overseas, the Midwest, or just plain out of town – give them an Online Gift Certificate for use at Britex Fabrics’ online store!

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Black Friday Sale and Cyber Monday Sale – 11/27 and 11/30

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‘Tis a wonderful time of year at Britex…one sale after another!

Black Friday 11/27 – Friday, November 27, the day after Thanksgiving, almost the entire brick-and-mortar store is 30% off (well, not the bricks or the mortar).*

Cyber Monday 11/30 – Then, just when you’ve caught your breath–Monday, November 30th, almost the entire the online store is on sale! Fabric, buttons, ribbon, and more! Shop the best way possible! While propped up in bed, sipping coffee, nibbling bagels, and wearing your jammies….and get 30% off almost everything online.**

**In-store sale is limited to stock on floor. No mail orders, phone, or special orders. Not included are imported/vintage lace, Liberty of London fabrics, certain felts, and specialty items.

** Online sale is limited to online orders–no phone orders, email orders, or customized swatch orders. Not included are imported Chantilly and Alencon lace trims.

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Fancy party skirt by Nicole!

 

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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!

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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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Thanksgiving Hours at Britex Fabrics

Britex Fabrics will close at 4:30pm on Wednesday, November 25th, and will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 26th. We will be open our regular hours on Friday the 27th from 10 am to 6pm for our SF store-wide Black Friday sale. Have a wonderful time with your friends and family on this holiday!

For those who cannot make it in to San Francisco on Friday, We’re having an online store sale on Cyber Monday, November 30th!

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Workshop Alert December 19 – Fashion Design w/ Jamie Lau

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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

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

SHOP IN OUR SAN FRANCISCO STORE!
30% Off In-Store Columbus Day Sale*
Monday October 12, 10-7 (we are open one extra hour)

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

WIN A PRIZE!
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!

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

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

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

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

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How to Make a Cadet Cap: Tutorial + Free Pattern

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Hello Britex readers, this is Mary from Craft Buds and I’m excited to be guest posting here today! I’ve put together a free cadet-style hat pattern for you. Just download the pattern from Craftsy here (you’ll need a free Craftsy account) and we’ll get started. I’ve used two fabrics provided by Britex in my hat, a beautiful midweight herringbone olive & espresso wool for the exterior, and a silky smooth chocolate brown rayon/cupro for the lining. The fabrics are both high quality and were a perfect set of fabrics for a warm and comfortable hat.

All kinds of woolens would work for this nifty cap. Try this Glen plaid wool, then line it with toasty, glorious red warm-back lining!

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