The Britex Blog

  • Snuggle Up With a Plaid Wool Blanket!

    August 10, 2018 by Britex Fabrics


    Autumn is coming soon, with its cool nights and falling leaves. What better time than October to snuggle up on the sofa with a mystery, a cup of steaming hot peppermint tea, and a plate of ginger cookies -- and nothing will keep you toasty like a wool blanket.

    Britex Fabrics has you covered! Just buy a 1 1/2 to 2 yards of one of our beautiful woolens, finish the edges with a lovely blanket stitch, then hunker down to read into the night. We're particularly fond of this  Red and Grey Plaid Wool, and it's on sale until August 20th, 2018! Don't know how to hand stitch? The smart gals at Colette Patterns put together this tutorial with several variations of blanket stitch.

  • Online Wool Fabric Sale to August 27th!

    August 6, 2018 by Britex Fabrics


    Start sewing for fall and winter today! All wondrously wooly woolen online fabrics are 20% off until August 27th! Wool fabric from the Britex Fabrics online store is perfect for every season...and it's especially wonderful in late summer, when the wind starts to blow in the evening. Summer-weight wools make elegant pleated slacks; wind-resistant boiled wools are perfect for less temperate 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 is good for ALL online wool fabric categories only to Monday, August 27th. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.

  • We are Closed on Labor Day!

    August 5, 2018 by Britex Fabrics


    Britex Fabrics will be closed Monday, September 3rd for Labor Day.

  • Barb - Quilted Reversible Britex Jacket!

    August 1, 2018 by Britex Fabrics


    Barb is a retired teacher whose passion is sewing! We adore this quilted, reversible jacket that she made out of our unique Britex Fabrics San Francisco cotton fabric that she got as a Christmas gift from her husband. Barb started off with a Rag Merchant blouse sewing pattern, but modified it to suit her shape and her needs. Barb has the layers prequilted, then cuts the pattern out. With this particular jacket, Barb used Ultrasuede® to bind the edges and nifty Golden Gate Bridge buttons. She prefers either low-loft bamboo or cotton batting. Barb has sewn over 68 of these fabulous jackets, all from a variety of fabrics. We'd love to see her fabric stash...I bet it's a wondrous mélange of colors and textures!

  • FREE Domestic Shipping for Orders Over $100!

    July 27, 2018 by Britex Fabrics



    Kirby says, "All online domestic orders over $100 get FREE SHIPPING!" Read our Shipping Policy for all the pertinent details.

  • Blue Roses for a Blue Lady!

    July 27, 2018 by Britex Fabrics



    We adore this drift of a silk fabric, with its overblown blue roses and jacquard polka dots - perfect for a new summer frock or a romantic blouse. Made in Italy by a well-known Italian designer. 54" wide and $145.00 per yard. This is available in our San Francisco store at 117 Post Street. Please stop by or email us at to order yardage of this lovely fabric.

  • Annual Two Day Storewide & Online President's Day Sale!

    February 12, 2018 by Britex Fabrics


    It's that time of year again--you can shop for the finest fabrics available at prices worth celebrating. Our traditional sale includes fabrics, notions and remnants--that's two floors (and all online categories) of truly unique materials, all at 30% off.

    30% Off In-Store President's Day Sale*
    Monday 2/19 and Tuesday 2/20

    30% Off President's Day Sale**
    Includes fabrics, notions, lace trim, buttons, ribbon etc
    Monday 2/19 to Tuesday 2/20 midnight to midnight PST

    *In-store sale is limited to stock on floor. Imported/vintage lace, Liberty, velvets 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.

  • Cuddle Up in a Cozy-Yet-Stylish Sweater from MadeByMeg

    January 29, 2018 by Britex Fabrics



    Hi! Meg here from MadebyMeg. Today I'm sharing with you my new winter sweater featuring Britex's Cloud-Soft Black Wool Sweater Knit - yes, that is literally what it's called and it is that fluffy!

    For this project, I wanted to take a basic sweater and jazz it up a bit. I was inspired by the Shein Twist-Front Sweater that I saw on Pinterest and decided to copy the look using two patterns: Tessuti's free Mandy Boat Tee and the Style Arc Dee Knit Top. The Dee Knit Top is a perfect match for the twist front detail, saving me the headache of having to figure out that step myself. And the Mandy Boat Tee is oversized with dropped shoulders, much like my inspiration. Together, I knew I could get the look I wanted.



    While pattern drafting from scratch is very much a technical skill, for the home sewer I view combining patterns as more of an art than a science. My sewing style is all about throwing things together and seeing what comes out. If you've been afraid to try altering patterns, I say have fun with it and see where it leads!

    For this project, I decided to order the more fitted Dee Knit Top in a larger size so that it would match the finished garment measurements of the oversized Mandy Boat Tee. I purchased a size 20 instead of my usual size 8. If you can't size up, you can try printing your pattern at a larger scale, but be wary of enlarging things that are critical to fit such as sleeve heads and armscyes. Luckily for this pattern, all you need to copy is that interesting hem detail.

    Then, here's what I did to combine the front pattern pieces:


    To combine the patterns, I laid one on top of the other, matching center front and shoulder seams. I then carefully traced around them with tracing paper, taking the details I wanted from each. I kept the boxy shape and wide shoulders of the Mandy Boat Tee, but used the hem detail of the Dee Knit Top. You'll also notice I dropped the neckline a little as the Mandy Boat Tee's is quite high, and also dropped the armhole a bit so that I could draft larger, more loose-fitting sleeves. I made no alterations to the back of the Mandy Boat Tee (not pictured) except to leave the hem a bit long so I had room to work with.

    From here, all I had to do was follow the instructions for how to construct the front of the Dee Knit Top and sew everything together. While the design looks complicated, it's actually not that hard! This step always takes some adjustments and experimentation as you go, but in a sweater knit the fabric is very forgiving if everything doesn't quite line up.






    I think the end result is quite fun! The twist adds a lot of interest to this basic sweater, and I like how the hemline is slightly raised in the front. Plus, the wool knit is super warm, perfect for this time of year.
    Have you made any pattern hacks using Britex fabrics? Let us know in the comments!

  • Teal Wool Papercut Patterns Sapporo Coat by Chuleenan of

    January 25, 2018 by Britex Fabrics

    chuleenan-coat-1   I made this Papercut Patterns Sapporo Coat from this luscious teal wool melton ($49.99/yard) from Britex Fabrics. It’s the first coat I’ve made from a melton fabric. I’m happy to say that it was easy to sew. My lining fabric is also from Britex – it’s a lining specifically made for coats. This black warm-back coat lining is satin on one side and flannel on the other, which makes it easy to sew (more on this later). It’s 60″ wide and $15.99/yard.

  • Meg's color-blocked jacket gets the most out of small pieces!

    January 22, 2018 by Britex Fabrics

    meg-jacket-1Meg from MadebyMeg here! Today I have some inspiration for sewing up your precious pieces of fabric. You know, the ones where you could only buy a yard, or have hoarded the leftovers from your favorite project, or just caught the bolt end at Britex. Why not try out some color-blocking and mix it in with another piece of fabric?This jacket is made from Britex's Italian Black Stretch Wool Twill and a thick red wool knit remnant I had leftover from an estate sale. Together, these two amazing fabrics teamed up to make my new favorite jacket!

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