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  • All New Online & In-Store: Waxed Cotton Prints

    July 20, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    new-online-dutch-waxed-cotton-for-blog Dutch Waxed Cotton Prints are also known as African Waxed Prints and are commonly used for clothing in Africa, especially in West Africa. They are industrially produced, colorful cotton fabrics with batik printing on them. The colors of these fabrics rely on the preference of the locals where they are manufactured. The clothing created from these fabrics are usually celebratory in nature. These prints carry personalities into the world, and often represent cities, buildings, sayings, and special occasions. Given the vivid color and the distinct separation of the colors, it is no wonder that these fabrics have gained international popularity. Check out our Waxed Cotton page online here, or visit the cotton department on the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store to check out dozens of these gorgeous prints.

  • DIY Ruffle Hem Wrap Skirt (apairandasparediy.com)

    July 19, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    img_1174 This gingham wrap skirt by Geneva of apairandasparediy.com is voluminous and provides just the type of fashion confidence boost a person needs during the summer months. The pattern is included on her blog post, and this project is not recommended for beginners. The gingham fabric that is available in over half a dozen colors on the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store, is not your average run of the mill cotton, but a beautifully smooth, tightly woven fabric!

  • Online Sale: 20% Off Linen Category Fabrics Now - 7/24

    July 17, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    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. 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. This sale good for online linen category purchases* only 7/11 - 7/24. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.


  • Local Designer & Britex Fabrics Regular Joy Mao

    July 14, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Joy Mao is a Bay Area transplant, and Britex Fabrics regular, originally from Shanghai that spends her days with the good people of MUH-TAY-ZIK HOF-FER, and her nights sewing away in her tiny home studio (aka. her dining room table). She has had a passion for designing and making clothes since college, but until this year she didn't have the courage to take it further than a hobby.

  • 83,500 Vintage Sewing Patterns

    July 13, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    The sewing community takes care of its own! Thanks to a collaborative effort, 83,500 vintage sewing patterns from Vogue, McCalls, Butterick, Simplicity, and others have been put into an online database, viewable by the public. Each look is at least 25 years old, and is organized by decade, garment type and designer. If you want to recreate a Dior look from the 50s, this is a great place to start! Then pick out some scrumptious fabric to work with--we have fabulous new silks, brocades and wools in our brick-and-mortar and online stores!


  • Online Sale: 20% Off All online Linen Now - 7/24!

    July 13, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    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. 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. This sale good for online linen category purchases* only 7/11 - 7/24. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.


  • Top Fall Fashion Trends (marieclaire.com)

    July 6, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    patchwork There's an admitted difference between runway style and hallway style, but it's always fun to be inspired by the latest designer looks (curated here by marieclaire.com). Analyze what you see and how it can be interpreted to fit your taste and body type, pick out (or draft) a pattern and some fabulous fabrics from Britex, and go to town! Trend One: the Walking Quilt! Patchwork looks can be created by piecing different fabrics together, or by cutting your garment out of a single patchwork printed design. Our Bohemian Print panel fabric, seen above, offers a great patchwork look.

  • Online Sale: Last Chance to Take 20% Off All Online Rayon, Polyester, & Lace Fabrics Now - 7/10!

    July 5, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Online Sale: 20% Off All Online Polyester, Rayon & Lace Category Fabrics 6/27 - 7/10!
    All polyester, rayon, and lace online category fabrics are on sale, including luxurious Italian designer polyester prints, polyester charmeuses, exquisite viscose lace knits, gorgeous stretch blends, and more. This sale is good for online lace, rayon, & polyester fabric category purchases* only 6/27 - 7/10. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.


  • Ultramarine Blue Motion Jumpsuit + Fashion Inspiration (Jamie Lau Designs)

    July 3, 2017 by Jamie Lau Designs

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    Hei from Helsinki! For my vacation, I created a few travel outfits for my Scandinavian summer adventure. Working with some core JLD silhouettes, I updated my wardrobe, including the addition of a new Motion Jumpsuit design. I love designing with textured solids and selected this ultramarine blue linen, wool, and silk blend from Italy.

     


  • Online Sale: 20% Off All Online Rayon, Polyester, & Lace Now - 7/10!

    June 29, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Online Sale: 20% Off All Online Polyester, Rayon & Lace Category Fabrics 6/27 - 7/10!
    All polyester, rayon, and lace online category fabrics are on sale, including luxurious Italian designer polyester prints, polyester charmeuses, exquisite viscose lace knits, gorgeous stretch blends, and more. This sale is good for online lace, rayon, & polyester fabric category purchases* only 6/27 - 7/10. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.


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