The Britex Blog

  • Free 1930s Magic Bias Slip Tutorial

    July 9, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    NOTE: Sometimes websites cease to exist, which will cause links to expire. You can now find this slip pattern at la coupe parfaite!

    By turns slinky….and then elegant, sometimes we just want to go crazy and cut everything on the bias! Here are directions from Fashion Service magazine (August 1931, pg. 14) for a 1930s Magic Bias Slip: "Falling into the lines of each individual figure as if by magic, this slip, ultra modern because of its bias cut, is a perfect foundation under fitted frocks. And it’s as fascinating to work out as a picture puzzle, built up, as it is, from squares and triangles of fabric." James, costumier and archivist from Dressmaking Research says, “Now I read meticulously for any mention of cut and construction, illustrated or not, to expand the information in my archive.  Over the years I have learned a great deal from primary source materials. For example, images and information on petticoats and understructures fascinate me because I believe they are the "key" to a silhouette. The diagrams I have found pertaining to Capes, Cloaks, Mantles, and similar garments are enthralling in their ingenuity and simplicity.” We greatly admire his dedication to preserving and maintaining this fabulous educational archive for us. Hint: Make one of silk fabric for a chic yet airy summertime frock!


  • Free 1920s Vintage Sewing Booklet

    July 5, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Jazz Age novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald stars the beautifully glamorous Daisy and the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby. With the recent release of the film, The Great Gatsby, we’re spending this summer dreaming of silk frocks, twilight lawn parties, dapper tuxedos, and fountains of champagne.  Vintage Sewing Reference Library  has a wonderful collection of sewing books online, including 1926—The New-Way Course in Fashionable Clothes-Making Correspondence course; it is lavishly illustrated and comes with complete instructions for learning the art of clothes-making. Includes 56+ lessons covering everything you could want to know about sewing in the 1920's from basic stitches to opening your own dress shop.

  • Quilt and Wall-Hanging by Michele

    July 5, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Michele from Culpeper, Virginia visited Britex Fabrics with her Aunt Jan, stopping by our 2nd floor to buy an armful for cotton batiks for quilting. She commented, “I was very impressed at what a helpful, knowledgeable sales staff Britex employs.  The wall hanging, "Savannah Road Lagoon", is my own design.  The king size quilt, "Savannah Swamp", was created using the book Peeled Back Patchwork by Annette Ornelas (added outside border is my design). “ We love the watery and restful green and blue color scheme, and the water lily pad quilt top.  The languid turtle wall hanging is Michele’s design; you can see more of Michele’s work at Sleepy Horse Quilting.

  • Ends July 8th - 50% Off Selected Online Fabric Sale!

    July 4, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Get it while you can! Our 50% off Selected Fabric Sale ends Monday July 8th. We're unpacking new imported fabrics at Britex Fabrics, so have just discounted a slew over 100 of our online fabrics to make room for spring!  Online sale fabrics  include linens, woolens, novelties, suitings, silks, imported luxuries, daily necessities, cottons and more!

  • Britex Fabrics + Goodby Silverstein & Partners = GLBT Pride

    June 27, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Local award winning advertising agency, Goodby Silverstein & Partners decided to spontaneously celebrate an exuberant week of GLBT Pride by covering 66 large windows in their downtown office in a rainbow of colors! They wanted to accomplish this marathon of redecorating within three hours; Britex Fabrics and the ever sweetly effusive Greg on Britex Fabrics’ second floor were there to assist! Kristin says, “He was AMAZING. He helped me figure out how much fabric I needed, helped me find the most affordable and good looking options, and did it all in lightening fast time. He was also incredibly cheery and friendly the entire time. Greg went above and beyond, and I am happy to say I'll be a loyal Britex customer for the rest of my life because of it.” What can we say….we’re pink tickled to be part of such a great community!

  • Tips: Successful Sewing with Silks - Draped Cocoon Dress

    June 25, 2013 by Jamie Lau Designs

    I’m excited to join Britex Fabrics as a guest blogger starting this summer. As a San Francisco native, I’ve been shopping at Britex ever since middle school - even before I could sew - and I also had my West Coast book launch party there last December.

    In addition to being a fashion designer, I also teach sewing, patternmaking, and draping classes in New York and beyond. I often run across students who are intimidated to sew with silk (and I don’t blame them!). In my inaugural post, I’m going to share some tips on working with silk as I walk you through the process of creating one of my dress designs - a lightweight draped cocoon dress that works great for hot New York summers, but that can also be paired with opaque tights when the temperature drops.

  • Free Pleated Skirt Pattern & Tutorial

    June 21, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Inspired by a Kate Spade frock, Melissa from the blog, Melissa Esplin made this easy-peasy tutorial and pattern for a pleated skirt. We love pleated skirts and this one is dramatically classic, with six pleats - three pleats in the front and three in back. Make it in this charming cotton print - strewn with softly delineated flowers on a khaki background and with a watercolor delicate feel.

  • Free Cock-a-Doodle-Doo Cross-Stitch Pattern

    June 21, 2013 by Britex Fabrics


    Sometimes all it takes is Friday and the promise of the upcoming weekend to calm me. I don’t anticipate any roosters crowing tomorrow morning, but I’m hoping for butterflies, love, and posies. This cross-stitch pattern would make up into a charming gift for a lucky someone, and with vacations and lazy weekends, summertime is the perfect time to start the project. Design by R. Lanser. Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics' 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.

  • Liberty of London + The Urbane Grandmother + Britex Fabrics!

    June 19, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Karletta, San Francisco’s urbane grandmother and blogger supreme from The Urbane Grandmother, combined Liberty of London cotton lawn, little girls, and a McCalls sundress pattern.  Liberty of London cotton lawn is ideal for so many garments, including heirloom quality children’s clothing, men’s dress shirts, pajamas, vintage-style frocks, and more. Liberty is great for travel, as it can be easily washed out in the sink, and dries quickly and nearly wrinkle-free! Britex carries a generous selection of Liberty of London cottons in our SF store; if you can’t make it into the store, utilize our handy Customized Swatch Service so that you can fondle and drool over these luscious fabrics for yourself!

  • Online Summertime Cotton Fabric Sale

    June 13, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Get 20% off all 80+ fabrics in the Lightweight and Midweight Cotton Categories from Saturday, June 15th to Sunday June 30th. Cotton fabric holds a special place in our fashionable heart. First cultivated 7,000 years ago, cotton is a timeless natural-fiber fabric, whose breathability makes it ideal for many garments. We carry an ever expanding collection of cotton fabric in our online store, including delicate Italian and Swiss voiles, brilliantly colored hand-loomed Guatemalan ikat fabric, Italian and Swiss elegant shirtings, and chic designer cotton fabric. Sale ends June 30th. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! (This sale is good for online Light and Midweight Cotton Categories fabrics only – in-store cotton fabrics are not included in this sale)

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