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  • 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)

  • Tutorial: Working with Plaid---Man's Shirt

    June 11, 2013 by Nicole at Home

    When I discovered the beautiful and vintage-y modern plaid at Britex, I knew I had found the fabric for which I had been searching.  I had in mind a short sleeve button-up shirt for my husband, but wanted something different than classic dress shirting.  This fab plaid completely fit the bill!   However, once I laid out the fabric and went to cut out my pattern, I realized I had a big challenge ahead of me.  Plaid.  Matching plaid is one issue; deciding in which direction the plaid should be arranged and the overall layout was the other.  Should the plaid on the yoke be diagonal?  If the yoke is on the straight grain, could the pockets be diagonal?  What about the placket??  I was completely paralyzed by indecision for a while, but after looking at some ready-to-wear men's tops, I opted to go for a straight-laced version with no diagonally arranged plaid pieces.  Really working the 70s vibe of the fabric might look great, but I wanted to be sure my husband would actually wear the shirt!

  • Pintucked Wedding Shirt by Melissa

    June 10, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    We love helping folks get married! After 4 1/2 years together, Melissa and Z decided to tie the knot. Melissa is a singer and songwriter with 13 CDs tucked under her belt, and Z is the author of a Lambda nominated novel; creativity and talent runs happily in their family! Melissa decided to sew Z’s wedding shirt, miscalculated in cutting for the collar, and emailed us hoping we still had the fabric she’d bought from us earlier. She mailed us a swatch to match. Fortunately, we still had it……so now Melissa and Z are blowing bubbles, noshing on chocolate macaroons, and blissfully wed. Z’s shirt was made by Melissa with assistance from her mother, Connie. They used Burda men’s shirt pattern 7767, with several alterations. Melissa says that Z was so ecstatic with her shirt that they have returned to Britex for several more lengths of cotton shirting. As we all know, there is nothing like a well tailored shirt to make us feel fabulous. A selection of Britex Fabrics’ shirtings can be found online...and are 20% off from June 15th to  June 30th.


  • Felt Underwood Typewriter by Blyth

    June 7, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Who makes a sculpted felt Underwood typewriter? The amazing Blyth from Halifax, Canada! Tabulator – cadmium yellow round keys – Underwood logo, they are all here. Looking at this, and I can easily imagine Dame Ngaio Marsh cloistered in her book-lined study pounding out witticisms from Troy, Alleyn, and Francophile Detective Sergeant Fox.

  • Kristin & the Washi Summer Frock

    June 6, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Wow! Our fabulous Guest Blogger, Kristin from SkirtAsTop made a simple summer sundress from Britex Fabrics’ cotton. The simple lines and full skirt really play up the abstract print and rich colors of the fabric, and the pattern is the Washi, a downloadable pattern from MadeByRae. No zippers or closures are needed due to the lovely back shirring. The fabric is 100% cotton, 57" wide and $22.99/yard. It is available in-store and can be bought by emailing us at

  • Calling all Glamour-Pusses - Online Novelty Category Fabric Sale Ends June 14th

    June 6, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Sale ends Friday, June 14th! Get 20% off all fabrics in the Novelty category from Saturday, June 1st to Friday June 14th. Made of wool, silk, cotton, metallic and more, these texturally rich fabrics make beautiful garments. Many of our novelty fabrics have a beautiful metallic shine which helps them stand out in the crowd, and many of our textured novelty fabrics are blends, lending them a wonderful pliability and sheen! Tweed, chenille, and bouclé novelty fabrics delight us with their contrast of nubby texture and soft hand, while brocades possess a unique elegance. Make a swinging bolero jacket, a long mysterious cape, a Chanel-style jacket, or a tailored vest; add elegance and style to any solid, understated little black outfit. Sale ends June 14th. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! (This sale is good for online Novelty Categories fabrics only – in-store novelty fabrics are not included in this sale) P.S. As a bonus, and in order to make room for new additions to the Britex fabric collection, one third of our Novelty Category fabrics are 50% off until July 8, so don't hesitate to fall in love with glamour!

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