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  • POP-UP Britex: Color Blocking Workshop 5/16

    May 7, 2013 by Geana

    Our next pop-up is right around the corner (rumor is that there are still a few seats left). This workshop will be taught by Jamie Lau, a designer, sewing instructor, fashion editor, and author. Jamie is no stranger to Britex---maybe you'll remember---in December of last year Britex hosted the SF launch party of BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern, of which she is the co-author. On Thursday, May 16 she'll teach POP-UP Britex: Color Blocking Workshop at Photobooth in the Mission.

    Here is a little color blocking preview...


  • Make a Child's Bow Tie!

    May 3, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Jaime from Prudent Baby made this awesome tutorial for making a child’s bow tie. Britex even has the hardware you need for this child's bow tie online! One is never too young to develop a finely tuned fashion sense and je ne sais quoi, and we think that bow ties are perfect for any occasion from weddings, to ice skating in the park, to afternoon tea!


  • New - Free 1st Class Shipping on all Domestic Orders Over $80!

    May 2, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics now offers Free USPS 1st Class shipping for all domestic orders over $80! Start your sewing projects  now, and save on postage costs.


  • Colette Patterns & Britex Fabrics 4-Ever!

    May 1, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    After getting our first shipment of patterns from Colette, we’re officially going steady with each and every one of the Portland Colette folks! These patterns are awesome; each pattern comes with a handy book that in includes beautifully clear and concise step by step instructions and drawings. The actual pattern is folded into a pocket in the back cover, and some patterns include additional online variations. The Clover pants pattern is made for beginning sewers. Classic beautifully simple slim pants with a side zipper – they would be oh so groovily Mad Men meets Kerouac  made up with Britex Fabrics’ vintage-inspired Italian cotton/lycra  puppy-tooth olive and mauve stretch cotton.


  • 2 Summer Frocks - Debbie

    May 1, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Debbie from Makizy Sews made these two summertime frocks from fabric that she bought at Britex Fabrics.  The melon one is made with an online stretch cotton purchase http://tiny.cc/0rdfww, and the navy eyelet one is made from an in-store jaunt. She says, “All of your staff are always so friendly and helpful and I am always in awe of the fabric selection.” We’re totally enamored with Debbie’s swirly eyelet dress, and equally impressed with her mad pattern alteration skills! Not to mention the dubiously highfalutin trio that her blog is named after……


  • In-Store Remnant Sale on Monday May 6th!

    April 30, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics San Francisco in-store annual remnant sale is this Monday, May 6th: 50% off the marked price of all remnants! The countdown begins…get ready for the 50% off fabric Remnant Sale going on May 6 from 10 AM to 7 PM. Remnants are three yards and under. Find a sampling of the entire store ranging from summer voiles to winter coatings. Here is your big chance to pick up a piece of snappy Missoni knit, a length of luxurious linen, or a couple of yards of wooly coating! Want a sneak peek? Here are a few shots hot off the camera.


  • NEW - Colette Patterns at Britex Fabrics!

    April 26, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    We’re pleased as punch to be adding Colette patterns to our in-store and online collection. Born and created in Portland, Oregon, Colette patterns are known for their design details and vintage inspiration. The designs themselves are often inspired by the past, but constructed to be modern and wearable. Each is easily adapted in a range of versatile fabrics, are available in modern sizes 0 through 18, and have practical details such as pockets. Each pattern comes packaged in a beautifully printed booklet with fine linen-textured cover and stitched binding. Instructions are clearly illustrated, and each includes a glossary of sewing terms and special area for the sewer’s own notes. We will be adding more styles next week, and will carry their entire line.


  • Tutorial + Scoop Top Pattern

    April 24, 2013 by Skirt as Top

    Hello, Kristin from skirt as top here again! I was really excited to see that Britex is now offering knit fabric online! For this project I picked out a super cool Japanese tissue knit with scribbles all over it. I thought it'd be a great fabric to turn into a simple t-shirt using my favorite J.Crew shirt as a launch point, with plenty of my own modifications to get the perfect fit. And because I want to share the love of my new favorite shirt, I thought I'd offer a free pattern along with the tutorial today! scoop top pattern & tutorial

  • Cross Stitch the Leaning Tower of Pisa

    April 19, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    If we can’t travel to Torre pendente di Pisa, lets cross stitch it onto a pillow. After, we’ll spend evenings sipping Vin Santo, eating castagnaccio, and lolling about daydreaming of a little visit to the Italian city of Pisa. The folks at 7th Heaven have a free chart for this lovely tilting 183’ tall building. With 294 steps, we’d best put on our walkin’ shoes before attempting the arduous climb.


  • Finish Your Seams with a Coordinating Fabric

    April 18, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    It is an elegant seam finish twofer! Gigi from Daryl Lancaster, fiber artist and blogger from Weaver Sew put together this simple tutorial on making a Hong Kong seam finish. This finish is one of the easiest couture finishes you will ever learn. And here is another tutorial on this lovely finish; Cenetta from The Mahogany Stylist put together a complimentary tutorial on making your own bias tape. Cut your own bias strips, and at 1.25″ to 1.5″ wide, you should be able to manage most seams without piecing. As a bonus, you don’t have to finish the hidden edge since the bias cut prevents the fabric from fraying! This is perfect for finishing pants side seams, when you’re going for that casual rolled up look, and we’re planning on using it to finish the sleeve seams of our newest Liberty of London shirt; with a contrasting print, it will make rolling up ones shirtsleeves a dapper fashion statement rather than a fashion faux pas!


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