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  • 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!

  • Free Hello Sailor Embroidery Transfer

    April 11, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Allison from Dream A Little Bigger drew this sailor-licious embroidery transfer. Inspired by tattoo flash art, we think this would be delightful added to the edge of a pillowcase. Hello sailor, indeed!

  • Sew a Shirred Knit Dress!

    April 11, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    As the all the best dressed tigers know, stripes are the bee’s knees! Kristin from Kijo Designs and Rachel from Family Ever After posted this nifty tutorial on making a striped knit dress using the technique of shirring with elastic thread. Make it with black and white jersey knit from Britex fabrics.
    The zebra’s stripes are lacking hues,
    So they don’t compare to you-know-whose.
    Orange, black, and white is what to wear!
    It’s haute couture for those who dare!
    It’s camouflage, and stylish, too!
    Yes, tigers look the best, it’s true!

    (From The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes)

  • Join Britex Fabrics at 7 For All Mankind

    April 10, 2013 by Geana

    Join us this Thursday at 7 For All Mankind in downtown San Francisco for a special do-it-yourself denim distressing event.

    Experience the untold art of distressing denim and take home the tools to create your won vintage story. Enjoy the distressing bar---demonstration by Britex Fabrics team member---cocktails and gift with purchase!

    Thursday, April 11
    5 - 8 PM

    7 For All Mankind, San Francisco
    224 Grant Avenue

    RSVP "San Francisco" to 7fam_marketing@vfc.com

  • Art Deco Stretch Cotton Pants by Natasha

    April 9, 2013 by Geana

    Remember Natasha from Natty Jane Sews? She was the first blogger to contribute to a Britex project about a year ago with the cutest summer frock ever! Well, this gal is never without inspiration. Take a peek at what she's created with one of our soon-to-be-on-sale fabrics. Here she is with some awesome sewing tips, too...

  • Sew an Infinity Knit Jersey Scarf

    April 8, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    A striped knit jersey scarf is perfect for those days when the weather can’t decide if it is spring yet – a little soft, a little warm, a little light. Ilene from the blog Come On, Ilene made an easy peasy tutorial for sewing this infinity scarf; we’d like to make a scarf in nautical Japanese red and ivory cotton jersey knit...then grab a pick-me-up mocha and play Where’s Waldo at the Ferry Building on a Sunday afternoon.

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