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  • Sailor Pants for Summer Fun!

    May 9, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Strut your stuff in a pair of 8-button sailor pants made with fabric and buttons from Britex Fabrics, and a pattern from BurdaStyle! We love the way the buttons curve up to the high waist. This snappy nautical number will be a humongous summer hit - so grab a pal, hit the boardwalk, and saunter in the twilight while slurping juicy slushies. Oh, and feel free to add five additional buttons for true blue 13-button authenticity!


  • Sill Polka Dotted Blouse - Geanie

    May 9, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Geanie made this super cute blouse with fabric, lining, and buttons from Britex. She said, “It's a polka dot silk chiffon. I remember seeing a remnant of it upstairs but it's probably gone. The pattern is from the book, Twinkle Sews called Dark Secrets. The girl at Britex Fabrics spent a loooong time with me to help me find the RIGHT little button to put on this neckline. I got decision paralysis! She even poked through the box for perfectly round and shiny ones with no scratches or chips. Thank you for the great service!” We love the neckline detailing and unusual sleeve treatment. Geanie did a wonderful job working with such slippery, delicate fabric.


  • Online Only Sale of Solid Silk Fabrics - 5/9/12 to 5/23/12

    May 9, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    May 9th to May 23rd, enjoy 20% savings on the entire online Solid Silk Fabrics category! Britex has an extensive collection of silk solids; subtle tone-on-tone patterns, jacquards, charmeuse, crisp taffetas, and more. These silk fabrics are superlative for many uses, including vintage-inspired blouses, stunning luxury linings, and spiffy summer jackets. (This sale is good for the online silk solid category fabrics only – in-store silk fabrics are not included)


  • Make a "Where the Wild Things Are" Hat

    May 9, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    In remembrance of the marvelous Mister Maurice Sendak, here is a tutorial from Jessyratfink for a “Where the Wild Things Are” hat (including the all-important whiskers.) Max’s growlishly wild hat can be made by following her 16 step directions….pattern included! As Max would say, "Let the wild rumpus start!"
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  • Free Vintage Pyrex Cross-Stitch Pattern

    May 4, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Direct from the uber talented gal at Hancock’s House of Happy in the United Kingdom, comes this free cross-stitch chart featuring vintage Pyrex patterns. Vintage Pyrex kitchenware is so fabulously collectable right now, and makes me nostalgic for childhood; mixing up crazy overstuffed oatmeal cookies stiff with raisins, walnuts, coconut, and chocolate chips, or licking the bowl clean of stray devil’s food cake batter. Yum! A cross-stitched collection of Pyrex patterns would look wonderful stitched on the borders of kitchen towels, accenting pot-holders, or framed as a kitchen sampler. Pass the cookies and tea! Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics' 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.


  • Sew a Winter Coat (or Padded Under-Collars Make Me Swoon!)

    May 3, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Brilliant yellow daffodils are blooming and peppy red-breasted robins are chirping; long lazy summer days are on the way. What better time to learn how to properly tailor a winter coat, then when we have months before winter arrives. Gertie from Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing: A Modern Homage to Vogue’s New Book for Better Sewing (Published 1952) has a detailed guide to coat tailoring on her blog, the Lady Grey Sew-Along. From padding the under-collar, to back stays, working with hair canvas, bound buttonholes, and making a muslin...Gertie covers it all! We would love a new coat in this scrumptious saffron wool flannel!


  • Remnant Sale at Britex Fabrics!

    May 3, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics Remnant Sale is Monday, May 7th from 10 AM - 7 PM. Meet us on the 4th floor for Britex Fabrics’ annual 50% off remnant sale! There is no doubt that, for many fabric-loving locals, this is the best sale of the year. Join us for exceptional savings on rare imported pieces as well as basics. This is a one day in-store remnant sale. No phone sales. Doors close at 7:00PM.


  • Dotted Silk Chiffon Top

    May 2, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    What a marvelously pretty summer top by FabricAddict from South Africa and at BurdaStyle! Although it is simple to make, cool, and loose, using silk chiffon turns up the glamour by several degrees. We love the understated coffee brown and white polka dotted fabric, but think it would look lovely in black and cream dotted silk chiffon too. And to make it even more impressive, this charmer was made without a pattern!


  • Britex Fabrics Designer Spotlight Series - Wardrobe Essentials on Thursday, May 31

    May 2, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Thursday, May 31 from 7-9 PM. Designer Spotlight Series - Wardrobe Essentials: We focus on the everyday pieces that define your uniqueness - skirts, pants, dresses, jackets and more, designed just for you. Join us for this festive evening of mingling with some of our favorite designers. Choose the perfect collaborator for your custom garment, from an array of top-notch talent, and bring your ideas to life. Additional details, including information about our talented designer participants are on the Britex Fabrics Events Page. Britex is now taking RSVP reservations for this event at 415-392-2910.


  • Hand-Crafted Silk Flowers at Britex Fabrics!

    April 30, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics is pleased as punch to be carrying locally hand-crafted silk flowers on the 3rd floor of our San Francisco store. Werner Originals was established in Los Angeles, California in 1972 as a maker of handmade European style silk flowers for home and commercial decorating. They currently specialize in flowers for the millinery and fashion industry made in a wide variety of fabrics including silk, organza, satin, velvet, cotton and leather. Kristin from Werner says, “Having learned the decades long family business of silk flower making in Hungary we were lucky enough to bring it to Los Angeles in 1972 and have been at ever since. The silk flower industry has changed dramatically over last 40 years, seeing most American makers go out of business, we are determined to keep this craft alive. We are proud to celebrate 40 years of lovingly hand crafting the highest quality silk flowers.” All of their luscious floral creations start their life as a roll of white fabric and then go through the painstaking process of cutting, dying, shaping and assembling by hand until the perfect flower is created. We’re fascinated by these artisan methods. Here is a silk flower colorist, flower forming metal molds, and two beauteous finished blossoms.


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