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  • Silk with Swallows

    December 3, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    We are swooning for this new Italian silk fabric that just came in! A classic navy blue with vintage-inspired ivory swallows flying throughout - perfect for a long elegant scarf à la Isadora Duncan. “The dancer's body is simply the luminous manifestation of the soul.”


  • Online Fabric Sale: Wool Novelties and Cotton Tweeds & Textures Fabrics!

    November 30, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    All online wool novelties and cotton tweeds & textures are 20% off from Friday, November 30 through Friday, December 14. Our novelty woolens stand out in the crowd! Use one of our European metallic wool fabrics to make a charming bolero jacket, long mysterious cape, Chanel-style jacket or a tailored vest. Or, get started on a nubby cotton tweed springtime couture jacket.  Some fabrics have limited stock. Order swatches now to receive them before December 14, and place your order! This sale is good for online wool novelties and cotton tweeds & textures only – SF in-store wool novelties and cotton tweeds & textures fabrics are not included in this sale.


  • BF Contributor: Heather Habig

    November 29, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Heather Who Heather in her fabulous design

    Heather Habig is an expert in her field, which is why we invited her to participate in December's BF Contributor. She lives in San Francisco, is launching a clothing line in 2013 and offers custom design services. The black & white wool double knit was a perfect choice for her pattern. After seeing her classic-but-bold, perfectly fitted jacket, we had a few questions for Heather. Here's what she had to tell us: 1. Why did you choose the black and white double knit for your project? What did you love about the fabric? What did you learn about the fabric? I'm always drawn to fabric and prints that are high-contrast, especially in black and white, and when I saw this fabric I was really excited. The fact that it's wool and a double knit sounded like fun to work with, and I knew I could get a great-fitting garment out of it. When I made the pattern for the jacket, and I kept the silhouette relatively simple because of the bold pattern. As I was working with it, I was surprised by how much it was shrinking under the steam iron. I might recommend to someone else using this fabric to buy an extra 1/4 to 1/3 yard - to account for shrink as well as matching the stripes.

  • Bazaar Bizarre SF - Saturday December 1st & Sunday December 2nd

    November 29, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Come to the Bazaar Bizarre on Saturday December 1st & Sunday December 2nd 2012 11-6PM at the Concourse Exhibition Center East Hall, 620 Seventh St. (at Brannan), San Francisco, CA, Free to attend, and collectable tote bag to the first 200 people at the door each day! Join Bazaar Bizarre San Francisco as they celebrate our sixth year as a locally produced art and craft show. At Bazaar Bizarre San Francisco expect to find a Quality Handmade Market, DIY Workshops, a Crafty raffle, and more. Shop with over 200 of the best indie artists, designers and craftspeople, from designer plush to modern pottery, they have it all under one roof!


  • How to make a Vintage Frock without Sewing

    November 28, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    http://youtu.be/zcTykuBQVQI
    'Specially for those of us who have a stupendous fabric stash, a festive shindig to attend, and little time, The Great Drapo shows us how to construct a vintage frock without a lick of sewing…or even any straight pins! The Great Drapo, AKA Alphonse Bergé and an ex-London window display designer appeared as the Great Drapo for millions of visitors to the New York World's Fair. You can read more about him in this LIFE Magazine article circa August 1940. We adore the last gown; an elegant, one-shouldered bridal gown for any last minute city hall shotgun wedding!


  • BurdaStyle Sewing Book Launch Shindig at Britex Fabrics – 12/18

    November 28, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Party at Britex Fabrics on Tuesday December 18th from 7:00-9:00 pm - Celebrate the launch of BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern at Britex Fabrics! Meet author and SF native Jamie Lau, the BurdaStyle team, and other DIY makers! Space is limited, so RSVP to TEAM@BURDASTYLE.COM with "12/18 SF Book Launch Party" in the subject line. Festivities include: -Champagne & drinks -Sweets from Tartine Bakery and Miette Confiserie -Photos by Portraits To The People -DIY make-and-take projects, including brooch/hair fasteners and button making with fabric from Britex Fabrics - Door prizes from Britex Fabrics, MOO, and Makeshift Society

  • Cyber-tastic Monday the 26th - Online Fabric Sale at Britex!

    November 22, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    It isn’t Stormy Monday, and we are ever so grateful......however Monday, November 26th is Cyber-tastic Monday for fabric at Britex Fabrics’ online store. Some of you folks can’t make it to foggy San Francisco for our sales, and we feel your pain, so this Monday (11/26/2012), all online fabrics are 20% off from Sunday at midnight, to Monday at midnight, Pacific Standard Time! (This sale applies to fabric in the online store only)


  • Make a Red Walking Cloak!

    November 21, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    As Jane Austen will attest, everyone needs a red woolen walking cloak, and Britex Fabrics just got in a new shipment of cardinal red wool coating. Laura from The Jane Austen Centre graciously created a tutorial for a full-length hooded cloak – perfect for a chilly afternoon stroll to your favorite tea shop, or a midnight saunter to a romantic moon-lit assignation. She says, “Beautiful, bright red cloaks were common countryside wear for several decades during extended Georgian era. Well-established garb by the onset of the Regency, they lasted well into the 1830s, although they were somewhat out of style by then. They were made of wool and often had large hoods.”  We adore this.


  • Hand-Sewn Victorian Welted Pockets

    November 21, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Andrew from the sewing blog Victorian Tailoring loves making things; He says, “Two years ago I started making historical clothing for my wedding - I made a Victorian suit and top hat for myself, and I made my wife's Victorian dress and top hat.” He is hooked on the meticulous and meditative process of sewing garments by hand, and provided this tutorial on sewing welted pockets. This is the method most often after 1850, and set out in The Victorian Tailor by Jason Maclochlainn, available on the 3rd floor at Britex Fabrics. It took Andrew four hours to complete his first welted pocket...unfortunately; we aren’t privy to his accompanied colorful language, although we’re sure that it was appropriately Victorian! Arrah now!!


  • Nima Shiraz and Britex Fabrics - Together Again!

    November 21, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Our favorite Bay area Persian clothing designer, Nima Shiraz is now clothing Hollywood actresses! The November 2012 issue of LA Fashion magazine features Shahs of Sunset's Golnesa "GG" Gharachedaghi, in a delicious lacy custom couture gown constructed from Britex Fabrics’ materials. Delving inside the glossy pages, there is a humongous editorial spread inside of GG wearing five more Nima Shiraz gowns made from Britex materials, and interviews with GG and Nima. We love it when local designers are featured in high fashion magazines, and Nima’s sensuous and glamorous frocks are irresistible! (Photographer: Barry Druxman, Make up: Sara Dashty; Hair: Lorenzo Diaz)


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