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  • Alençon Lace Boloro - Michele

    October 7, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Michele created this ethereal bolero with Alençon lace trim from Britex Fabrics. She notes that the shaping darts are hidden by lace to create a seamless look in sheer organza. We love the delicate gossamer effect, and the way the flowers spill gracefully over the shoulder.


  • NEW! Britex Fabrics Customized Swatch Service

    October 7, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics Customized Swatch Service: With three floors of fabric, Britex Fabric’s San Francisco store is overflowing with so much more fabric than we sell in our online store! Britex Fabrics is pleased to offer you a unique custom shopping service with our Customized Swatch Shopper Service. Whether you need rayon lining to match a persnickety print, a wool knit to duplicate your favorite pair of slacks, some Super 100 suiting for a dapper gent, or a special silk for the mother of the bride, our experienced and talented staff can assist you!


  • Britex Fall Sale - Monday October 14th

    October 7, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Monday, October 14th from 10am-7pm, Join us for colossal discounts of 30% off most fabrics, most notions, and all remnants.* This in-store sale is ONE DAY ONLY so mark your calendar and get ready for this giant day of Britex discounts. *Sale limited to stock on floor. Imported laces, velvets and specialty items not included. No special orders, mail, online, or phone orders.


  • New - Missoni Online!

    October 6, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Missoni knits are now online at Britex Fabrics; we now have a limited amount of our latest imported Italian Missoni knits available in our online store! Missoni was founded in 1953 by Rosita and Tai Missoni, and is renowned for their zig-zag patterns and multi-colored stripes. Missoni knits are stunning; whisper soft, beautifully drapable, and woven in gorgeous colors. We love these elegant wide-legged pants, v-neck top and cardigan made of Missoni knits from the show, Fashion in Motion: Missoni at the Victoria & Albert Museum.


  • Working with Silk Necklines

    September 30, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Jennifer at GrainlineStudio has a deceptively simple tip for creating perfect necklines in lightweight silk fabrics such as silk crepe de chine, silk charmeuse, or silk chiffon; use a narrow strip of interfacing to hold the necklines shape and add strength, while remaining delicately flexible.


  • How to Make a Cravat

    September 29, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    The cravat has returned! The ingenious Baroness Violet von Mickelsburg from SteamIngenious: Steampunk creations, thoughts, photos, and tips has graciously provided a tutorial on cravat construction. All you need is a scrap of luxurious silk fabric from Britex Fabrics, a wee bit of sewing, and some skill with knot-tying, and this elegant frippery can be yours to wear. We can’t guarantee that tossing on a cravat will make you as suave as Laurence Olivier, but we can promise that heads will swivel and knees will buckle as you saunter by.


  • Make a Debonair Men's Camel Wool Coat

    September 28, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    It is not too soon to think about the chilly days of winter, and we can all agree that everyone needs a toasty, debonair winter coat! Josephine from TheSilkFutures.Blogspot modified and made this coat for her boyfriend, William from Burda’s pattern 6039(also avialable at Britex!) We’d love to see this coat made up in classic imported fine English wool camel hair coating, and adorned with Italian Corozo buttons...the asymmetrical double-breasted front with its parade of buttons, and the stand-up collar gives this style dash. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!


  • "The Party Dress Book" book signing with Mary Adams

    September 26, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Join notable fashion designer and entrepreneur Mary Adams at Britex Fabrics for a book signing celebration of her new book “The Party Dress Book” (pub. Random House) at Britex Fabrics is Tuesday, September 27 from 2pm-5pm. Mary will be signing books and showing off her collection of one of a kind pieces for special occasions. Mary grew up in the Pacific Northwest where she started her business designing and sewing dresses. She migrated to New York City in the 80's where she was part of a group of unique individuals that set up shops and pursued their goals, revitalizing the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Mary has continued her creative endeavors through dressmaking, developing her own techniques and style which she shares with you in her book, along with her inspiration and influences which include Japanese prints from the Edo period, jellyfish and the fabulous 50's. Mary’s collection embodies her particular style that comes out of years and years of following her own distinctive vision. Receive 20% off on regular priced fabrics with your book purchase. Visit http://maryadamsthedress.com/ to learn more about the book and the beautiful dresses.


  • Transforms - Fashion Designs by Kika

    September 26, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics is proud to announce Kika Hewel, an upcoming San Francisco Fashion Designer. The award-winning collection called Transforms, where a cape becomes a skirt and sleeves transform to a vest, is sponsored by Britex Fabrics in collaboration with the fashion department of City College of San Francisco. After a Couture education in Germany, Kika now creates elaborate custom-made garments and collections at her SF studio. Find out more at kikahewel.com


  • Make a Child's Retro Pleated Skirt

    September 26, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Just in time for cool autumn schooldays, Ros from SewDelicious has made a tutorial for a kicky retro-inspired pleated skirt. Her skirt is sewn in navy denim and polka-dots, and adorned with bright red buttons, but it would be delightful in just about anything…perhaps a check or a plaid. This skirt is perfect for shuffling merrily through piles of dried leaves and sipping apple cider. Her directions makes a child’s size 3, however it would be très simple to size up or down!


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