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  • Free Friday - Men's Double-Breasted Coat Pattern from BurdaStyle

    October 19, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Yay BurdaStyle for free pattern Fridays, and this absolutely terrific free menswear coat pattern! We love the stand-up collar and double-breasted styling, with eight buttons parading up the front.  Make it in Britex Fabrics’ midweight Shetland wool coating, in a classic forest green and black large scale Shetland plaid. 100% wool, 58" wide, and on sale for $31.99 per yard until Monday, October 22nd. This pattern is free from BurdaStyle through Friday, October 19th.

  • Free Victorian Needlework Patterns

    October 18, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    The Antique Pattern Library has scads of PDFs of charming original vintage hand-stitching patterns. Everything looks betters when festooned with frolicking picnickers, chubby cherubs and graceful leaf borders; we adore this collection of Victorian-style designs, with netting , filet crochet, and cross-stitch instructions. Filet-Arbeiten, Heft III by Marie Niedner, c. 1921. Scans donated by Sytske Wijnsma and edited Judith Adele 2006. Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics' 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.

  • Fashion Incubator SF Filling New Designer in Residence Spots

    October 18, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Designers Tony Sananikone (left), Bethany Meuleners, Justin Jamison and Tamara Jaric watch models show off some of their designs during the first SF Fashion Incubator show at Maiden Lane in San Francisco. Photo: Jason Henry, Special To The Chronicle / SF

    The Fashion Incubator San Francisco (FISF) is now accepting applications for six new Designers in Residence for its second annual session which begins February 5, 2013.

    The year-long program nurtures and mentors promising local design talent and provides them with the tools and resources needed to establish and grow businesses of their own.  FISF offers training in business operations, sales, marketing, branding and merchandising from experts in the San Francisco fashion and economic development communities.

    Application deadline is Friday, November 30, 2012 at 5 p.m. PST. Applications are available on the FISF website, where submission details are provided.

  • The Britex Fabrics 60th Anniversary Tote Travels to Project Runway

    October 17, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics made a surprise appearance on Project Runway Episode 13 with San Francisco favorite Melissa Fleis. Douglas, from Britex Fabrics’ 1st floor, has worked with Melissa through the years; he says she is lovely and has a “great sense of style”! Where is Britex? Our iconic 60th anniversary tote bag surreptitiously hangs on a wall rack in the background as Tim Gunn critiques her work.

  • Donkey Silk Necktie Bowtie from Britex Fabrics' Fabric

    October 17, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Avery from Britex made this dapper clip-on bow tie last night from Britex Fabrics’ necktie silk fabric. We love the wee silvery grey donkeys.  A selection of necktie silk fabrics are available on the 1st floor and in our online store.

  • Free 1790s Men's Coat Pattern

    October 12, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    The folks at the Costume and Textiles Department at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)worked with Thomas John Bernard, a theatrical costume designer, to draft several men’s clothing patterns, including this man’s coat. Originally made in France of silk and cotton plain weave and silk satin stripes (c. 1790-95), we crave this in rich purple matte iridescent silk satin fabric....marvelous for a starry late night riverside tea party. Download this PDF for an annotated pattern.

  • Retro Car Coat Pattern from BurdaStyle

    October 12, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Originally published in the BurdaStyle July 1952 issue, this car coat pattern 10/2012 #134 is both elegant and comfortable! Retro detailing included gathered raglan seams, a gathered back yoke, and snappy angled slashed pockets. We love the sweet rounded collar. Make it in this casual yet chic Italian black and winter white wool tweed, and get ready for relaxed Sunday afternoons whale-watching while sipping hot spiced cider and cruising the bay. Reminder: all Britex Fabrics’ online wool coatings are on sale through October 22nd!

  • The Perks of Window Gazing Around Union Square

    October 11, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    One of the perks of being located in Union Square is the fabulous inspiration one gains from window gazing. Prada's impressive fall collection inspired us to check our shelves and tables for boldly colored geometric prints, and of course, we found some. Both the Green Geometric Silk Twill and the Magenta Geometric Silk Twill are now available online and currently ON SALE!

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  • Abstract Nude Necktie - Jenny

    October 9, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Uber talented Jenny from San Francisco’s This Humble Abode produced a marvelous necktie sewn of Italian cotton from Britex Fabrics. The print is a divine design of abstract nudes...perfect for date night or museum hopping, and the cotton lining in bright coral also was purchased at Britex fabrics. Each necktie is cut on the bias and sewn almost entirely by hand. Width is 3 1/4" inches which errs on narrow and is standard length.

  • Sew a Faux Fur Collar

    October 5, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    A mock fur collar is an elegant and dashing way to spiff up a cloth coat. Whip it up with this luxurious foxy orange faux fur from Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, line it with sleek satin, and snuggle in for a fashionable fall. This shawl collar pattern is made with BurdaStyle 08/2012 #103.

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