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  • 30% Off In-Store Sale on Monday, Oct. 8th

    September 28, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Put on your sewing caps and start planning! Whether you are making a custom-tailored coat or holiday gifts, this is your opportunity to get the dreamiest top-quality fabrics way below regular price. Quench your need for textiles and notions during our storewide in-store ONE DAY sale, Monday, October 8 from 10 AM to 7 PM. Find all the in-store fabrics and notions you love at 30% off regular price. See you there! * Sale limited to stock on floor. Imported laces, velvets, and specialty items not included. No special orders, mail, online, or phone orders. Sorry, this offer isn't available online.


  • Britex Fabrics' Monthly Online Fabric Sales!

    September 26, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics’ online store hosts a two week long online fabric sale during the beginning of every month. Go to our website and sign up for our newsletter to receive notice of this online sale - plan ahead, dream up your creation, pick your patterns, order swatches at the beginning of the sale, review your choices, and buy before the sale is over. We’ve been marking down entire categories; past sales have included all printed silk fabrics, all midweight wool fabrics, or all sheer silk fabric! What will October bring?


  • Free Vintage Scottie Dog Days of the Week Cross-Stitch Pattern

    September 26, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Now that October and autumn is fast upon us, it is time to burrow in your nest, needle and thread in hand. And what better accoutrement to cool weather and hot spiced cider than this set of days-of-the-week Scotty dog tea towel free cross-stitch pattern from the folks at Tipnut. Our favorite is Thursday’s baking day - make my pie cardamom pear! Of course Britex sells tea toweling on the 4th floor. Stitch a set for your favorite canine lover. Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics' 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.


  • 100% Linen - Special Selection Online Sale Ends October 1st

    September 21, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics just bought a fabulous selection of basic midweight 100% linen fabrics in a plethora of lovely colors! This 58” wide linen is perfect for either garment or home decorating use – make a pair of wide-legged lounging pants, or sew new drapes for your home office. To tempt you further, we’ve reduced their cost for our online store customers; these linen solids sell for $24.99 in our San Francisco store, and are marked down to $15 per yard...just for our web-store customers!  Now the only decision to make is which colors to buy – hot pink, petal peach, olive, copper, royal blue, maraschino red, periwinkle, khaki, pear, or pale taupe. (online only!)


  • A Baker's Dozen of New Silk Fabrics!

    September 21, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics just added a baker’s dozen of new silk print fabrics to our online store, including this dynamic twosome. We love this growl-tastic imported leopard silk charmeuse, paired with a cloud-like soft wool and mohair bouclé coating – made them into a glamorous clingy shirred silk sheath dress under a vintage-styled wool swing coat. And this imported matte crimson floral silk print is stunning paired with a French metallic wool blend – maybe sewn into a shimmering violet bolero over a soft red floral 1930s jumpsuit. Either combination are the cat’s meow!


  • Carcoal Grey Back to School Frock - Nicole

    September 20, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Nicole from the Bay area blog, Nicole At Home made a back to school frock from Britex Fabrics’ fabric – a charcoal grey, heavy-weight cotton and a burgundy Bemberg fabrics (both from the remnants department.) She used Vogue pattern V8755, with some variations including adding on-seam pockets...for caramels and school supplies. She also used the lining to create the hem. She says, “I can't say enough about Bemberg lining fabric. Like poly, it still frays like crazy and is pretty slippery, but it irons wonderfully, is breathable and feels wonderfully soft against your skin. I'm ready for school--I just need my laser pointer and high heels!” We love this dress – it is fashionable and comfortable at the same time, qualities that can be dichotomous.


  • Felt Eyeball Pincushion

    September 19, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    At Britex Fabrics we get many fabric requests, from staid grey flannel, to wacky Burning Man blue fur, to romantic Chantilly lace. Today, someone asked us for fabric with eyeballs on it, which started a Britex mad quest for optically themed fabric. In the process, we stumbled across this nifty detailed tutorial from Ohioan Jen for an eyeball pincushion. Made with felt, floss, and pins (available at Britex), this might be the perfect Halloween trinket for your favorite seamstress or craftster!


  • How to Draft a Peplum

    September 18, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Put a peplum on it! Peplums have been worn for centuries; the word originates from the ancient Greek garment, the peplos. We’re partial to wearing them in conjunction with elbow length gloves, elegant chapeaus, dramatically glamorous vintage suits, cobblestones, and Paris river walkways. BurdaStye has a detailed tutorial on drafting and adding a peplum to a garment...now all we need is Paris!


  • Renaissance Themed Wedding - Nancy

    September 18, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    We’re always pleased to hear back from customers with the results of their sewing projects made from Britex Fabrics’ goods! It is amazing to watch the transformation of flat folded fabric to garments and home decorating projects. Nancy from the sewing blog, The Dressmaker’s Muse spent the better part of May, June, and July making clothing for a Renaissance themed wedding. She made a daunting 75 garments to clothe 20 of the 24 participants, including the bride, groom, men and ladies in waiting, children, and parents. When she bought 10 yards of georgette from Britex Fabrics’ online store, I asked her to send me photos once she was done – the georgette was used in the sleeves of the bride and bridesmaids and the full length hooded cape worn by the bride. She said, “Your georgette was lovely to work with, and draped as beautifully and dramatically I had hoped.”


  • Winter Coat Sew-Along!

    September 18, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    The superbly multi-faceted Gertie from Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing: A Modern Homage to Vogue’s New Book for Better Sewing [Published 1952] is hosting another coat sew-along! Join her and her online sewing community as they learn the intricacies of constructing a winter coat. The pattern for the sew-along is vintage-inspired (and designed by Gertie herself!) Butterick 5824 – a glamorous shawl-collared, double-breasted number. Britex carries everything you’ll need for this project, including luscious coatings, sublime linings, snazzy buttons, and Butterick patterns. We’d love to make it in this spicy Dijon wool coating – perfect for a visit to the upcoming Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance exhibit at the De Young Museum.


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