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  • Keep an Eye Out for Our Upcoming Online Sale!

    October 5, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Autumn is here and winter is coming, and not a moment too soon! Shhh...our monthly online fabric sale starts Monday, October 8th and runs through Monday, October 22nd. Keep your eyes focused on our online store to discover which warm and wooly category will be on sale this time!

  • 1880s Frock Coat of Red Wool

    October 5, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Designer, pattern-maker, and bon vivant, Jeremy was inordinately humble when he emailed me the photo of the frock coat, waistcoat, and top hat that he created. He received a Specialization in Draping, Patternmaking and Fashion Design from the the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne in Paris, France, his MA in Costume Design , and BA in French at the University of Oklahoma. He has been designing since 2004 and sewing/tailoring since 1994; we are sorely tempted to as k him if he’d undertake our plum velveteen dream suit. The coat and vest are made with a self-drafted pattern from Britex Fabrics’ red wool which Jeremy said was, “...AMAZING wool! It was perfect “! The hat was constructed from the same silk taffeta as the lining of the frock coat, and is roughly from the 1880's. It is for a piece called "L'histoire du Soldat" (The Soldiers Tale) Choreographed by Professor James Clouser at the University of Arizona School of Dance. What a fine and debonair gentleman’s outfit.

  • Wool Melton Coat by Poppy Von Frohlich

    October 4, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    October's contributing designer is Trudy of Poppy Von Frohlich. Read on to learn about her first hand experience with our beautiful wool melton. "The coat is my own design and pattern.  I chose this rich Charcoal Melton and I accented it with a colorful Italian knit. The knit is backed with a silk organza that is fused and then blind stitched to the knit using the finest silk thread from Japan.  I lined the body in flannel and the sleeves in poly satin. The buttons are mock because I felt the knit would unravel if I cut buttonholes, so I used a hook/eye and some

  • Embroidered Benches by Miss Cross Stitch

    September 28, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    German artist and crafter, Miss Cross Stitch makes urban street embroidery. She said, “I looked at a park bench (with a metal grid) and thought, “That looks like a textile made for embroidering, why not embroider in a public space?” We concur, and love this circular love bench in Stuttgart!

  • Make a Wallet or a Sewing Needle Case

    September 28, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    The talented Ms. Jessyratfink from Oakland, CA made a fantabulous tutorial on how to make a wallet from oilcloth fabric. This bi-fold wallet will hold cash and up to six cards – perfect for any free-wheeling person about town. We would love to make one from some of our snazzy laminated cloth from the 4th floor! And if that isn’t enough, she came up with this tutorial for an uber useful sewing needle case – great for any aspiring or polished sewist! Embroiderers, beaders, darners...anyone who arms a sewing needle and thread would find this a practical and charming gift.

  • 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!

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