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  • Owlet - Paula and Billie

    January 16, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Every day is owlet day. Paula made this adorable owlet costume for her daughter Billie’s first Halloween, and then gave a shout-out to Britex special helpers Casey and Abraham. I love Billie’s feathery tufts, calico beak, and button eyes. What a chirpy bouncing baby owl!


  • We'll be Open on Martin Luther King Day, 1/16/2012

    January 9, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex fabrics will be open from 10am to 6pm on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 16TH.


  • Making Hand Sewn Buttonholes

    January 4, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

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    Jeffery from the tailoring blog, Made by Hand: the great Sartorial Debate presents this classic video tutorial on making hand-sewn buttonholes called “Hand Made Buttonholes: Making suit sleeve buttonholes by hand one Sunday morning”, set to music played by Pablo Casals. All that is lacking is a mug of spiced hot chocolate and a sleeping cat.


  • Making a Shirt Placket

    January 3, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Pam from off-the-cuff-style has helpfully posted a page from a vintage sewing book, "Dressmaking Made Easy", 1941, McCall Corporation, on making two piece sleeve plackets. She says, “This is the way I was trained to sew a sleeve placket (also known as a "gauntlet") by my mentor, an "old world" Tailor with exacting standards of excellence. I still use this method almost every time...a placket with 2 separate pieces, the overlap and underlap. By using 2 pieces, I find I have more control to fold and press most accurately. Additionally a 2-piece placket offers more design opportunities, such as using different fabrics for the over and underlap....even changing the top (peak) of the overlap...perhaps making it square, curved (rounded), and more.” We love these plackets for the debonair touch it adds to shirt sleeves, and are enormously enamored of making ours with a contrasting scrap of fabric; wee bits of flowered Liberty of London cotton lawn are perfect for this purpose!


  • Missoni Knit Summer Frock - Paule

    December 30, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Paule from Quebec writes, “A lovely and extremely comfortable dress made from Missoni knit brought back to Quebec City from a trip to San Francisco this summer. Thank you Britex for these great fabrics!” We love the rich warm stripes, ranging in shades from raspberry, to rust, to taupe, to rose..…all interspersed with black. What a winsome summer frock!


  • New Years Eve Hours, 2011

    December 29, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics will close at 4pm on New Years Eve, Saturday December 31st, 2011. Have a wonderful New Year!


  • Sale - Imported Silk Velvet Panels for New Years Eve!

    December 29, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    These silk scarves are exquisite, and would be très stunning thrown over a black sheath dress and worn to a New Years Eve party. Imported from romantic Italy, they are beautifully drapable, infused with gorgeously rich colors, and soft as a kitten’s belly. These are glamorously perfect for sipping champagne by candlelight! And for New Years Eve, we have marked them down for Britex Fabrics customers; mention that you read about this special on our blog or Facebook page, and buy a silk panel for $150 (normally $195). Each panel is approximately 1 ½ yards long, by 54” wide, and found on the 1st floor of Britex Fabrics in San Francisco. This special price is good Wednesday, December 28th to Saturday, December 31st!


  • Simon Loves Britex Fabrics!

    December 28, 2011 by Britex Fabrics


  • Holiday Sweater, OpenTable & Britex

    December 23, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    What a cheerful duo! Erin and her boss at OpenTable made this wacky holiday sweater for the company holiday party, using Britex Fabrics materials. Notice that their URL is northpole.com.....is this really and truly an inside job? I guess we’d better be on our best behavior if we run into them around town.


  • Wooden Trains with Britex Button Wheels

    December 20, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Over 1,000 folks made crafts at the Randall Museum during their Holiday Craft Day on December 3rd. Britex Fabrics was pleased to help out with a donation of 1,200 buttons, which were used by the children as train wheels on the wooden trains that they crafted in the museum's woodshop. The Randall Museum is owned and operated by the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department, and features a live animal exhibit, a woodshop, art and ceramics studios, a lapidary workshop, a 188-seat theater, a greenhouse, and gardens.


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