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  • Alpaca Herringbone Fabric (Made in USA)

    November 8, 2011 by Britex Fabrics


    This classic natural herringbone fabric is special, as it is made from the fleece of a delightful Alpaca named Lexus (or maybe from one of her herd-mates!) Alpaca is a soft, lustrous fiber that is warmer and lighter than wool and is so soft it can be worn next to your skin. Alpaca is also hypo-allergenic and has the ability to wick away moisture. I love this fabric’s buttery soft feel. Either the tan and natural, or the black and natural would make a spectacular unstructured jacket, or tailored waistcoat for fall. This fabric can now be found in Britex Fabrics' online store, and is 45” wide/$225.00 a yard.


  • Japanese Harajuku Style Doll Clothing

    October 21, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    We don’t often call doll clothing dapper, but this black and white outfit made by Cinnamon of Liberty Jane Clothing is as dapper as can be. The outfit is inspired by Japanese Harajuku style, and is a delightful mash-up of British Victorian fop and modern goth. The Britex Fabrics lace trim used on the bloomers is a 1/2" wide black Venise edging lace, perfect for doll clothing! Now, if she would just make this très fashionable suit in my size…….


  • Sew Bird Wings for All Hallows Eve!

    October 21, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Just in time for All Hallows Eve, Natasha from NattyJaneSews has a tutorial for swoopingly fabulous bird wings. Natasha says, “Flamingo, parrot, toucan, imaginary technicolor falcon! The possibilities are as endless as your imagination.” She made these flapping wings with polyester satin -- it would be fun to layer sheer organza on top of the satin for additional lightness! I’d love to make a pair in shades of brown with a brick red underside, and chirp show tunes while handing out sweets.


  • Sweeping Full-Length Wool Coat Pattern

    October 19, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    This is a C-O-A-T. We adore everything about it...the splendidly wide lapels...the ankle sweeping length...the snuggly patch pockets...the chic double-breasted front. This classic coat cries urban tundra like nothing else; make it in an Italian military blue wool, fasten it with stoic bronze metal buttons, and for a hint of scandal…line it in decadent scarlet silk. Pattern #107 by BurdaStyle.


  • Delicate Ribbon Flowers with Curled Edges

    October 19, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Michele from Ifanhour made these classic and delicate hair ornaments from lovely ribbons, pearls and feathers from Britex Fabrics. She says, “I'm all about silk and natural, but, this is a unique opportunity for polyester. I discovered you can cut up polyester, acetate, "blend" ribbons, and delicately "dodge" the raw edges in a tea light flame to create curled edge ribbons. Stitch together, add embellishments (pearls, rhinestones, feathers, etc.) and......floral nirvana.” We love the dark and simply finished edges, and rich array of brilliant, yet soft colors.


  • Leopard Dress & Cotton Piqué Dress - Shirley

    October 19, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Shirley made these two dresses from Britex Fabrics. She says, “The dress itself is leopard print silk chiffon (a 2 3/8 yd remnant) with an overlay of your finest lace (a 7/8 yd remnant), lined in silk. I bought a Vogue shirt pattern for the sleeve cap and armhole shapes, then made the actual pattern in order to get the shape I wanted. The total cost was approximately $180 (the lace!), but it was inspired by a magazine photo of a Valentino dress that retailed for $4490...........not only a major savings, but I like mine much better! I've also included another Britex project from this summer. I recently wore this in the store, and of course, everyone recognized the fabric. I got so many compliments!” The black and white cotton dress is made from a lovely ribbed, cotton piqué fabric has a decidedly graphic feel; with a black and white pattern of varying sized rectangles, this design is reminiscent of skyscraper windows or city street maps (available in our online store!) We love how Shirley paired it with a bright yellow cardigan.


  • 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.


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