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  • Sew a Winter Coat (or Padded Under-Collars Make Me Swoon!)

    May 3, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Brilliant yellow daffodils are blooming and peppy red-breasted robins are chirping; long lazy summer days are on the way. What better time to learn how to properly tailor a winter coat, then when we have months before winter arrives. Gertie from Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing: A Modern Homage to Vogue’s New Book for Better Sewing (Published 1952) has a detailed guide to coat tailoring on her blog, the Lady Grey Sew-Along. From padding the under-collar, to back stays, working with hair canvas, bound buttonholes, and making a muslin...Gertie covers it all! We would love a new coat in this scrumptious saffron wool flannel!

  • Remnant Sale at Britex Fabrics!

    May 3, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics Remnant Sale is Monday, May 7th from 10 AM - 7 PM. Meet us on the 4th floor for Britex Fabrics’ annual 50% off remnant sale! There is no doubt that, for many fabric-loving locals, this is the best sale of the year. Join us for exceptional savings on rare imported pieces as well as basics. This is a one day in-store remnant sale. No phone sales. Doors close at 7:00PM.

  • Dotted Silk Chiffon Top

    May 2, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    What a marvelously pretty summer top by FabricAddict from South Africa and at BurdaStyle! Although it is simple to make, cool, and loose, using silk chiffon turns up the glamour by several degrees. We love the understated coffee brown and white polka dotted fabric, but think it would look lovely in black and cream dotted silk chiffon too. And to make it even more impressive, this charmer was made without a pattern!

  • Britex Fabrics Designer Spotlight Series - Wardrobe Essentials on Thursday, May 31

    May 2, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Thursday, May 31 from 7-9 PM. Designer Spotlight Series - Wardrobe Essentials: We focus on the everyday pieces that define your uniqueness - skirts, pants, dresses, jackets and more, designed just for you. Join us for this festive evening of mingling with some of our favorite designers. Choose the perfect collaborator for your custom garment, from an array of top-notch talent, and bring your ideas to life. Additional details, including information about our talented designer participants are on the Britex Fabrics Events Page. Britex is now taking RSVP reservations for this event at 415-392-2910.

  • Hand-Crafted Silk Flowers at Britex Fabrics!

    April 30, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics is pleased as punch to be carrying locally hand-crafted silk flowers on the 3rd floor of our San Francisco store. Werner Originals was established in Los Angeles, California in 1972 as a maker of handmade European style silk flowers for home and commercial decorating. They currently specialize in flowers for the millinery and fashion industry made in a wide variety of fabrics including silk, organza, satin, velvet, cotton and leather. Kristin from Werner says, “Having learned the decades long family business of silk flower making in Hungary we were lucky enough to bring it to Los Angeles in 1972 and have been at ever since. The silk flower industry has changed dramatically over last 40 years, seeing most American makers go out of business, we are determined to keep this craft alive. We are proud to celebrate 40 years of lovingly hand crafting the highest quality silk flowers.” All of their luscious floral creations start their life as a roll of white fabric and then go through the painstaking process of cutting, dying, shaping and assembling by hand until the perfect flower is created. We’re fascinated by these artisan methods. Here is a silk flower colorist, flower forming metal molds, and two beauteous finished blossoms.

  • Jumper Made of Guatemalan Cotton - Emily

    April 30, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    What do crafty moms do when they need a babysitter? Molly, our diligent 3rd floor assistant, is wearing a one of a kind dress made by Emily, the second floor manager and sewing wiz. Sure, they are friends, but this dress goes beyond friendship; it is a trade for two nights of babysitting! The Guatemalan cotton fabric is sold both in our San Francisco store and our online store, and the pattern was McCalls 5577 (discontinued).

  • Mother's Day Quilt Block - Melody

    April 27, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Shhhh……the talented and warm-hearted Melody, from Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor, created this crazy quilt heart block as her contribution to a very special Mother's Day project for Mrs. Spector, the founder of Britex Fabrics! The square measures 12” by 16” and is completely hand quilted and hand embroidered. It took Melody about five weeks to design and execute the project. We love the pictures of Mrs. Spector, Melody, and the iconic Britex Fabrics’ sign that Melody included in her quilted masterpiece. Photos by Charlie Wambeke.

  • Sew an Airy Chiffon Skirt

    April 26, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    We love sheer chiffon – its delicate drift as it swirls airily and the way lining changes its colors. Lorenna from Lorenna Buck Designs and CraftGossip made this tutorial for a swishy ankle-length chiffon skirt, and Threads magazine has some handy tips for sewing with chiffon, this most gossamer of fabrics! Larenna says that this is “a silk chiffon maxi skirt that is versatile for daily wear and packs down small”. Britex Fabrics’ silk sheer chiffon is on sale through Friday, May 4, 2012.

  • 18th Century Cockades - A Perfect Accessory

    April 26, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Everyone needs a vanity box of cockades – perfect for spiffing up a warm weather cap or enticingly dapper as lapel ornamentation. Lauren from American Duchess put together this beautiful tutorial on making an 18th century cockade from grosgrain ribbon and a centerpiece (we think a sweet glass button center would be terrific!) Make several double cockades in contrasting colors; olive and turquoise to channel Emma Peel, taupe and slate for dandy elegance, and coral and blush for a dainty afternoon tea.

  • SFMade Week: a celebration of local manufacturers and their products

    April 25, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    SFMade Week is Monday, May 7th to Sunday, May 13th. Saturday, May 12th is Shop SFMade Day! SFMade presents a week-long celebration of San Francisco’s vibrant manufacturing sector and the companies and people that bring locally produced products to fruition. SFMade Week features seven days of educational events, factory tours, and retail adventures designed to heighten awareness of local manufacturing and its critical role in our local economy. Visit for a list of retailers who support local manufacturers. Events include factory tours of Ritual Coffee Roasters, Anchor Brewing Company, Rickshaw Bag Works, Foamorder, Timbuk 2, Kika’s Treats and Cocoa, and an SFMade introduction and orientation.

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