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  • 5 Ways To Decorate With Velvet

    November 9, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    According to The Edit on Bloglovin', velvet is one of the hottest trends for fall. Their blog post includes images to spark ideas for incorporating velvet for your own home decor. Curtains and upholstery are two of the many ways in which you can use velvet to decorate. Come to or contact the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store, where we have many different colors of velvet. If you can't make it to our brick-and-mortar store, no need to worry. Check out our Customized Swatch Service here. Each Customized Swatch Shopper Service is good towards two projects. Important: After you purchase you'll be emailed a request form. Please send information about both projects when you fill out your form. We can't save your second project request for later use. We happily ship to most countries.

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  • Project Real Way Challenge #6: Streetwear For the Urban Jungle

    November 8, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    The Challenge: This week’s challenge was to create a streetwear look for the ‘Urban Jungle’. The contestants on the show went to Orlando Studios to see the new ‘Reign of Kong’ ride to get inspired for the jungle… I just watched the movie trailer.

  • Rolled Seam Tutorial With New Guest Blogger Nanna From Denmark (HowToDoFashion)

    November 8, 2016 by howtodofashion

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    A while back Britex asked me if I would be a Guest Blogger. One of the difficult tasks of this assignment was to choose the fabric. I decided to work with a fabric that I think many people may be afraid to work with, chiffon. I love this blue chiffon fashion novelty fabric, it is light, and with the right sewing techniques, this fabric can turn into the most magical garment. The two techniques I always use when sewing with chiffon is a French seam and a rolled seam for hemming. In this post, I will show you how to make a rolled seam on your sewing machine.


  • Britex Fabrics Presents: Meet Your Favorite Project Runway Designers

    November 8, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Britex Fabrics Presents: Meet Your Favorite Project Runway Designers
    This holiday season, join Britex Fabrics as we bring you a special FREE meet and greet with some of your favorite designers from Project Runway.

    Designers scheduled to appear: Emily Payne, Melissa Fleis, Richard Hallmarq, and Alexandria Von Bromssen

    Small Business Saturday Special Give Away (First 50 people who RSVP and are in line)
    Special Designer Pop Up Boutique

    Sat, November 26, 2016
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM PST

    Britex Fabrics
    146 Geary Street
    San Francisco, CA 94108

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  • Online Sale: 20% Off All Online Silk Category Fabrics 11/1 - 11/14

    November 1, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Britex Fabrics loves everything about silk and it shows. Silk is a natural fiber that is usually derived from the mulberry silkworm’s cocoons. Silk has it all; it is smooth, soft, strong, and lustrous. Silk is ethereal for a summer frock, and just as smart for a winter frock-coat lining. We delight in traipsing about to find you the most chic Italian silks, natty necktie silks, brilliant jacquard silks, and airy sheer silk chiffons.

    This sale is good for online silk fabric category purchases* only 11/1 - 11/14. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.


  • Happy Halloween From Us to You

    October 31, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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  • Light Up Phoenix Costume Tutorial

    October 27, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Need a last minute Halloween costume idea? The tutorial for this gorgeous phoenix costume that can be found on Instructables, by Natalina, is a little more of a challenge than some of the other projects we have presented, but it can be created in 15 steps, and the pattern from BurdaStyle is pretty intuitive, with access to a dress form. This is the second Instructable post by Natalina. Natalina is a designer with a degree in fashion design. Most of the items you will need for this project, including feathers and trims can be found on the second and third floor of our brick-and-mortar store. For the how to, visit Instructables here.

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    For the the headpiece tutorial, please visit the other part of this Instructable here.

     


  • Tips For Sewing With Silk

    October 25, 2016 by MissCrayolaCreepy

    miss-crayola-creepy-britex-named-asaka-kimono-7 Have you ever been afraid of sewing with a fabric for absolutely no reason? I was terrified of sewing with silk chiffon because I had heard that it was difficult to sew. Unfortunately, my fear of sewing with silk definitely outweighed by love of wearing it. Well, until I made this lovely Named Asaka Kimono top, that is. If I wanted this fabric/pattern combo to work I would need to immediately take a chill pill and get over my silly little fear. pattern

  • 5 Fashion Trends For This Fall

    October 25, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    According to a recent article by Bloglovin', The Edit, five major fashion trends this fall are velvet, checkered fabrics, (as we previously featured) flared sleeves, red boots, and the color pink. Come visit the second floor of our brick-an-mortar store to check out our amazing selection of velvet fabric, or the main floor for our selection of wool plaids and tweeds.

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    We also have a limited selection of plaids and checkered fabrics online. On the fourth floor you will find a wall full of leather of many colors, including red and pink.
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  • Halloween Tutorial: Easy To Create Floating Ghost

    October 21, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Reuse plastic soda bottles and end up with an awesome ghost Halloween decoration at the same time. You only need a few supplies, and you are ready to create this floating ghost. You will need cheese cloth, scissors, fabric stiffener, black felt, and a few other items. For a complete list of supplies and step-by-step instructions, please visit the tutorial on Instructables.

     


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