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  • Outlander Dress Fabric is Back (SOLD OUT!)

    July 29, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    outlander plus fabric for blog


    Double bouquet fabric panel (as featured on Outlander) is available for $99 in our brick-and-mortar store, on the second floor in our home furnishing fabric department, or by phone.

    If you are interested in ordering a panel, please contact Joie or Dina at 415-392-2910 as soon as possible, as we have limited stock available.

    Remember the fabric we featured that Terry Dresbach used to design that amazing dress in the Outlander Starz official trailer and all over the Internet? Well, we originally thought that we wouldn’t be able to get it back in stock, but the manufacturer has made it for us, and we have it available for the general public. The dress is made of a heavy, luxurious furnishing fabric produced in Turkey by one of our favorite sources. Unusually, the floral pattern does not run up the roll, but was designed in panels. Each yard and 1/8 panel contains 2 full bouquets of flowers, and is $99 . We are generally wary of carrying panels like this in the store, because the square design tends to limit application to pillows, ottomans and the like–but we absolutely fell in love with the colors and were confident that our customers would feel the same!

  • Wool Crepes and Gabardines in Our Brick-and-mortar Store

    July 27, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    blue wools

    Lovely blues and greens abound in our signature wool wall on the first floor. We love the cool blues, crisp greens, and the mix of textures and color. Really, once you start browsing the wool wall, touching the fabrics and dreaming of what to sew, you become lost in the possibilities.

    Worth the stop in to our brick-and-mortar store, or use our customized swatch service online to pick out fabulous fabrics to make your next coat, suit, or autumn skirt.

  • Unique Wool Crepes, Double Crepes, Cashmere and Other Exquisite Wool!

    July 25, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Douglas for Blog


    Come in and say hello to Douglas on the first floor and check out our recent gorgeous unique acquisitions from Italy that just arrived. Douglas is rearranging our wool wall, in colors from all across the rainbow and every shade in between. These all wool crepes, double crepes, cashmere and other exquisite wools are to die for. Our Britex store owner says this is a "very special" group of goods from Italy, only available in our brick-and-mortar store. Worth the trip in! Not local? No worries, check out our amazing online wool selection.



  • For Immediate Release - Britex Fabrics Presents: PROJKT Maiden Lane

    July 25, 2016 by Britex Fabrics







    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            July 25, 2016


    Press contacts: Joie Rey Cohen / 415.392.2910 /

                            Dina Fayer / 415.392.2910 /


    Britex Fabrics presents: PROJKT Maiden Lane

    A Runway Showcase Featuring Four Designers
    from Project Runway and Under the Gunn


    Friday, Sept. 23 2016 / 7:00– 9:30pm  / Union Square, SF / Historic Maiden Lane is about to be transformed into a runway, as Britex Fabrics presents PROJKT Maiden Lane–featuring new fall designs from Emily Payne, Kini Zamora and Richard Hallmarq (All Three From Project Runway) and Rey Ortiz (From Under the Gunn), along with new work and collaborations with local artists Michael Covington and L.V.M.

    Local designer/Britex Fabrics alum/Project Runway All Stars favorite Emily Payne explains, "I realized how many pieces in my collections have always been made with fabrics from Britex, and that it just makes sense to collaborate on a show. Both Richard and I have done draping workshops at Britex before, but this event is just huge." Britex Fabrics has a long history of supporting local designers, showcasing their work in window displays and on social media, and even sponsoring the Academy of Art's Britex Fabrics Project collection in 2009 (which previewed at Mercedes-Benz NY Fashion Week). "Fabrics make fashion–literally," says Britex Fabrics owner Sharman Spector, "You can't have one without the other. It's wonderful to see what designers like Emily do with our fabrics, and we think it's incredibly important to support that kind of creativity."

    Attendees of PROJKT Maiden Lane will enjoy free giveaways and pop-up shops with Britex Fabrics, Leathertongue & Devon Rose designed by Emily Payne, Goorin Brothers Hats, Threads Magazine, Myla’Cor Martinis, Caffe’ Central and more.

    Doors for the Myla’Cor Martini Bar inside Britex Fabrics to open at 6:15pm. Runway show at 7:00pm.

    Britex Fabrics offers a variety of workshops, online tutorials, community partnerships and store tours. A San Francisco landmark since 1952, Britex is four floors of fabulousfeaturing high quality fashion and furnishing fabrics along with notions, trims and 22,000 styles of buttons.


    Please contact Joie Cohen or Dina Fayer for further information about Britex Fabrics or press inquiries about PROJKT Maiden Lane.


  • Designer Fashion For Aviation

    July 22, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Take a walk through the history of aviation and fashion at the SFO Museum’s “Fashion in Flight” exhibit that runs through January 8th, 2017. The show is located in the International Terminal and features 70 women’s uniforms from 1930 to present day, with designs from Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, Emilio Pucci and more. The world’s first female flight attendant was hired in San Francisco, so it seemed logical that the show be displayed at SFO. Check out some similar patterns which are available on the third floor of our brick-and-mortar store. Visit us at 146 Geary Street, just off Union Square in San Francisco, or call our notions department to order them.   The Pan Am uniform created by Don Loper was an homage to the shape of a jet. It is a more angular cut than the uniforms of earlier years. Burda 6775 resembles the Pan Am uniform from 1959 and is available in our notions department.

    Pan Am 1959 looks like Burda 67751959: Pan Am (Don Loper)

    The 1969 Air France winter wool uniform was one of the last designs created by Cristobal Balenciaga before closing his fashion house. The designer fitted each individual flight attendant to ensure proper fitting. It was as if the uniforms were created for a runway premiere. Burda 6669 resembles this uniform and is available in our notions department. The only difference is the pockets on the uniform design.

    Air France 1969 looks like Burda 66691969: Air France (Cristobal Balenciaga)

    The 1968 United Airlines uniform by designer Jean Louis was created from double knit wool and came in two different colors. He used the double knit wool to create a tighter fitting uniform than previous ones.

    United Airlines 1968 looks like Burda 66421968: United Airlines (Jean Louis)

    The brightly colored outlandish 1965-6 "Supersonic Derby Outfit" was worn by the flight attendants on Braniff International Airways, with bright green calfskin boots. Most memorable were the Space Bubble helmets that were worn as passengers boarded flights. This uniform, known as the "non-uniform uniform" is similar to Burda 7114, pictured below.

    Space Bubble Helmet

    Braniff 1966 looks like Burda 71141965-6: Braniff International Airways (Emilio Pucci)

  • Britex Fabrics' Website Redesign is Almost Complete

    July 18, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    We're gussying up our website! If you experience problems, please email us at for assistance.

    The Britex Fabrics' website redesign is almost complete, however during this period, there are a few tiny snafus.

    All customer accounts are temporarily unavailable. They will come back soon. You can still place your order without logging in. There is an odd mystery message on order confirmations, which is meaningless.

    Thank you for your patience!

  • Online Novelty Fabric Sale 20% Off Now - 7/11

    July 7, 2016 by Britex Fabrics


    Our novelty fabrics often have a beautiful metallic shine which helps them stand out in the crowd! Made of wool, silk, cotton, metallic, nylon, and more, these texturally rich fabrics make beautiful garments. Tweed, chenille, scuba knits, and bouclé novelty fabrics delight us with their contrast of nubby texture and soft hand. Make a swinging bolero jacket, a long mysterious cape, a Chanel-style jacket, or a tailored order to add elegance and style to any solid, understated little black outfit. Many of our textured novelty fabrics are blends, lending them a wonderful pliability and sheen.

    Quantities are limited, so order your swatches today! This sale good for online fashion novelty fabric categories purchases* only Now - 7/11.
    *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases."


  • We Love Our Customers

    June 30, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    JOan Burgren

    Today our customer Joan Burgren stopped by wearing an awesome dress that she created with some of our gorgeous cotton fabric. Joan lives locally in Menlo Park and has been sewing for three years. She drafts her own patterns, including the pattern for the dress she is wearing here. She sews for herself, for fun.

  • A June Wedding in Paris - We Love Our Customers

    June 27, 2016 by Britex Fabrics


    We recently received this message from our customer Denise:

    "Hi - I just wanted to send you a photo of a wedding gown I've just finished for a client, using silk and lace that we purchased at Britex. The bride fell in love with your Chantilly lace, and splurged! There are a few more photos on my page, with more to be added later, especially one of her in the gown. I hope you enjoy!
    Thank you so much! She's getting married in Paris in 2 weeks, I can't wait to get the pro photos of her in the dress, out in the garden! And, just an FYI, we bought 3 yds of the Chantilly fabric, 15 yds of the lace trim and 15 yds of the Thai Silk - we both couldn't be happier with everything from Britex! Douglass helped us with the silk and lace, and I know he isn't online at home, so maybe you could show him the photos? I'd really appreciate it - We can't thank him enough!

    Thanks again,


  • We're Getting Fancy!

    June 24, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    We're gussying up our website! If you experience problems, please email us at for assistance.

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