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June 28, 2017 by Britex FabricsCapris, sunglasses and a long drink of something refreshing--that's summer! Sunglasses and lemonade (hard or soft) are easy to procure, but capri pants can be tricky--getting them to fit just right is not as simple as you might think. Tasha of bygumbygolly.com offers solutions with a detailed capri project featuring a hidden zipper...so pick out some of the fabulous seersucker stripes or other cottons on the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store, or check out our online cotton inventory here.
February 13, 2017 by Britex FabricsAn unexpected visit to Britex Fabrics in the heart of San Francisco led sass3journey.com to purchase some of her favorite materials for this easy DIY project. Britex Fabrics originally opened its doors in 1952 and has since been considered one of the best locations for designers and anyone else seeking “creative inspiration.” You are sure to find exactly what you are looking for, especially with four complete floors filled with an immense variety of fabrics and accessories.Supply List:
- 1/2 yard of a plaid wool fabric (approximately 59" width)
- 1/2 yard of satin fabric
- 4 accent buttons of your choice
- Antique lace measured as per the width of the wrap
- An iron to press the material during and following project completion.
September 23, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
We're excited to present our brand spanking new online store with larger, more brilliant photos of our scrumptious fabrics, silken ribbons, romantic lace trims, and bunches of buttons! Keep an eye on the store for upcoming new developments and categories...to start us off, we've expanded our selection of glamorous fashion scuba knits.
August 4, 2016 by Kristin DLong time Britex Fabrics customer, custom clothing designer, and couture documentarian Dolly McFadden has been sewing couture fashions since her mother taught her to hand sew. "I spent more time ripping things out and pressing them than working with the sewing machine,” she said in the 1990 October/November issue of Threads magazine. Her research and cataloging of the "Theatre de la Mode" fashion exhibit won the documentary of the same name an Emmy. The exhibit was made up of over 200 one-third scale French mannequins and garments. The Theatre de la Mode was created in 1946 and toured all over the world to raise money for post-war France economic recovery. It was also designed to highlight the French fashion industry. It kept the Paris fashions on the map as the world recovered from the Second World War. Designers such as Lanvin, Balenciaga, Balmain, Sciaparelli, Patou, and others were represented in the Theatre. Extreme care was taken in the making of each mini-garment, down to trim, buttons, hats and accessories. The result was a true reproduction of the designer's creations. The collection has been housed at the Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale, Washington, since its last exhibition at the De Young Museum in San Francisco in 1946. McFadden says she feels "So fortunate and grateful to be part of some of these projects." McFadden has been shopping at Britex Fabrics over the years, and is considered one of our regular customers. She creates custom clothing designs and teaches couture techniques. Special occasion gowns she has designed over the years include wedding gowns and headpieces, after five dresses, and a variety of one-of-a-kind fashions.
August 2, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
Announcing free Britex buttons with purchase in our brick and mortar store! A new staff favorite is the new houndstooth one. Collect all six of these awesome buttons. Come in and make a purchase and any one of them can be yours!
April 8, 2016 by Britex FabricsSeason 2 of Outlander premiers on Saturday evening, and one of the most iconic new costumes--featured prominently in the Starz official trailer and all over the Internet--is this stunning dress made of fabric from Britex! We were thrilled to work with Outlander costume designer Terry Dresbach, who spent several days here choosing fabrics, trims and buttons for both seasons. Most of the fabrics that she selected were plaids and woolens for Season 1 (set in chilly Scotland), but this particular fabric is such a unique, spectacular combination of color and pattern that we are not surprised to see it emerge in Season 2, set in 18th century Paris. This 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 panel was 27" square: which meant that there were two panels in each 3/4 yard. 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!Terry is an incredibly savvy designer, so she turned the panels to her advantage, placing the flowers strategically around the skirt and bodice...and we can't imagine a more beautiful usage for for one of our favorite fabrics. We're also proud to mention that Outlander creator Ronald Moore (who happens to be Terry's husband) says in the Starz trailer that this is his favorite dress!We no longer have this particular piece in the store (because it took a LOT to make this dress), but we carry other fabrics of similar quality and design from the same source--so come in and take a look!Expect to hear more from us about Outlander as the season progresses!
February 22, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
Sue Manuel who is a loyal Britex Fabrics customer stopped in looking for some fabric for a new creation that her dress maker back in Canberra, Australia will be making for her. Our staff immediately noticed the fabulous jacket she was wearing was crafted from our French wool, silk lining, and shiny buttons. Her jacket was designed and made by Gloria Grady, her dress maker in Australia.
January 13, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
The Tagua nut is the seed of a tropical palm that grows in the Northwestern region of South America, starting North of Peru, throughout Ecuador, Columbia, and Southern Panama. Tagua can be made into many beautiful items such as carved figurines, buttons, and other fashion accoutrements. It can be cut, pressed, heated, burned, lasered, bleached, tinted, and polished to phenomenal bright finishes.
The Tagua is found inside a fruit that is approximately one foot in diameter and is covered with hard spikes. After approximately eight months, when the fruit ripens, the liquid part of the fruit that tastes like concentrated cocoa is used as a medicine for kidney problems.
Ironically, the Tagua is found in the tropics, yet often ends up as Corozo buttons on winter coats.
To add some fabulous flair to any winter coat, check out our wide variety of Corozo buttons available online.
June 2, 2015 by Britex FabricsWelcome to Pirate season, maties! With summer slowly rolling in, so is festival season; the states offer a wide array of pirate fair opportunities, including our very own Northern California Pirate Festival. So, take inspiration from Peter Pan, Hook, Clobba Clothing, (and many more!) because Britex is here to help outfit you for the high seas.
March 17, 2015 by Britex Fabrics
Happy St. Patrick's Day from all of us here at Britex Fabrics! Enjoy this celebratory day and maybe come in for a peek at our themed items. Everything from luscious double faced Kelly green silk, shamrocked heirloom and eyelet lace, to patches and buttons in shamrock shapes, and glittering Swarovski crystals. But, most of all, we wish you a joyous day and be safe out there on the busy streets!