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  • Vintage Lace Trim & Fashion

    August 11, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    CaptureThe vintage lace trim that is featured above is now SOLD OUT

    We have this vintage circa 1920s-30 bobbin lace that we roar for! We have over 200 vintage lace trims on our third floor at the bridal counter. Many other animals, and lifestyle activities, such as tennis are represented. As well as traditional floral and geometric designs. In addition to vintage lace trims we have hundreds of modern lace trims and ribbons on the third floor of our brick-and-mortar store. Many of these trims are also available online.

     

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    To learn more about vintage lace and vintage lace trims, please visit the third floor of our brick-and-mortar store, or if you're not local, please chck out our excellent selection online.

    Additionally, an excellent resource for vintage fashion enthusiasts is available through the San Francisco Public Library. This includes The Vogue Archive 1892 - present, Harper's Bazaar Archive 1867 - present, Women's Wear Daily Archive 1910 - present, The Design & Applied Arts Index 1973 - present, as well as The Women's Magazine Archive: Homes & Gardens 1922 - 2005 Good Housekeeping 1885 - 2005 and Redbook 1903 - 2005.

    You will be able to explore this incredible archive by visiting their Articles & Database page under the eLibrary tab at sfpl.org.


  • Outlander Dress Fabric is Back (SOLD OUT!)

    July 29, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    (INVENTORY IS SOLD OUT)

    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!


  • Winners of the Halloween Costume Contest 2014

    October 28, 2014 by Britex Fabrics

    20141025_102148 1st place tie - based on costumes of Game of Thrones

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  • Costumes of Yesteryears + 2014 Contest Details

    October 22, 2014 by Britex Fabrics

    halloweenhameggs Photograph by Kristin Demoro

    We cannot count the number of shockingly awesome costumes in past years' contests. This pair for example, bacon & egg, still has us chuckling because, yes, the egg is standing on slender slices of butter and was soon to be a mom. A few years ago this same duo did a rice & potato number. See below for complete contest details and how you can win a $100 Britex gift certificate. Continue Reading

  • Holiday Events - Let the Festivities Begin

    October 22, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Join us for two events as we celebrate this festive season. Visit our Upcoming Events page for details.

     

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    Halloween Costume Contest
    Saturday, October 26 - all day

     

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    Rendezvous at Britex
    Saturday, November 2 - 3 PM - 5 PM

    These events are free of charge, so bring your friends! We look forward to seeing you soon.


  • Flapper Headband Tutorial

    October 6, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    Sew up this flapper's headband for your next party! Shimmy into a frock, pull up your silk stockings, get all dolled up, hussy on down to the Fairmont Hotel, and Bunny Hug the night away to the "Memphis Blues ".

  • The Wizard of Oz pinafore

    September 11, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    Thanks to Tina from New York for sending us this fabulous photo of her granddaughter Alora wearing a "Dorothy" pinafore in her school's production of The Wizard of Oz. Tina made this with Britex's 100% Italian cotton gingham. She adjusted the neckline and bodice of Simplicity #4136, and then backed the fabric with lightweight cotton to provide the additional body required in stage garments. Tina did a great sewing job!
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  • Burning Man-licious Fur Coat by Liza

    September 9, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    Liza created this wondrous aqua fur coat for Burning Man. She used Butterick 4317 (a men's Colonial costume.)
    She wrote that "Every inch of that coat, pattern, thread, rhinestones and fabric, is ala Britex!!!" We adore the sparkling detailing on the shawl collar!
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