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May 22, 2017 by Britex FabricsOur customer Gabriella Gomez came into our store a few months ago looking for a fabulous floral print cotton to create a dress. She found Aleks on the second floor in our home decor fabric department extremely helpful when choosing a cotton fabric for her dress. She finished the dress in early March, and it came out beautifully. Everyone at the fashion show she was involved with thought it was from a store, and not a student designed dress. She wrote us to thank us for helping her to pick out the most "gorgeous fabric possible". The fabric is an exquisitely hand screen printed cotton from France.
April 14, 2017 by Britex FabricsThe dyeing techniques used in the production of Japanese cotton prints are of a wide variety: paste-resist (tsutsugaki), shaped-resist (shabori), and ikat (kasuri), as well as composite techniques that use 2 or more of these techniques together.
March 23, 2017 by Britex Fabrics
Cotton fabric holds a special place in our fashionable heart. First cultivated 7,000 years ago, cotton is a timeless natural-fiber fabric, whose breathability makes it ideal for many garments. We carry an ever expanding collection of cotton fabric in our online store, including delicate Italian and Swiss voiles, brilliantly colored hand-loomed Guatemalan ikat fabric, nubby couture-inspired cotton tweed fabrics, travelable cotton-lycra blends, and chic designer cotton fabric. Quantities are limited. This sale good for online cotton category purchases* only 3/21 - 4/3. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.
October 5, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
Here are a few of the prints we have available.
Spooktacular cotton print fabrics for Halloween. Pumpkins, cats, skeletons, witches and bats! Dozens of 100% cotton Halloween print fabrics are available on the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store. All are 44" wide and range from $11.99/yard - $16.99/yard. Call now to order yours. 415-392-2910
September 7, 2016 by MaleDevonSewingAs you may know, I love shirts. Not just wearing them but of course making them too. Although shirt styles are all fairly similar (well at least for men) you can always have fun playing with the details: Different collars and cuff shapes, placket styles and of course fun fabric and buttons. So when I was asked to make a shirt for my guest blog post, I jumped at the opportunity. I wanted to do something a little different though; something a bit wild and fun. Over the years I have made countless different shirts but there was one particular style I had yet to make: The Guayabera. You don’t see many over here in the UK but I have always been drawn to the relaxed yet precision aspects of such a shirt: The pleats, pintucks, curved yoke and four pockets were enough for me. The fabric had to make a statement too. It had to be bright with a fun design so what better than a cotton print with pink with little birds! I drafted the pattern myself, opting for a normal collar with stand, a triple point curved yoke, pintucked fronts and back with a central double pleat down the spine. Four pocket ‘through’ the pintucks and a cuffed hem. Before cutting the double pleat and two rows of pintucks were added to a piece of fabric that would form the back. The pleat was simple enough but I had to carefully measure the position of the pintucks so they would meet the pointed yoke.
July 25, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
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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 fabulous–featuring high quality fashion and furnishing fabrics along with notions, trims and 22,000 styles of buttons.
July 18, 2016 by Communing with Fabric
Hey! It's Shams of Communing with Fabric with another garment made from a beautiful Britex fabric! For this project, my assignment was to choose a fabric from the Knits category. I quickly settled on this beautiful double-sided ponte made from cotton, polyester, and lycra.
Reversible Black and Cardinal Red Cotton Blend Knit Fabric Click the image to see this fabric on the Britex site. It's also available in sky blue (Note that some of the photos show this fabric as a bright red, but it's actually a heathered red in real life)
This fabric is wonderful! It has more drape than some of its stiffer ponte cousins. It feels like a rayon and I was surprised to learn that it contains cotton, but no rayon. It is beefy, so it hangs nicely, but it's also a bit "sproingy". It presses beautifully. I threw it into the washer and dryer before cutting and it looked just the same afterwards. I didn't measure to determine the amount of shrinkage, but I suspect that it shrank a bit. Because it's a double knit, it's very easy to sew. If you are afraid of sewing knits, a ponte (double knit) fabric is a good way to get started. It doesn't curl at the edges due to it's double-sided construction. This ponte stretches in both directions, but it's also fairly stable. I wanted to feature both sides of the fabric and I seriously dithered about how to use it. I was torn between a top and a skirt and I knew exactly how I wanted to make each but, in the end, the skirt won out. I drafted a 7-gore skirt. Why 7 gores? I find the asymmetry of an uneven number of gores aesthetically pleasing. In order to use both sides of the fabric, I drafted the pattern with 1" seam allowances and a 1" hem. The only exception was the waist seam, which has a 1/2" seam allowance. I sewed the 1" seams with the black side facing the black side. I decided to funk it up by constructing it in a car wash style so I sewed each gore 15" down from the waist, and left the rest of the seam unsewn. I turned each seam allowance and hem segment to the red side and folded it under, turning the 1" seam allowance into a 1/2" trim. I secured each seam allowance, individually, to the red side by hand. You could do this by machine, but I like the effect of hand sewing—I have more control. As part of this process, I mitered all 14 corners at the hemline. Mitering is important to manage the bulk that would result if you merely turned up the trim on each edge. An advantage of such a clean finish is that the skirt is fully reversible! The red side features black trim, and the black side is solid black. It might be summer elsewhere, but when I took these pics this morning it was 50°F, windy, foggy, wet, drippy, and misty. In short, it was COLD and more like winter weather than summer weather! I didn't include a pic of the waistband, and I never tuck a top, but I attached a casing for elastic using the black side of the fabric. Because of the car wash effect, both sides flash the reverse color as I move. This skirt is a lot of fun to wear!
June 14, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
Part of our online Cotton Categories Sale 20% off 6/14 - 6/27
Chic Tangelo Graffiti Stretch Cotton (made in Italy)
A midweight cotton in an urban graffiti print in black on vibrant tangelo orange - perfect for a summer dress, lined tote bag, or fitted bolero jacket. Made in Italy.
Regular $39.99 / yard
Sale Price $31.99 / yard
Chic Lemon Graffiti Stretch Cotton (made in Italy)
A midweight stretch cotton in an urban graffiti print in black on vibrant lemon yellow - perfect for a summer dress or fitted bolero jacket.
Made in Italy.
Regular $39.99 / yard
Sale Price $31.99 / yard
June 13, 2016 by Britex Fabrics100% Japanese Cotton Badgers Eating Apples 44" wide $29.99 / yard Available on the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415-392-2910 100% Japanese Cotton Bears in the Woods 45" wide $22.99 / yard Available on the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store. Email email@example.com or call 415-392-2910
June 6, 2016 by VintageOnTap
Summertime in San Francisco can be fickle, but this year has had more beautiful days than not! Using a Designer Italian stretch cotton, I made Simplicity 8085, a 50s wrap dress which is perfect for running around the City on a sunny day. The fabric has these amazing watercolor swatches on a faux-linen background and the hand is nice and crisp for a midweight cotton. Because of the weave, it doesn’t unravel very easily, which makes this an excellent quick project. For this dress I used just shy of 3 yards on 60” wide fabric, which is a little bit on the low end for a vintage design with a full skirt (luckily my short stature helps with the skirt length!) Most dresses of this style can push 4 ½” yards, so this is a nice compromise if you’re looking for a vintage-style piece without using too much fabric.