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20% Off All Online Silk Category Fabrics 8/23 – 9/5

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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.

 
Quantities are limited, so order your swatches now! This sale good for online silk category purchases* only 8/23 – 9/5. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.

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WARP X WEFT: Textile 101

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At Britex Fabrics we believe it is important to know your fabrics. Knowledge of how fabric came into being is equally as important, and can be an endlessly fascinating topic. Enter Geana Seaburger, with her workshop Warp X Weft: Textile 101. Geana, a former Britex assistant buyer and marketing whiz, is an Oakland-based maker with a design studio,and owner of GDS Clothgoods. Although she is currently making aprons to order-and quite successfully-her passion seems to be textiles from the ground up, literally.

Attend her workshop Warp X Weft: Textile 101 at Britex Fabrics and you will hear, touch, smell, and see cotton, linen, wool, and silk in their most natural form. These natural fibers each have very different characteristics, which becomes evident the more you handle them.

In the classroom, she encourages students to touch, poke, prod, and pull apart a cotton ball, flax (linen fiber), wool fibers, and silk. Each fiber has differences in length, texture, strength, and beauty.

“Typically with fibers, length corresponds with quality… ”

 

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As she talks, students rip or pull pieces of the natural fibers and cut swatches from the corresponding finished fabrics, then glue them on sheets of paper, labeling them and taking notes. This exercise helps to illustrate the process that these fibers must go through to become fabrics. Students swatch different examples of fabric weaves, and learn that the sheen of a fabric is controlled by the type of weave it is woven into/from.

 

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Terms such as hand, sheen, drape, resilience, wicking properties, protein vs. animal fibers, plain weaves, and matte vs. reflection, are thrown around the room as the students handle and catalog examples of each of these. Synthetics and man made fibers are also discussed.

“If we’re  interested in textiles, it’s good to know the whole story.”

It is a given that Seaberger is very passionate about her subject matter. She touches on environmental matters as a part of her discussion, at one point saying “conventional cotton is terrible for the environment” in the way that it is produced. She praised polyester for its ability to “imitate so many natural fibers,” and described one of the fabric swatches she used as an example of a synthetic blend as a “coarse wool and yucky acrylic.”

Her workshop is given practically every month  and tickets sell out weeks, sometimes months ahead of time.

 

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Upcoming Workshop Dates
Saturday, September 10th 10:30am – 12:30pm
Saturday, October 1st 10:30am – 12:30pm

 

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Online Sale: 20% Off All Online Wool Category Fabrics 8/9 – 8/22

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Wool fabric from Britex Fabrics is perfect for every season. Summer-weight wools make elegant pleated slacks, wind-resistant boiled wools are perfect for snow-angel expeditions, tricotine is retro-glamorous for a 1950’s gored skirt, and everyone craves a snappy bespoke double-breasted pin-striped jacket for year-round urban flair.
Quantities are limited, so order your swatches now! This sale good for online wool category purchases* only 8/9 – 8/22. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.

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Couture Researcher and Britex Fabrics Enthusiast – Dolly McFadden

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Long 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.

 

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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.”

 

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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.

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“Chanel: The Making of Lesage Tweed”

This truly sensual process is fascinating to watch, from ripped straps of fabrics placed in the loom, to watching the weaving process, to finished garment. Filmed in a seductive manner what is Chanel, if not seductive?

 

Britex Fabrics carries similar Chanel-like tweets, boucle’,  and other textural beauties such as this.

 

We are two doors away from the Union Square Chanel boutique,  and we love to study their Geary Street windows for inspiration and hints of the latest look from Paris.

 

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I Love Britex Fabrics

NEW BUTTONS

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!

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Outlander Dress Fabric is Back (SOLD OUT!)

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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!

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Check Out our New Window

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Our windows received a makeover yesterday. The final results are fabulous! We love chiffon, because it looks so summery. It would make an excellent scarf.

 

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Our beautiful finished window on Geary! Thanks, Lance. Great job!

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

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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.

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20% Off All Online Knit Category Fabric 7/26 – 8/8

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We love sewing with knit fabrics. Our knit fabrics are great for making zipper-enhanced hoodies, upscale t-shirts, comfy yoga pants, warm weather scarves, or chic Diane von Furstenberg wrap style dresses. Knits are especially great for travel since they are wrinkle resistant! We carry polyester jersey knits, viscose knits, cotton knits, two way and four way knits, scuba knits, and tissue knits. These fabulous knit fabrics are all available online for 20% off from 7/26 – 8/8.

Quantities are limited, so order your swatches now!
This sale good for online knit category purchases* only 7/26 – 8/8. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.

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