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  • Something Old, Something New, Something Britex! (Part IV)

    May 3, 2017 by Dina

    bridal-remnants-2 To celebrate our fabulous in-store Remnant Sale (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week…all remnants and Yard Sale fabrics are 50% off! Come on in!!), this week's focus on weddings will introduce you to our remnant floor, where you can find fabric to make beautiful gowns and accessories without breaking the bank. We're talking to Steph, who is one of the fourth floor's resident experts on how to get big effects out of small pieces.

  • Online Sale: 20% Off All Online Rayon, Lace & Polyester Fabrics! 3/7 - 3/20

    March 9, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Greet Spring With Ravishing Rayon, Lace & Polyester!
    20% Off All Online Rayon, Lace & Polyester Fabrics!

    All polyester, rayon, and lace online category fabrics are on sale, including Italian designer polyester, polyester charmeuse, exquisite viscose lace knits, gorgeous polyester lycra blends, and more. Quantities are limited. This sale good for online lace, rayon, & polyester fabric category purchases* only 3/7 - 3/20. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.


  • Online Sale: 20% Off All Online Rayon, Polyester, & Lace Category Fabrics

    November 29, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    All polyester, rayon, and lace online category fabrics are on sale, including Italian designer polyester, polyester charmeuse, exquisite viscose lace knits, gorgeous polyester lycra blends, and more. 11/29 - 12/12.

    This sale good for online polyester, lace, and rayon fabric category purchases* only 11/29 - 12/12. *This online sale does not apply to trims, in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.


  • Online Sale Reminder: 20% Off All Online Polyester, Lace, and Rayon Fabrics Now - 10/3

    September 28, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    All polyester, rayon, and lace online category fabrics are on sale, including Italian designer polyester, polyester charmeuse, exquisite viscose lace knits, gorgeous polyester lycra blends, and more. 9/20 - 10/3.

    This sale good for online polyester, lace, and rayon fabric category purchases* only 9/20 - 10/3


  • SALE - All Polyester, Lace, & Rayon Category Fabrics On sale 9/20 - 10/3

    September 15, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    All polyester, rayon, and lace online category fabrics are on sale, including Italian designer polyester, polyester charmeuse, exquisite viscose lace knits, gorgeous polyester lycra blends, and more. 9/20 - 10/3.

    Quantities are limited, so order your swatches now! This sale good for online polyester, lace, and rayon fabric category purchases* only 9/6 - 9/19. *This online sale does not apply to trims, in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.


  • 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.


  • Millinery: Making a Lace Hat

    July 11, 2016 by Chuleenan of CSews

    Part I: Making a lace hat The first part of this tutorial is about making a lace hat using milliner Patricia Underwood’s Vogue pattern (V8891). I made version D – a small-brimmed hat – and trimmed it with Petersham ribbon. Hat 1The materials (Available at britexfabrics.com and / or at the Britex Fabrics brick-and-mortar store in San Francisco) Hat 2 The lace, tulle and millinery wire can all be purchased at Britex Fabrics. I chose a navy lace because it’s versatile and can go with a dress or jeans. But this lace has some stretch to it and the tulle has no stretch, which is not ideal but I didn’t really have any problems sewing them together. The tulle is a contrasting color so you can see the lace. If you get a matching color, the lace will just blend in and you won’t see the design of the lace. I’ll be using a couple of hat terms: 1. The crown, the part of a hat that covers the head. 2. The brim, which attaches to the crown. Brims can be small like the version D or wide, such as version E of this pattern. The millinery wire is inserted in the edge of the brim and that’s what makes it stand out from the crown. There are only three pattern pieces for this hat – two pieces make up the crown and then there’s the brim. The tulle is the lining and interfacing for this hat. Because tulle is semi-transparent and not very stiff, the pattern has you cut each two of each pattern piece. I traced size L rather than cutting out the pattern pieces. This means that if I want to make a hat for a friend with a smaller head, I can trace that size from the original pattern pieces. You can use pins or pattern weights to hold the pattern pieces in place. This is a synthetic lace so I wasn’t worried about the pins damaging the lace. If you use a delicate lace, you probably want to use pattern weights. I used scissors to cut this piece because I have more control on the curve.   Hat 3 And here’s the side of the crown – cut on the fold. Hat 4 The brim is also cut on the fold. I used pattern weights on these two pieces and cut them with my rotary cutter. The curve of these pattern pieces is easier to handle with a rotary cutter. You can use scissors or a rotary cutter to cut lace; it all depends on your personal preference and what you need to cut. Hat 5 I cut two pieces of the three pattern pieces from the tulle. For the crown, one piece of tulle acts as the interfacing and the other is the lining. The brim uses both pieces of tulle on the inside. Warning: There’s a LOT of pinning and basting for this pattern. You pin the tulle pattern piece to the lace piece for the crown (top and side) and baste them together before you sew. You pin and baste each pattern piece together. I used a safety pin to mark the center front of the crown. The seam is in the center back. I used a universal Schmetz needle 70/10 and a stitch length of 2. I didn’t have any experience machine sewing lace – only hand sewing it – but this was easy to sew. I didn’t use a special needle and it was fine.   Hat 6 I won’t go into every step because you can just follow the pattern instructions. But there was one part that was tricky to figure out, even with the instructions. After you’ve stitched the crown together and sewn the tulle lining (steps 1-8), you pin the lining of the crown to the lace crown wrong sides together. It looks like this. Hat 7 The you turn it right side out and you’re ready to attach the brim.

  • Insertion Lace on a Curved Seam - Guest Blogger Nicole

    June 30, 2016 by NicoleAtHome

    IMG_4854 I’m so excited to share my method for inserting lace into a curved seam (such as a princess seam).  For my blouse, I used this dusty peach handkerchief-weight linen and floral ivory insertion lace, though there are many, many options for both linens and laces, both online and in-store! After seeing one of the cover shots for the Hayden pattern, and making a couple myself (two versions here), I really wanted to insert lace in the seam lines on the front and along the hem.  The style lines are curved, though, so the typical way of inserting lace had to be tweaked a bit.   IMG_4875 Usually, insertion lace is applied on an uncut, unseamed piece of fabric.  The general steps are: sew along both lengths of the insertion lace, then cut through the fabric on the wrong side and press the fabric open.  On the right side, using a narrow zig-zag stitch, sew along the edge of the lace again (which catches the fabric on the wrong side) and the trim the fabric on the wrong side, close to the stitches.  Insertion lace can also be inserted into an existing seam, before sewing the seam and after taking into consideration the added width of the lace.   IMG_4870 However, for this blouse, the seam in which I wanted to put the lace was a curved princess seam along the front.  Instead of inserting the lace before sewing the seam, I did it a bit differently:

  • A June Wedding in Paris - We Love Our Customers

    June 27, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    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,
    Denise!

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  • We Love Our Customers!

    May 25, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Our customer Tawny recently purchased some exquisite French lace which will become her wedding dress. Tawny's cousin Jessie Thomason is the person who gets the credit for bringing Tawny's design concept to life.  These photos are of the work in progress of what will eventually become her dress. It is actually a lace romper with a removable chiffon skirt. This concept for a wedding dress is so unique, that we just couldn't resist showing you.

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