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Magenta Silk Gazar

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Local San Francisco photographer, Bill Lies is inspired by all the amazing silk at Britex Fabrics. The image above is just one in a series of photographs he created with fabric from Britex Fabrics.

The magenta silk gazar pictured above is a plain weave, high twist, double yarn, with a smooth texture that is crisp to the touch, and is available on the first floor in our brick-and-mortar store only, and is not available online. It is 57″ wide and $89.99 / yard.

57″ wide
$89.99 / yard

1st Floor of Britex Fabrics

Please call us at 415-392-2910 or email us to order.

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Gorgeous Blue Silk Jacquard

Blue Silk Jacquard

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.
This gorgeous, leaf pattern print silk jacquard is 100% silk, 55″ wide, and $69.99 / yard. It is available in our brick-and-mortar store only, and is not available for sale online.
Please call us 415-392-2910 or email us to order.

55″ wide
$69.99 / yard

1st Floor of Britex Fabrics

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We Love Our Customers

Our customer Carla visited us in December and picked out a fabulous Italian Silk Cotton blend fabric. She was looking for fabric for a creation that she wanted to take on her vacation in February. The fabric she decided on screamed “tunic” to her, so she modified the Burda 6935 pattern, which she picked up the same day,  created a hi low hem, and added a pom-pom fringe and neck and shoulder trim to create a fun and breezy feel. The colors went perfectly with the waters of the Caribbean. She had fun wearing it and showing it off on the Island of Mustique.

 

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We Love Our Customers

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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.

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We Love Our Customers

Norrie A. Thomas, author of “The Needlepointer, The Philosophy of Stitching Life” stopped by yesterday not only to shop, but also to show us the lovely bright orange and purple silk blend brocade that she purchased at Britex, that is featured on the back cover of her book. There are many other fabrics from Britex featured in her book as well. This gorgeous brocade is available in Britex on the first floor and is $89.99 per yard. We also have others available on our website.

Norrie makes four trips to San Francisco each year, specifically to shop at Britex, and to visit her daughter who lives here in San Francisco. She creates needlepoint and often backs them with brightly colored fabrics from Britex. Norrie describes her book as a dedication to her family, and a preservation of her craft. She has been doing needlepoint for 25 years, and says that it began when she retired from her Entrepreneurial Pharmacy career, to create a way to depict how much color mattered to her. To find out more information about her upcoming book release, or for tips needlepoint, please visit her website.

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Breathtaking Butterfly Silk

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Bring in a little ray of sunshine to brighten up your winter with radiant butterflies and polka dots, with a hint of shiny. This 100% silk makes a flawless skirt, or a great scarf. For an excellent outfit, why not make both. This border print begins three inches from the edge, and the butterflies and polka dots expand 16 inches from there. Shiny sequins within the design add an extra sparkle.

Our sleek silks are found on the main floor of our store. This Butterfly fabric is 45″ wide and is $59.99 per yard. To purchase this fabric come into the store, call us at (415) 392-2910, or order via email at service@britexfabrics.com

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Adding Buttonholes to Lightweight Knits

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For my first Britex blog post of 2015 I was excited to work with the beautiful selection of silks that Britex carries!  I chose to sew our new Camas Blouse pattern using a drapey and incredibly soft silk jersey knit.  I added a contrast panel to the back of the blouse using a floaty grey silk chiffon.

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Downton Abbey Inspired Silk Frock – Paula

Paula copyPaula emailed us photos of this elegant full-length evening frock that she made from silk bought at Britex Fabrics. She says, “I was very much influenced by the watching of Downton Abbey as I designed this dress, with large sleeves, scarf neck, right skirt, high waist, semi-fitted. The print has a touch of Japanese flavor, which was also common in that period. I found the dress to be perfect to wear during formal evenings in a recent cruise; the turquoise matched perfectly with the sea, and the pinkish color matched the sunset!” This dress is perfect for a romantic moonlit dance…try dancing the sliding and poetical Castle Walk to The Castle House Rag!

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American Girl Doll Outfit – Cinnamon


Cinnamon, the marvelous craftsperson and designer behind Liberty Jane Clothing made this summery American Girl doll outfit from delicate, flowery Britex Fabrics sheer silk fabric. I love the tiny neckline ruffle! (And Cinnamon and her cohorts also make très cute American Girl doll clothing patterns, including a selection of free patterns and fabulous seasonal fashions.)

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Snappy Orange & Grey Silk Fabric


As Ethel Merman said “You can’t get a man with a gun”, but mixed metaphors aside, I know that you can’t keep a good flâneur down. This month has been one of frantic decision-making, peevish hair-pulling, two-fisted java swigging, and hunks of tea cake to wash it all down. It is now time to relax; I’ve loosened my orange and grey silk cravat, my wool-stockinged feet are propped up cozily on my tooled leather ottoman, and my Russian coal-fueled brass samovar is blowing soft billows of pale smoke into my living room. I take a bite of spicy Pain d’Epices and a polite sip of sweet steaming Moroccan tea. I’m back.
“i En primer lugar se me afriad se mantuvo petrificada
pensar en cómo voy a vivir sin ti a mi lado?
Pero, entonces me pasan tantas noches pensando cómo
me hiciste mal, pero me hizo fuerte y he aprendido a llevarse bien
y ahora desde el espacio exterior
No des la vuelta,
hacer que su satisfacción no más,
no se tú el que intentó
a herirme con el adiós
Yo viviré”

(By D. Fekaris and F. Perren)

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