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

Silk Sale August 23 September 5 for Blog

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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Silk Clover Dress With French Seam Tutorial – By Guest Blogger Christine Haynes

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When Britex offered me some midnight navy spotted silk to sew with, I thought I might make a kimono robe or another lounge item. But when the silk showed up, it was just too gorgeous to only wear at home, so I decided to sew the Clover Dress from Paper Cut Patterns, and it was a perfect match.

 

When sewing with silk, especially one that is semi-transparent, having gorgeous seams is key since there’s a good chance that they will be visible through the garment. This is when using a French Seam is a perfect choice, and if you don’t know how to sew one, here’s a handy tutorial for you!

 

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Note: the tutorial is sewn using a scrap piece of the silk, not on the garment itself.

 

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Step 1: After you have cut all your pieces according to the pattern instructions, the key is sewing them in a reverse order from how they instruct you to sew a regular seam. So instead of right sides together, we will be putting wrong sides together. Pin in place.

 

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Step 2: Sew the seam at 3/8” seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance down to 1/8”.

 

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Step 3: Press the seam allowance to one side.

 

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Step 4: Fold the fabric so right sides are together and the seam sewn in step 1 is right at the top of the fold. Press the seam.

 

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Step 5: Pin the fabric together and stitch at 1/4” seam allowance. The 1/4” and 3/8” will equal a 5/8” seam allowance. Should your project have a different sized seam allowance, these two amounts added up will need to match the total seam allowance and adjust accordingly.

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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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A June Wedding in Paris – We Love Our Customers

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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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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.

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$89.99 / yard

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

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Gorgeous Blue Silk Jacquard

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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.
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.

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Online Silk Sale 20% Off 5/31 – 6/13

Silk Sale May 31 June 13

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 is good for online silk categories* purchases only 5/31 – 6/13.

*These sale prices do not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.

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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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Oscar de la Renta at the De Young

Guest Blog Post by Tamara
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(Tulle and silk flowers for headdress above were purchased at, and are available for purchase at Britex Fabrics brick-and-mortar store.)

 

After seeing his beautiful dresses in the Neiman Marcus windows across the street from Britex Fabrics, I couldn’t wait to see the Oscar de la Renta exhibit at the De Young. I knew it would be a treat. The garments made of elegant fabrics of many types, (some which have cousins which can be found at Britex Fabrics) with fine embellishments and unique details, are what made this exhibit memorable. Because I work at Britex Fabrics, love to sew, and have taken courses in Fashion design, I have a wealth of knowledge and passion about fabric. This made me appreciate the garments immensely.

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