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Vintage Lace Trim & Fashion

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.

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Featured on Outlander! Fabulous French Alençon Lace Trim from Britex Fabrics!

Outlander costume designer Terry Dresbach took full advantage of the width of our lace on the bodice of this turquoise gown. The negative space in the lace creates a striking zig zag pattern running vertically on the torso. The purple color plays beautifully with the iridescent turquoise silk. For more details and everything that is amazing about this dress, check out the discussion on frockflicks.com

purple french lace trim Starz Outlander FFImage courtesy of frockflicks.com and outlander-online.com

ALENCON LACE TRIM

To order this trim in Red, Grey, Black, Taupe, Navy, or Eggplant, contact us by phone or email.
service@britexfabrics.com
(415) 392-2910

French Alençon Lace Trim Eggplant – 5 1/2″ Wide – $55.00 / yard

French Alençon Lace Trim Red – 5 1/2″ Wide – $55.00 / yard

French Alençon Lace Trim Grey – 5 1/2″ Wide – $55.00 / yard

French Alençon Lace Trim Black – 5 1/2″ Wide – $49.95 / yard

French Alençon Lace Trim Taupe – 5 1/2″ Wide – $55.00 / yard

French Alençon Lace Trim Navy – 5 1/2″ Wide – $55.00 / yard

 

This is one of our most popular lace trim patterns. The 5 1/2″ wide Alençon lace trim, made in France, is available in our online store in
Ivory and White for $45.95 / yard.

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Available Online:
French Alençon Lace Trim Ivory – 5 1/2″ Wide – $45.95 / yard

French Alençon Lace Trim White – 5 1/2″ Wide – $45.95 / yard

 

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THE Outlander Dress–from Britex Fabrics!

Season 2 of Outlander premiers on Saturday evening, and one of the most iconic new costumes–featured prominently in the Starz official trailer and all over the Internet–is this stunning dress made of fabric from Britex! We were thrilled to work with Outlander costume designer Terry Dresbach, who spent several days here choosing fabrics, trims and buttons for both seasons. Most of the fabrics that she selected were plaids and woolens for Season 1 (set in chilly Scotland), but this particular fabric is such a unique, spectacular combination of color and pattern that we are not surprised to see it emerge in Season 2, set in 18th century Paris.

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This 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 panel was 27″ square: which meant that there were two panels in each 3/4 yard. 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!

Terry is an incredibly savvy designer, so she turned the panels to her advantage, placing the flowers strategically around the skirt and bodice…and we can’t imagine a more beautiful usage for for one of our favorite fabrics. We’re also proud to mention that Outlander creator Ronald Moore (who happens to be Terry’s husband) says in the Starz trailer that this is his favorite dress!

We no longer have this particular piece in the store (because it took a LOT to make this dress), but we carry other fabrics of similar quality and design from the same source–so come in and take a look!

Expect to hear more from us about Outlander as the season progresses!

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May The 4th Be With You!

Today, in honor of the 4th, we are celebrating our fellow Star Wars fans by showing off an array of fabrics that speak to the costumes of our beloved series.

 

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