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  • Online Sale 20% Off All Online Wool Category Fabrics 12/13 - 12/26

    December 9, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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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.

    This sale is good for online wool fabric category purchases* only 12/13 - 12/26. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.


  • Red Plaid Wool Jacket with Scarf by Guest Blogger Shams (Communing With Fabric)

    December 5, 2016 by Communing with Fabric

    img_4041-red-wool-plaid Hey! It's Shams from Communing with Fabric with another project made from a fabulous Britex fabric! For this project, my assignment was to choose one of Britex's beautiful wools. I visited the store just a couple days before I left for Europe to make my choice. After much deliberation, I selected Mock Patchwork Plaid Wool.

  • Create a Classic Camel Coat This Season!

    November 30, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    A camel coat is a fashion wardrobe staple that is an investment that will likely never go out of style. A camel coat is great for a week day commute to the office, a walk to the store, a casual weekend out, or on a cold day that is too cold for a trench. Check out the top 13 styles of camel coats, that are recommended by Elle this winter season, and while you're at it, get inspired and create your own camel coat! Visit our wool section online, and check out some of our camel fabrics. Start with our casual stretch camel coating, or our more luxurious wool and cashmere blend. Don't see what you are looking for, order swatches for your coat project, through our Customized Swatch Service.

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    For the top 13 list by Elle, please visit their article by Justine Carreon here.


  • Project Real Way Challenge #6: Streetwear For the Urban Jungle

    November 8, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    The Challenge: This week’s challenge was to create a streetwear look for the ‘Urban Jungle’. The contestants on the show went to Orlando Studios to see the new ‘Reign of Kong’ ride to get inspired for the jungle… I just watched the movie trailer.

  • Looks to Be Inspired by This Fall

    October 19, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    With cooler autumn weather comes the opportunity to wear sweaters, long coats, plaid, wool, denim, jackets, boots and more. The people at Bloglovin' have compiled twenty looks to inspire your every day looks this fall, and we are inspired as well. Here are some of the looks they found, with similar fabric from our website to help get you started on some new projects.
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  • Online Sale: 20% Off All Online Wool Category Fabrics 10/18 - 10/31

    October 18, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Online Sale 20% Off All Online Wool Category Fabrics 10/18 - 10/31

    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.

    This sale good for online wool fabric category purchases* only 10/18 - 10/31. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.


  • Heather's Mohair Coat

    October 17, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Check out Britex Fabrics fan Heather who showed up to our two day sale last week sporting a mohair coat that she made with the fabric she bought here at our brick-and-mortar store. She created her coat the night before our two day sale. Mohair fabric is available in our online store and in our brick-and-mortar store, in Union Square, in San Francisco.


  • Peacoat Fashion: Then & Now

    September 9, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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      The origin of the word peacoat is from the Dutch word pije, which in Dutch describes a coat made from coarse wool fabric.  (The Great Wall of Wool inside Britex Fabrics is over 110 feet long) While it was originally the Dutch who first created the peacoat, it was the British Navy who popularized it. The British version was created as a uniform for petty officers, and was also known as a pettycoat for this reason. After the British began wearing peacoats, the design eventually made its way across the Atlantic to the U.S. The United States Navy had sailors known as reefers, who were the people responsible for climbing up the rigging of the sailing ships.

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  • Top Runway Trends for Fall 2016

    August 30, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    If you like to keep up with the latest fashion trends and are a sewist who is inspired by current runway fashion, here is the forecast for the 12 hottest fashion trends for the fall according to Stylecaster.com. Included on their list is fur and faux fur, ruffles, shades of tan, gold metallic fabrics, bomber jackets, turtlenecks under dresses, plaid overcoats, dramatic off the shoulder blouses, dusty pink with bright yellow, pant suits with bold prints, floral prints and chokers. While all the necessary materials to create these trends are available at Britex Fabrics, today we will focus on three. Gold Metallic

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    Bright metallic fabrics, especially gold are the stand out fabrics gracing the runways this fall. What was once a trend for the less hip, metallic fabrics are all the rage. Britex Fabrics carries many fabrics that are similar to those used in the creation of some of the latest runway designs. This gold metallic and black fabric is available on the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store, it is a polyester and Lycra blend, it is 45" wide and $18.99 / yard. metallic fabric 1 polyester / Lycra blend 45" wide $18.99 / yard   Dusty Pink and Yellow

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    At first glance, this color combination seems more appropriate for spring, however designers such as Ulla Johnson and Delpozo used turtlenecks and coats to give a more autumnal feel. We have an array of fabrics in Dusty pink and bright yellow, including wool, silk, linen and cotton. dusty pink and yellow Pictured above are two fabrics available in 100% cotton on the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store. 100% cotton 60" wide Dusty pink $18.99 / yard 100% cotton 44" wide Bright yellow $15.99 / yard

  • WARP X WEFT: Textile 101

    August 19, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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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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