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New!

What is new and fabulous in our online store this month? Silks, woolens, cottons, buttons, lace trims, and more...each month brings new temptations!

Upcoming Events

The latest updates and gatherings involving the Britex Community. Stay up to date and make sure to mark your calendars

Blog

Information and tutorials for folks interested in antique Italian lacework, nouveau fashion, sewing techniques and much much more!

Welcome to Britex: A San Francisco landmark since 1952

previous slide previous slide next slide next slide

About Britex

For our 60 years, Britex Fabrics has been synonymous with quality, craftsmanship, and inspiration.
+ Take a Tour
+ Customer Service

San Francisco Store

A San Francisco landmark, Britex Fabrics is a must-visit for designers, sewers, DIYers and anyone seeking creative inspiration.
+ Take a Tour
+ View Staff picks

Join our community

We are Closed on Labor Day!

Britex Fabrics will be closed Monday, September 1st for Labor Day.

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Ends Wednesday – August Online All Cotton, All the Time Cotton Sale!

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Get 20% off ALL fabrics in our Lightweight, Stretch, and Midweight Cotton categories from Thursday August 14th to Wednesday August 27th…over 180 fabrics! Cotton fabric holds a special place in our fashionable heart. First cultivated 7,000 years ago, cotton is a timeless natural-fiber fabric, whose breathability makes it ideal for so much – bathrobes and pajamas, sundresses, pillow cases and curtains, aprons, dress shirts and more! We carry an ever expanding collection of cotton fabric in our online store, including witty Swedish home decorating graphic prints, brilliantly colored hand-loomed Guatemalan fabric, elegant imported shirtings, breezy eyelets, hand-blocked Indian prints, delicate voiles, stupendous Swiss batiste, and more! Sale ends Wednesday, August 27th.  (This sale is good for online Cotton Category fabrics only – in-store cotton fabrics are not included in this sale)

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New Fall Workshops at Britex

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Here we go! The Britex workshop space is in full swing this fall with workshops taught by fashion designers, mixed media and textile artists all offered on our 4th floor.

On September 6, the interdisciplinary artist Katrina Rodabaugh, will be sharing with us the very traditional craft of sashiko embroidery through the modern approach of a mini quilt. The lovely thing about sashiko is that once you learn the skill, you can upgrade almost any textile creation. Learn more and register for Katrina’s sashiko mini quilt workshop here. Click here to read more »

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Embrace Fall, Make Your Own Cardigan

Hi it’s Kristin from skirt as top and I’m back with a project that has me ready for fall.  The changing of the more “extreme” seasons (winter and summer) to the more “transitional” ones (spring and fall) always cause me to want to refresh.  The temperature dipped into the 60s here for a couple days and suddenly I was very excited for it to be cardigan and jeans weather again.  So for my project today, I chose this heathered gray and navy stripe cotton knit for a lightweight cardigan to ease me into the new season.

britex stripe julia cardigan Click here to read more »

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Bias Cut Top Engineered from Border Print

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Hi, Britex readers! I am Shams, and I blog over at Communing with Fabric. I am excited to join the ranks of Britex bloggers, and I am happy to share my first project as guest blogger!

There is a bounty of riches to be found on britexfabrics.com. Where should a newbie guest blogger begin?

As I love border prints, and I also have a soft spot for paisley fabrics, it didn’t take me long to settle on this beautiful 100% viscose panel and border print from Italy. I made a bias, V-neck top using view C of Vogue 7906 (an out-of-print Vogue Basic Design) as a starting point.

You might ask (and rightfully so), “Is this fabric a panel print? Or is it a border print? Which is it?”

It’s BOTH! Click here to read more »

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High Fashion Inspiration from 1951


Cull your fall and winter sewing inspiration from these clips of a fashion show at the Savoy Hotel, London in 1951, taken from the legendary British Pathe. This elegant show features amazing coats, suits, and gowns of the early 1950s. We are particularly enamored with Sheila in her fern-like feathered antenna hat and black wool coat, then again in a wool jersey three piece suit with a hip mounted umbrella sheath. These women really knew how to wield an umbrella for great effect!

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The Comfy/Classy Myrtle Dress in Stretch Silk

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For an extra-special version of the lovely Myrtle dress by Colette Patterns, I used the most incredible stretch silk from Britex (unfortunately no longer available).  I washed and dried the fabric (on gentle and low heat) and it looks just as good as it did when before pre-washing.  The stretch is significant and the fabric has an easy-to-sew texture and weight.  It’s a gorgeous fabric and was a pleasure to sew. Click here to read more »

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Sleek Red Viscose Jumpsuit – Adam

jumpsuit copyAdam, a local tailor, made his client a suave and chic tailored jumpsuit of brilliant red viscose from Britex Fabrics. Britex Fabrics’ associate, Douglas, assisted Adam. We love the modest plunging neckline and sparklingly bright color. Adam says, “I am an independent designer working in Portland for the last twelve years.  I have a collection of men’s and women’s pieces, as well as custom design that I create to order for a clientele.  I design, pattern draft, fit, cut, and construct every garment myself in my studio.  I am inspired by fabric, color, texture, and finding the perfect fit.  Because my main focus is on fit and construction, my designs have often been called “classic”, although I personally strive to strike a timeless balance between fabric, line, and function.”  This lovely 100% viscose is available is imported from Italy and on Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor, via email at service@britexfabrics.com, or by phone at 415-392-2910.

 

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Moonwalk Tartan

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This tartan gives new meaning to the phrase “blue moon”, with it’s marvelous combination of moonwalk smoke greys and earth ocean blues.  This was inspired by the superbly iconic image of the earth rising above the moon and designed by Steve Sim of Arbroath, Scotland. Steve says, “I designed it on the actual anniversary of the photo being taken in December,” Steve said. “I was prompted to launch it publicly as it was the anniversary of Neil Armstrong landing on the moon a week ago.”  Of course, Britex carries wool tartans on the first floor and cotton tartans on the second floor…but sadly, no moonwalk tartan!

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Tutorial: Attaching a Zipper to a Lined Clutch

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Hello everyone!  It’s Tori again from One Eleven Studio and I’m back with another tutorial!  This time I’ll be teaching you how to make a foldover clutch with an emphasis on how to install a zipper.  Now, I know zippers can be very intimidating, but I assure you it’s not bad at all.  There are a few different ways to install zippers into bags but I find this way to be very simple, and because I produce bags in bigger quantities, installing a zipper this way helps me cut back on time.  I love a good print so for this project I used a beautiful Woven Ikat Striped Cotton fabric and for the lining I used this extremely soft Reversible Two-Toned Rose and Chocolate Cotton Twill fabric.  That being said, let’s get started!

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Britex Fabrics

New!

What is new and fabulous in our online store this month? Silks, woolens, cottons, buttons, lace trims, and more...each month brings new temptations!

Upcoming Events

The latest updates and gatherings involving the Britex Community. Stay up to date and make sure to mark your calendars

Blog

Information and tutorials for folks interested in antique Italian lacework, nouveau fashion, sewing techniques and much much more!

Welcome to Britex: A San Francisco landmark since 1952

previous slide previous slide next slide next slide

About Britex

For our 60 years, Britex Fabrics has been synonymous with quality, craftsmanship, and inspiration.
+ Take a Tour
+ Customer Service

San Francisco Store

A San Francisco landmark, Britex Fabrics is a must-visit for designers, sewers, DIYers and anyone seeking creative inspiration.
+ Take a Tour
+ View Staff picks

Join our community