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Zippers! They’re the onomatopoetically satisfying sewing tool that has become so common in modern fashion that we take them for granted: but their rocky start over a hundred years ago nearly derailed the invention.

The zipper made its first appearance at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair with a rudimentary design: and it met with little success.  Corsets were still in vogue, but the fashion audience did not find a device that helped people disrobe faster to be of much interest.  Instead, the zipper managed to find its niche in the construction of money pouches for sailors during the First World War, and in oversized (overshoe) rubber boots. In the fashion world, Elsa Schiaparelli finally embraced zippers in the 1930s as a design element in her couture collections, and Levi’s introduced the zipper fly in 1947 in order to appeal to female customers who thought the button fly was unappealing.  There is still a great debate between “denimheads” about the purity of denim with a zipper instead of a button fly.  As Jerry Seinfeld once said, “that is one place on my wardrobe I do not need sharp interlocking metal teeth.” Today, zippers are used not just as simple closures but as decorative elements that add interest to any piece of clothing.

At Britex, we have a wide selection of zippers that can be used either as closures or design elements.  We carry two main types– separating, and closed bottom--and each has its own purpose and use. Separating zippers are typically used on jackets; we have heavy and light weight, nylon coil, plastic teeth, metal teeth, a limited selection of separating closed bottom zippers, and dual separating zippers. In the closed bottom variety, which is typically used for dresses, flys, and skirts, we have visible and invisible, nylon coil, and metal teeth zippers. We also have a small selection of specialty zippers that feature unique teeth, tapes, pulls, or even rhinestones to add sparkle to your outfit. And lastly, we have zippers by the yard, which are perfect for creating cushion covers or for extra-large projects.

So zip it in style! Don’t miss a trick when it comes to designing and creating something that you’ll love forever.

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Fabulous, chic, and sophisticated, boucle fabrics are as beautiful as they are complex. Derived from the French word for ‘curled’ or ‘looped’, boucles have an exceedingly rich and intricate history and a unique weaving process.

The boucle weave is a multi-step process. At the base of every fabric is its yarn: and boucle is special because it is made up of three different threads, which are looped together to create a single yarn. These three threads are commonly referred to as the core, which operates as the base of the yarn, the effect, which is what creates the marvelous the texture of the yarns, and finally the binder that holds it all together. After the yarns have been spun together the weaving process is the same as a plain weave, but the results are anything but plain!  Most commonly made from wool, these threads can consist of many different fiber contents and can even incorporate sequins and metallic threads for added glitz.

The history of boucle is just as fascinating as the weave. First showcased in 1954 in Paris by Coco Chanel, boucle gained popularity as fashion icons like Jackie O. made it part of their signature style. Today, the boucle Chanel suit is universally recognizable.

At Britex, we love boucle! And we have a dizzying array of it. From tone-on-tone gems in fuschia, green, cream, red, blue and black, to tweeds, stripes, plaids, checks, confetti-pepper and metallic, we have just about every kind of Chanel boucle that you can dream of--from Italy, Paris and Spain. So come in and get inspired!

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Britex Fabrics longtime customer Joel says, "Ten years ago, I began learning how to sew and make my own patterns. Recently, I remade my very first project using better techniques and materials.

The fine wool and blue lining came from you guys some time back. It has magnetic closures on the front and in the cuffs and is inspired by the coat Neo wore in the Matrix Revolutions."

We adore Joel's fine handiwork and tailoring.  Look at that pocket; His attention to detail is amazing!

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Barb is a retired teacher whose passion is sewing! We adore this quilted, reversible jacket that she made out of our unique Britex Fabrics San Francisco cotton fabric that she got as a Christmas gift from her husband. Barb started off with a Rag Merchant blouse sewing pattern, but modified it to suit her shape and her needs. Barb has the layers prequilted, then cuts the pattern out. With this particular jacket, Barb used Ultrasuede® to bind the edges and nifty Golden Gate Bridge buttons. She prefers either low-loft bamboo or cotton batting. Barb has sewn over 68 of these fabulous jackets, all from a variety of fabrics. We'd love to see her fabric stash...I bet it's a wondrous mélange of colors and textures!

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It's that time of year again--you can shop for the finest fabrics available at prices worth celebrating. Our traditional sale includes fabrics, notions and remnants--that's two floors (and all online categories) of truly unique materials, all at 30% off.

SHOP IN OUR SAN FRANCISCO STORE!
30% Off In-Store Springtime Sale*
Monday 2/18 and Tuesday 2/19

SHOP ONLINE!
30% Off Springtime Sale**
Includes fabrics, notions, lace trim, buttons, ribbon etc
Monday 2/18 to Tuesday 2/19 midnight to midnight PST

*In-store sale is limited to stock on floor. Imported/vintage lace, Liberty, velvets and specialty items not included. No mail orders, phone, or special orders. Minimum fabric cut is 1/2 yard.

**Online sale excludes custom swatch orders, French Chantilly & Alençon lace trim, 4-ply crepe back satin, selected duchess silks, already discounted items, and gift certificates.

 

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Zippers! They’re the onomatopoetically satisfying sewing tool that has become so common in modern fashion that we take them for granted: but their rocky start over a hundred years ago nearly derailed the invention.

The zipper made its first appearance at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair with a rudimentary design: and it met with little success.  Corsets were still in vogue, but the fashion audience did not find a device that helped people disrobe faster to be of much interest.  Instead, the zipper managed to find its niche in the construction of money pouches for sailors during the First World War, and in oversized (overshoe) rubber boots. In the fashion world, Elsa Schiaparelli finally embraced zippers in the 1930s as a design element in her couture collections, and Levi’s introduced the zipper fly in 1947 in order to appeal to female customers who thought the button fly was unappealing.  There is still a great debate between “denimheads” about the purity of denim with a zipper instead of a button fly.  As Jerry Seinfeld once said, “that is one place on my wardrobe I do not need sharp interlocking metal teeth.” Today, zippers are used not just as simple closures but as decorative elements that add interest to any piece of clothing.

At Britex, we have a wide selection of zippers that can be used either as closures or design elements.  We carry two main types– separating, and closed bottom--and each has its own purpose and use. Separating zippers are typically used on jackets; we have heavy and light weight, nylon coil, plastic teeth, metal teeth, a limited selection of separating closed bottom zippers, and dual separating zippers. In the closed bottom variety, which is typically used for dresses, flys, and skirts, we have visible and invisible, nylon coil, and metal teeth zippers. We also have a small selection of specialty zippers that feature unique teeth, tapes, pulls, or even rhinestones to add sparkle to your outfit. And lastly, we have zippers by the yard, which are perfect for creating cushion covers or for extra-large projects.

So zip it in style! Don’t miss a trick when it comes to designing and creating something that you’ll love forever.

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Fabulous, chic, and sophisticated, boucle fabrics are as beautiful as they are complex. Derived from the French word for ‘curled’ or ‘looped’, boucles have an exceedingly rich and intricate history and a unique weaving process.

The boucle weave is a multi-step process. At the base of every fabric is its yarn: and boucle is special because it is made up of three different threads, which are looped together to create a single yarn. These three threads are commonly referred to as the core, which operates as the base of the yarn, the effect, which is what creates the marvelous the texture of the yarns, and finally the binder that holds it all together. After the yarns have been spun together the weaving process is the same as a plain weave, but the results are anything but plain!  Most commonly made from wool, these threads can consist of many different fiber contents and can even incorporate sequins and metallic threads for added glitz.

The history of boucle is just as fascinating as the weave. First showcased in 1954 in Paris by Coco Chanel, boucle gained popularity as fashion icons like Jackie O. made it part of their signature style. Today, the boucle Chanel suit is universally recognizable.

At Britex, we love boucle! And we have a dizzying array of it. From tone-on-tone gems in fuschia, green, cream, red, blue and black, to tweeds, stripes, plaids, checks, confetti-pepper and metallic, we have just about every kind of Chanel boucle that you can dream of--from Italy, Paris and Spain. So come in and get inspired!

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Outside, there's winter in all it's snowy glory. Don't let the snow, ice, and frost get you down; combat the icy chill with a new sewing project! Avery at Britex fabrics has been on a florid blossoms binge and has been sewing a new shirt...we love the contrasting placket. Prepare yourself for spring and lift winter's gloom with some all cotton shirting from Britex Fabrics. Stay in and sew your winter blues away!

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Britex Fabrics longtime customer Joel says, "Ten years ago, I began learning how to sew and make my own patterns. Recently, I remade my very first project using better techniques and materials.

The fine wool and blue lining came from you guys some time back. It has magnetic closures on the front and in the cuffs and is inspired by the coat Neo wore in the Matrix Revolutions."

We adore Joel's fine handiwork and tailoring.  Look at that pocket; His attention to detail is amazing!

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