Last weekend I had the chance to visit San Francisco for some family events. My Mom grew up in the Bay area and we had a great, nostalgic visit with family and old friends.
I love visiting iconic fabric shops in big cities (you can see fabric places I love in New York and London here.) I have heard about Britex fabrics for ages and never been, so we jumped at the opportunity. (It helps that my mom is a fabric lover as well. 😉 )
It’s a four-story shop in a long skinny building, each floor specializing in a different aspect of fabric offerings.
The first floor specializes in apparel fabric – think wools, silks, lace, etc. This is the colorful display that greets you as you walk in the door.
The second floor specializes in cottons – including Home Dec weight fabrics (above) some quilting cottons and double gauzes. We also loved the cut-work and textured bolts such as eyelet fabric and swiss-dots.
Also, a nice variety of Liberty of London bolts.
The third floor was home to an amazing selection of trims and notions
Including a ton of button options
and ribbon – including imported French silk and hand-dyed ribbons. A huge variety of styles, materials and prices. And SO much eye candy!
I bought just a couple of things. I found this large woven gingham and the denim linen blend in the sale remnants. I’ve had a shirt pattern I’ve wanted to try forever and I think I’ll make one (or two) with these. I was also feeling like this heavier denim stripe and woven ribbon completed the look so I got a bit of them as well.
I have to say how much I thoroughly enjoyed and felt lucky to have this little trip – and not just the fabric shopping. I even waited in line an hour and a half to ride a cable car and except for the part where I froze, the views made it totally worth it. Also, fresh seafood for the win. 🙂 But mostly for lots of sentimental reasons including family and especially remembering my cute grandparents who lived in this area for decades. They loved that city.
UPDATE: Britex maybe moving. Sad news!