Posted by Susan Liane, The Smuggler's Daughter on 11/24/2013
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I am in San Francisco for a buying trip and I am reminded what a great sewing town that San Francisco truly is. Of course, when most people think of San Francisco they think of the Golden Gate Bridge, great food, Chinatown, museums, North Beach and the waterfront. But when sewistas think of San Francisco, we think of fabric stores! To us, no trip to San Francisco is complete without a visit to Britex.
Even though I own an online fabric store, I still patronize the great brick & mortar fabric stores, and Britex is certainly one of the greatest. Today, my mission is to find the buttons for my new coat. I am not done sewing it yet, but it is far enough along that I should be able to choose buttons.
Britex has a wall of buttons that is staggering. If you can't find the right buttons here, you may not be able to find them anywhere. The rule is that you can go behind the counter to look closely, but you need to let the staff open the individual buttons. The very capable staff helps me and in no time, I find some beautiful buttons that look great with the Whirling Dervish wool and with the lambs wool collar.
One drawback to these buttons - like most other things in San Francisco, they are expensive. The price of $18.95 per button is about the most I have ever spent for buttons, but this time, I decided to splurge. This is a special coat and in my next blog I'm going to give you the details of sewing it together and finishing it when I get home.
Dana Lucisano Date 4/15/2014
I really miss being able to see fabric up close in an actual store. All of the stores in my area seem to cater more to quilters. There is very little selection for people who create original clothing.
Susan Liane, The Smuggler's Daughter Date 4/15/2014
I know what you mean Dana. It is not just your area - the vast majority of fabric stores in the US are now focused on quilting and crafts. To get high-quality apparel fabrics, you usually need to go online or go into a major city - like New York or San Francisco.
The key thing with online shopping for fabric is to make sure that you buy from sites where the fabric has been hand-selected by the people writing the descriptions. (This is true about www.smugglersdaughter.com and some of the other boutique sites. It is NOT true about the larger, corporate sites online and this is a real difference.)