SF and LA Fabric Deals and Other Fun Things

Britex Fabrics in San Francisco has several stories
of fabric, trims and sewing accessories.
They are open to the public.
Lots of fabrics are around $20/yard.
Note however: The customer service is sketchy.  
My friend who buys a lot of fabric for her tote bag company was treated rudely.  And I could barely get any help.
Recently in Los Angeles, we swung by
It's also open to the public 
but they are a little nicer.
They have hand printed cottons.  
I recognized a knock-off of a linen I have used
--it's not as nice--however, if you were doing drapes or have kids...

I love a bargain but if you can splurge on
 pricier design center fabric, look at these.
The Kravet Global linen has such a nice "hand"
 and beautiful colors.  I like it with
the Ralph Lauren Carleigh embroidered stripe.
We are updating my sister's Bergere chair with
the woven Perennial fabric.

This living room project is coming together… 
just need a few more things like lighting and an end table
before I can show you.
And after
(with Bruce the upholsterer).  
There is a matching chair also getting a makeover.  
(My client got both for $75 at a garage sale...wait until you see it).

For Easter, we were in Palm Desert with family 
 and had Easter brunch at La Quinta.
It was around 90 degrees out there.  Hot!
Chief learned how to swim 
in my brother's pool!  

It is a bit cold here in San Francisco.
But it didn't seem to mind the young British couple
 I met while walking Chief.  
They wanted to eat their picnic lunch. 
 I told them to go around the corner
to the secret park bench with a great view of the 
Golden Gate bridge. 
Is is warming up where you are?


  1. I adore all the pretty fabrics. Don't you hate when customer service is poor??? Have a great Friday!

  2. I love when you talk fabrics Mary Ann. Those greeny blue ones for the living room you are working on are gorgeous…..and Bruce did some great work on the ottoman!

  3. Fabric shopping gets the creative juices flowing. Don't you just want to bring it all home?

  4. love those fabrics especially the navy blues...swoon! I need that pool (and a dog like Chief :)) it was 85 here yesterday but at least the humidity was bearable and the mosquitoes haven't arrived yet. :) I'm praying that trend continues...

  5. I struggle with mixing fabrics. It's overwhelming to me. So naturally I appreciate the work of others who can do it so effortlessly. I was going to be in Palm Desert over Easter too, but my wood ceiling was getting installed! Looked like a good time.

  6. How I "LOVE" fabric!! But finding wonderful fabric on a limited budget is not easy these days. The fabric business has changed drastically over the years....and not for the better if you ask me. Though, there are some really fabulous ones out there. Ive been going to Diamond for over 30 years and have gotten so many great fabrics there. But like some things you love, it's changed. And it's all because of the change in the fabric biz. I haven't been lately so will have to check it out. I've always wanted to go to Britex, but have heard they aren't the nicest there!!

    It's cloudy here in LA and supposed to rain (right) tonight and tomorrow. BUT....temps to hit 90's by next week!

    Have a great day. xo Gail

    1. Oops....forgot to ask...have you been to Tartine? We had a delicious banana cream tart from there for Easter...hand carried on the plane by my husbands cousin!!!

  7. So many gorgeous fabrics Mary Ann, glad too your enjoying the weather and yes, it's warming up where I am and actually contemplating on opening our pool soon!

  8. Great fabric source, too bad the sales people are so rude, it is just uncalled for!
    Have a great weekend mary Ann!

    The Arts by Karena

  9. Mary Ann ,
    Some pretty examples of fabrics. I love Dorell for fabrics, I know you used them for a few jobs, right? I loved the ticking stripe with the embroidery work on it.
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  10. Mary Ann, Loving all your fabric choices! That bench looks terrific too. Too bad about Britex. I really don't think businesses can afford to have poor service nowadays. Customers are more vocal and online forums like Yelp will really hurt them if they don't watch out! Hope you have a great weekend! x Kim

  11. Fun fun fun....I could easily get lost and spend ALL DAY in a fabric shop, I love touching and feeling, oohing and ahhing and imagining all the possibilities! Easter looks like fun and 90 sounds mighty nice!!

  12. Years and years and years ago I traveled four hours to visit Britex to purchase my wedding dress fabric (I made my own), and I have a friend who used to work there. I haven't been there in awhile. It's sad to hear that they aren't up to snuff anymore!

  13. Love the fabric plan girl.....blue is my "signature color" as they say! Nothing turns me off more than rude salespeople.....grrrrrrr.


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