First off, let me just admit that I was surprised to hear all the San Franciscans say "Brite-ex" -- in my mind I've always been pronouncing it as "Brit-ex!"
So, after Stef and I parted ways, I wandered back toward my hotel. Luckily for me, Britex was right along the way. Hubby and I had accidentally discovered its location the night before when we were looking for a quick dinner. The sweetie even offered to stop in with me then and there, but I was kind and spared him, knowing I'd have opportunities to return on my own in the coming days.
The first thing that struck me when I walked in the door was the very high ceilings on the first floor! Then I looked down and saw roll after roll of beautiful silk prints on the tables, and tall shelves full of bolts lining the walls. (Sadly, photography is prohibited within the sacred walls of Britex.) A little overwhelming, especially as I was tired from the trip out and a full morning.
After about two minutes of looking at some of the silks on the table, I started to feel stressed. I'm the kind of person who, when I do shop, can't bear to shop in department stores or at places like TJ Maxx or Marshalls (as much as I'd love to - my BFF is always finding the greatest stuff in those stores!). It's just too many choices; I get overwhelmed and can't focus.
So I decided to employ my usual shopping strategy, which is to scan all the tables and shelves to see if anything pops out at me, rather than try to look at all the offerings. And having taken a gander at some of the price tags on the silks, I decided to start with the remnants room up top.
After I've done the complete round on my walk-through, I step away for a little bit and then see what filters to the top of my mind. On this occasion, I did that by going to the notions department. I'd forgotton to bring along a tape measure with the socks I planned to knit! In addition to the tape measure, I picked up this nifty little gadget:
I'd often wished for something like this but had never seen one in any other fabric store. I find my seam gauge isn't very accurate for measurements like 3/8" - the little slider just won't stay put. This nice little tool will get used a lot, I'm sure.
All the while I was in the notions department, I kept remembering a piece of fabric I'd seen in the remnants. So I headed back upstairs to purchase it:
This is a nice, wide piece of cotton/lycra sateen with enough width to make a dress. I'm envisioning some kind of dress with a fitted bodice and slightly full skirt. However, I'm not allowing myself to start on it until I've done some more reading on fitting and have figured out what I need to do up top. So for now, it's stash!
I noticed this fabric because of the color combination, but when I pulled it out I was just as delighted by the print. It's a horizontal wavy stripe pattern that reminds me of bamboo.
Here's a zoomed out look to show how the stripes are arranged:
I'm really happy with this purchase, and even happier that it didn't break the bank! I've heard so many people say that Britex is quite expensive, but I'd convinced myself the prices would be similar to those I pay at the "fancy" fabric store near my home. Wrong! I really had a few moments of sticker shock! And I won't be complaining about the prices at Fishman's any more!
Once I'd purchased my fabric, I was pooped. So I headed back to my hotel for an early night. I needed to rest up for the adventure the following day!
And as the title implies, I did go back to Britex on another day when I found myself with a spare hour. But since I'm a crazy blog lady who likes to keep things chronological, I won't be sharing that for a few days :-)