Fabric Swap, Chat & Pattern Giveaway!

Once again, it's time to go through that stash and see what fabric you'd like to have a new home. Bring your leftover yardage or fabric that you know doesn't really work for you but could be a beauty on someone else. Bring pieces that are at least 1/2 yard so people have enough to make something. The exception is home dec fabric - people can use smaller pieces to make bags, wallets, etc. Before you arrive, please label your fabric with your name and if you have time, note the yardage and if it's 100% cotton, wool, a blend, etc. And sort your fabric by type: wovens, knits, silk, home dec, etc. so you can quickly put them on the right tables.

Then if your fabric doesn't get selected, you have the option of taking it back or it'll be donated to the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse. [If you're driving, please let me know if you can help with delivering the leftovers to the Depot. Thanks!]

We'll have four rounds of selections. If you brought at least four pieces of fabric (not just scraps), then you can participate in each of the first four rounds. If you brought three, then you can participate in the first three rounds. After the first four rounds, fabric selection is open to everyone.

The drawing for the indie pattern giveaway this month will be a Cake Patterns release! Steph of Cake Patterns designs patterns for knit fabrics and has released patterns for dresses, tops, leggings, and more. She has created great sewalongs for her patterns. Thanks for donating the pattern, Steph! I've made a few Hummingbird peplum tops and the Red Velvet Dress so far. 

**UPDATE** The drawing will be for the Espresso Leggings! When this pattern was released, it sold out pretty quickly. This pattern is really cool - and the sizes go from a 25-inch waist up to a 55-inch waist! How's that for range? If you want to see photos of completed Espressos, check out Bay Area Sewist member Karen's blog post here. She made three pairs!
[Note: If you already won a pattern drawing this year, please do not enter. Thank you!]

Topic for discussion: Fabric care (prewashing, washing v. dry cleaning, etc.), fabric favorites, successes and disasters, and more.

All meetup attendees get a 20% discount at Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics on meetup days! After you RSVP you'll be sent an email to show the store. Thanks Stonemountain & Daughter!

Date: Saturday, July 26
10:30 to 10:45 - lay out fabric and browse
10:45 to 11:05 - announcements and introductions
11:05 to 11:25 am - select fabric
11:30 to 12:15 - discussion of fabric

Location: Berkeley Public Library Community Meeting Room, 3rd Floor
2090 Kittredge at Shattuck (near Downtown Berkeley BART station)

Note on Parking: There is metered street parking but it can be tough to find an open spot. You may want to park in a lot. There are a couple within walking distance of the library (for example, lots at 2020 Kittredge St., 2061 Allston Way). Suggestion: You may want to park at MacArthur BART (free parking on weekends) and then take BART to Downtown Berkeley stop. The library is less than two blocks from the Downtown Berkeley BART stop.

Wheelchair accessible. Please refrain from wearing scented products to public programs. PLEASE NOTE: This event is not sponsored by the Berkeley Public Library. Groups and organizations may use meeting rooms when they are not being used for activities sponsored by the Library. Permission to use the meeting rooms does not imply Library endorsement of the goals, policies or activities of any group or organization. For more information on meeting rooms at the Berkeley Public Library, visit www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org.

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  • Ali

    It was great seeing everyone on Saturday and meeting new people! Seeing what everyone's recent makes are always inspires me to sew even more, too :-)

    2 · July 28

    • Ali

      oh glue basting - that's a fantastic idea!! (For everyone else who might be reading this, we were discussing my deer & doe datura shirt I was wearing. Machine stitching the bias binding to the triangles is TRICKY!)

      1 · July 28

    • Ali

      btw ebonyh, conversations like this are why i LOVE coming to these meetups!! Don't apologize! :-)

      1 · July 28

  • Angela M.

    It was exciting to meet so many other sewists in the are! Sorry I had to come late and leave early. Did I hear someone say during introductions that they were interested in making shoes? This has been an interest of mine, feel free to get in touch if you like.

    Also, I forgot to tell the woman wearing the twisted halter dress how lovely it is. Was that made from pattern? I'd love to make one. :)

    1 · July 27

  • Meg A.

    What a great group of people -- and so many of us this time! I am inspired to sew at least one garment a month now, thanks to this meetup.

    3 · July 26

    • Chuleenan

      Great turnout today! If you make anything from the fabric you got today, be sure to post photos on our Facebook page. :)

      July 26

  • Barbara W.

    It was great to meet everyone today and thanks for letting me bring my fabric. The group enthusiasm got me thinking I should pick up sewing again. We will see...... If anyone wants another look at the fabric I have, just get my email from Chuleenan. Thanks!!

    2 · July 26

    • Chuleenan

      So glad you could come by, Barbara!

      July 26

  • Jilly B.

    Thanks everyone for making the fabric swap such a successful meetup! And thanks Chuleenan for all of the energy you put in to keeping this group active and growing - great job! :)

    2 · July 26

    • Chuleenan

      Thank you, Jilly! And thanks to everyone for bringing such great fabric!

      July 26

  • Lynn H.

    Great to see so many sewers come for the swap! Pleased to be planning something new with what came home with me -also hoping my contributions have found new life-- Thanks for a fun time!

    1 · July 26

  • Lina B.

    I am going to try to make it but not 100 percent sure that I will.

    July 25

    • Chuleenan

      Thanks for the heads up. Hope to see you at the next swap!

      July 26

  • Freja

    RATS - I'm not able to make it today.

    July 26

    • Chuleenan

      Hopefully we'll see you at the next one!

      July 26

  • Charlotte

    Thanks for organizing Chuleenan, it was fun!

    1 · July 26

    • Chuleenan

      You're welcome! It was a fun meetup!

      July 26

  • Charlotte

    Thanks for organizing Chuleenan, it was fun!

    July 26

  • Sylvia Van H.

    I'm going to be late!

    July 26

  • Angela Denny F.

    Running late! Traffic in SF!

    July 26

  • Freja

    Anyone know the best BART transfer station when coming from SF to Berkeley on Sunday? I'm hoping that there's a transfer station where I can simply cross the platform to get onto the connecting train. Thanks!

    July 25

    • Chuleenan

      On Sundays there is no direct SF to Richmond train. Transfer at 19th St. Our meetupn is on Sat. You can get a direct SF to Richmond train or take Pittsburgh Bay Point and transfer at 19th.

      July 25

    • Freja

      Thanks - I usually have Sundays free, not Saturdays, so I drifted into a default planning mode. Confirming the correct day exponentially increases the likelihood of showing up on time...

      July 25

  • Ericka

    I am new to town and would love to share a ride with somewhere more familiar to the area. I live in San Mateo. Anyone want to carpool?

    July 16

    • Chuleenan

      Ali - thanks for offering to give folks a ride! :)

      July 22

    • Ali

      :-)

      July 24

  • Allison

    I'm going to be a little late but I can't wait!

    1 · July 24

  • Lisa E

    I'm out of town but I hope y'all have a fantastic time!

    July 24

    • Chuleenan

      We'll miss you! Hope you're on a fun trip!

      July 24

  • Loran W.

    Just too many things going on this day, I'll see you all next meet up : )

    July 21

  • Barbara W.

    I have some beautiful apparel fabric from my sewing days over 40 years ago. I am interested in selling the pieces - all at least 2 yards or more. I'm not interested in swapping because I don't sew anymore but would love to share and sell the pieces. Now I see that the swap is full. Can I still come if I am not swapping? If anyone wants wool, silk, or Liberty of London cotton please feel free to contact me [masked]

    1 · July 21

    • Chuleenan

      Barbara - I'll increase the RSVPs. The room can easily fit more than 40.

      July 21

    • Barbara W.

      Thanks!

      July 21

  • Freja

    Can I catch a ride with anyone coming from San Francisco? I'll be staying in the Russian Hill area, but can take a bus to get closer to where you are. Let me know - thanks!

    July 20

    • Chuleenan

      Very easy to get there via BART. Library is just a couple blocks from Downtown Berkeley BART stop.

      July 20

  • Charlotte

    Hi Ericka, Welcome to the Bay Area!!! The library is basically across the street from the Downtown Berkeley BART station. It will probably take longer on public transportation to get up here but something to think about if you don't find a ride.

    July 16

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