Show & Tell, WIPs, Tour Lacis & Pattern Giveaway!

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Are you working on something new or just finished an outfit? It's time for some show and tell! Wear or bring your WIPs (work in progress) to show other members.

And if you've trimmed an outfit with lace, ribbons, embroidery - or if you're thinking of adding trim to something, this is the perfect meetup for you because it's taking place at Lacis (, a wonderful place in Berkeley to find lovely lace and trims - and Lacis is letting us use its upstairs classroom space to meet. Thank you, Lacis!

In case you didn't know, Lacis is a Berkeley institution - the Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles ( and a retail store ( selling a wide range of trims (vintage and modern lace, ribbons of all kinds, including 100% cotton petersham), millinery supplies (feathers, hat blocks, buckram hat forms), tatting, tapestry supplies (yarns, hundreds of embroidery threads), notions (needles, tapestry and lace tools), vintage patterns, books on hats, costumes, and more.

If you want to make a fabric covered belt buckle, Lacis carries several buckle styles/sizes, which I discovered a few months ago. Perfect for a vintage dress!

We'll meet upstairs in the classroom space for our show and tell and to discuss using lace, trims, embroidery, beading, bias tape, etc. on outfits.

This month's indie pattern drawing will be for the latest release, The Winifred Dress (, from Bluegingerdoll (, which is a line of vintage-inspired patterns designed by Abby, an Australian who lives in Melbourne. Be sure to check our her blog ( to find out about her pattern releases, tutorials, and more. Thank you Abby for donating the pattern! And special thanks to Bay Area Sewists member Meg of Made by Meg ( for suggesting Bluegingerdoll! ***Please note: Abby will mail a copy of the pattern to the winner of the drawing.***

After our discussion, Lacis will give Bay Area Sewists a tour of the museum and store. A docent from the local chapter of the Smocking Arts Guild of America ( will be available to discuss the new exhibit: Smocking: Fabric Manipulation and Beyond ( There are vintage and contemporary garments, arts, objects, and more on display. The exhibit space isn't large so we should split into two groups for the tour - one group can stay upstairs to view the show and the rest can go downstairs to check out the store, vintage lace, etc. Then we'll switch.

And then you're free to shop!

All Bay Area Sewist meetup attendees get a 20% discount at Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics ( on meeting days! So stop by their great store (2518 Shattuck Ave.) before or after our meetup - let them know you are a Bay Area Sewist member and show them the email I'll be sending members the day before the meetup. You can show the email on your smartphone or a printout.


Date: Saturday, April 19
Time: 12 pm to 1:30 PM
Show and Tell: 12 pm to 1 pm
Tour of Lacis: 1 pm
Location: Lacis, 2982 Adeline St., Berkeley, near Ashby BART stop

Parking: There is street parking but it is limited. On the weekend, there's a flea market happening all day at the Ashby BART parking lot so you likely won't find a spot there. You might be able to find parking on a residential side street but be sure to check the parking signs for time limits. You might consider parking at either MacArthur BART or even North Berkeley BART and then taking BART to the Ashby stop and walking to Lacis. It's less than one block from the Ashby stop.