Pattern Swap & Discussion of Indie Patterns, Sewing Books + Pattern Giveaway!

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It's time for another pattern swap! Clear your inventory for something new (or new to you). We had a lot of fun at our pattern swap in February so we're doing it again!

Please count the total number of patterns you bring. Everyone will be given a two-part ticket for each pattern. You keep one part and the other part will be entered in the pattern drawing. So the more patterns you bring, the more chances you'll have of winning the drawing! If you didn't bring a pattern, you get one entry.

Please sort them into the following categories: vintage, dresses, skirts, pants, jackets/suits, coats, menswear, children's, crafts, miscellaneous. We'll do at least four rounds during which each person gets to pick one pattern. Then people (including those who didn't bring any patterns) can pick what they want. Any leftovers will be donated to the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse (http://www.creativereuse.org/) (OR you can take back the patterns that you brought).

Then we'll have a discussion of indie patterns and sewing books. And guess what? May is Indie Sewing Month! Read all about it on Sown Brooklyn's post "Sewing Indie Month (http://sownbrooklyn.com/2014/05/01/sewing-indie-month/)." If you make something from one of the participating indie pattern companies, you could win some really great prizes, including a $75 gift certificate from Britex Fabrics, Threads magazine 2013 archive, and a pattern prize pack! If you won Christine Haynes Emery Dress pattern back in Feb., you could make that dress and enter the contest. Our May pattern giveaway from Lolita Patterns, is also one of the participating indie companies. So you could enter the contest making something from that pattern.

These days there seems to be an explosion of new indie designers. Bring your favorite indie patterns and sewing books to discuss with members. And if you've made something from those pattern or books, wear (or bring) it to the meeting!

And continuing our new tradition, this month's indie pattern giveaway will be the latest release from Lolita Patterns, (http://www.lolitapatterns.com/) which is designed by Amity, who is based in Los Angeles. Be sure to check out her website, where you'll find plenty of tutorials (http://www.lolitapatterns.com/tutorials/). The pattern we'll be giving away is the Olive (http://www.lolitapatterns.com/debuting-olive/) blouse - hot off the presses! Thank you Amity for donating your lovely pattern! And in honor of Sewing Indie Month, she's offering a 15% discount on ALL of her patterns until 5/19 - just use the code: sewing15indie.

All meetup attendees get a 20% discount at Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics (http://www.stonemountainfabric.com/) on meetup days! After you RSVP you'll be sent an email to show the store. Thanks Stonemountain & Daughter!

Date: Saturday, May 17
Time: 10:45 am to 12:15 pm
10:45 am to 11 am - put patterns on table and browse
11 am to 11:25 - Everyone who brought a pattern gets to pick 1 pattern; then we do three more rounds of picking, followed by a free for all.
11:25 - Pattern Drawing!
11:30 am to 12:15 pm - Discussion of Indie Patterns led by Lisa E (http://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Sewists/members/34993172/) (@ljellis on Twitter) and Karen (http://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Sewists/members/98592012/) who blogs about sewing at Blinky Sews (http://blinkysews.com/). If there's time, we'll also discuss sewing books!

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 2150 Kittredge St., 2061 Allston Way, 2020 Kittredge).

Suggestion: You may want to park at MacArthur or North Berkeley 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.

~Chuleenan