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 (http://sewingcake.com/) 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 (http://sewingcake.com/0289-hbird/) and the Red Velvet Dress (http://sewingcake.com/0369-dress/) so far.
**UPDATE** The drawing will be for the Espresso Leggings (https://www.etsy.com/listing/163739427/espresso-leggings-cake-patterns-riff?ref=shop_home_feat_2)! 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 (http://blinkysews.com/favorite-leggings-pattern/). 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 (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, 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.