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Learn about Lace at Britex Fabrics & Pattern Giveaway!

Our March meetup will take place at Britex Fabrics in San Francisco! Natalie, who manages the notions floor at Britex, will be sharing her expertise on lace with us. She has a passion for historical costuming and is an expert on all things lace. Her discussion will include:

• terminology 

• styles of lace, what to consider when choosing lace (i.e. weight of lace to fabric)

• how lace is made

• care (prewash or not?)

• various applications of lace (not just bridal and formal wear)

• tea dyeing

Natalie will also compile a handout listing helpful tutorials for working with lace. This meetup will start on the first floor in the back, near the lace fabrics and then will go up to the third floor (notions) and look at lace trim.

After Natalie's talk, we'll convene on the fourth floor. If you've made anything with lace, feel free to bring your finished garments or WIPs (works in progress) to discuss your successes, failures, fears, and questions. 

IMPORTANT: Space is limited. There will be 20 chairs but room for 30 maximum. Please read the entire description for details on RSVPs. 

We are giving away TWO patterns at this meetup! Sew Chic Pattern Company, an indie pattern company specializing in modern designs with a vintage flair, is sending its Valentine lingerie sewing pattern, which uses lace:

AND its lovely Beatrice Pocket Dress, which can be made with lace fabric. This version was made using satin with an overlay of lace:

The other version of the Beatrice dress on Sew Chic's site uses a red plaid. You can check it out here. I bought this pattern last year because I really liked the neckline and the pocket detail. Thank you designer Laura Nash for donating your two beautiful patterns!

Date: Saturday, March 21 
Time: 10:30 am to 12 pm
Place: Britex Fabrics, 146 Geary St., 1st and 4th floor, San Francisco

10:30 to 11 am - Lace discsusion starts on the 1st floor, where we will view lace fabrics [Please get your name tag from me - I'll be wearing a hat.]
Then we'll move to the 3rd floor to look at lace trims
11 am to 11:20 am - Introductions and announcements
11:25 am to 12 pm - Discussion of fabric
12 pm - Pattern drawing and group photo!

IMPORTANT: There will be 20 chairs but room for 30 maximum. The RSVP limit is 30. Please note that the first 19 members who RSVPs AND to arrive at Britex will get a seat so please get there early if you really want a seat. [Why 19? One is mine. ;)] I will be handing out numbers and name tags at Britex. Just look for me on the first floor - I'll be wearing a hat.

***UPDATE: Britex Fabrics will be giving us 20% off coupons for Bay Area Sewists meetup attendees! Thank you Britex!

PLEASE READ THIS: If you are one of the first ten people on the wait list, there is a good chance you will get in. There are always cancellations, especially in the week before a meetup. Regardless of which list you are on, please update your RSVP status immediately. For example, if you are on the wait list and then you have a conflict, please change your RSVP to No; then your place will go to the next person on the wait list. Please check your meetup settings to make sure you receive Bay Area Sewists meetup emails. If someone cancels and you are first on the wait list, you will get notification from Meetup that your RSVP status is Yes. You can also check this page to see where you are on the wait list. If you have any questions please contact me via the meetup page [link below my photo on the left].

Thank you!


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  • Chuleenan

    Hi, I wrote a blog post about our lace meetup, which you can see here:

    And I added a page with Natalie's list of lace info/tutorials and hyperlinked all the sources she listed:

    1 · March 25, 2015

  • Chuleenan

    At the meetup I couldn't remember the name of the other Fray Check product I've used. It's Fray Block by June Tailor. It's thinner than Fray Check and less stiff. It comes in a metal tube and you have to run it under hot water for 30 seconds before you use it. I like it better than Fray Check, which can dry very stiff and scratchy.

    March 22, 2015

    • Marilyn F.

      Thanks, Chuleenan! And thanks again for running such a great group.

      1 · March 23, 2015

  • Daiyo

    Thank you again, Chuleenan! Question for all: someone at the meetup mentioned a local bra making class--did anyone pick up any more details? I forgot to ask.

    1 · March 21, 2015

    • Chuleenan

      You're welcome! It was a lot of fun! Stonemountain & Daughter has a lingerie class and a how to alter your bra class: http://www.stonemount...­

      March 21, 2015

  • Madelin

    Looks like I won't be going after all. My Granddaughter has a softball game and I want to show my support as this is new for her. Have fun everyone!

    March 17, 2015

    • Chuleenan

      Thanks for updating your RSVP! Have fun with your granddaughter.

      March 17, 2015

    • Madelin

      Wish I had gone to the meet up..the other team didn't show up so no game! We did hang out at my daughter's so all was not lost.

      March 21, 2015

  • Chuleenan

    I just added a ton of photos from our meetup! I'll add them to the FB page later!

    March 21, 2015

  • Chuleenan

    We're on the 4th floor!!

    March 21, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    So happy I made it off the waiting list. Looking forward.

    1 · March 20, 2015

  • Pilar

    I have to cancel tomorrow because I am just so busy

    March 20, 2015

    • Chuleenan

      Sorry you can't make it.

      March 20, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well, I'm triple booked tomorrow and my allergies are horrendous as well. I had to take my inhaler after walking my dog! I'm going to have to pick the event which will keep me indoors the longest so I will have to cancel tomorrow. I will change my RSVP to no. Hope everyone has fun and please post pics and maybe a summary for those of us who couldn't make it. Thanks so much!

    March 20, 2015

    • Chuleenan

      Hope you feel better! Take care! We'll try to take a lot of photos!

      March 20, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just changed my RSVP to no. I got pulled into an all day event on saturday -- super bummed to be missing this! Take photos and post them, pretty please :)

    March 20, 2015

  • Marilyn F.

    Madelin, it's easy to take BART to Powell St Station. Britex is only a block or two away.

    March 15, 2015

  • Madelin

    If anyone from Berkeley can give me a ride, if I get a spot, please let me know. (I haven't checked out ways of using public transit, though.) My e-mail is [masked]. Thanks

    February 22, 2015

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