Meetup at Britex Fabrics: Sewing Slippery & Fiddly Fabrics + Pattern Giveaway!

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Britex Fabrics

146 Geary Street · San Francisco, CA

How to find us

Begin on 1st floor at Britex Fabrics, then move to 4th floor

Location image of event venue


This was a really popular meetup when we did it in November. Many people wanted to come but it filled up fast. So we're doing it again!

This meetup will take place at Britex Fabrics in San Francisco! The very dapper Douglas will show us examples of slippery and fiddly fabrics, such as silk chiffon, charmeuse, silk knits, loosely woven and doubled-faced fabrics. He'll give us tips on how to sew those fabrics and how to care for them (hand wash vs. dry clean).

Bring your fabric, finished garments or WIPs (works in progress) to discuss your successes, failures, fears, and questions. Britex has also given us samples of iridescent silk chiffon, silk jersey, charmeuse, and stretch mesh that we can pass around, touch, and see how they drape (see above photo).

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

UPDATE: The pattern giveaway this month will be the Eliana Dress ( by Pauline Alice, which Bay Area Sewists member Beth gave me for our giveaway. Beth blogs for Craftsy and blogs about the lovely garments she makes at Sunny Gal Studio ( Thanks so much for the pattern, Beth!

It's described as "a semi-fitted dress with gathered neckline and waist. The flowy skirt has inseam pockets and hits just above the knee. View A has long raglan sleeves gathered at the wrist, a front opening and an elastic waistband.

View B is sleveless, has a back opening and ties at the waist with a grosgrain ribbon." Sounds perfect for summer!

NOTE: If you have already won drawing in the past year, please do not enter the drawing. Thank you!

All meetup attendees will get a discount on any regularly priced fabrics on this day. Thank you Britex Fabrics for hosting and for the discount!

Date: Saturday, June 6
Time: 10:30 am to 12 pm
Place: Britex Fabrics, 146 Geary St., 1st and 4th floor, San Francisco

10:30 to 11/11:15 am -Tour of the store starts on the 1st floor, brief look at/discussion of fabrics [Please get your name tag from me - I'll be wearing a hat.]
Move to the 4th floor
11:20 am - Introductions and announcements
11:30 am to 12 pm - Discussion of fabric
12 pm - Pattern drawing

IMPORTANT: Space is limited. 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.

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!