Ready to do some destashing? It's time to go through your fabric and see what you'd like to give to another sewist. Bring your yardage (1/2 yard minimum) or fabric that's the wrong color for you but could be great on someone else.
Please label your fabric, note the yardage and whether it's cotton, wool, rayon, poly, a blend, etc. Sort your fabric by type: wovens, knits, silk, home dec, etc. so you can quickly put them on the appropriate tables. If you don't know the fiber content, don't worry. We'll have a "mystery fabric" table for unknown origin. (See below for details.)
After the swap is over, I'll moderate a panel discussion on alternative careers in apparel, featuring Romy Douglass of dejaluxe, Christine Groom of Zig Zag Designs by Christine and Ivy Moya of Ivy Moya Fine Fabrics.
Romy Douglass has a fashion design degree from Florida State University. Dismayed at the environmental toll of the fashion industry, she has made her own clothing or purchased secondhand garments exclusively since 2009. Romy’s clothing line, dejaluxe (http://www.dejaluxestyle.com/), is designed and handcrafted in her solar-powered sewing studio.
Christine Groom restarted her dream in 2015 of fashion designing and launching a home business, Zig Zag Designs by Christine (http://christinegroom.com). A graduate of FIDM SF, she designs and sews garment patterns for private custom clients. In December 2017 released her first pattern for the home sewer, the Rosita Jacket, which will be our PDF pattern giveaway.
Ivy Moya is a UC Berkeley graduate and sewn-products industry veteran of 18 years. Her expertise in fabric ranges from development to logistics. She is currently an independent apparel textile sales rep, engaging in sales, cheerleading, business consulting, and counseling. Her showroom, Ivy Moya Fine Fabrics (https://www.facebook.com/IvyMoyaFineFabrics/), in downtown Oakland sells wholesale textiles to-the-trade only.
Saturday, May 12, Berkeley Public Library, Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch [NOT the Central Branch where we usually meet!]
1:30 pm to 1:45 pm - Put fabric on tables/browse*
1:45 pm to 2:15 pm - Announcements and introductions
2:15 pm to 2:30 pm - Select fabric (put tables away)
2:30 pm - Raffle for giveaway prize and group photo! (set up chairs)
2:45 pm to 4 pm - panel discussion
*NOTE: We have two raffle prizes for this meetup.
1. Zig Zag Designs Rosita Jacket, a loose fitting, button front jacket with 3/4 length raglan sleeves. It has dropped shoulder styling, princess seam detailing front and back and hidden side seam pockets.
2. Patternsy (http://patternsy.weebly.com/), a digital printer in the UK, has offered to print 3 PDF patterns for one lucky winner. They can print any PDF pattern, even patterns that don't have a copy shop version. Patternsy prints on paper that's a heavier weight than the Big 4. I'll bring samples.
For each piece of fabric, you will get one entry that you can use to enter either giveaway. Max 4 entries.
IMPORTANT: If you have won a giveaway over the past year, then you cannot enter the giveaway drawing. Thank you!
The fabric swap has 4 selection rounds. If you brought at least 3 pieces of fabric, you can participate in each round. For the first 3 rounds, you get to select one piece of fabric. The last round is open to all!
Public Transportation: The South Branch of the Berkeley Public Library is 1.5 blocks from Ashby BART station. When you exit the station, look for the green sign that says Adeline West. As you walk towards the parking lot, you will be facing ML King. Walk 1.5 blocks on MLK (past Ashby). The Library is on the corner of MLK and Russell St.
There is free street parking on ML King, Ashby Ave., side streets, metered parking on Adeline. There are two parking lots at Ashby BART. You can park for free on the Adeline St. side. The other lot won't be available because of the weekend flea market. Please allow for time to park.