Bay Area Sewists Meetup – Fabric Swap

Bay Area Sewists - group photo - fabric swap -

The Bay Area Sewists Meetup group had a fun fabric swap last Saturday! I’m the organizer for this group. More than 30 people came to the swap – our biggest turnout so far this year – and they brought some great fabric to share. The meetup took place at the Berkeley Public Library.

Here’s a group photo I took with my phone at the end – some members has already left by then so this isn’t everyone. We all had a great time.

Bay Area Sewists meetup - fabric swap - 26 July 2014

We had four rounds where members got to choose one fabric each – provided they brought four pieces of fabric. 😉 And one member brought some very nice fabric of hers that she was selling – Liberty, wool crepe, etc. This library has great tables with wheels, which makes it really easy to set up for a fabric swap.

Bay Area Sewists - fabric swap - 26 July 2014

We had plenty of cotton wovens – flannel, plaids, prints, and solids.

Fabric swap - cotton wovens - Bay Area Sewists

Bay Area Sewists - fabric swap - cotton wovens

Fabric swap - cotton wovens - Bay Area Sewists

And many synthetics – rayon, poly, nylon…

Bay Area Sewists - Fabric swap - Synthetic fabric

We also had a table with silk, wool and linen! And one member even brought a box of sewing patterns for folks to take – it was a mix of vintage, costumes, and random patterns. Thank you!

Bay Area Sewists - sewing patterns

After we were done swapping, we held the pattern drawing for Cake Patterns popular Espresso Leggings. Thank you, Steph for donating your great pattern! And here’s Hillary who won the drawing, posing with her new pattern and the fabric she got at our swap.

Cake Patterns - Espresso Legging pattern giveaway winner - Bay Area Sewists

After the swap was over (leftovers go to the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse in Oakland), we put away the tables and put out chairs in a big circle and everyone talked about what they would do with their new-found fabric. This is just one-quarter of the circle of chairs.

Bay Area Sewists Fabric discussion

Meg was happy to get this sheer fabric so she could get some practice sewing it.

Bay Area Sewists Discussion of fabric

Charlotte was thrilled to get this fabric – printed with little kimonos, which she envisions using to make her first quilt.

Bay Area Sewists - discussion of fabric

I got these two fabrics – a yard of this pretty organic cotton with airplanes, bicycles, and buses printed on it. I’m thinking of making a tote bag for a trip in August. I also got this iridescent scrap of silk – likely to be a scarf or perhaps a piece of fabric to practice sewing. I have some silk chiffon I bought more than a year ago but I haven’t sewed it yet because I’m a little scared to cut it. Maybe this piece will be good practice for me.

Fabric from swap - Bay Area Sewists

And I got these two patterns – Butterick historical hats and this vintage Simplicity patterns of vintage dresses. As soon as I saw the hat pattern, I immediately thought of Leila of Three Dresses, who makes a lot of period costumes that she wears to events – like a steampunk weekend.

Sewing patterns - fabric swap - Bay Area Sewists -

Have you ever been to a fabric swap? Did you make anything from the fabric you got?

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Author: Chuleenan

Chuleenan sews, collects hats and shoes, and is a fabric addict. She is also the organizer for the Bay Area Sewists Meetup group.

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