…or at least, it seems like it.
Generally at the Bay Area Sewists meetups, I’m the only guy present and the door prize (usually a women’s sewing pattern, or a book filled with women’s sewing projects) isn’t really something that I’m going to sew.
Which is fine with me – I’m there to meet other sewists, look at what others have done, and exchange ideas. It’s one of the things that I accept for taking on a hobby that has a miniscule amount of male participation.
Yesterday’s meetup was at the Sips N Sews studio. And though I didn’t win the door prize this time around, I did walk out with an entire tub of menswear patterns:
Today’s article is about the second half of the Bay Area Sewists meetup at Britex Fabrics, covering linen and blends. (Part 1 contains basic information on plant fibers and covers cotton in detail).
Deena from Britex displays some of the store’s linen collection.
This past Saturday morning, I joined the Bay Area Sewists for a meetup at Britex Fabrics. Two Britex employees, Natalie and Deena, gave an excellent presentation on cotton and linen fabrics, and how to work with them.
Today’s article mainly discusses cotton. In Part 2, I’ll cover linen and blends. Continue reading
As I suspected from the outset, my Holiday Shirt is not going to be ready in time for the holidays, for sure. I don’t even have the wearable muslin done yet.
I have been through about three muslins now, and I’m learning more about the art of fitting a bodice piece to myself. But I haven’t even gotten to fitting the sleeves yet.
I plan to write a detailed post about my fitting experience soon. In the meantime, I have several developments to discuss.
Sips N Sews
A sewing studio has recently opened in San Francisco. This weekend, I dropped by to visit as part of a SF Bay Area Sewists event.
Called Sips N Sews, it bills itself as a “personal sewing studio”. Membership is sold on a monthly basis and gets you access to a brightly lit, well-equipped workspace well-stocked with machines and sewing notions.
Thank you to everyone who entered the Japanese Pattern Book contest. I really appreciated hearing what you think of the blog, as well as the suggestions for projects for me to work on.
One surprise was the votes of support for non-garment projects such as the recent Duffel Bag project. It was gratifying to hear there’s a segment of my readership that really likes those types of projects, and I definitely have more planned for the future.
There were a total of 14 entrants to the contest. The Internet Random Number Generator picked the winner.
The lucky winner was reader “Auschick in VA”, 12th in the list of entrants: