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PR Weekend San Francisco Download

2013 April 29
by elizabeth_admin

It was a great weekend in San Francisco.  Over 80 sewing enthusiasts in one place to talk, learn and, most importantly, buy fabric.  It was delightful to see my sewing peeps in real life yet once again and making new friends.  Sandra Betzina was the presenter on Friday.  She had tons of advice on how to fit patterns.

The San Francisco fabric shopping was amazing.  Jeanette, Claudine and I checked out Britex on Friday afternoon.  It’s pretty pricey at this store.  I think I saw one priced at $245/yard.  They were truly fabulous fabrics, but I can’t afford that kind of opulence.  It was quite pretty to see them though.  I did find some small remnants that I could afford on the top floor where we met quite an unusual lady.

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1/2 yard of zigzag knit, two spools of Japanese silk thread, cotton knit, and a Britex tote!

1/2 yard of zigzag knit, two spools of Japanese silk thread, cotton knit, and a Britex tote!

 

Saturday though, we took no prisoners.  Kellie had the fantastic idea of hiring a limo driver for the day so we could hit up the stores in style.  Oh and let’s not forget the important mimosas!

L to R: Tina, Rachel, Kellie, Jeanette and Carol.  Not pictured: Robin, Amanda, Me, Liz and Bonnie.

L to R: Tina, Rachel, Kellie, Jeanette and Carol. Not pictured: Robin, Amanda, Me, Liz and Bonnie.

 

Our first stop was Fabrix in Richmond.  It was a small store, but jam-packed with fabrics.  It was a little hard to see the gems in there, but Kellie and Jeanette found some amazing things.  I bought two pieces, one a novelty synthetic of some sort.  It’s crisp and highly textured.  I couldn’t stop touching it.  It reminded me of bubble wrap.  I had buyer’s remorse about buying it though.  I can’t imagine what I’ll make with it.  The French blue cotton on the right is perfect for piping for Susie’s purse that I’m going to make and I bought extra for a possible shirt for me.

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Fabrix

 

Then we hit up Discount Fabrics on 11th St.  This was a huge warehouse of fabric, notions and yarn.   I fell in love with gorgeous seersucker shirting.  I had visions of mother and son coordinating clothes.  Bonnie tried to talk me down from this idea.  I also found some black stretch denim.  Because, you know, I might want to maybe make a pair of jeans someday.  Maybe.  And then this black and white floral cotton just threw itself at me (I accidentally placed this fabric with the Stonemountain fabric photo).  It was so soft and wonderful.  I had to take it home.  And the piece de resistance was my first leather hide.  It’s purple of course.  😉  And has a nice texture embossed/printed on it.  I plan to make a clutch purse  with it.

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Discount Fabrics on 11th St

 

Check out the texture on that leather.  Awesome!

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Our last stop was Stonemountain and Daughters in Berkeley.  This store had some real winners for me.  I’m a sucker for Swiss Dot and Ikat, and I found some really great ones here.

Floral print actually purchased from Discount Fabrics.  Raspberry Swiss Dot and ivory/navy Ikat from Stonemountain.

Floral print actually purchased from Discount Fabrics. Raspberry Swiss Dot and ivory/navy Ikat from Stonemountain.

 

Oh and I also found a cute  silk in the remnant section.

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We didn’t even stop for lunch until late in the day.  We were pooped!  And our feet were dying at the end.  But what great fabric purchases we all made.  And what fun we had.

My favorite moment of the weekend happened on the first night I was there, Thursday.  I had made a quick and dirty muslin of my Gatsby dress bodice the night before because I wanted some fit advice from my more experienced sewing friends.  So I tried it on in my hotel room and Sherril, Jeanette and Kellie all helped me with dart placements, bust points, and advice.  That, coupled with my security pat down at the airport today, was the best action I’ve had for a while.  I am super excited to work on my next muslin of the dress.  I feel confident all the changes they helped me with will work.

But now it’s 1 am San Diego time.  I’ve just finished watching the Project Runway finale.  It’s late and I must be off to bed.  I will leave you with one final thought.  I feel so lucky to have chanced into this sewing thing.  I have met the most creative, helpful, awesome friends through this sewing adventure.  Our community is very supportive.  After five years of sewing, I know enough about it to know that I don’t know much about it. But how lucky am I to have knowledgeable friends on whom I can rely for advice and support?  Really, it is such an honor to count you as friends.  Thank you so much for your willingness to share your expertise with me on techniques and fit.  It takes a village to sew.

5 Responses leave one →
  1. April 29, 2013

    Sounds like such a fun weekend, thanks for sharing it with us.

  2. Shams permalink
    April 29, 2013

    Excellent recap! I am glad the shopping was a huge success. I am sorry I didn’t get to spend more time with you!

  3. Rosie permalink
    April 29, 2013

    As usual, you had a great weekend with the ladies! Are you trying to kill me? Great fabric choices but I especially love the purple leather!

  4. Carissa permalink
    May 1, 2013

    Man I am so sad I missed it now, just seeing the pictures make me jealous 🙂

  5. May 2, 2013

    The limo was an excellent idea. Shopping in style! I buzzed around in my little PriusC.

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