Hot! Swap/Meet Success: The Event

While there wasn't a huge number of folks attending the swap/meet, I have to say that the smaller number meant that I enjoyed the company of each and every lady who came out to Fort Mason! Not only that, I was absolutely blown away by what people brought to the swap — particularly patterns! Seriously.

Even though this was a fabric swap, the patterns were the real star of the swapping show. Imagine my surprise when, instead of just the usual 70s and 80s castoffs, these sorts of patterns were placed on the table (many of these courtesy of Shannon):

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So many patterns were brought to the swap that we needed to keep adding tables! Keep in mind that all of this was brought by only nine women!

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Based on when you arrived, you went to the tables and picked a piece of fabric and a pattern. All the while, we sat in a circle (support group style) and introduced ourselves and talked about sewing. 

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We repeated that twice and then it was a free-for-all. I think I was the most aggressive about putting my mark on one specific pattern, but since I'm shameless, I let everyone know I wanted. Here's the pattern:

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Here are the cupcakes I brought. I made the little spools out of Necco Wafers and Airheads.

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I made these little button cards as favors:

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Thanks to Jenny, Shannon, Deepa, Natasha, Erin, Whitney, Erin, Krissy and Janeen for making the Swap/Meet such a great success!  I hope to put on another event in the near future!

And what did I end up coming home with? Here are the patterns and the fabric:




Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. Hmmm…this is showing up in my Google Reader with a giveaway at the end of the post, but when I read it on your site there is no giveaway. I wouldn’t blame you if you decided to cancel the giveaway since those patterns are awesome, but if it’s still on, I NEED THAT MCCALL’S SHIRTDRESS! :) And those three patterns are all in my size! It’s a miracle!
    And this idea is really neat. I wish I knew more vintage sewists in my area!

  2. Thanks, Mena! I’ll head over there. :)

  3. OK, three things:
    1. Those cupcakes are adorable!
    2. No wonder you really wanted that pattern. I think it will look great on you!
    3. Is the woman in the gray sweater Erin McKean who gave a TED talk about dictionaries? For what it’s worth, your TED talk was the first time I heard about YOU, Mena. :)

  4. Those cupcakes are SO CUTE, my goodness! Wow! What a wonderful gathering that must have been—though I’d have likely annoyed everybody by bringing along my latest fitting issue. ;) And what a terrific collection of patterns! Those tables must have been like a confectionery for vintage sewists. Did anyone squeal with glee, I wonder?
    The pattern you wanted so very much is lovely. DuBarry had such lovely designs. The one with a navy and plum dress on the envelope is a beauty as well!

  5. Awesome patterns and adorable cupcakes! Love the pattern you so wanted, can’t wait to see what you create with it!

  6. Oh gosh–I so wish I could have been there! It looks like it was so much fun (not to mention cupcakes–those are utterly adorable!). Love the patterns you picked up too–can’t wait to see some of them made up! :)
    ♥ Casey

  7. Brilliant! I am just learning to sew. It would be wonderful to organize something like that here. It looks amazing!!! … all those patterns…

  8. Yes, that’s Erin McKean. I think I can say with 100% certainly that this is probably the first and only sewing meet-up in which 22% of the attendees were former Ted-talkers. :)
    I can’t wait to make up that dress and thanks for the cupcake compliment!