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Events: Upcoming

Leather, Vinyl + More w/ Autumn of Dark Garden

Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 10:30 to 12:30 | $25

 

Eventbrite - Leather, Vinyl + More w/ Autumn Adamme of Dark Garden

 

Autumn Adamme of Dark Garden Unique Corsetry will be sharing her own expert tips for sewing with non-woven materials like leather, vinyl and faux-suede--not just for corset-making. This class is open to anyone looking to improve their non-woven sewing skills! Sewing these stubborn materials can be rewarding, if you have the right approach, skills and tools. Autumn will discuss how to use a range of materials from soft leathers like lamb's suede to the meanest of vinyls. In the demo portion of this class, you'll learn how to make facings, straps and edge finishes. Come prepared to take in an immense amount of knowledge from San Francisco's own corset expert.

 

About Autumn

Autumn Adamme founded Dark Garden Unique Corsetry in 1989. She has been instrumental in bringing corset wearing and making out of the past and into present day. She has a background and education in historical costume, fashion design, pattern making, and garment construction. Her education and experience have led her to focus Dark Garden towards corset making for foundation and fashion, as well as custom special occasion attire of many types. Her boutique and atelier have been located in Hayes Valley since 1997 where all her corsets and garments are produced by herself and several other highly skilled and talented crafts women. Their high attention to detail and focus on quality construction and materials have kept Dark Garden at the forefront of the modern Corsetry movement.

Britex Store Tours

Every Other Saturday at 11am sharp | FREE

Eventbrite - Britex Fabrics Store Tours

 

This 25 minute tour starts on Maiden Lane with a bit of history that will knock your socks off. A quick walk through each of the four floors will give you the confidence and know-how to handle even the busiest Britex day. We'll show you where things are located, talk about our history and what's up our sleeves for the new year. Tours are led by expert Britex staff.

This is a fast paced tour so be sure to arrive early. Space is limited.

They all begin at 11am sharp. See you there!

Hand-Rolled Hems for Silks w/ Kika Knaup

Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 10:30 - 12:30 | $25

Britex customer showing us his new silk panel.

Britex customer with his newly purchased silk panel ready for hemming!

 

Eventbrite - Hand-Rolled Hems for Silks w/ Kika Knaup


Don't be intimidated by silk. In this workshop you'll learn the basic skills for finishing hems on various types on silk fabrics from shears to the stiffer varieties. You'll also learn some neat silk handling and cutting tricks. First we'll build a sample book with different types of silk fabrics to practice our stitching. After a little shopping break to chose our scarf fabric, we'll jump right in to making our designer scarves! Once you learn the skills, you'll be able to translate them into a variety of projects such as pocket squares and clothing! Britex will supply needles, scissors, silk thread and silk swatches for sample books.

 

About Kika

 

Kika Knaup learned the traditional craft of tailoring at the German Mastercrafts School in Munich. In 2009 Kika moved to San Francisco where she followed her dream to create her own fashion label, and with the city's experimental fashion culture, inspired her to continue her fashion studies. After receiving a four year presidential scholarship at the Academy of Art, Kika developed a strong fascination for the unlimited possibilities of knitwear. Her passion to explore experimental knits with technical machine knitting, fully fashioning details and strong garment construction secured her a spot in the Graduation Fashion Show. Follow her progress here.

Warp x Weft: Textile 101

Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 10:30-12:30 PM | $25

 

Eventbrite - Warp x Weft: Textile 101


Be a textile know-it-all! In this class we'll detail the process from fiber to textile, show you loads of samples and dig into the terminology that will deeply improve your experience whether you are a textile lover already or needing a little help on a new venture. We'll start by demystifying the major fiber types through a step-by-step introduction to cotton, wool, silk, linen and their man-made counterparts. Next, we'll discuss woven fabrics vs. knit fabrics and how each of these are constructed. During the class you'll put together a useful swatch kit to reference in the future whenever a little refresher is desired.

This workshop is perfect for anyone wanting to improve their knowledge of textiles no matter the trade. All materials are provided.


About the Instructor


photograph by Myleen HolleroGeana Sieburger is the owner of GDS Cloth Goods--a sewing and design studio highlighting her deep appreciation for textiles and design--and Ebb cloth coffee filters. Until recently, she was Marketing Director at Britex Fabrics. She was also Assistant Buyer at Britex for four years after graduating from California College of the Arts in 2007. These days she spends much of her time scheming new collaborations in her Oakland studio or teaching around the Bay Area. (photograph by Myleen Hollero)