Alberta Street Fair! Vounteers Needed and Vendor Deadline

Volunteers Needed at Alberta Street Fair

We love celebrating our community and are proud sponsors of the 20th annual Alberta Street Fair taking place on Saturday, August 12th! Hosted by Alberta Main Street, the Fair showcases the best of the community and features a multi-cultural mix of activities and performances for all ages. This event is one of Portland’s most beloved neighborhood street festivals, drawing more than 25,000 people each year, 300 vendors, kids activities, three music stages, and two beer gardens!

The Fair could not succeed without its committed volunteers! Do you have excellent customer service experience? Love working with children? Have experience in sound? Want to serve beer? We have a fun and fulfilling role for you. Spend a few hours or the whole day helping make this the best Alberta Street Fair yet. We love our volunteers! Every volunteer will receive a custom Alberta Street volunteer t-shirt, a ticket for a beer in the beer garden, and an invitation to our volunteer appreciation party after the event! You won't want to miss the party!

Sign up to volunteer online and share: http://albertamainst.org/whats-happening/street-fair/volunteers/

If you are interested in being a vendor at the Fair, the deadline is this Friday (July 28th)! You can find out more here: http://albertamainst.org/whats-happening/street-fair/vendors/

New Online - Folkwear Patterns!

by Cameron

Folkwear Patterns are a longstanding favorite here at the store. They're unique, classic, and well-written - so we're very pleased to now be offering a selection of Folkwear in the online store! We have some of our very favorites currently available and we'll be working on adding more of what we have in stock at the store in the coming weeks.

If you're not familiar with Folkwear, here are some previous blog posts as an introduction: Sarah's beautiful Tibetan Chupa, Adrianna's adorable Rosie the Riveter overalls, and an Old Mexico Blouse I made a couple of years ago. Each of these patterns comes from another time and place, but they're equally at home here on Alberta Street.

The best thing about Folkwear Patterns? In my opinion, the glamorous retro cover illustrations. I love the singing cowboys and the dancing ladies. Just like the garments themselves, these illustrations feel fresh and timeless.

Many of the patterns include options for both men and women or multiple garments, like a shirt, jacket, and pants, so they are a great value.

Have you used Folkwear Patterns? What did you think?

Just In: Apparel edition and Erin Dollar's Arroyo

While looking through the swatches and making choices, I didn't realize how well all the pieces in the latest order of apparel goods go together. A lovely capsule wardrobe could be worked up in these textured wovens, bottom weights, and knits. Let's take a look, shall we?

Textured cotton solids, cotton boucle, cotton jacquard.

Textured cotton solids, cotton boucle, cotton jacquard.

(L to R): Metallic knit, two low loop cotton terry knits with incredible drape and stretch, cotton woven stripe, two wools.

(L to R): Metallic knit, two low loop cotton terry knits with incredible drape and stretch, cotton woven stripe, two wools.

(L to R): light weight cotton subtle stripe, linen blend dark stripe, cotton stripe with metallic accent, cotton slub solid

(L to R): light weight cotton subtle stripe, linen blend dark stripe, cotton stripe with metallic accent, cotton slub solid

The other collection we're super excited to welcome in is Erin Dollar's Arroyo, for Robert Kaufman. In the past year or so, Kaufman has released a couple of designer lines printed on their beloved Essex cotton linen blend. This is another one. Such a great base for these modern, wearable designs. The Essex blend works well for a wide range of projects, including clothing, home and personal accessories, quilts/ bedding....napkins and dish towels too! Enjoy!