DIY With Brit + Co, Make Custom Fabric Prints, and Shop Vintage Couture

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Brit + Co has quickly made a name for itself as a go-to for DIY tips and tricks. If you want in on the crafty action, request an invite to the Re:Make conference on Friday, September 12 from 8:30am to 6:30pm at the Fort Mason Festival Pavillion. You'll hear from Brit Morin, the company's founder and CEO, check out a presentation on printing your own makeup moderated by Verena Von Pfetten, the executive digital editor at Lucky magazine, and much more (plus they'll feed you). If you're approved, conference passes start at $299. 

More interested in shopping for stuff other people made? On Saturday, September 13, Re:Make opens up to the public for a festival where you can shop handmade goods, and try your hand at making a thing or two yourself. You never know, you might like it! It's free, but you have to register

The Yonder Shop at 158 Reina Del Mar in Pacifica is hosting a workshop on Saturday, September 13 from 10am to 4pm where you can learn how to create your own printed fabric using printing blocks—that you carve yourself. The class will be taught by Jen Hewett, a San Francisco-based printmaker and surface designer whose work is sold in boutiques across the country. You’ll leave with your own, custom-printed fabric, and the skills to work on more projects at home. 

Sui Generis is hosting a shopping party featuring their amazing vintage for men and women on Saturday, September 13 from 11am to 5pm at The New Asterisk. Head over to 3156 24th Street to check out the magazine's new digs and score some one-of-a kind duds. 

That should be a good warm up for more vintage shopping on Sunday, September 14, when SF style maven Joy Bianchi will open the doors to her fashion haven Helper's House of Couture from 9:30am until 4:00pm. Shopping is typically appointment only, so this is your chance to casually peruse this three-story Edwardian home filled top to bottom with vintage Chanel, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, and lots, lots more. 

Need even more glam in your life? Macy's annual Glamorama extravaganza happens on Friday, September 12, starting with a fashion show at the Golden Gate Theatre, and ending with an after party at the Warfield where Jason Derulo and Before You Exit will perform. Tickets range from $89 to $1,000, and proceeds go to the AIDS Emergency Fund, Project Open Hand, and GLIDE Foundation.

Finally, interior design guru Geoffrey De Sousa was recently named the Chief Curator of PreviouslyOwnedByAGayMan.com— his first foray in vintage and antique retail.

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