Wool Fabric Drive for women of Standing Rock

If you or anyone you know has any thick or heavy wool fabric or blankets laying around that you are willing to part with, bring it on down to the shop for a good and urgent cause. With the help of a customer of ours, May Wallace, and her evolving team of sewists, donated wool will be turned into warm wrap-style skirts for women of Standing Rock. Traditions of Native American women require skirts to be worn during certain rituals and/or ceremonies. Miss Wallace  recently went to the camp at Standing Rock to show her support and help in any way she could. During her stay temperatures dipped below zero with highs being a mere 7 degrees! Wool is essential for keeping warm in such extreme weather and so thicker wool is best. ! 1.5 to 3 yard (or larger) pieces are ideal for these particular skirts and if you’d like to help with sewing, May’s contact email will be posted in the coming days. 100 or more skirts are needed so bring on the wool! You can drop off your wool during our business hours which are 10-6 M-F, Sat 10-5, Sun 11-4. Or, ship it to us. Our address is 2136 NE Alberta St. Portland, O.R. 97211

Bolt Stands with Standing Rock!         Water Is Life!         #NoDAPL         Thanks everyone!  

The Negroni - Pattern Promo

By Sarah

Hurry down for a copy of The Negroni by Colette Patterns! Why hurry? Christmas is only four weeks away you guys! If you want to impress, amaze and get praise from your recipient, why not make a shirt, from scratch, complete with buttons, or snaps, two flap pockets, and a whole lotta love! Who wouldn't want that?

The Negroni will be 20% off through December 12th as part of our new Pattern Promo offer. Mention this post at checkout to receive the discount. Online shoppers will need to type in 'negronitime' for the promo code. Check out this post for more details about our new and awesome Pattern Promotion discounts:  http://www.boltneighborhood.com/?offset=1478700000623 

Colette patterns does not disappoint with their men’s shirt pattern. As far as garment making goes it sews up fairly quick thanks to the omission of plackets and collar stands. A warm and cozy flannel would make this shirt seasonally appropriate. Be sure to allot extra time and yardage if you decide to work with a plaid fabric.  Success with plaids demands a strategic eye in order to (or in hopes to) properly line up or match your fabric’s particular plaid pattern. It ain’t so hard, just an extra and careful step.  

I am imagining my sweetie opening his present on Christmas morning - a long sleeve plaid flannel Negroni adorned with pearlized snaps, yeah! In reality, he will probably end up with a bottle of bourbon. We will see. In the meantime, happy sewing to all and to all a good stitch!!! 

merchant & mills' top #64

by Cameron


I've been wanting to try Top #64 from Merchant & Mills for almost a year now - I traced the pattern during our staff retreat last January. With the temperatures dropping, I finally had the motivation I needed to sew up a cozy new shirt.

 I'm so pleased with the final product. It fits me well almost straight from the envelope. The only adjustments I made for fit were to make the side seams .5 cm rather than the 1.5 cm that are included in the pattern. I also lengthened the bottom hem by 8" to make it more of a dress than a top. I wanted something that I could wear over jeans in the cooler months and on it's own when it warms up. I like that it's a very simple, easy to wear style with just enough details to make it interesting.


The actual sewing was a treat. The construction is straightforward (and the instructions are top notch), but unlike anything I've sewn before, so I had fun watching it all come together. As they suggest on their packaging, I took it nice and slow, focusing on getting the small details right to make a quality garment. I surprised myself by truly enjoying the top stitching.


I used a medium-weight chambray for my first go, but I'm imagining it in all sorts of different fabrics: a cozy wool, classy cotton/linen, plaid cotton flannel, or a printed canvas. I don't think there's a bad choice!