Just In: Nani Iro, Anna Maria Horner, and So Much More!

by Cameron

We have a beautiful, bountiful Just In post for you today - so let's hop to it!

First up, we have three plus full cabinets of Nani Iro! I'm so enchanted. It's hard not to stop and stare each time I walk by.

Nani Iro double gauze yellows, greens, and blues.

Nani Iro double gauze yellows, greens, and blues.

Nani Iro pinks, greys, and lots of dots.

Nani Iro pinks, greys, and lots of dots.

Nani Iro double gauze darks and more dots - sigh...

Nani Iro double gauze darks and more dots - sigh...

Our Japanese fabrics selection goes beyond Nani Iro - we're no one trick pony. We have wonderful prints on lightweight shirtings to canvas.

Top to bottom - beautiful printed chambray, lightweight cotton prints from 3 Mins., and two cotton/linen blends from Nani Iro.

Top to bottom - beautiful printed chambray, lightweight cotton prints from 3 Mins., and two cotton/linen blends from Nani Iro.

More shirtings from 3 Mins. (top and bottom), inky blue on cotton, and triangles on a lightweight cotton/linen blend.

More shirtings from 3 Mins. (top and bottom), inky blue on cotton, and triangles on a lightweight cotton/linen blend.

Canvas! Otomi print, forest animals after dark, and green on white circles.

Canvas! Otomi print, forest animals after dark, and green on white circles.

Cotton/linen canvases. The print on the right has subtle knitting overtones - yarn in bowls.

Cotton/linen canvases. The print on the right has subtle knitting overtones - yarn in bowls.

Dreamy, dreamy barkclothes. These would be great for home dec and apparel.

Dreamy, dreamy barkclothes. These would be great for home dec and apparel.

Below we have some yarn-dyed shirtings that are ideal for hot weather sewing - except the flannel on the far left...

Box plaid flannel, yarn-dyed shirtings, and rusty cotton/linen blend

Box plaid flannel, yarn-dyed shirtings, and rusty cotton/linen blend

We got our first batch of Anna Maria Horner's Floral Retrospective. These are all quilting weight cottons. I've been so enjoying the roses and poppies popping up all over the city this summer, so it's hard to resist these beauties.

More floral beauties on quilting weight cotton from Shannon Newlin

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Mustards and blues on quilting weight cottons. These would make great cloth napkins that coordinate color wise, but with a fun print for everyone gathered around the table.

Finally two summery Amy Butler prints on quilting weight cotton.

None of these are online yet, but they're all just a quick phone call away!

Lullaby Layette Jacket

by Cameron

I had never sewn with the Oliver + S patterns before, but I knew they were a longstanding favorite for many of our customers. The Lullaby Layette jacket did not disappoint! From the drafting to the instructions, everything is impeccably done to make for a really fun sewing experience.

Lullaby Layette Jacket with Wiksten Harem Pants

Lullaby Layette Jacket with Wiksten Harem Pants

I made this jacket up in a colorful Pocho Dot from Nani Iro with mid-weight linen as lining and bias tape made from the excellent hemp/cotton ticking we can barely keep in stock. Double gauze is the perfect fabric for babies - it's soft and breathable and comes in beautiful prints.

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I love, love, love snaps! You get to use a hammer and you don't have to fuss with buttonholes. Once you get the hang of them, they're easier and quicker than buttons and they make for simple dressing for mom and dad.

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I have not branched out into the other options included in the Layette set - the loose top, woven onsie, or pants. I'm too deeply committed to the Wiksten Harem Pants to try out another pant pattern right now, but I have no doubt these are excellent. I'm looking forward to someday completing the whole set - although at the speed I'm sewing, each piece will probably be for a different baby.

July 4th Closure and a Big Thank You!

by Cameron

I've been spending a lot of time over the past three or four weeks thinking about what a wonderful community I get to be a part of here at Bolt. You make our days at the store fun and rewarding, and you'realways generous with the wider sewing community. You've been keeping the volunteers at IRCO's sewing classes busy, busy, busy organizing the supplies you donated during the month of May. Our students now have scissors that cut fabric, bobbins galore, a library of sewing patterns, and a truly gorgeous stash of fabric to work from. Thank you!

Last week, we all attended Modified Style Portland's annual fashion show featuring the fabrics that you donated last spring. It was a such a fun show with creative designs and - thanks to your generosity - beautiful fabrics! We also got to see our very own Sarah strut her stuff on the catwalk in a drop dead evening dress of her own design. I think I can safely speak for all of her coworkers when I say that we were so impressed and proud of her. It's a really fun show with music, aerial artists, and good slow fashion vibes. I encourage you to check it out next year! Check HERE for more photos.

And one more quick note - we'll be closed this Tuesday, July 4th. We hope you all have a safe and fun holiday with lots of the people and things you love!