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Goodies from the Remnant Bin


When I walked in the store the other day, something caught my eye in the remnant bins. You know...the ones right in front full of little twill-wrapped squares of fabric goodness? That are 15-20% off?

Remnant Bins

Yep, those. I kept pulling out some amazing treasures.

This grey linen is so soft; with the extra width, there's plenty here for a skirt. And I just loved Denyse Schmidt's voiles for Greenfield Hill. Wouldn't Colette Pattern's new blouse, Jasmine, be lovely in it?!

Remnant Bin-Linen & Denyse Schmidt

I bought some of Jay McCarroll's Habitat already and continue to be enamored with this pixelated print. There's almost 2 yards here!

Remnant Bin-Jay McCarroll

Or this home dec weight mod fruit Alexander Henry?

Remnant Bin-Alexander Henry

Hey--another Denyse Schmidt voile. I love the Art Deco inspired design. 

Remnant Bin-Denyse Schmidt

And a Anna Maria Horner voile from her line, Innocent Crush. 

Remnant Bin-Anna Maria Horner

And more--bamboo blend knit, usable bits of interfacing, shot cottons, & wools! You should see for yourself. I couldn't resist; these came home with me.

Meredith's Remnant Bin Treasures

This floral Joel Dewberry is gone now, but there are still several prints from that collection here and they are gorgeous! And although black was not one of my Fall Palette Challenge colors, it does look great with everything (rationalizing). This J Crew Black Cotton Seersucker will be a great pencil skirt! I'm thinking Naughty Secretary Skirt from the book, Sew Everything Workshop. I was so inspired, I went ahead and picked up the printed bias and invisible zipper necessary to get right to work on it.

Humble beginnings of a pencil skirt

And don't forget about Sewing for Boys! The author, Shelly Figueroa of Patterns by Figgy's, will be doing a free book signing at Modern Domestic as a part of the Friday Night Sew-cial tonight at 6:00pm. And check back here tomorrow for our stop on her blog tour with a review and book giveaway!

What's New


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Six years ago when I was purchasing the initial inventory for the store I brought my dear friend Renee with me to one of the fabric shows.  Renee was one of the many folks who lent a hand in one way or another in getting Bolt off the ground.  She helped me figure out how much I could fit in how much square footage, how many bolts fit on a bookcase, all sorts of important details.  Renee also played a very important role at that fabric show.  (And here's how this all ties in with what's new...)  You see, her favorite color is purple.  Mine are blue and green, and in the past I haven't been a huge lover of purple.  She balanced things out and encouraged a second look at many a purple print.  I've come around to really appreciate purples of many shades and was so excited to see this group in a box the other day.  I am loving the cool lavender, sky blue and raisin color combination.  It's from the Love Growsline by Sharon Holland for Fabri-Quilt.  If you're wanting to make up a quick hostess gift, this line would sew up beautifully into the Jamie Christina Cupcake Apron or Palooza Apron.

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Another group we welcomed this past week is the new group from organic cotton manufacturers, Cloud 9 Fabrics, Across the Pond. It's another one of their "price sensitive" lines, making it much more comparable in price to the non-organic cotton prints.  And, yep, the fourth print from the bottom is of herons.  Love!

A little teaser--I got word that our order from Kowa (really great Japanese prints) from Spring Quilt Market, as well as new goodies from Moda and Art Gallery arrived Tuesday afternoon.  I'm sure I'll be posting pics next Wednesday if you're reading from afar.

Fall Palette Challenge & Fall Sorbetto


I'm a little late getting started (I wasn't sure if I could find time) but I've decided to jump head first into Colette Pattern's Fall Palette Challenge. You can read a little bit more about it here but to summarize, one is tasked to pick a color palette of approximately 5-6 colors and stitch up some wardrobe goodness. I participated in her previous Spring Palette Challenge and found her philosophy entirely true. I consider my closet--what I've got a lot of, what I have little or nothing of, what I personally like to wear, what colors I wear alot of--and plan what items I'd like to bring in. It encourages you to be thoughtful about your selection and responsible for one's consumption of disposable fashion. I'm on a mission to make my entire wardrobe...I'm not there yet. But I'm working on it! 

I thought I'd share my Fall Palette quest with you, Bolt readers, and you would keep me in line and moving forward. I'm feeling ambitious yet realistic. Well, maybe just crazy.

Fall Palette Challenge

--Colette's new patterns, Peony (a boatneck dress, loving!)

--and Clover (cigarette pants!) These should be available any day now.

--Sorbetto (Colette's free pattern) with the addition of cap sleeves

--A pencil skirt from Sew Everything Workshop (or a color-blocked gathered full skirt...I can't decide)

--Knit set consisting of a shrug, scarf, and leg warmers (all of which I'll be showing you how to do!)

--Maybe a Fall version of Colette's Crepe wrap dress. In denim!


First up, my Fall Sorbetto. I printed this oh-so-helpful free sleeve download specifically drafted for this top. Thank you, Mena and Claire! She does state there is no size mentioned so I assumed I would need to alter it a little bit. I used your standard slash & spread flat pattern technique so I could maintain the integrity of the original shape at the underarm. I cut at the shoulder seam notch since I could see there was more to the back than the front. Don't forget there is seam allowance at the shoulder seams of the original tank, so you won't need to add it as much. Be sure to measure the sleeve opening to make sure you add in (or remove) the proper number of inches. I cut a sz. 14 in the Sorbetto and added in 2 1/8" to my sleeve.

slash and spread, flat pattern alteration

I chose this purple and blue crosshatch print in a cotton/silk blend that I've had my eye on hanging out in the silk bin. I'm a sucker for a good crosshatch and I thought the blend would be good for our gentle transistion into fall. It'll be great with a cardigan in November but still lightweight enough to wear through September. Now that I have an excuse and project, the bolt gets to make a trip to the cutting counter.

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Even though I was adding sleeves, the yardage was wider than I've used before and April and I thought I could get my sleeves and binding out of 1 1/2 yds. We were right! I did want to maximize yardage for that very reason and you can see here how I folded it to do so.

laying out the Sorbetto

Then a little stitch here, serge there, bias tape maker here, hem there and voila. I feel like I'm off to a good start!

Fall Sorbetto

If you're interested in doing the Fall Palette Challenge with me, you're welcome to join in the fun on the forum Sarai set up for just such things. Choose as many or as little garments as you'd like!