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Loads of New and Closure Reminder


We received a few more of the Japanese Dala horse prints last week-- they are amongst my favourites in the shop at the moment. The second photo is part of the shipment of Adorn It bolts. They are joined by Kaufman geometrics, stripey knits and tubes of apparel fabric.

New Books! Quilting with Line and Color by Yoshiko Jizenji, Alabama Studio Style by Natalie Chanin, Dressmaker’s Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques: Essential Step-by-Step Techniques for Professional Results  by Lynda Maynard, Sewn With Love: Classic Patterns for Children's Clothes and Accessories by Fiona Bell, and The Party Dress Book by Mary Adams.

Reminder: We will be closed Tuesday, February 28th March 1st.


Weekend Project: Echino Bag


Hello! I was temporarily derailed by illness, but am back to share this quick and cute project, great for Spring. We carry three Echino stand alone bag patterns at the moment. They are all in Japanese, which might be a bit scary for some, but I assure you that they are actually pretty basic patterns good for those of you moving beyond a basic tote. 

The diagrams are very good, unlike most Japanese patterns the seam allowance IS included, and they are very efficient fabric-wise. The supply list is in centimeters and relatively short. The first numbers are the outer, liner and interfacing, and then any notions: piping, zipper, velcro/hook and loop tape, buttons, etc. The diagrams illustrate cutting layout and construction. The pattern pieces themselves have a number of construction aids with good markings (symbols) and grain lines.This is also a great pattern to customize-- decide on pocket placement or key loops ahead of time, and attach them as you go.

I used a linen/cotton Yuwa map print and a sturdy sport zipper. I originally purchased packaged binding, but then misplaced it and opted to make my own as the pattern indicated. The webbing was also purchased at Bolt. This specific bag does not have a separate lining. Instead, I sandwiched the outer fabric, interfacing, and lining and sewed them together as one piece (the other patterns give instructions on liner construction and application. You can finish the inside seams with a serger, overcast stitch or pinking sheers.

Alexander Henry and Birch Fabrics

I am late with a Weekend Project and will most likely move the "weekend" part over to Tuesday, but I couldn't wait to make sure you knew about some great new arrivals. We've been receiving a steady stream of bolts from Alexander Henry. Prints from AH are consistent day-brighteners. The above three are just a sampling and would win me big points in my house of little boys (pirate-ish flags!). Two new lines from Birch Fabrics are here! They are 100% GOTS certified organic cotton and they are beautiful.

*The Sale cabinet has been stocked with organic prints, including those from the previous Birch line. We've added an entire bin of Sale apparel fabrics, too-- printed knits, fancies, madras, and I even spied a Liberty print in there yesterday.

*If you are a Supportland card holder, make sure to check in with them tomorrow to watch your points magically double for the day! A little V-Day gift to yourself might be in order.

*At the end of this month, the staff at Bolt are participating in our very own Sewing Getaway Team Building Exercise (I can't promise there won't be over-sized T shirts). That means that along with our regularly scheduled closure on Monday, we will be closed Tuesday, February 28. We will be bringing back a pile of new, finished samples for display at the store, as well as pattern reviews and blog fodder.