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Cozy Up to Flannel Pajamas

valori wells flannel

Living with three boys and one man has elevated the status of "sleepy pants" to another level in my life.  They love cuddly, flannel pants for night time and who can blame them?  I have a pretty big fabric stash, but flannel never seems to stick around for long.  We need a whole new crop of pants for these colder days and growing boys-- of course, it helps that they are about the easiest thing to make. The store is swimming in soft flannel for the fall and winter.  There are a lot of super cute novelty prints, but there are also a whole host of subtle prints and near solids suitable for those people in your life that like a warmer palette. 


Check out our Sleepwear pattern bins for loads of options for adults and children. The Favorite Things collection has a great pj option (the Sleep Well Pajamas) for tops and bottoms which avoids fussy collars and is suitable for men or women.  I'm going to try out Jalie's Pajama Set Pattern (not in silk, thankyouverymuch) with a notched collar out of some of the new Moda flannel

Lupine is teaching a Learn to Sew Pajamas for the People class down at MD using the Sleep Well pattern.  If you're new to sewing or working up the nerve to make something to wear for yourself, this is the place to start.  Pajamas are some of the first things I successfully made for myself, and they are a staple in my night-time wardrobe.  Who am I kidding?  They are a staple in my I'm-not-leaving-the-house-today wardrobe, too. 

The Mother Lode Sale, October 22-24

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Here are a few more details about Bolt's Fifth Anniversary Sale coming up the weekend of the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th.  First off, all fabric will be marked down 10-50% for all three days.  This includes all new fabric that has been arriving the last few weeks.  On FRIDAY (while supplies last) we'll be giving away a Anna Maria Horner apron with purchases over 100 dollars and Modern Domestic will be throwing in a free hour of sewing on their wonderful machines with every 50 dollars spent (you'll need to keep your receipt to take advantage of the MD offer).  Also on Friday, we will be donating a portion of all sales to our Organization of the Month, Coffee Creek Quilters

On SATURDAY all books and patterns will be 20% off and on SUNDAY all notions and trims will be offered at the same 20% discount.  Word on the street, is that Alicia Paulson is doing a special in-store appearance at Modern Domestic in early December, so you may want to stock up on her books and replenish your embroidery supplies.  Elizabeth Hartman's new book is nearly here (hopefully in time for the sale) and we'll have details about her booksigning soon.  And while we're on the subject of special guests, there is still room in Kata Golda's Stuffed Companion class down at MD. 

New this weekCity Weekend by Oliver+S and Moda is here!  You can read more about the entire collection and ways to sew with it, here.  Pictured above are just some of the quilt weight cottons and a cheery stack of very soft interlock knits.  Raglan Ts all around!

Weekend Project: Tee for Two

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Patterns by Figgy's is a hometown favourite here at Bolt.  Co-owner and designer, Shelly Figueroa is local sewist and popular teacher at MD.  Along with Karen LePage, she designs wearable clothes for kids that are straight-forward to sew and come in a wide range of sizes. 

I was especially happy to try out the raw-edged raglan Tee for Two pattern, considering my eldest child refuses to wear anything other than soft jersey knit.  He's a slim fit kind of kid, and this is a slim fit kind of pattern.

Sam tried it on without the neckband and the seams on the outside first.  He was done standing for pictures after I had attached the neckband.

The pattern (four pieces in total) came together handily.  This is a fast project.  I opted for the seaming on the inside, and I used my serger and a narrow hem to create the seams.  The only reason I used my serger is that I need the practice-- the truth is, this pattern can be just as easily be put together using a regular sewing machine. 

This is a well written pattern that is versatile for both boys and girls (the pattern includes pieces for a swingy dress/tunic version) and there are several seaming options to create all kinds of different looks.  More importantly though, it is an easy place to get started sewing with knit fabric.  It runs on the small end-- I buy 5-6 clothing for Sam and I sewed him the 6-7 size.  Happily, this pattern comes in two versions:  baby-7 and 7-14.  Hallelujah!  You can sew cute clothes for your tweens, Mamas.  Bolt carries a wide assortment of beautiful, soft, knits for all the kids in your life (with even more arriving in the next few weeks)  Check out Figgy's blog for cute tutorials and pattern updates.  Shelly is teaching (among other things!) a Tee for Two class on October 20th at MD-- check their website for details!