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Just in: Organic cotton, Oxford cloth, Outdoor fabric and more

by Gina

All sorts of summery things have arrived at the store! Here’s a quick run down. First off, some great outdoor fabrics:

Silky soft, rayon knits in classic stripes:

Sweet organic prints from Birch Fabrics and Cloud 9. First group is Happy Town by Emily Isabella for Birch Fabrics. The following pair of pics are of Rain Walk by Anna Graham of Noodlehead glory; last pic is canvas.

A spooooky skeleton group from Moda:

Lush velveteen and bold canvas from Robert Kaufman:

Also from Kaufman are three classic cotton oxford cloth in blue, white and black. Yippy!

Lastly, a punch of color with these cool, prism-y designs by Alison Glass. Happy sewing, and stay cool!

local favorite : bollywood theater

by Hannah

If it’s lunchtime and you’re exhausted from fabric decisions, visit Bollywood Theater just a block down from Bolt! We love to get their delicious housemade chai for a little pick me up or a kati roll with paneer for a light lunch. The staff is pleasant and it’s a great place to order a few things and eat tapas style with a few friends. They have speedy service, eclectic indoor seating or lovely outside seating. Check out their website and visit them on the south side if you’re closer or not shopping at Bolt for the day. We hope you’re well and see you soon at the shop! 

 

 

Favorite Summer Dresses

by Adrianna

It’s been crunch time around the store lately, with customers and staff all pulling together functional, stylish, and most of all easy to sew summer wardrobes. With the weather being as wonderful as it has been, no one wants to spend the whole day inside sewing (as is more enjoyable in winter months) yet we all still have that desire to create. Summer clothing and accessories are more on the fun side to whip up, as you can play around with lightweight fabrics in bright colors, generally don’t need linings, or sleeves, or extra technical details that you find on most cold weather garments, and are fast to make. Here are some favorite dress patterns around the shop that although can be worn all year, are most exciting for summer time. All these dresses take no longer than a couple hours to make, including cutting out pattern and fabric, so you can easily dash one up before bed or first thing in the morning and spend the rest of the day out in the sunshine showing off your darling new garb. We currently have a variety of great cotton/linen blends and wonderful cotton voiles, and a spectacular shipment of chambray’s and linen’s arriving to the shop soon, so make sure to stop on by and stock up on these perfect summer fabrics to match with these patterns.

Above dress: The Tank Dress from Sew Caroline

Below: The Bridgetown Backless Dress & Tunic from Sew House 7

 

Mississippi Ave Dress & Tunic from Sew House 7

Dahlia from Colette Patterns

The Staple Dress from April Rhodes

The Davie Knit Dress from Sewaholic, sewn on a regular machine and hemmed by hand inspired by Alabama Chanin techniques and sashiko floss