It’s that time of the season for Holiday clothes! Finding the right outfit can be overwhelming and expensive, not to mention the stress of weaving in and out of other holiday shoppers. So why not treat yourself to something simple and sweet this season by making your own party dress from Bolt’s Moda Bella Solids collection?
These quilting weight cotton solids are generally overlooked for apparel because of their weight, however I have been experimenting with them lately and have found they actually work great for certain designs. Because they are slightly stiffer than traditional apparel weight cottons they are able to take shape better than lighter fabrics. I have become slightly obsessed with making circle skirts out of them, as they poof out just so sweetly!
I preferred to use the Bella Solids for this dress for a few reasons; the first mainly being I wanted a dress in this color and it is very hard to find in apparel weights. Bella Solids are awesome as they come in almost every color and shade. Another great thing about Bella Solids since they are meant to be used as quilt/blanket backings, they are soft and keep you warm! There is no need for lining in a garment that uses a Solid as they are smooth against your skin and are tightly woven to keep you warm. Since Solids are medium weight cotton they are very easy to sew with, so this could be a great project for the novice sewer! Apparel weights tend to be more flowy and light, which to a beginner can be stressful if you’re not used to handling light fabrics (it took me years before I was comfortable with some apparel weights). Lastly, and probably the best part about Solids, is that they are very affordable! Again, since they are pretty basic solid cottons, the price point is reasonable, and you can make a great piece on the cheap.
So the next time you come into Bolt, don’t pass by the Solids collection, it’s right by the front door! They are pretty rad, and I’m sure you will enjoy using them as much as I do.
Lena Corwin’s latest book, Made by Hand, is a gem. Every turn of the page delights and inspires. It is chock full of exquisite craft projects presented in a wonderfully accessible tone with gorgeous photographs and clear step-by-step instructions. I do believe it will be my go-to for quite some time. And with gift-making-and-giving season upon us the timing couldn’t be better.
Chances are you or your favorite sewist also enjoy other crafts such as knitting, embroidery, printing, making jewelry or candles or soap. You will find a wide range of these here as well. Each project—or two—was developed for the book by some of the craft world’s most talented sewists, designers, and fiber artists working today. Many, such as Caitlin Mociun, Jenny Gordy and Shabd Simon-Alexander are my personal favorites.
I really had to restrain myself from photographing every spread in the book, but I managed to narrow it down to a few favorites which will hopefully give you an idea of how fun and smart the projects are.
Today I’m excited to share the third of our “Make it Perfect” samples, the Honey Blouse. (See first and second). Made with Rashida Coleman Hales’ Koi voile, this blouse is soft, feminine and just right for both everyday wear and special occasions.
My favorite detail of this mostly simple design is the twisted neck band and sleeve bands. I have to admit this was the most challenging part of the process but the end result is really cute. The thing is, it’s not really that difficult, it’s just that while you’re doing it, it feels wrong. I was convinced I had messed it up, especially after I tried to iron the folds into place and then it looked all pointy and weird and stuck out in an awkward way. But when I was all finished, I gave it a fine spray of water and the fabric relaxed into a perfect natural twist.
I really like the wide bottom band as well. It creates a nice blousing effect and the side ties are a very cute detail. Tie them in a bow as shown in the sample or knot them and let them hang longer.
I would definitely recomend using a voile or other lightweight fabric for this blouse. There’s a lot of gathering in this design and sticking to a fabric with some drape will keep your finished garment looking flowy rather than puffy. Make it up in silk for a really special and festive top for the holidays.
And remember, today is our benefit for November’s Organization of the Month. 10% of today’s sales will go to Oregon Food Bank.