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Wed, 10 am – 7 pm
Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, 11 am – 4 pm

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2136 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

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Birthday Sale! 

Happy birthday to Bolt! Mark your calendars. We’re celebrating 9 years at the end of October, and we are so grateful for your continued support and enthusiasm. I often say we have the best customers ever, and I truly mean it! You all have made the last 9 years a joy. Thank you very much.

To celebrate and say thank you, we’re throwing our bi-annual storewide sale Friday, October 24th - Sunday, October 26th. All fabric will be 10-50% off, and every thing else will be 20% off!  So mark your calendars and come see us! (This is an in-store sale, so no over the phone sale discounts that weekend.)

And, to get you in the mood, we just marked a group of bolts down to $4/yard, available now. No need to wait until the end of the month!

Thank you again, so much for your continued support. 

Just In: Cotton + Steel, Thread Theory and more

by Gina

The remainder of our order of Cotton + Steel prints has arrived along with a great selection of other fun cotton prints:

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Kaffe Fassett and friendsAnd, we’re excited to say we have started carrying the well designed men’s clothing patterns from Thread Theory:

Hope to see you soon!


Alder Shirtdress

—by Heather

Home sewists far and wide had reason to celebrate this summer when Jen Beeman of Grainline Studio announced the release of her first paper pattern, the Alder Shirtdress. (Previous patterns have been available as PDF downloads). Using the most excellent sew-along Jen provided on the Grainline blog, I made this sample for the store in a sweet plum-colored dotty chambray.

I cannot say enough good things about this pattern and Jen’s detailed and clear sew-along instructions. I thoroughly enjoyed the process of creating this garment and am thrilled with the result. Although our sunny days are numbered in this region, I expect this dress will be tremendously versatile through the seasons. Imagine how stylish it would look layered over a turtle-neck and worn with boots. Or use one of the lovely new silks to make the gathered version for dressing up with a cardigan and heels through fall and winter.

In addition to the original Alder, Jen has provided tutorials online for variations on the collar and neckline and also a longsleeved version—a hybrid of the Alder Shirtdress and the Archer Button-Up (soon to be offered as a paper pattern). Also keep and eye out a paper version of the Scout Tee.

Three cheers for Grainline Studio!

Update: Paper versions of both the Archer Button-Up and the Scout Tee are in the store now!