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Just In: mud cloth, knit trim, Carolyn Friedlander and William Morris

by Gina

Some interesting things came through the door this past week. And, some equally as welcomed basics too!

Let’s start with the basics. We’re restocked with that great hemp/ organic cotton heavy weight stripe in indigo, red and brown. You can see the indigo version used in this great looking tote by Hannah. (It’s the widest stripe.) We also just got in a super cozy collection of solid flannels:

Our inventory is typically quite colorful and contemporary. That doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate a more subdue palette of William Morris reproductions:

And, some of Carolyn Friedlander’s new great group, Doe (top two prints are not part of the group):

These sweetly colored prints from Moda say Spring, for sure. Including the raindrops that usually mean spring around here:

We are very happy to get back in these gorgeous, unique, traditional African mud cloths:A shipment of trims arrived yesterday, including knit foldover trim, some super festive, sparkly ribbon and sweet, little polka dot, ruffle elastic.

Are you ready for some spring sewing? Come and see us, we’ll be sure you are!

Old Mexico Blouse by Folkwear

by Cameron

I was so excited to see a new shipment of Folkwear patterns arrive at the shop the other week. For uncommon silhouettes and details, Folkwear can’t be beat. Many of our customers that come in for Folkwear patterns are interested in historical sewing, but plenty of their patterns are great for everyday wear, too. That’s what I had in mind when I made up the Old Mexico Blouse. I think it’s going to get a lot of wear this summer.

This is such a simple project! There are only four pattern pieces, so tracing and cutting are a breeze. I’m not a speedy sewer, and I was able to finish it up in two or three hours, tops. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. The only step that I had trouble with was attaching the sleeves. Instead of attaching the sleeve at the armhole, it’s more like you’re inserting the sleeve into the side seam. Adrianna clued me in to an easier way to tackle this bit of construction - sew the sleeve to the shirt and then sew the sleeve and side seam together in one go.

I made the small, a size smaller than my bust measurement, because it’s such a roomy shirt. I’m glad I sized down. The pattern includes both a top and full dress option.

Let’s talk fabric: For the yoke I used Andover’s chambray in marigold. We have just one or two bolts of this chambray left, but I think the shot cottons would also work really well in this pattern. The rest of the shirt is made of a splashy aqua fabric from Alison Glass’ Handcrafted collection - her modern take on batik. It’s well suited to both quilting and garments.

Come on in to check out all the new Folkwear patterns we have in stock!



Just In: online store, books, and samples

by Gina

This week we’re featuring a few different things on our “Just In” post that often do not get featured. First up, these three great new dish towelings have been added to the Bolt online store (see that big “Shop Bolt” button to the right?).

Our in-store collection of dish toweling is over flowing right now. I think this is the largest variety we’ve ever had. (If you’re shopping from afar, feel free to scroll through past Just In posts to see others that are available and give us a call.) We get asked a lot about what to do with toweling, other than the obvious and here are some ideas we share (or that have been shared with us): curtains, bags, table runners and napkins, small skirts and aprons. Here are a few of the newest additions:

This fantastic new book is getting us all excited about sewing up cute, cute kids’ clothes for summer. Adrianna just brought in the great sample of a boy’s top and drawstring shorts. Not only is the style so sweet, but the designs are timeless, straightforward and include both girls’ and boys’ designs!

Another great new set of samples is from the color block pouch pattern from V and Co. Super cute, and prefect for the whip-up-in-a-flash gift. Use coated cotton on the inside, or wax your fabric (we’ve got Otter Wax!) and have it be a great little make up / toiletries bag. And, we’ve got these great, colorful metal zippers that add just the right little detail.

Remember that fantastic “Go Anywhere Dress” Heather made up?  We just received in more colors of that yummy linen/ rayon Brussels blend that she used. Such lovely drape to it. You’ll want to make up an entire wardrobe!

See you soon.