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Just in: Home dec, silk and cozy brushed cottons

by Gina

Fun new prints from Premier Prints. These home decor weight pieces are excellent quality and won’t break the bank. They will create the prettiest curtains, pillow covers, diaper bags, seat covers…you name it!

Additions to our apparel selection include a light striped linen, a sweet, super airy chiffon print, raw silk in gorgeous orange, yellow, green, and a very interesting silk print with what we think are profiles of people in red and we’re not quite sure about the rest, but are loving it!

Super soft, brushed cotton “Story Book” by Kate and Birdie for Moda. Perfect lighter weight for summer PJs.

These great blues and greens are from “Color Me Happy” by V and Co. for Moda. We also picked up a pillow pattern from V and Co. featuring this line, with some really interesting designs, including a braided cover as well as a color blocked one using the bottom print. The top three pieces are from Andover. And a new selection of garden pindots from Michael Miller. Happy Spring!

Victory Patterns Hazel Dress

—by Heather
Say hello to the Hazel Dress from Victory Patterns. Hannah and I partnered up on this dress sample. That is, she asked me to make it for her and I obliged. We had been brainstorming for some time about the perfect fabric to use and I think we really nailed it with this feather-soft double gauze.

This sample is a size 4, with the bodice side seams and bust dart a size 6. The length is on the shorter side, making it just right for layering with tights and boots, as Hannah does. Or when the weather warms a bit, bare your legs and slip on some clogs. If you like a longer skirt, just add a few inches where the pattern indicates. There is no option for a sleeveless version but for those of you with some experience, this would be a simple adjustment which would give you a lovely summer dress.

The Hazel Dress pattern comes together without a hitch and yields a comfy and modern dress with lots of femininity. I mean, just look at that bow—so elegant!

pattern review:cooper bag

by Hannah: photos by April

Introducing the Cooper Bag, designed by Laura Collins of Pansy Maiden and distrubuted by Colette Patterns. I do say, it’s a real winner and I have no complaints. This beginner pattern offers three versions. I chose version 2 which is the backpack. The other versions include a messenger bag and a satchel which is a pannier for your bike!

We have everything you need for this bag at Bolt: jiffy rivets, tri-glides, webbing, and magnetic snaps. Version 2 has eight pockets and the flap closes with magnetic snaps. We’ve been carrying water resistant canvas (the perfect Portland weather fabric) at the shop the past few months and it was the perfect choice. For the lining I chose a hemp/organic cotton indigo stripe. We carry jiffy rivets in two finishes, silver and antique.

While sewing, here are a few tips for you. Choose your webbing and make sure your slides (for the adjustable straps) are slightly smaller than the width of your webbing so that the adjustable straps don’t slip every time you adjust them. Rivets. Usually rivets require a rivet setter. Jiffy rivets are a type of rivet that can be applied to your project with a mallet. On the backpack version the jiffy rivets are purely decorative so leave them off it you like. If you choose to use them, be sure that you tap very lightly multiple times. If you hit them hard two-three times, you’ll destroy them. Yikes! 

This bag is great. Come in and see our sample hanging! See you soon!