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Favorite Summer Dresses: Pattern Roundup

by all of us!

Sometimes I think of a past post fondly and feel like it should get another go around in the spotlight. And, well, with summer here and the warmer weather upon us, I thought it might just be a good time to revisit some of the fabulous summer dresses the gals around Bolt have made. A little inspiration for us!

I’ve included one picture from each post. You can click on the pattern name and go directly to the original posts to read and see more.

Melissa’s Colette Crepe is a year-round fav, but particularly suited to the warmer months.

April’s pretty, pretty Diana Kimono by Serendipity Studio is an easy choice, perfect for a garden party or evening out!

Heather’s elegant Nicola by Victory Patterns is just the thing for summer weddings. Make it up in a light and airy cotton lawn like hers, and be comfortable in the warmest of climates.

Hannah’s gorgeous Lonsdale halter style dress by Sewaholic Patterns is just right for showing off summer shoulders. The long length gives it a more formal look.

Amy’s sharp “Go To Dress” from the Sew What You Love book by Tanya Whelan, is one of those great pieces that looks so good, and is as comfortable as wearing your favorite t-shirt. I love that combination. A great way to use some of those soft knits you’ve been eyeing.

Want more? Check out these more recent posts, if you missed them the first time:

Green Bee Frances Shirtdress

Colette Moneta knit dress

Sewn Square One Go Anywhere Dress

Just In: Incredible ikats from India, Art Gallery, Alexander Henry

by Gina

I have had a rule of not reordering prints for the last, oh say, 9 years. I try to push myself to reconsider rules I’ve set and see if they should still apply. I’m tossing this one out, somewhat. I’d still say for about 95% of the prints that come through the door at Bolt, they have one go at it. After all, there are always new things ready to take their place. That said, there have been some things that have been swept right on out of here so quickly, and people have asked about the, and well, they’re just great fabrics. And, they continue to be available, that’s a necessary part of the equation. So, let’s revisit some old friends, shall we?

From top to bottom: a cotton lawn from Alexander Henry (you’ve seen the Josephine sample in the store), a gorgeous ikat from Moda, and the ledger print by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman.

How can anyone resist the glittery sugar skulls and other skeleton prints so well done by the folks at Alexander Henry?

Don’t worry, we still continue to have all sorts of brand spankin’ new things coming through the door all the time! This week we’re excited to have a nice selection from Art Gallery, with their silkier-than-others cotton.

One of the groups of fabrics I’m most excited about are the gorgeous traditional ikat sarees from India. These are incredible textiles, simple as that. (They  are also pretty challenging to photograph…)

Enjoy!

Jalie Dolman T

—by Heather

One of my favorite pattern companies, Jalie, recently released several new designs which I’ve been excited to make. First up is this simple Dolman T pattern. You can make this up easily in an afternoon and wear your new top to happy hour!

The slightly longer back is a stylish detail which gives this simple design a bit more interest. You can make this “sleeveless” version for warmer days or use the 3/4 sleeve option with a sweater knit for something more substantial or dressier. I definitely recommend this pattern.