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Last minute sale reminder

introducing merchant & mills patterns

 by Cameron


I’m excited to share with you a new line of patterns we’re carrying in the shop - Merchant & Mills patterns. I know many of you are familiar with Merchant & Mills because you’ve been asking for them, but for those of you who haven’t come across them yet, I’d like to introduce you to one of our newest pattern lines. Merchant & Mills is a British company that sells notions, fabrics, and patterns. They focus on providing quality tools and fabrics that “elevate sewing to its proper place in the creative world”. Their garment patterns have clean lines, a contemporary but never trendy aesthetic, and are so wearable.

We’re carrying 7 of their patterns - three dresses, one dress/top, one top, and two lovely jackets. The pattern fronts are beautiful but make it hard to get a sense of the finished garment, so I’ve also included some photos of the back of the pattern envelope so you can see the line drawing.


The Strand has an understated elegance (and pockets!), while the Landsgate is perfect for Portland. I picture it made up in a neutral canvas with contrasting drawstrings and fastners and slathered in Otter Wax.

The Camber Dress is classic and versatile. It can be made up as a dress or woven t-shirt. Top #64 is one for my favorites. I love shape and the sweet little pockets right at your waist.

The Dress Shirt is just that - a classic bibbed shirt extended into a dress. The Factory Dress is inspired by 1930s work wear, and has an easy, comfy fit for ladies who get stuff done on the factory floor or all over town. The Trapeze Dress, my other favorite, is simple and voluminous. I’m planning on making up several to get me through summer.

Linen is a perfect choice for almost all of the Merchant and Mills patterns, and we have a beautiful selection of linen and linen blends in the store. We’d love to help you pick out some fabric and get started on your summer wardrobe updates.

Do you see any potential favorites in the new pattern line? What are you planning on making up first?

Sale reminder and Online Sale Announcement!

Our Spring Sale is coming up fast. This weekend, April 17-April 19 all fabric will be discounted! You can find all the details here. We’ll be giving away some goodies this time too! We have a couple of 2015 Chinook Books will be raffled off for purchases over $100 and goodie bags will be given away with purchases over $50 while supplies last. Yippy.

In addition to the in-store sale, we’re throwing our first online sale! Please help us spread the word. Everything in the online store (which you can get to by clicking that big, pretty “Shop Bolt” button on the right) is 20% off April 17-19. The little details: this doesn’t apply to gift certificates, and we’ll go by Pacific Time, midnight on the 17th to midnight on the 19th. Shop to your hearts’ content. Just enter promo code Spring20.

Thank you for all of your continued support. We are so grateful to get to play in the world of fabric with you!

Come see us this weekend.