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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!



Just in: too much to list!

by Gina

We may have received so much in the past week that it would be easier to list what isn’t new.  Not really, but it feels like it.  A few things that aren’t going to show up in photos: a slew of new buttons, and more are on their way, simple, lovely cotton gauze in black and white, a replenished selection of shot cottons, and more.  Let’s get started with the photos, shall we?

Trims galore! Including these cute little packages of ribbed cuffs and waist-bands. I know, not the best pic, but I had to show you these sweet buttons/charms that arrived.  I’m thinking these little chicken charms would make some very fine zipper pulls.These great Japanese imports are so fun! Mt. Fuji dobby, crayon drawn dinos, seahorse double gauze, double sided starry denim, sweet floral shirtings. See the pandas?A variety of apparel goods have started rolling in.  Time to start planning your summer wardrobe.The latest arrivals of medium weight cottons: Ty Pennington’s latest group, Melissa Ybarra’s “Garden Party Tango,” and Tula Pink’s “Fox Field.”