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Happy Summer! A gift for you and a break for us.

by Gina

As a way to ring in the summer and say “Thanks” to all of our fabulous in-store customers, we will be giving away a little goodie bag of fabric with each purchase of $30 or more, while supplies last! Simple as that.

The other news is that Bolt will be closed Friday, July 4th. We’ll be back and ready to help out on Saturday. We wish you all a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Reinvention by Maya Donenfeld

by Gina

I often find myself judging a book by its cover. I know, I know, we really shouldn’t, but we do, don’t we? Many times, that’s all I see, along with a short synopsis, before I order a copy to really check it out. This cover intrigued me and I was thrilled to flip through it once it arrived.

Maya Donefeld’s aesthetic is right up my alley. Easy going, with a clean, simple elegance, a natural beauty. Her approach to reusing textiles is easy to get behind as well.

I’ve included some shots of various projects I really appreciate, but there are so many in the book that I want to make, I couldn’t include them all. And, really, I don’t want to spoil the fun of flipping through the pages for any of you.

The final section of the book includes fantastic techniques for repurposing these Tyvek mailers…brilliant, I’ll leave it at that. Now, if I would just get something sent to me in one of these!


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