Remember last spring, when we partnered up with our friends at Cool Cottons for “March Madness?” Well, we’re doing it again! Through the month of February, when you spend $25 or more at Bolt, you’ll receive a coupon for 15% off at Cool Cottons. When you redeem it, you’ll be entered into a drawing for one of two $10 gift certificates to Cool Cottons, and if you spend $25 or more, you’ll receive a 15% off coupon for Bolt. When that coupon is redeemed, you’ll be entered into a drawing for one of two $10 gift certificates to Bolt….Get it? It’s a circular sort of thing. You can just keep shopping all month long, back and forth!
I am in love with my new cardigan/jacket and want you all to make one so you can be in love too. Jalie patterns have never failed me and this one is no exception. The close-fitting design is ideal for wearing over short sleeves and tanks, turning your favorite summer tops into four-season garments.
I used a heavenly french terry for this version (started with an off-white and used iDye to create the sage green color). Besides being a dream to work with, these knits offer good heft and structure resulting a very comfy, casual jacket. I may end up using this as a pre-/post workout jacket—sort of a stylish sweatshirt. The length also lends itself to being worn over tights or yoga pants. But for today I am pairing this version with my favorite jeans and may not take it off even at bedtime.
For a dressier version I will definitely shorten by two or three inches and select a lighter weight knit with more drape. Sweater knits are good candidates for this pattern as well. Choices are abundant at Bolt, so come in and we’ll help you select just the right fabric for your Drop Pocket Cardigan.
You are looking at some of my best friends. Steam-A-Seam, Wonder Tape and Stitch Witchery are tapes that stabilize, bond permanently or temporarily and are extremely helpful in the sewing room. Sometimes customers are confused about the difference between them and the best uses for each.
Let’s remedy that, shall we? From left to right:
1. Steam-A-Seam is a lightweight fusible tape that bonds permanently but does not become stiff. It allows fabric to retain it’s hand—even delicate fabrics. It is an indispensible tool for hemming knits as it creates stability and helps to prevent rippling and uneven stitches. Don’t use it for seaming though.
I have also used Steam-A-Seam for creating tiny little fabric patches when I’ve accidentaly snipped into a garment—an infrequent yet panic-inducing occurence.
2. Wonder Tape is my absolute favorite and most used tool of all. It’s perfect for holding things in place while you stitch them down and then it washes right out. I use it often in place of pins when installing zippers, positioning pockets and matching stripes, etc. It’s a good stabilizer for seaming knits, too.
3. Stitch Witchery is perfect for when you can’t or don’t want to sew something. Hemming curtains is a typical application for Stitch Witchery. Applying small details to toys—like eyes or mouth to a doll’s face—is another great way to use it.
If you’ve never used these products before you should definitely give them a try. Just ask us for help in selecting what’s best for your project.