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Mini Poppy with Liberty Yoke

—by Heather

Continuing with our unofficial series on how to get the most out of small cuts of special fabrics like Liberty of London, I wanted to share this Mini Poppy dress I made for my daughter last month using a fat eight for the yoke.

You may remember Gina’s adult version of this tunic/dress. Despite having some construction techniques that I found slightly inefficient, I would make this again. It really turns out a cute garment. And when you add a distinctive fabric to the accent pieces it becomes quite special.

I was originally planning to use the Liberty only on the yoke and omit the contrast band at the bottom but my daughter insisted on the the dress having it so I grabbed another fat eighth for that. In the end I could have just cut a quarter yard from the tube, but fat eights did the trick as well.

Check out some other nice uses for small bits of Liberty here and here. And stay tuned for a visit from Amy who may share what she’s up to using Liberty scraps.

Just in: Parson Grey, gauze and an online shop

by Gina

We’ve slowing been announcing the opening up of our new online store. It is something we’ve been asked about a lot over the years, and while we knew we couldn’t replicate our brick and mortar store, we worked out a selection of goods we felt were unique to the store and / or were requested frequently from faraway supporters. So, check it out. We’ll be adding more product, and feel free to let us know what you’d like to see up there. You can find it under the “shop” tab on our site, or just click here

As always, whenever you see something here on the ol’ Bolt Neighborhood that you would like to have in your fabric collection, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’re more than happy to work with you to get you what you want.

Ok, onto fabric arrivals.

The newest designs from Parson Gray, that bottom print if by Brandon Mably.

And, new beauties from Martha Negley. She is one of my favs, I just love her style. I’ve used her past twig and horsetail prints in a variety of ways and have a collection of her other botanical prints waiting to be partnered with the perfect project. Even with something as current as feathers, I find her rendering timeless. You can see her previous feather print featured here in Heather’s gorgeous throw.

We have a “welcome back” to mention: white bubble gauze. You can check out April’s sweet printed swaddling wraps here. This is also a great choice for light, breezy summer attire.

See you soon!

American Made!

by Gina

When I was first told about the American Made Brand cotton solids being sold by Clothworks, I thought it may just be too good to be true. A cotton cloth that is: US grown cotton, US woven, and US dyed?! Then I saw the samples, felt the samples and saw that the price was really reasonable. These were all the factors I thought would make it not as great as it seemed. So…lo and behold, we are thrilled to announce the arrival of the first part of our initial order.

Supporting the local economy is something we take pretty seriously at Bolt, in part because we are reliant upon all of you making that choice for yourselves to support our store. We are also quite proud of the various items we carry that are made by our Portland friends and neighbors, or within the larger local community of the U.S. I truly hope that this is part of a large scale rejuvination of cloth manufacturing in our country and am proud to offer you the beginnings of the American Made Brand.

There is a challenge going on with AMB, for all of you who enjoy those sorts of things. Check out the “Farm to Fabric Challenge” details here.