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Entries in Apparel Sewing (81)

What's new: Wool, wonderful wool

--Gina


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Last week we started to receive a whole lot of wool.  I couldn't help but order more wool this year than we've had in the past. I love wool.  I grew up in a fairly temperate climate, with really only two seasons--foggy and not foggy, with a annual average temperature range of about 40 degrees.  While that was lovely and all, I have lived in Oregon for over 20 years and I love experiencing the changes in seasons.  I love fall and I love wool.  I've been dreaming about all the things I want to make with what we've got in the store right now.  The classic brown and cream herringbone will hopefully turn into a simple short, straight skirt.  The pencil skirt Meredith featured last week would be great with many of these beauties--the pink herringbone with green stripes is so darn cute and colorful for winter! 


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Our wool selection is quite varied right now.  We have a number of pieces that are a fine weight, with a beautiful drape, including the subtle grey/brown plaids on the fair right above and the far left in the top picture.  These would make such fine Negronis.  I'm thinking the navy tweed second from the left, for the Rooibos dress, also a Colette design.  It's a lighter weight, but will certainly keep me cozy warm in the winter.  So many ideas, now I still need to figure out how to squeeze a few more hours into a day, right?


We have a few great wools in the sale bin too, so be sure to check those out too!  And these just arrived yesterday morning....


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Pair Up! Colette's new Clover

--Meredith


When I heard Colette was releasing a pants pattern, I was beyond excited. I couldn't wait to see what her design brain had thought up. I love its' understated simplicity; the go-to pant that you can wear with almost anything and make in any color. For Summer, turn them in shorts. For Winter, lengthen a smidge for boot-wearing. I'm excited to make my own pair (soon!) So I thought for this Pair Up!, I'd highlight our options here at Bolt in an attempt to narrow down and choose what my first (and I emphasize FIRST) my pair will be.


Colette's Clover pants


Sarai recommends the fiber content have a bit of stretch, between 1-3% lycra. I couldn't agree more. Because of their fit, that bit of give is going to make them more comfortable to wear and have the ability to retain their original shape more without stretching out. One could easily and successfully make this with a fabric with no lycra cotton. Still be sure, though, to choose one that has a bit of heft to it--nothing too lightweight. There is a raspberry cotton with no lycra here that I'd seriously like to use. Maybe an experiment for my second pair?


Denim is always a good choice and yes, we do have a bolt with stretch. One of my top contenders.


Stretch Denim


As we move into Fall, corduroy is a classic option. We have several colors but one, this grey, has stretch. What a great Fall color option!


Stretch Corduroy


Black is the new black. And this black is sueded. And stretch! This would make an absolute stunner of a pant. My humble photo does not do it justice; you've got to see and touch it to get the full effect. 


Sueded Stretch Cotton


And last but not least, we have a selection of mid-weight apparel cotton. Some have a lycra content and some don't so be sure to check the bolt or ask one of us Bolt ladies. The earlier-stated raspberry cotton falls into the no-stretch category but here are some that are stretch. I'm especially tempted by the turquoise. Then I think, "Can I pull this off?" I'm certain some of you can!


Stretch Cottons


(I tried to get the most accurate color representation in the photo. The top bolt is definitely more navy than purple and the bottom is an olive khaki that would be a great basic.)


 

Goodies from the Remnant Bin

--Meredith


When I walked in the store the other day, something caught my eye in the remnant bins. You know...the ones right in front full of little twill-wrapped squares of fabric goodness? That are 15-20% off?


Remnant Bins


Yep, those. I kept pulling out some amazing treasures.


This grey linen is so soft; with the extra width, there's plenty here for a skirt. And I just loved Denyse Schmidt's voiles for Greenfield Hill. Wouldn't Colette Pattern's new blouse, Jasmine, be lovely in it?!


Remnant Bin-Linen & Denyse Schmidt


I bought some of Jay McCarroll's Habitat already and continue to be enamored with this pixelated print. There's almost 2 yards here!


Remnant Bin-Jay McCarroll


Or this home dec weight mod fruit Alexander Henry?


Remnant Bin-Alexander Henry


Hey--another Denyse Schmidt voile. I love the Art Deco inspired design. 


Remnant Bin-Denyse Schmidt


And a Anna Maria Horner voile from her line, Innocent Crush. 


Remnant Bin-Anna Maria Horner


And more--bamboo blend knit, usable bits of interfacing, shot cottons, & wools! You should see for yourself. I couldn't resist; these came home with me.


Meredith's Remnant Bin Treasures


This floral Joel Dewberry is gone now, but there are still several prints from that collection here and they are gorgeous! And although black was not one of my Fall Palette Challenge colors, it does look great with everything (rationalizing). This J Crew Black Cotton Seersucker will be a great pencil skirt! I'm thinking Naughty Secretary Skirt from the book, Sew Everything Workshop. I was so inspired, I went ahead and picked up the printed bias and invisible zipper necessary to get right to work on it.


Humble beginnings of a pencil skirt


And don't forget about Sewing for Boys! The author, Shelly Figueroa of Patterns by Figgy's, will be doing a free book signing at Modern Domestic as a part of the Friday Night Sew-cial tonight at 6:00pm. And check back here tomorrow for our stop on her blog tour with a review and book giveaway!