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Just in: Organic cotton, Oxford cloth, Outdoor fabric and more

by Gina

All sorts of summery things have arrived at the store! Here’s a quick run down. First off, some great outdoor fabrics:

Silky soft, rayon knits in classic stripes:

Sweet organic prints from Birch Fabrics and Cloud 9. First group is Happy Town by Emily Isabella for Birch Fabrics. The following pair of pics are of Rain Walk by Anna Graham of Noodlehead glory; last pic is canvas.

A spooooky skeleton group from Moda:

Lush velveteen and bold canvas from Robert Kaufman:

Also from Kaufman are three classic cotton oxford cloth in blue, white and black. Yippy!

Lastly, a punch of color with these cool, prism-y designs by Alison Glass. Happy sewing, and stay cool!

alabama studio sewing patterns

by Cameron

I’m a huge fan of everything Alabama Chanin’s creator, Natalie Chanin, does - her design aesthetic, her slow fashion ethics, her business model, and probably her biscuit recipe. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve heard it’s good. So naturally, I was excited when her brand new book, Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns, arrived at Bolt. I had high expectations, and I’m happy to report they were exceeded on every front.

This book doesn’t come with any paper patterns like Chanin’s previous books, but it does come with a cd with ALL of her previous garments patterns plus three new patterns unique to this book. The three new patterns are my favorite - a wrap skirt, an A-line top/tunic/dress, and a jacket. You could really build a wardrobe from everyday to formal wear based on these garments.

There’s extensive information on fitting and altering each of the patterns to build a garment that’s unique and flattering to you. Chanin’s focused on designing clothing that women, in all of the different shapes we come in, can feel good wearing, and this book really helps home sewers learn from her years of experience.

There’s also some really helpful information on hand stitches and the Alabama Chanin applique techniques.

I think this book will be a part of my sewing life for years to come. I’m planning on making at least one or two these patterns for summer that I’ll share here. We have some great knits in stock right now, including an organic cotton/spandex blend that I’m excited to cut into.

Just in: Happy New Year! edition

by Gina

I hope you all have had a wonderful wind down to 2014. It has been busy around the store—thank you! And, thank you for the kind comments of understanding and support of our time away during this typically crazy-retail holiday time. This past year has been a year of transitions for us around the store with April and Heather moving on to new adventures, and Hannah starting quite a new adventure welcoming her son into the world. We gained a delightful new addition to the Bolt crew in the fall when Cameron came on board. We’ve been busy tidying up the store, changing fixtures, streamlining our inventory, generally working to make your shopping experience better and better.

Now at the start of the new year, we will be saying our fond farewells to Amy, after 7 years (!) of her wonderful service at the store. We have also started to welcome our latest team addition—Nate. We will make a more formal introduction soon. If you’re in over the coming weeks, be sure to wish Amy well on her next chapter. She will be missed, but we are excited for her to see what’s next. Thank you all very, very much for your continued support and participation in the Bolt community. We love hearing about and seeing your creations. We all excited share with the others what we’ve seen on our shifts, so please feel encouraged to send us photos or bring your projects in. It’s an honor to be a part of your creative endeavors.

We have been and will be busy catching up on reordering, restocking and making room for new things. We will be closed today for the holiday and tomorrow (Friday) for inventory. We are excited to welcome you back on the 3rd to see these brand new treats:

Cotton fleece! It’s been super cold here lately, making this new fleece an even more welcome addition to our selection. The cheerfully colored four pieces on the left are organic cotton fleece from Birch Fabrics. The darker three colors on the right are non-organic cotton fleece. All of it is plush, fuzzy and quite cozy.

A new box from Seven Islands (one of our Japanese suppliers) just arrived! It’s always fun to see what has arrived from them. This shipment had not just great fabrics—two traditional Japanese indigo prints and a bold woodsy canvas—but also something new for us, webbing. That top, striped one is reversible, with different stripes on either side. Perfect to add an extra nice touch to your next bag, or whip up some custom belts.

Last but not least, a box from Art Gallery had these beauties from Bari J’s newest line, “Petal and Plume.”top piece is a cotton knit, lower piece is a cotton voile

two cheery quilting weight prints from “Petal and Plume”See you in the new year!