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Entries in cotton voile (4)

Pattern Review: Deer & Doe's Datura

We are pleased to have a guest author this month, Leah Bandstra.  Leah is a Bolt regular and sewist (and knitter) extraordinaire!  We’ve been lucky enough to have Leah help us with some store samples at various times and now she’s here to chime in about her experiences with one of the new to Bolt Deer and Doe patterns, the Datura.  Enjoy!

I am always eager to try patterns from independent designers, so I was thrilled to see several patterns from the French line Deer and Doe at Bolt last month.  Deer and Doe really walks the line between fancy and wearable, leaving lots of room to be creative with fabric choices and details.

I chose to start with the Datura Blouse, because it seemed like the most practical for my everyday life.  The gently curved yoke was just calling out for a contrasting fabric, so I chose two different cotton voiles from Anna Maria Horner.  Bolt has a great supply of solid voiles, and the print is a piece that I had been saving for the perfect project.  The pattern suggests something lightweight and drapey, and the voile fits the bill perfectly.  A rayon, silk, or linen would be so nice, as well.

The crewneck version only requires four pattern pieces, so everything came together very quickly.  The yoke construction was unlike any method I had ever used, but it is really clever and fun to execute.  I read the directions carefully and used the drawing for reference, and everything went smoothly.  I would call this an intermediate pattern, although an adventurous beginner would probably be fine.  The only thing that wasn’t clearly explained comes at the very end.  The pattern suggests using bias tape as hem facing, but they don’t offer an explanation of how to do that.  I just looked it up online, and it was easy!

My bust measurement put me squarely in the size 40 range, and I am really pleased with the fit.  I was concerned that the arms would be tight, but it does not seem to be a problem at all.  I only had about ¾ yard of the print (54” wide), and I used up pretty much all of it.  The yoke required about ¾ yards of the solid (also 54”), but the bias tape ate up quite a bit of fabric.

I really enjoyed sewing this top, and I am looking forward to making several more to live in this summer.  It is light and breezy, but still looks pulled together.  After so much success, I can’t wait to try out more Deer and Doe designs.


Thanks to Pinky Gonzalez for the photos.

Just in: Tula Pink, Victoria and Albert, Amy Butler, Denyse Schmidt, a sale and more!

—by Gina

First off, I want to be sure you’re all marking your calendars for Friday, July 27th for an evening book signing and chat with quilt designer extraordinaire, Denyse Schmidt.  It will be held at Modern Domestic and you can see their great post with details here.  (There will even be some great give aways from Bolt and MD!)

The boxes are rolling in!  Since last week, we’ve received some of the ever-clever Tula Pink’s latest group, The Birds and the Bees, including a couple of wonderful coated cotton prints.  The middle two prints in the above pic are from Amy Butler’s new line, Cameo.  The bottom print is from Tina Givens’s Pagoda Lullaby.  We have lovely, perfect for summer wardrobe sewing, cotton voile from both Amy Butler and Tina Givens.  I love sewing with the Free Spirit voile, it’s amazing.

Some of my favorite prints lately have come from the V&A collections.  This is part of the latest group, Bromley.  I’m smitten with the colors and ikat-like prints.  Love the cheddar orange and pink on the navy blue.

Other fun arrivals—new prints from Michael Miller, including this super cool stretchy, PUL in four colors/prints.  The perfect thing for diaper covers, wet bags, raincoats…We have a number of patterns for knits and babywear (including diaper covers) that would make great use of this product. 

As we receive more new things, more things transfer over to the sale section, to make some space.  You can imagine, we are full, full, full with all the great things coming through the door, so I was thinking, we need to have a sale!  It will be a “20% off everything that’s regularly priced, an extra 10% off already marked down items” sale.  We’re firming up other details, but know it will be in the beginning of August.  We’ll let you know details soon.  Come help us clear some space!



Just in: lawn, voile and celebrations!

—by Gina

Some super sweet, designer cotton lawns arrived yesterday.  Perfect for whipping up some warm weather tops and dresses for your summer wardrobe!

Art Gallery has started printing on a lovely, silky hand, cotton voile.  Also a perfect choice for summer-ware.  I love the goldenrod color of the top print.


A few beauties from Bari J’s latest group, now with Art Gallery Quilts (top photo). And, tree rings, twigs and bold florals from the ever-talented Martha Negley (lower photo).

In other news, Last Thursday is today!  That means a big, fun gathering on the street this evening.  Our own super talented April and Hannah, and another pal, will be selling their wares out front, so come by, say hi and see what they’re up to!

Also, we’ll be closed Wednesday, July 4th.  We’ll resume our regular hours Thursday, the 5th.  Have a fun and safe Fourth!