Big, big news!

As you know, we have managed to fit in a lot of goodies in a fairly small space over the past 12 plus years. We have been keeping our eyes open for a larger space for quite some time, and have finally found ourselves a future, new home! We are thrilled to announce we will be moving to a larger location, just a quick hop down the road, sometime late spring/ early summer. The new space is located on NE 42nd, a direct shot to or from the airport, for all of our friends from afar, and just about a mile away from our current location for all of our neighborhood friends.

Over the coming months we will be asking you to share with us what you'd like to see us incorporate in our new digs, and that can include product and activities. We are really, really excited about what we will be able to do with a bit more space and are so grateful for the continued support you all have shown us through the years. Let us know how to be your best fabric store!

Here's to an inspirational 2018, full of creativity, making, daydreaming, sharing and joy.

New Online! Mohair sweater knits, beautiful rayons, Kantha cloth and more!

We are trying a new approach with our online store this year, and doing a big push to add a slew of new things on a quarterly basis. That's not to say that we won't add new things in between the quarterly marks, it's just that we'll aim to add a large selection at once. We also have been posting our new arrivals regularly on our Instagram feed and you are welcome to call or email with any questions or to purchase anything you see there (@boltfabricpdx). Wanna see what's up online now?! Some pretty, pretty things! Take a look!

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Three different kantha cloths from India. These stitched beauties are so rich and colorful, fairly substantial, with multiple layers of cotton stitched together. Some pillow covers out of these will surely bring the warmth of India to our grey, chilly (and beautiful in it's own way) winter. Click here to order them online.

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We have been loving these absolutely incredible mohair wool blend sweater knit prints. Sarah recently made up an infinity scarf with the one on the far right. They are so soft and luxurious. Available here, online.

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This water color style print on supple wool/ cotton is incredible. The pops of magenta on the otherwise subdued palette make me swoon. This is a panel piece, sold by the 7/8 yard length, not half yard, like all other fabric online. Long enough for a skirt of tunic. So pretty! Check it out online here.

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The colors in this basket weave wool blend are lovely--rich brown and dark, hunter green, with the slightest little red line running throughout. This is a gorgeous weight, nice drape, perfect for a coat, or lined skirt. The Milano Cape by Papercut Patterns would be great in this wool! Find the fabric online here.

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These rayon knit prints from Europe are such fine quality. Their drape is lovely, excellent recovery and soft touch. The Coppelia top by Papercut Patterns would look so sweet in one of these. Check out the rayon prints here.

Besides these, there are silk and rayon prints newly added, and we will be updating sold out items such as shot cottons, and various hemp and organic cotton fabrics that we try to keep in stock, soon!

The Fairfield Button-down Shirt

By Sarah 

The Fairfield shirt has been on my selfless-sewing radar for a few years now and this Christmas presented itself as the perfect opportunity for bringing it to life. This loving boyfriend of mine, delightfully received a plaid flannel shirt that fits him to a T. Thread Theory has an array of lovely men's patterns with extensive yet straightforward instructions and their patterns even come with a Thread Theory label to be sewed in once the garment is complete. A classic style with a modern fit, the Fairfield pulled through along with Robert Kaufman's Mammoth double-sided flannels which are of superb quality and come at a very reasonable price.

 

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Just like when I first met my sweetie, the moment I laid eyes on this particular handsome flannel I knew it was the right one. The two Sundays I spent tracing the pattern, cutting out the pattern and being sure to match my plaids, scrutinizing the fit by comparing the pieces to his existing shirts, and sewing it all together using a few new-to-me processes, really payed off and I couldn't be more satisfied with how it turned out. Both my boyfriend and I are ecstatic. This is his first tailored shirt and although I say I will make him shirts more often now that I have mastered this pattern, I got on to him when he tossed it in the dirty clothes hamper after only two days of wearing it. I told him he is required to wear it at least three times before he is allowed to wash it. Gotta preserve that #&%!  

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I ran into one issue with the pattern which was the collar and stand were both way too small to fit the size medium I had traced so I actually had to go back and trace an XXL collar size and collar stand for it to fit, weird, I know. I sent Thread Theory an email about this and they told me that their patternmaker drafted it this way to encourage the shirt to curve around the clavicle and sit closely against the neck rather than flap open during wearing and that the collar stand should ease into the neck opening. Also, they said they have tested it many times to make sure of this and they have had success. I'm still scratching my head though but, I wouldn't let this deter you from giving the pattern a try just know that there will be some substantial easing to be had OR you can do what I did and just trace whatever larger size you need. The only alterations to the pattern that I made were that I shortened the body and sleeves 1.5 inches from the shorten/lengthen line on the pattern because my guy is shorter than average and graded the sleeve from a medium at the shoulder to a small at the wrist because he has broad shoulders and I didn't want too much fullness at the cuff which, I think, gives it a more tailored look.

Sean's first time modeling- I think he's a natural and it helps that he's super stoked about his new shirt. Yippie! 

Sean's first time modeling- I think he's a natural and it helps that he's super stoked about his new shirt. Yippie!