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Summer Cottons

We’ve taken deliveries of some exciting new cotton fabrics in both of our Yeovil and Bridport fabric shop and we’ve chosen both large and small designs suitable for garment making, crafts and patchwork. The quality and crispness of the material is delightful and would feel cool around your ankles as a long and full skirt, or why not have a go at the pattern tutorial below? One of our staff is making this dress and has chosen to line the bodice in another cotton because it’s so soft next to the skin. We’ll show you pictures of her dress as soon as it’s finished but meanwhile. take a look at this easy to follow example from Simplicity. They have many video tutorials on youtube that help in understanding some of the tricky reminology of a written dress pattern.

pattern now out of print

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How to Sew a Stretchy Skirt

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Work Experience

Every year at Livingstones we are lucky enough to have the opportunity to share a little bit of our business workings with a work experience student from a local school.

This year we had the lovely May, from Woodroffe and she was a quick learner, embracing all of the tasks we presented her with. She had some fresh and interesting ideas and will definitely be one to watch in the fashion industry over the coming years. In the meantime we’d like to share a couple of the outfits she created for our manequins, entirely from our remnants baskets.

Miss Haversham sporting a midnight blue evening gown


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The Rolling Machine

What is the rolling machine?

The rolling machine is the piece of equipment we use to measure rolls of fabric, we also use it to split down large rolls into smaller more manageable sized rolls for our shelves.

Like our building and a few other things at Livingstone Textiles Bridport our rolling machine has some character brought from age and is sturdy old school model!

How does it work ?

We load the roll we want to measure onto the bottom pole of the machine and weave it in and out of the other poles until we reach the top. At the top we have another new cardboard tube waiting (we say new but we reuse all of our tubes where possible so a recycled tube would be more accurate) the fabric is then held in place with some masking tape. Once we are all set the machine is turned on and is operated with a foot pedal just like your sewing machine would be, this controls the speed

We watch the dial that counts the metres tick round until we get the amount of fabric we need and then we cut across the fabric giving us 2 rolls. This is great for measuring large amounts of fabric and is a much faster and neater way of doing it than measuring it on one of our tables (even though they are huge).

The machine in action

Above we are splitting a large roll of cotton calico and in the warmth of this lovely June day the smell coming from the roll is of lovely fresh and raw cotton, yummy!

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10% Off Christmas Fabric in July

We know Christmas seems like a long way away and that the sun has only just about come out of hiding, so feels way too early to be thinking about Christmas! But we all know how fast it creeps up each year, so we are getting ready early and giving you a chance to get organised and grab a bargain.

Throughout July we are offering 10% off all Christmas fabrics including Christmas fat quarters. So why not take some of the pressure off at Christmas time. Buying early helps spread the cost and the workload through the year a bit. We have a wide range of festive fabrics and lots of ideas for lovely things to make and you’ll have plenty of time to make them.

This offer applies in both our Bridport and in our Yeovil shops so pop in and have a look.

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Rain Mac and Tent Repair Patches

Although it is summer and we are in June the weather is never guaranteed, meaning that rain mac is still important and if you’re planning on camping out so it that tent. Any rips and tears are always a pain but we have the solution!

These patches are great for feather jackets with holes, rain macs, tents, awninigs, bags and much more.

This repair patch can simply be stuck onto the fabric or for tougher fabric that won’t melt it can be ironed on, making it great for most repairs and can make a neat and quick fix, without even gettting the sewing machine out.

It comes in a range of colours so you can choose the one that will blend in the most. If you can’t quite find the colour that will blend in it can be cut out into any shape you like so you could even have a feature flower shaped repair patch (or any other shape you can make).

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Festival Fabrics!

With festival season in full swing and Glastonbury this weeekend we thought we’d get you all in the festival spirit with some of our amazing fabrics that would be perfect for festival outfits!

We have loads to choose from ranging from sparkly sequines to shimmery golds and silvers and summery designs!

Look at these colour revesible sequines these would make a great skirt or dress!

Other shiny materials include shimmery silver mermaid scales, gold and silver stretch fabrics and more sequins!

We also have this UV reactive fabric which changes colour in UV light so during the day when the sun is shining and during the night when the UV lights come out this will transform from black and white into multicolours!!

Other fab fabric includes cotton batiks and shimmery organzas, why not visit us to have a look at our full range and get creative.

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Tapestry Cushions

These beautiful tapestry cushions are made from a durable woven material priced at £18.50 per metre. It is available in a selection of different designs from our webshop.  They have been made without piping as the design is striking enough to not need a contrast but they do have a zip in the bottom enabling them to be dry cleaned.

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Quick – it’s the last few days of our big book promotion!

You’ve only got until the end of June to snap up any of our Search Press titles with an amazing 20% off, so pop down to either of our stores to see what takes your fancy!

Also, check out our competition on Facebook where you can win one of two Search Press books – just like our post and tell us which of these two books you’d like to win!

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Yeovil Yarn – Last Week of Offer

This week is the last week of our King Cole pattern and yarn offer, at our yeovil shop.

The offer allows you to claim a FREE King Cole knitting pattern when you spend £10 or over on King Cole yarns! So if you haven’t got yours yet hurry in and have a look at our selection of wonderful yarns.

The offer ends on Saturday 29th June so not there is not long to go!

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Yeovil Sewing Classes

Later this year 2019 we will again be running sewing workshops in our Yeovil shop, for those of you who would like to improve your sewing skills and learn something new.

The workshops will be run by the lovely Lynn Horniblow. You will need to bring along your own machine, giving you a chance to become more familiar with it and allowing you to focus on the sewing rather than learning all about a new machine. Each class is £45, this is non-refundable so please make sure that you are able to bring a working machine and that you are able to attend on the date of the class. There are limited places so please book soon to ensure you have a place.

Tea and coffee will be provided; however, you will need to bring along your own lunch.

September 2019

  • Saturday 7th 10am – 4pm Sample Curtains
  • Saturday 21st 10am -4pm Learn to love your sewing machine

October 2019

  • Saturday 5th 10am – 4pm Learn to machine Quilt

November 2019

  • Saturday 2nd 10am – 4pm Christmas Decorataions
  • Saturday 16th 10am- 4pm Learn to love your sewing machine

If you would like to book in for any of the above workshops, or if you have any questions then please contact our Yeovil shop on 01935 422631, or pop in and see them. Please note payment is needed upon booking.

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Books on Sale !!

The Search Press Sale is still on and is running throughout June. This sale gets you 20% off of the RRP of your chosen Search Press book. Here are a few of the books we have on offer here at Livingstone Textiles.

Here is the A-Z range of books, these books are all Search Press classic books and are great for beginners or more experienced sewers. These books are a must have, go-to guide on their topics! The titles include: A-Z of Quilting, A-Z of Sewing, A-Z of Heirloom sewing and A-Z of Smocking. With each title containing hundreds of step by step instructions with accompanying photos to match, this makes following them simple and easy for the beginner and also the more experienced sewer.

Alongside the A-Z range, we have the Absolute Beginner range, these are perfect if you are just getting started on learning a new skill or if you know someone else that is, these would make a great gift! These books start by explaining the basics of the topic and the equipment you need and what it all does. It then goes through to give you small projects to do these are all written out clearly with step by step instructions with detailed photos to teach you the basic skills you need while doing a handy project at the same time!

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Magical Fairy Fabric

New into our childrens range is this lovely fairy fabric, with magical fairies, pixies and toadstools in pastle pinks and greens.

This design is printed onto 100% cotton meaning it is durable, natural and washable. The cotton is a perfect weight for curtains, blinds, bags, cushions and much more. This would look amazing in any childs bedroom! Find it on our webshop below.

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Featured Yarn – King Cole Drifter

Livingstone Textiles in Yeovil holds a wide range of King Cole yarns, and we wanted to give you a taste of what is available in our ranges. Today we are featuring King Cole Drifter, which is a range of self-patterning yarns ranging from 4-ply to Aran weight. All these knitting yarns are sold as 100g balls. These Drifter yarns are held in stock at Livingstone Textiles Yeovil store.

Because of the patterning of the yarn, Drifter Baby is specifically for the baby patterns, as you can see on the dress above it knits up into the perfect pattern on the baby sized clothes. The other Drifter yarns are patterned for adult clothes and will not knit up right on a baby pattern.

Drifter 4-ply is a lovely yarn for the summer months leading into autumn when the nights get chillier but you don’t want a winter weight yarn. These yarns are mostly acrylic which gives softness with added wool and cotton for a superior handle. There is a range of patterns for all these yarns and any colours we do not have in stock can be ordered in so long as you are taking at least 6 balls of wool. You can browse the patterns online at the King Cole website.

For the remainder of this month (June 2019) you can even get a free pattern if you spend over £10 on yarn, so now is the perfect time to stock up on your next project.

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Book Sale Continues in Bridport and Yeovil

As you may remember this month (June 2019) we have a special promotion on our Search Press craft books at Livingstone Textiles in Bridport and Yeovil. These high quality craft books are always popular and make fantastic gifts. And all this month they are an absolute steal at 20% off!

You can see from the picture above one of the latest titles which has just arrived in our store, and is by the wonderful author Debbie Shore. This book is an addition to the Sew.. range of books which includes other titles such as Sew Brilliant Bags, Sew Bunting and Sew Baby. In this book you can find a range of projects including cushions, tablecloths, barbecue accessories and even a child’s play teepee! There are rustic table accessories, stencilled bunting and a bean bag stool. All of these projects have us just itching to get stitching, now all we need is the weather to co-operate!

Debbie Shore is one of Search Press’s most popular authors and has put together other ranges for the company. One of these is the Half Yard range. Of course here in the UK we buy in metres, but it is amazing the projects you can complete with only half a metre of fabric. You may have a few half metres hidden away in your stash that could be put to use straight away.

The newest series from Debbie Shore is her Sewing Room Secrets, starting with this title all about Machine Sewing. Learn tips and tricks from the expert with projects to practice on.

Other titles in this series coming in the future will include Quilting and Dressmaking & Alterations. We will certainly be keeping a lookout for those. Meanwhile why not pop into store to pick up one of our current titles with 20% off!

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Seagull Fabric




We’ve been working on a beautiful holiday cottage in Ringstead Bay, Dorset and are gradually renewing all of the curtains and blinds. This cheerful Seagull fabric was chosen with a blackout lining and matching pelmet for one of the seaward facing bedrooms and we think it looks very jolly and you can purchase it direct from our webshop.


We have more holiday fabrics to choose from for a range of furnishing and craft projects. Why not make yourself a fun new beach bag?






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Spotlight on our suppliers: Fryetts and Porter & Stone

Fryetts (incorporating Porter & Stone) supply some of our loveliest furnishing fabrics, both sold in the shop and available to order. These range from opulent woven fabrics to pleasing prints, and are some of the most popular fabrics we stock, for a reason. 

All these lovely fabrics can be made up into bespoke curtains and blinds for an exact fit to your measurements. Our professional curtain makers will hand finish all of your soft furnishings to give you a great result in your room. Our helpful staff can help you with your colour requirements and advise on the use of the fabrics, and you can borrow the hangers to look at in your home. You can view the full range of Fryetts and Porter & Stone fabrics on their website.

Browse our other Fryetts curtain fabrics

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Recent makes

These cushions were made by our maker Madeline recently for a customer to update their conservatory furniture.

This lovely fabric really works well with the box cushion as the seat and a
more complex shaped cushion cover for the back which is joined together with a zip, the finished result looks lovely.

The smaller round chair was recovered in the same fabric by our upholsterer Laura. This fabric really suits this conservatory and the garden.

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Fiver Fest in Bridport 8-15 June

Livingstone Textiles is happy to be joining in with local businesses in Bridport and in other towns in the UK for the first national Fiver Fest.

Fiver Fest is the brainchild of Totally Locally, a grassroots movement promoting local sustainability. It’s being organised in Bridport by the good people at Waste Not Want Not who’ve now got many other local businesses in Bridport involved too, including us! This is the first year that it is being run nationally and the idea behind it is, if every adult spent just £5 a week in local businesses instead of in supermarkets or online, this would equate to £13.5 Billion pounds anually going back into the UK economy, helping all of us and our communities. In Bridport this would equate to £4.6 million pounds going back into our local community.

For Fiver Fest week, to encourage people to shop locally, small businesses across the UK are putting on some fabulous deals for you to buy for just a fiver; here at Livingstone Textiles Bridport we have these gorgeous sewing scissors (we all love them!) available in a rainbow metal finish or matt brass at the special Fiver Fest price.

Fiver Fest is only on from the 8th to the 15th June 2019 so get involved – lets look after our community and keep our money local.

To find out more about the ideas behind it, visit the Totally Locally website.

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Child Safety Week

This week Monday 3rd – Sunday 9th June 2019 is child safety week.

Child safety week is run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) which is the UK’s leading charity working to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented, to reduce the number of children and young people killed, disabled or seriously injured in accidents.

This year the theme is “Family life today: where’s the risk?” It highlights the new dangers facing families today from our modern lifestyles and offers simple solutions to keep children safe.

They have loads of great information on how to keep your children safe from many different dangers that come with everyday life. The danger that we are focusing on here at Livingstone Textiles is the dangers of roman blind cords to children.

Roman blinds are a great way dress your window and can be more practical than curtains in some windows. As we all know they are operated by a string pully system whether they are on the traditional system on a cassette system, these stings can be a potential danger if the blind are not hung correctly and/or are not fitted with safety devices.

What is a safety device?

The safety devices we sell here at Livingstone Textiles are small sprung toggles that are fitted to the bottom of a roman blind to hold the end of the cords. In the event that a child or someone gets caught up in the blind cords then then the cord will be pulled out of the safety devices releasing whoever has been caught up in it and therefore the danger of strangulation is significantly reduced. Because the safety devices are sprung if they are pulled out for any reason then the cord can just simply be re-threaded through them and the blind is undamaged.

All blinds made by our makers here at Livingstone Textiles are fitted with safety devices as standard. Another added bonus of having safety devices fitted is that it makes levelling and adjusting your blind really easy

How a roman blind is hung is also another important factor in reducing the
risk to children. You should consider the pull cords that hang down (if a traditional system is used) and the chain (if a cassete system is used) these both hang down and can create a strangulation hazard to children if not installed properly.

To install the traditional corded system correctly there should be the safety devices fitted to the bottom of each of the cords on the blind as mentioned above. There should also be a cleat fitted to a surface close to the cords, this should be fitted 1.5m or higher from the floor and the hanging cords should be wrapped around this in a figure of 8 ensuring all the spare cord is wrapped around it, this should leave no dangling cords.

To install a cassette system again the safety devices should be fitted to the bottom of each cord. As cassettes have chains instead of cords there are two options with chains, there is a cord that has a join in which will break if a force is applied and can be put back together afterwards. The other option, which is the one we supply here at Livingstone Textiles, is to have a chain tidy and tensioner. These devices are again fitted to the wall just like the cleat and they hold the chain taught so that the loop is smaller and harder to get caught up in. It also makes pulling the blind up and down easier and gives a finished and smart look.

If you would like any advice on how to hang or blind correctly or on how to make your excisting blind safer then please get in contact with us as we are more than happy to help.

For more information on child safety week, click here to follow the link to their website which has lots more information on keeping childeren safe from everyday hazards.

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Free pattern offer with King Cole yarn!

In Livingstone Textiles Yeovil we are offering a free pattern of your choice when you purchase £10 or more of King Cole Yarn. This offer will be running throughout June 2019 in our Yeovil shop. Offer applies to any purchase of full price King Cole yarns over £10. With lots of great colours to choose from its a great opportunity to grab a free pattern to go along with your new yarns. Why not come in and see what we have to offer!
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Slow Fashion Industry : Pattern Sale Ends Today

Today is the last day that you can buy New Look patterns at 40% off.  The offer is valid on all of the designs in the newly launched summer catalogue which features some great new outfit ideas.

Be part of the Slow Fashion movement and invest some time in making yourself something to wear this summer, the time and care you take in making your own garment will lead to an appreciation of the textiles that you use and the resources that goes into producing them for manufacture.  You will be making something to fit your measurements so no more compromising on badly fitting garments either.  By starting to create your own wardrobe you can contribute to reducing the waste and emissions caused by the Fast Fashion industry because after investing your time in sewing things to wear, you will make it to last and think twice before casting it aside.  You will be doing your bit for the planet and your local town by spending money in an actual shop, not online!  This promotes local employment whereas buying patterns online will not.

We also hold stock of all the current New Look patterns so you don’t have to wait or pay for postage either 🙂  We don’t even mind if you choose to upcycle an old garment or textiles with your new pattern instead of buying new fabric from us because we are passionate about sustainability at Livingstone Textiles and have been working to keep our carbon footprint as small as we possibly can for years.  We are now stocking fabric made from waste fibres in the textile industry as well as recycled felt, and are actively demanding more choice from our suppliers.  You will be able to read a lot more about our business ethic and green credentials very soon because we are compiling a whole new page dedicated to it on our website where you will be able to see all of the little and big things we are doing to help make a difference.