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Summery seaside dress fabrics

 

Ahoy there, shipmates!

Amongst racks of dress fabrics at Livingstone Textiles, we’ve got some gorgeous boat prints laying at anchor and waiting for you. Perfect for a shirt, a dress, or a skirt, these are just some of the delightful dress-weight seaside themed prints you’ll find in our shops, so sail by and have a browse!

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Unique One Offs

We have acquired some very beautiful fabric. ” But you’re always doing that” I hear you say.  True enough and our fabric stash is pretty vast, so big that it now takes up two whole shops!  The thing is, sometimes a little stash comes along that we just cannot do without and we just have to squeeze it in somewhere.

This month we are bringing you something unique.  One offs.

And there they are.  Absolutely beautiful hand block printed cottons from India.

Representing the individual nature of handmade, each is a short run of 6 or 8 metres or so and created with Indigo and Rust dyes.

These really are very special and as such we are not selling them in anything smaller than 2 metre pieces.  Each run has been individually inspected by us to ensure clean line up of the block print with no overlaps.

Don’t hang about because the best designs will be flying out quickly and once they’re gone they’re gone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEW LOOK PATTERNS ON SALE


It’s time to make that summer dress that you just can’t find anywhere in the shops.  Our new Look patterns are at a bargain half price and we have some dreamy summer fabrics in stock that you can check out here.

 

Don’t forget that you can join our pattern club as well to make the most of your sewing collection.  For every four patterns you purchase through Livingstones you receive the fifth one free making it five dress patterns for the price of two full priced ones!

 

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Summery fabrics to keep you cool

With summer around the corner and the hint of sunshine teasing us with its warmth, it’s that time of year for light cotton or even linen clothes to help keep cool and looking summery.

We have a lovely range of 100% cottons in many, many designs from plains to florals or batiks to animals and more. We even have Liberty designs and cotton lawns, so there is plenty to choose from when you’re thinking of adding something to your summer wardrobe.

If linen is more your fabric of choice for the fair weather then we have plenty for you as well, with a colourful range of plain pure irish linens to choose from.

Alternatively, we have a range of linen mixed fabrics, some are cotton and linen unions and others are linen viscose mixed fabrics which are in fact underrated and overlooked by many of the purists who see that there is a viscose content to the fabric and run! However, viscose is a man-made fibre that is manufactured from a plant-based material called cellulose and is typically made from woody plants, such as trees and bamboo. It is a low-cost fabric and has many of the desirable qualities of more luxurious fabrics. It is used to make clothing because it is breathable, drapes well, is highly absorbent and does not trap body heat. Because viscose is made from renewable plants, it is frequently cited as an environmentally friendly fabric, particularly when bamboo is its source. So maybe give linen viscose a chance next time and you’ll be surprised at how cool and comfortable it is!

 

 



 

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Sewing with knitted fabrics

 

– Reviewing ‘A beginner’s Guide to Sewing With Knitted Fabrics’, by Wendy Ward.

Sewing with jerseys and other knitted fabrics is a great way to make stylish clothing that is relaxed and comfortable to wear, plus of course, making the items yourself gives you full control over the fabrics and the fit. If,however you find the idea of getting to grips with sewing stretchy fabrics a little bit scary, especially if you haven’t done it before, then this new book could be the answer!

As well as well as all the easy-to-follow instructions and useful tips you’ll need to succeed with knitted fabrics, this book also contains beautifully clear instructions for making 20 fantastic designs of trousers, tops and dresses, as well as full-size patterns for all the garments in sizes UK8 to UK26 in an envelope in the book, which makes the price of £12.99  even more of a bargain!

…also, we sell dot and cross pattern-making paper off the roll in the shop for only £1 a metre, so you can very easily trace off the pattern pieces you need for your project, keeping all the sizes and options of the original patterns intact.

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Spring Florals

 

Spring has sprung and to celebrate, we’re sharing some charming cotton prints with you.

Perfect little designs that are ideal for dressmaking, craft projects and patchwork, these are just a few selected from the huge delivery we’ve had this month.  We’ve a wealth of new fabrics in stock for you, from plush velvets in stunning colours to exotic botanical prints in some really exciting colours so come and pay us a visit over the easter holidays and get a new project going.

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Dreamy two tone Organzas

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We have them back!  The glorious two tone organzas that flew out of the shop last year are back and we’re so delighted to have more colours to offer you.  The blue/green colourway is one of the favourites and we expect this to sell really fast but while you’re in the shop, check out the others as well.

 

The grape is delightful.  A combination of deep pink and petrol blue, it shimmers and changes as it moves under the light.  If you can’t get in to see us over the easter Break, remember we can always send out samples in the post and you can order by telephone on 01308456844, email or online at www.livingstonetextiles.com

 

 

 

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Easter Opening hours

HAPPY EASTER FOLKS

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Over the Easter period Livingstone Textiles will be open as follows in both Bridport and Yeovil:

Thursday the 29th March – 9am-5pm

Good Friday – CLOSED

Easter Saturday 31st March – 9am- 5pm

Easter Sunday – CLOSED

Easter Monday – CLOSED

Tuesday 3rd April – 9am – 5pm

 

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New in! – Colourful Batik fabrics

We have had many new arrivals over the last few weeks including these vibrant batik fabrics with funky patterns!!

With lots of bright colours to choose from just in time to brighen things up for spring. They are all 100% cotton and most are priced at either £7.05 per meter or £8.25 per meter.   IMG_20180321_154057 00000IMG_00000_BURST20180321153916_COVER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The staff in our Yeovil store were inspired to create this lovely patchwork cushion cover, and I think you will agree that it shows off these batik fabrics to their absolute best!

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Dolls clothing

This is Barbra, the doll, she belongs to Bev Taylor of Taylor Made who is one of our regular customers. Barbra has popped into visit us to show off her great new outfit which has been made for her by Bev using our fabrics and trims.

She has used mainly 100% cotton fabric, which is the red with cream leaf/ floral design that you can see, this particular fabric we have in stock in many different colour ways. She has also included red fleece on the bonnet which can be bought online here or you can visit one of our shops to purchase, again we have this fabric in a range of colours. The trims used around the edges of the dress are also in stock, why not have a quick look at our range here, we also have plenty more designs in stock for every occasion. To finish this garment off Bev has used our 3D ribbon roses, follow this link to have a look at our range.

Why not have a go at making your own dolls clothing, this would be great for a small project to keep you busy and indoors during this cold weather!

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Classic Corduroys

Our selection of corduroy fabrics in a range of fun colours and designs is enough to get anyone inspired to sew, giving you endless options for your corduroy project. All of our corduroys are 100% cotton, is known for being warm and hard wearing which is perfect for this chilly weather, we have a range of different sized wales (sizes between the ridges) including needle cords.

DSC_1734One of our regular customers has been busy making this fabulous, yet simple dress, from our teal cord and has worn it into the Bridport shop to show off her hard work!

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Washable, Wearable and non-Disposable ‘CosyPads’

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We are very pleased to supply CosyPads with fabric for their reusable sanitary wear.
Based in France, this cottage industry uses many of our pure cotton fabrics to create super breathable and absorbant pads for ladies and girls.

 

The pads are all handmade to a very a high standard and don’t feature any nasty disposable plastics.  They are fully washable and you can choose your own bespoke colour and pattern combinations.

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Far From The Madding Crowd

At Livingstone Textiles Bridport we are extremely fortunate to live amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the British Isles.  As well as fast becoming a very popular  holiday and tourism destination with its crumbling Jurrasic coastline, the West Dorset landscape is increasingly seen in documentaries, television series’ and as an area in which to make evocative films.

For many of us nothing beats a good traditional costume drama and in the newest screen version of the Dorset Author Thomas Hardys’ beautiful novel, Far From The Madding Crowd, the stunning countryside around Bridport is portrayed with all of its rural charm.   While the filming was taking place from various locations around the town and surrounding villages, one film crew pitched camp behind Livingstones and we frequently supplied ribbons, haberdashery, elastic, buttons and various pieces of cloth to the costume department who would regularly pop in to top up their own supplies.

 

Inspired?  Why not host a unique Regency Ball Party?  West Dorset has a wealth of beautiful village halls for hire at ridiculously cheap rates and there is a beautiful Regency inspired venue at The Bull Hotel in the town complete with its own Ballroom.  Local Folk Bands can perform live music for you at really competitive rates and most can arrange a local caller to teach very simple Playford Dance.   For a birthday or wedding, this could be a beautifully immersive experience and at Livingstones we can supply you with authentically styled patterns to sew your own gowns as well as an array of luxury patterns and plains for waistcoats, dress shirts, petticoats and bonnets.  Remeber to ask us about joining our pattern club as well to get free patterns and great price offers unavailable online.

 

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Hearts to make for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s day coming up fast, why not treat yourself to a book full of ideas for some lovely heart-themed projects and quick makes? these projects will also be good for craft fairs, Christmas, or just for making life more pretty all the year round!

For the smaller makes, choose from our huge range of fabrics on the roll, or browse through our fat quarters to get  a smaller piece of something lovely. To finish it off, indulge yourself by choosing some pretty things from our selection of ribbons and buttons – you’re bound to find something you like!

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What is stretch Interlining?

With so many clothes now being made out of stretch fabrics, a stretch interlining is the perfect was to get a great finish and still maintain the little bit of ‘give’ in the fabric. We carry a huge range of patterns, by New Look, and by Simplicity – which are currently on offer with 50% off – with many designed for stretch fabrics, including our stretch demins and drills, like these jeans by Mimi G:

We now stock a medium-weight bi-elastic interfacing by Prym, in 200 x 90 cm pieces, which is perfect for all your stretch fabric projects. The interlining is fusible,and can be bonded to even delicate fabrics using a low temperature iron. The white interlining is 100% polyester, and is machine washable (as long as your chosen fabric is!) at 30 degrees.

 

 

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Lovely Linens

At Livingstone Textiles we are proud to stock a great selection of linens suitable for dressmaking and curtain making.  We hold beautiful soft linens from Russia, rough and slubby linens from Lithuania and beautiful herringbone weaves as well as traditional Irish linens.  As well as our regular stock lines in natural colours we can also occasionally source limited colours in gentle washed out greens, oranges, yellows and blues.

We sell a lot of our linen as curtain fabric as its weight allows it to drape beautifully but one or two of our staff members have sewn clothing items from the lighter weights as it hangs really well and below we can share with you a lightweight hoodie that was made from a green/blue linen that was in stock last summer.  Sadly this particular colour has not become available again but we still have other colours in stock.  Some of our customers also print on our linens and turn them into unique cushions and tea towels.

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HALF PRICE SIMPLICITY SALE NOW ON

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Starting Wednesday the 10th of January, all Simplicity patterns are half price and will be until Thursday the 23rd of January.

Pop in and grab a two for one offer and join our pattern club at the same time to save even more money.

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Fabulous two-way sequin fabric!

This gorgeous two-way sequin fabric is new into both Livingstone Textiles Bridport and Livingstone Textiles Yeovil and just in time for Christmas!

This fabric can change colour with just a brush of the hand so you can have two colours on the same fabric. This allows you to draw designs or simply choose which colour you would like to see. Once you have started though you cannot stop, so come into our Bridport or Yeovil shop to see for yourself!

This would be great for cushions, as a Christmas present or even a jazzy addition to a party dress.

 

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We are selling panels of this fabric for just £5! These are the perfect size for cushions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cosy fleece fabrics

Now the colder weather has set in its time to wrap up warm and stay cosy on these winter nights! We have a fabulous selection of fleece fabrics for you to choose from to keep you toasty.

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These fabrics include;

  • Fun designs for children
  • Animal fur prints
  • Tartan check
  • Plain colours

We are expecting more great designs to come in soon, so there will be even more for you to choose from.

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Happy Halloween Fabric Fiends

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Lots of you have been in this week to buy shimmery, sparkly, witchy fabrics for costumes not only for your little ones but for yourselves as well.  Don’t forget to take extra care with shop bought costumes as many man made fabrics are highly flammable.

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If you are at all concerned, it’s not too late to pop in to the Bridport Shop and buy our Flame Retardent Spray, suitable for home application, it makes these synthetic fibres a lot safer when the instructions are followed correctly and we’ll issue you with a fire certificate as well.  It’s also a legal requirement for any fabrics in public buildings to be flame retardent treated, including curtains, stage sets and costumes.  Worth bearing in mind if you’re currently rehearsing for panto season.  We’ve seen evidence of a lot of pumpkin carving going on as we’ve travelled to and from Livingstone Textiles from across West Dorset.  Have a great time tonight and stay safe, whatever your plans.

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Corduroy, the cosy winter fabric

Some lovely new corduroys have arrived in store, perfect for your next cosy winter make!

We’ve got this fine cotton corduroy in a range of delicious autumny colours, and in some lovely retro patterns too.

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If you’re looking for some inspiration for this lovely fabric, or anything else instore, our Simplicity pattern sale is still on with a huge 50% off, so come and grab a bargain (or two!). If all this tempts you to have a go at making jeans, but you aren’t quite sure how to go about it, fashion and lifelstyle blogger Mimi G will talk you through it on her YouTube tutorial.

Happy sewing!

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Halloween Fabrics

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Pop in to our magnificent fancy dress section at Livingstone Textiles.  In both our Yeovil and Bridport shops we have a great selection of cobwebby, spooky and sparkly fabrics as well as fur, all ready to turn you into the scariest werewolf or witch in town.

 

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Hand made Top

This intricate Indian-designed top is made by one of our staff members and modeled by the lovely Maisie. The simple shape of this garment works well with busier patterned fabric, making it an elegant but fun piece. The structured collar is stiffened using a lightweight fusible interfacing, this helps to keep the shape and integrity of the collor, yet not making it to bulky. This classic shape could be made using a vast range of dress cotton either plain or patterned.

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Pattern Sale Starts 9am tomorow

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It’s exciting news! There’s still time to make a new summer outfit or get ahead and start creating your new autumn look before A/W17 hits the shops.  All of the New Look and Simplicity patterns we have in stock are HALF PRICE FOR TWO WEEKS!!  You can browse online if you’ve no time to come and browse the catalogues in the shop.  When you come to collect your pattern you’ll see that we also hold the most beautiful fabrics and you can grab yourself another bargain while you’re here too because our FABULOUS SUMMER FABRIC SALE is on as well!  We really want you to get sewing and discover the enormous pleasure you’ll find when you make garments for yourself, for your loved ones, your grandchildren and friends.  All our staff are mad keen sewers and really happy to offer you help and advice with your projects.

See you soon

The Livingstones Team