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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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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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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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Puppy Pawprint Fleece

Is it time for a new blanket for your dog?  This new colourway in our soft cuddly fleece is perfect for a luxury dog blanket and you could easily make a dog beanbag out of it as well.  Of course, you can use it for other projects as it’s a perfect fabric for dog lovers.  Available in both of the Livingstone Textiles fabric shops in Yeovil, Somerset and in Bridport, Dorset.

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Fancy Dress for Last Minute Flappers

It’s not too late to put an outfit together in time for New Years Eve.  We’ve still got plenty of sparkle here at Livingstone Textiles so pop in and get some sequins and stars to add to your party outfit.

We’ve also got some fabulous feathers and flapper fringe to give you the Charlston Feel and fur in a rainbow of colours plus ribbons and buttons as well as trouser, skirt and bra extenders if last years outfit is a tad unforgiving.

 

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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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SIMPLICITY PATTERNS ARE STILL HALF PRICE !!

Browse the collection online and just pop in to the shop and collect your pattern.  You can HAVE IT TODAY as we stock all of the patterns here in the shop and rarely sell out.

You probably are thinking, ‘Well if I browse online then I may as well buy online and be done with it’.  Thats all well and good but we think you should visit us for three very good reasons

  1.    The P&P cost…………….combine your visit to us with your shopping trip to Bridports historic market, it’s easy to park right outside the building in the Waitrose car park. Or alternatively visit our Yeovil shop opposite the Octagon theatre with free parking for customers.
  2.    You can join our in house exclusive pattern club FOR FREE then for every four patterns you buy (yes, even the half price ones) you can have your fifth pattern free.  Quite simply, even  if you buy the most expensive patterns from Simplicity and fill your card up before the middle of November you can have FIVE patterns for UNDER £20!!  Bargain.
  3.     You get the opportunity to look at our absolutely massive selection of Dress Fabrics at unbelievably competitive prices. You can feel the quality and see how the fabric will work in your pattern properly.

     

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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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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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Halloween and Fancy Dress Fabrics

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With a month to halloween it’s not too soon to be thinking about your plans if you want to look amazing at your halloween party. Why not think about making you own costume and make something special? If you are planning a party or even going to a party why not pop into our shop in Bridport Dorset or our new shop in Yeovil Somerset and have a look at our exciting range of fancy dress fabrics and trims. We have everything you might need to decorate for your party both your venue and yourself.

Halloween fabricsHere you can see some of our latest arrivals. We have stars on satin and net, and spiders webs in silver on fabric and multicoloured on black net. These would dress up any outfit or make a great cloak or witch’s hat. We have these fabrics in our ‘fancy dress room’ at Bridport on a lovely old trolley which came from one of the fabric mills which are sadly no longer a large part of UK industry.

If you would like any further information on anything you have seen on or website please contact us and we will be happy to help.

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Bridport Hat Festival

Underwater hatIt’s that time of year again when Bridport goes a bit crazy for hats.

This is the 8th Hat Festival and promises to be another exciting event in the town featuring handmade hats, obsure hats, posh hats, caps, boaters and bonnets.

You can try your hand at millinery by attending one of the courses in the town or you can get yourself involved with the children and make your own wacky hats and fascinators.  A couple of years ago, Megan made this incredible aquarium hat out of net and fabrics from Livingstone Textiles and assembled them on an upside down lampshade.

2011_mass_hat1 Bridport is absolutely buzzing on Hat Festival day as hundreds of people turn out in their creations and parade the streets .  We have a wide range of fabrics that can be used to make a hat, cap or bonnet from scratch.  You could try making a sparkly creation from sequin fabrics and embellishing with shiny ribbons and trims or how about something in glamourous velvet to mark the occasion, trimmed in stunning black ravens feathers that we are now selling as a trim.  Easily sewn in place along the bound edge, your project could be a prizewinning showstopper.  We have hessian as well that you could fix up into a crazy scarecrow hat with some fabric flowers sewn into place or how about adding some decorations to a traditional straw boater?  Bridport is home to the nations oldest butchers and with a string of hand sewn sausages made from our brown felt and placed on the hat, worn together with a striped apron and you’ll look surely look the part.  Lets not forget the recent visit by the circus to Bridport town, you could make a fabulous clowns hat.  Anyone remember the visit to Livingstone Textiles by the clown last summer?  My goodness, what a funny fellow he was coming booming up the stairs with his giant shoes and megaphone!  We also recently hosted the first Bridport Folk Festival and the town came alive to the sounds of the morris dancers, many of whom wear really striking hats to dance in.

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Don’t forget, we also stock many widths of round hat elastic to hold everything in place while you enjoy the day.  Pop in the shop at the bottom of the Waitrose car park, Bridport to purchase.

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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

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LIVINGSTONES AT YEOVIL SHOW

20170714_144951We’re making our first appearance at the Yeovil Show.  Come over and say hello and take a look at the sample of fabrics that we have brought along to show you.  It’s just a taste of the massive range of stock that we hold across both our Yeovil and Bridport shops as well as our beautiful ribbopns and tapes, bindings and zips. 20170714_181104 20170715_081431We cater for crafters, knitters and sewers and hold a great selection of books for those of you wanting to try learning a new skill.  Our staff are all sewers and knitters and will be glad to answer your questions and help you. IMG_0094We also make up beautifully hand sewn curtains and blinds to order from any of the furnishing fabrics you choose in our shops.  We have a vast roll stock for you to choose from and give it free samples to make colour matching selection in your home easier and if you really can’t find anything there, you can browse our beautiful books and inspiring hangers and we’ll order your chosen fabric in for you. IMG_0099 (002)We pride ourselves on our customer service and are here to listen and do things well for you so come over and say hello if you’re at the Yeovil Show this weekend.  And if you can’t make it, find us opposite The Octagon Theatre where we provide free parking, a lift and ramps to enable full access to everyone.

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Pom-Poms

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Now you all must be thinking out there, what can you do with those? Well, we have a few suggestions some rather fun and others a little more serious.

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Bear Ears

As modelled by our Saturday girl wouldn’t these make really fun bear ears! All you have to do is simply thread ribbon through the already attached elastic. DSC_5562

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A little more of a serious option would be to add them to a blind or curtains, we have seen smaller ones added to window furnishings in the past and the look is fun and fabulous. These could really add a fun touch to your home.

Or if you’re not that brave they could be used as a blind pull cord.

All these ideas and the pom poms will only cost you a pound each! A bargain for so much fun!

These are currently only available at our Bridport Dorset store.

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Spirit of Bridport

Our local Museum in Bridport is currently undergoing a refit.  When it reopens, this replica of the dress worn by Francis Newberry’s ‘Spirit of Bridport’ will be on publicly display.

Made by one of our regular customers Beverley Taylor, we think you’ll agree that she’s done a good copy of the robe in the painting. The town sign can be found on the approach to BridportSpirit of Bridport

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Miss H- Fancy Dress All Ready For Halloween!

Our Miss H is all ready for Halloween with her mermaid costume and her draped fabric, she can not wait for the trick and treating to begin.

 

If you are thinking of Halloween parties, children fancy dress or a little bit of trick or treating we have a wide range of fancy dress fabrics at both our shop in Bridport Dorset and Yeovil Somerset. Why not pop over and see us and gets some spooky inspiration.

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Miss Haverhams New Dress

2016-01-13 12.41.09 Miss H is feeling all dressed up ready for Saturday night. She is wearing a lovely jersey dress which is gathered to the shoulder. A jersey fabric works very well with the dress design due to the way the fabric clings and hangs.

This fabric is 140cm/55″ wide and is priced at £

It is only available to buy in our shop in Bridport Dorset or by mail order on 01308 456844.

If you would like further information or require a sample of this fabric or any other fabric you have seen on our website please contact us and we will be happy to help.

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Fancy Dress Cloak

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We hope you are all enjoying the festive period and relaxing with family and friends.  Now the party season is upon us, it’s a great excuse to dress up in something a little extraordinary.  New Years Eve in Bridport is an event well worth turning out in your finery for.  Most of the locals get dressed up in some wacky outfits and enjoy the festivities but hiring a costume can be an expensive business so how about making your own this year?  Fancy dress fabric roomOur fancy dress fabrics are very competitively priced and our haberdashery department is rated very highly by young and old alike; where else these days can you buy half a metre of something for 7p?!  In the pictures we have featured a cloak made from cotton velvet available at the shop, or by mail order if you ring 01308 456844 and it’s lined with white cotton poplin.

DSC_4289The fasteners are traditional frogs available in two different designs and in either black or white and can be purchased for only £1.90 per pair in our shop at Livingstone Textiles, Bridport.

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Chinese Dragon Fabric

Chinese Dragon 002Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival will fall on February 8th 2016 and, according to the Chinese Zodiac it will mark the beginning of the year of the Monkey.  A similar celebration to the Western Christmas Festival, it is the grandest and most important to Chinese people and so we thought you would like to see our lovely silky dragon fabric in case you were planning to make your own clothes or decorations.  Its quite a short width and would make a lovely table runner or child’s traditional Manadarin style jacket.

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Talking of Monkeys, here is our lovely Monkey fleece.  It’s super soft and great for making into scarves and hats ready for cold winter days, or you could just by a whole metre from our webshop by clicking here and wrap yourself up in it!

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Snuggle down Fleece

BurgundyThe cooler days of Autumn are creeping in and if you are out and about early in the morning or during late evening, you may have noticed a bit of a change.

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So, maybe it’s time to snuggle up in some soft fleece.  Available on our webshop www.livingstonetextiles.com or in the shop and in a wide range of cheerful and practical colours, you could make yourself a hat, a scarf or a cosy zip up jacket .

Or, you could just buy a couple of metres, wrap yourself up in it, make a nest on the sofa and watch the latest ScarletBake Off, however you use it, fleece is snuggly, easy to sew and doesn’t need hemming if you want a quick make so its great for novice sewers.

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Miss Haversham Dresses Up in Gothic Style

Miss H briar When these lovely crinkled satin curtain fabrics arrived we thought the red colourway would look amazing as a Gothic dress. The only way to check just how great was to dress up Miss Haversham and see. Laura found Simplicity pattern 2172 and set about recreating this Victorian outfit. As you can see the results are spectacular.

The fabric comes in three colourways – the red and silver shown here plus a duck egg blue colour – and is priced at £9.30 per metre. It is so stunning that we don’t think it will last long, so call in to the shop or contact us if you would like to secure some for your project, whether it’s dressmaking or for the home. One of the staff has already taken some home to make dress curtains. What does the fabric inspire you to make?
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Aztec fabric – suitable for dressmaking

This brightly coloured printed fabric is suitable for making clothes. Ideal for summer dresses and light weight trousers. The fabric features an Aztec style pattern. The cloth is a floaty lightweight peachskin.

Fabric composition: Polyester peachskin
Fabric width: 144cm/ 57″
Pattern repeat: 31cm/ 12.5″
Price per metre: £4.90

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