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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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*Final Days of Free Curtain Lining Offer*

 

 

It’s the last two days of our great May offer, we’re still giving away free poly cotton lining in every pair of curtains orderd in May and if you want to upgrade your lining to a blackout or a cotton lining you only have to pay the price differential.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dogs in Glasses

We have such a brilliant fabric in stock, we think these dogs are absolutely hilarious and could be made into a bag, a cushion or even a pair of curtains.  Tag the dog lover you know will love this, they’ll be inspired!  Made from a heavier weight woven material it will be durable and long lasting whichever project you use it for, how about a dog bed for your favourite friend?

You can buy it from either of our shops in Bridport or Yeovil and you can now get it on our webshop as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Customer makes – Chair upholstery

We love seeing and hearing all about our customers makes and so it’s always nice to be sent in pictures of what you have all been up to with the fabrics bought from us.

The latest picture we have been sent is from the very talented Linda who has used our crane fabric to reupholster her arm chair and it looks amazing! The fabric works really well with the piece of furniture and the before and after photo really shows how great the transformation is. She has managed to get the fabric tight around the chair and so the finished look is very effective, also the pattern matching on the cover buttons shows a great eye for detail so well-done Linda!

We sell upholstery supplies here at Livingstone Textiles along with loads of great fabrics so there is plenty to choose from if you have been inspired by Linda’s great work. The crane fabric is available on our website and in our Bridport shop, to buy it online or just find out more click here.

If you have made something recently with our fabrics and would like to share it with us then we would love to see it, you can send your pictures to us by email to people@livingstonetextiles.com.

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What is Calico?

Ripe cotton plants

Calico is a very basic cotton cloth which gets its distinctive speckled and natural look from the way it is made; as it is made from partly processed and unbleached cotton fibres, the fabric usually contains flecks of the cotton seeds which get woven in. The natural fibres are what gives the fabric its versatility allowing it to be used for just about anything. It is durable, cheap and can be easily dyed, painted or printed on.

Plain weave – warp and weft are equal

Because of the way calico is made, it is cheap and versatile. Calico is made with a plain weave; this means that the warp and weft are equal (the up to down and left to right weave of the fibres are woven equally). It can therefore be easily and quickly made on mechanised looms as it is now, and also on non-mechanised looms as it was made back in the 11th century in India.

There are also different weights/ grades of calico available which can lend themselves to different uses. Calico is great to use for toiles to practice your pattern on an inexpensive fabric before setting off with your chosen and generally more expensive ones. It is also great for bags, aprons and cushions, and can be painted on and dyed just about any colour you can think of! It is also used in traditional upholstery as a lining. It can be used for just about any clothing, accessories or household furnishing and so is one of the most versatile fabrics available.

Calico is normally sold as a loomstate fabric, which means it has not been bleached or treated after weaving. Because of this it is liable to shrinkage and should always be washed before being used to make up an item that is likely to be washed in the future.

A little history

The history of calico is very long and can be traced back as far as the 11th century. Calico originated in Calicut in southwestern India and this is where its name is derived from (Calicut). At this time India was the biggest producer and exporter of cloth in the world and this was mainly because of how cheap and easy the calico was to make and also for traders to buy.

We have a range of different weights of calico available to buy at both our Bridport and Yeovil shops or click here to follow the link to our website where you can order these.

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Chambray Now In Stock

We have some rather cool cotton chambray in stock at both our Bridport and Yeovil stores and we think they’ll look really fabulous made into a bag or a denim style jacket.

The cloth is lightweight and has a little stretch in it so would also look great as a jeans style skirt or trousers and you can now buy all three designs  from our online shop by clicking on the links below the videos, but first have a look at how they sparkle!

 

 

 

 

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Free Curtain Lining Offer continues

It’s no secret that we recommend lining your curtains! Linings give protection from the sun, add body to your curtains, and just give a nicer finish all around. So why not take advantage of our offer of free polycotton lining with your curtains or curtain fabric this May? If you want a superior lining, no problem. Simply choose the best lining for you and your room (we know a lot of people favour a blackout lining) and all you will pay is the difference in price.

Hand finished curtain hems

Our free curtain lining offer is now half way through, but it’s not too late. You can still browse our extensive choice of fabrics from roll stock and sample hangers, choose whether to make the curtains yourself or have our experienced makers hand finish them to your specification, and get a no-obligation quote so you can see how reasonable our rates are for a superb quality finish. Just choose your fabric, take your measurements and request a quote before the 31st May. All quotes given during May will be honoured for one week after the end of the offer.

See below for a selection of our current curtain fabrics to get you inspired! See here for full terms and conditions.

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Floaty Double Gauze Cottons

New in as part of our spring and summer range, we have these lovely double gauze fabrics. Made out of 100% cotton, they have the crinkled cheesecloth look, but the double layer gives more body and means they are not so see-through. We think these fabrics would be lovely as a floaty scarf, or a boho top (hint: we have a pattern sale on during May 2019!). They are also suitable for baby uses – you could make a baby wrap-style carrier or just a more robust baby muslin. At the Bridport fabric shop we have these fabrics in pink and grey, and at our Yeovil fabric shop you can choose from pink and blue. Whichever colour you choose, we think you will love these high quality gauze fabrics.

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Bargain Threads from only 50p!

We’ve been talking for many months about re-designing our bottom room to make it safer for everyone as a retail space.  This has historically been our delivery area but we also have some rolls of cloth stored on shelving that our customers enjoy having a look at.  We were sad to see another long established business go in Bridport this year with the closure of ‘This & That’ however the legacy lives on because we now have some of their shelving in our delivery area!

We’ve used the shelving to divide the room off and create a new shop display area with a great new space for us to work in behind it.  We had to relocate one or two things as anyone does when they’re having a shift around so we dismantled our old Coats thread stand.  We’ve been selling off all the old Coats stock at massively reduced prices as we’ve gone over to selling Gutterman threads instead so don’t forget to look at the colours we still have left in stock when you’re next passing, you can top up your thread stocks really cheaply because they are now reduced to 50p per reel for the small size and £1 a reel for the large!!

 

We took the opportunity to have a bit of a play last week and created a colourful fish from old cotton reels and we’ve hung him in the stairwell next to some of our gorgeous new woven tapestry fabrics that are available in these new wave designs and don’t forget that you get FREE LINING with curtains ordered throughout May.  We will be developing this theme over the coming weeks to create a summer carnival feel to the entrance that we hope you enjoy it as much as we do creating it.

 

 

 

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The Wild Wild West

Welcome to the Wild Wild West, home of the fastest drawn scissors at dawn.

Livingstone Textiles has two fabulous fabric outlets in the Westcountry bursting with hundreds of metres of gorgeous material ready to be made into lovely projects.  Did you know that as well as stocking fabric for dressmaking and material for making curtains, blinds and cushions, we also stock a number of wipe clean pvc tablings and oil cloths that are not only used for covering tables?

Here you can see that this vintage design of Cowboys and Indians has been made into a waterproof bag or shopping, books or school/college stuff.  It’s been lined with one of our bright and cheerful childrens fabrics featuring orange dinosaurs and has strong canvas straps stitched firmly between the layers.  The whole bag is robust and we think the design has a vintage vibe cool enough for both adults and kids.  The fabric is 130cm wide and costs £8.50 per metre and can be bought at either of our shops in Yeovil or Bridport.

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Quilted Dressmaking Fabrics

We’ve just taken delivery of two great new quilted fabrics in navy and coffee colours to go with our super shiny silver quilted material.

The navy colourway is available in a traditional diamond quilt pattern as is the silver and the coffee colour is a little bit different because it has a quilted flower pattern.  All three are great for projects like a gillet which having no sleeves is quite quick to make up and the fabric can also be made into a funky picnic rug or an anorak if you fancy a more involved project.

The navy and the coffee designs are available in a 148cm width and cost £7.50 per metre and the silver quilted is 110cm wide and costs £9.80 per metre. They are not yet available on our webshop but you can purchase by mail order over the phone or pop in to one of our shops at either Yeovil or Bridport. Clicke here for our contact details.

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Farbics from Iliv

This is one of our frequently used suppliers as they have a great range of fabrics from children’s designs through to traditional country homes and everything in between.

With fresh colours and designs there is a fabric for everyone. We have recently bought in a large range of new roll stock from Iliv with many fabulous colours and patterns that will add to any home. These Iliv fabrics are available in both our Bridport and our Yeovil shops and will shortly be listed on our website so keep an eye out for these soon!

 

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New striking tapestry fabrics

Brand new in!

We have extended our range of bold and striking tapestry fabrics; these are in a range of beautiful bright colours and are very hard wearing making them perfect for upholstery projects and much more.

This range of fabrics have been so popular that we have had to add more to our range and we think these are just as fabulous as the first few we have had in. These are all available online and in our Bridport shop and for even more different designs why not visit our Yeovil shop.

 

 

 

 

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FREE Curtain Lining – May 2019 Offer

Exciting news from both of our fabric stores in Bridport Dorset and Yeovil Somerset, we are giving you free polycotton lining with all your made to measure curtains and curtain fabric ordered in May 2019!

If you would like to choose a different curtain lining, don’t worry, the price of the polycotton lining will be deducted from your order and you will only pay the price differential. We stock sun-resistant cotton linings in 3 colours, blackout lining which is particularly useful at this time of the year with early morning, and thermal lining. Coloured linings can be ordered from our sample book.

We have a full bespoke curtain making service at both our stores, using local seamstresses who make and hand finish your curtains to your own measurements so they fit your windows exactly. For local clients a measure can be arranged, or see our simple guide to how to measure your own windows. We can supply a no-obligation quote, please contact us or call into our stores for details. The length of time from placing your order to receiving your curtains varies according to demand, but is usually around 4 weeks.

If you are making the curtains yourself, you can still qualify for our offer and can have free lining up to the number of metres of curtain fabric purchased. You can even take advantage of this offer when shopping online – simply quote “please add free lining” in the order notes when placing your order before 31st May 2019 and free polycotton lining will be included. Click on the link below to see all the curtain fabrics this offer applies to.

TERMS & CONDITIONS : Applies to purchases of curtain fabrics or made to measure curtains. Dress and craft fabrics are not included in this offer, and we reserve the right to designate which fabrics are included. Sale fabrics are not included, only fabrics purchased or ordered at full price. Maximum quantity of free lining is the same as the quantity of fabric purchased. Polycotton lining will be supplied free, other linings are available on payment of the price differential. Offer ends 31st May 2019, quotes for curtains requested by this date will have the lining offer honoured for one week only after the end of the offer.

 

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New tapestry fabrics arriving soon!

 

 

We’re just excitedly unpacking some lovely new tapestry fabrics from the same family as these ones –  the perennially popular ‘Lollipop’ and ‘Big Holland‘.  All of them strong, tactile and colourful, perfect for upholstery, curtains and cushions, available in store and online.

We can’t wait to see the new ones…can you?

While you’re waiting, you can check out the current range!