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Swimwear Fabric

Summer is the time for outdoor swimming and here in Bridport we are very lucky to have the sea right on our doorstep to be enjoyed.

When you are out on the beach or even away on holiday by the pool you need to feel comfortable in your swimwear, and finding one that is right for you can sometimes be tricky. So why not make one to fit you in a style you love! We have have a choice of swimwear fabrics in currently and patterns to choose from.

We also keep in stock bikini clasps and bra cups in our haberdashery section so we have every thing here to hand to get you started on great looking swimwear!

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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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New Look Patterns on Sale

Good news for all the Dorset Dressmakers and Somerset Stitchers! New Look patterns are now on a massive 40 per cent discount until Saturday 8th June 2019. Call in to our stores in Bridport, Dorset and Yeovil, Somerset to pick up your bargain patterns and some lovely new season dress fabrics to make them up with.

This offer brings the price of a New Look pattern down to only £4.50 while the offer lasts, a great time to top up your stash. We keep the patterns in stock so unless someone else got there first you will be able to take your pattern home and get cutting your cloth immediately!

If you know the pattern number you want, you can buy by mail order by phoning 01308 456844 and we will send the pattern out to you.

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Fancy Dress Fabrics – New Years Eve

It’s neary the end of 2018 and time to think about those New Years Eve parties…and your outfit!

What better way to celebrate the end of this year and to welcome in the start of 2019 than all dressed up in fancy dress. We have a huge range of fancy dress fabrics and the limit to your costume possibilities is only your imagination!

If you’re struggling to think of an outfit idea then we have our New Look and Simplicity pattern books with pleanty of costume patterns to choose from. With fabrics ranging from crazy colured fux fur to glitzy sequins and sparkly metalic look fabrics even pirate like stripes you can transform yourself into anything or anyone.

There are of course more glamorous party outfits that can be made if costumes aren’t your thing.

We are open between Christmas and New Year for those last minute ideas if you don’t manage to make it in before Christmas, to see our opening times over the festive period please click here.

 

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May’s Steampunk costume

 

 

 

 

 

 

This fabulous steampunk costume has been made by 14-year-old May Robinson. May loves costume design and is just starting her GSCE’s including textiles.

The fabrics May has used can be found here at Livingstone Textiles, and the pattern, 1819 from Simplicity, was available last season, however there are plenty more to choose from in Simplicity’s new Autumn/ Winter catalogue. If her make has inspired you to get your machine up and running and start your own project why not come in and have a look at the other patterns available.

We’d like to say a big well done to May for this great costume, keep up the good work! We hope to see you back in the shop soon for your next project.

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New in! Vibrant wool fabrics

New in are these gorgeous and vibrant coloured boiled wools, perfect for making that statement coat or jacket. We have 100% boiled wool in a vibrant cerise, and 95% wool in lime green and a rust colour these are all fabulous and warm fabrics ready for the chilly winter months ahead.

These lovely fabrics are a real eye catcher and could be made into beautiful garments. We have this vintage 1950’s style simplicity pattern in stock, that would look great made up in one of these fabrics! However, there are plenty more patterns to choose from that would also look fabulous, if 1950’s isn’t your style.

 

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Simplicity Patterns still on Sale

 

 

Don’t forget that you can still get 25 % off your patterns for a little while longer, with the offer ending on Tuesday 2nd October.

It’s the perfect opportunity to try out a new style for the autumn and maybe even go for the new pocket trend in skirts. We have the new autumn release of patterns so it’s the perfect time to treat yourself to the latest patterns.

 

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New Autumn Dressmaking Patterns

We know many of you wait eagerly for the new Simplicity Pattern Book at this time of the year, and we are pleased to let you know that it is here.

Many people are thinking about costumes during the autumn and here are a selection of costume patterns available.

The children are not forgotten with some super new costume ideas for them as well.

One of our favourite new patterns in this issue is this delightful tunic, which we can just imagine curling up in at home on a cool evening.

We have a vast range of fancy dress and dress fabrics in our two stores in Bridport Dorset and Yeovil Somerset, and you can browse a small selection available online below, use the drop down category menu or visit the online shop.

Add to this the fact that the patterns are still on sale at 25% off until Tuesday 2nd October 2018 and it’s a perfect time to plan your autumn makes.

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Book Review: Boho bags

 

This lovely book by Beate Schmitz is full of ideas for making a variety of useful bags, perfect for using up the small pieces of fabric we all have at home, or for treating yourself to a half metre of something gorgeous from the huge range of furnishing fabrics here at Livingstone Textiles!

There are detailed, illustrated instructions  for a range of bags from small bags for keys and change through to large tote bags and striking messenger bags. Also included are full-size patterns in a storage pocket in the back of the book; all in all a useful and well thought out addition to your bookshelf, and a bargain at only £8.99!

Most curtain fabrics can be used for making bags, and also many craft fabrics are suitable for smaller bags, or larger ones with use of a heavier interfacing. Browse our online selection by clicking on the pictures below, or visit our stores in Bridport Dorset or Yeovil Somerset to see a larger range.

 

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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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New Simplicity Pattern book and Patterns on Sale

Simplicity pattern book Spring 2018Spring may finally be putting in an appearance, and that’s a perfect time to stop thinking so much about the winter woolies. Why not plan for the warmer weather and make something a bit more summery?

To entice you further, Simplicity are offering all their patterns half price from Wednesday 11th April until Tuesday 24th April – including all the brand new designs.

In the new patterns you will find some lovely summer dresses for adults and children, wedding wear and (because we know it’s not really summer yet) the lovely jacket you can see below. Why not call in to our stores at Briport or Yeovil to stock up your pattern stash, or find something to make right now. Don’t forget that up to 4 patterns at sale price can also count towards your pattern club card, so you can even get 5 patterns for the price of 4 at the SALE price!

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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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Last Week of the Pattern Sale!!!

It’s your last chance to grab a bargain pattern before Christmas.

Browse the collections online then pop in and pick up in store, you can even ring and reserve. Patterns make a great gift for new sewers with their easy to follow step by step instructions. Or how about treating yourself? once the flurry of Christmas is past you can settle into some ‘Me’ time and make yourself a cheeky little number for New Years Eve simplicity-004

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New Look Patterns Half Price Offer November 2017

saleGreat News for all of our dressmakers now the weather has changed. New Look patterns are going on half price sale tomorrow, Wednesday 15th November until Tuesday 28th November. This is in addition to the half price sale on Simplicity patterns which is still ongoing. New Look patterns are great value at any time, and especially amazing at half price. So why not stock up your pattern stash and get ready to treat yourself to some new winter clothes with our amazing range of dressmaking fabrics at our stores in Bridport, Dorset and Yeovil, Somerset.

We keep the patterns in stock so you can take them home straight away, and you can also gain up to 4 stamps on your pattern club card at sale prices, which will get you a free pattern either straight away or else on another visit.

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SIMPLICITY PATTERNS ARE STILL HALF PRICE !!

Browse the collection online and just pop into 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’.  That’s 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 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.
  3.  You can talk over the fabric choice & pattern requirements with our staff, who all love to sew themselves, and pick up all those little bits and pieces (known as notions) that you may need to complete your garment.

No more waiting around for the postman – get sewing today!

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New Look Pattern Sale until Tuesday 26 September 2017

saleAnother great opportunity to top up your pattern stash! New Look patterns are great value any time of the year, with all sizes covered in one pattern envelope, and they are even better value when you can buy them at half price!

All our staff have made super items of clothing from our New Look patterns, so we can vouch for how effective they are. You can also use your Livingstones Simplicity Pattern Club card and get credit for up to 4 sale patterns. Once you have purchased four patterns your card will be full and you can have a free New Look or Simplicity pattern straight away or on your next visit to the shop, making the patterns even better value. We keep the card at the shop, so you don’t have to remember to bring it with you.

We have some great videos and information on choosing and altering patterns on our Dressmaking page and you can learn about pattern hacking here.

We hold patterns in stock at both our stores in Bridport and Yeovil so call in and choose whilst the savings are on! Alternatively we can post patterns to you and you can order by phone on 01308 456844.

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