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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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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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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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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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New Look Pattern Sale ends today

saleA quick reminder today that our half price New Look pattern sale ends at the end of today. Why not call in to our stores in Bridport or Yeovil to top up your pattern stash for the autumn season? You could fill up your pattern club card with sale patterns and then be ready to take advantage of the new autumn issue of the Simplicity catalogue with a free pattern!

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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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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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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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Pattern Hacking


Livingstone Textiles are up to date with this season’s fashions with the new summer edition of the New Look and Simplicity pattern books. At both our shops in Bridport Dorset and Yeovil Somerset we try to stock all the patterns that are listed in the books and if we don’t have them available we can easily order them in for you.

These books have hundreds of different patterns for all occasions for both children and adults, male and female, all in a wide range of sizes. The great thing about making your own clothes is you can tailor them to you and your size, so if your waist is a different dress size to your bust you don’t have to compromise you can tailor the pattern to you. A great way to do this is with Simplicity new pattern range that helps you to pattern hack giving you the confidence to change other patterns. Watch the short video below to learn more about pattern hacking.

With the new Simplicity pattern book, you can tailor your outfits to you with the range of patterns designed for pattern hacking. Each hacking pattern comes with multiple pattern pieces for design hacking and extra paper to help you. Simplicity’s pattern hack collection is designed to put the creativity in your hands. Starting from basic shapes using these patterns and instructions to sew unique pieces and build your perfect wardrobe. We present several options but challenge your creativity to look for other unique ways to hack the patterns. See how far you can take it.  Also, see other patterns in the range to hack – 8375 knit dress, 8376 knit top, and 8377 knit cardigan.

All of these patterns are available at both our Yeovil Somerset store and our Bridport Dorset store. If you require any more information please contact us and we will be happy to help. If you are hacking one of the regular Simplicity sewing patterns and need more paper to avoid cutting into your pattern pieces, we sell dot and cross pattern paper by the metre.

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New Look Pattern Sale ends Tuesday 20 June 2017

Hi folks, just a reminder that the current half price sale on New Look Patterns ends on Tuesday 20th June, so just a couple of days left to stock up on this excellent range of ladies dressmaking patterns. All sizes are contained in the one envelope, so no need to choose a size.WIN_20170317_11_39_23_ProWe’ve also now had our new issue of Simplicity patters, which includes some exciting new designs with the new Pattern Hacking concept. We’ll post more about that later on!simplicity-pattern-hack-8377-envelope-front


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Flamingoes spotted in Yeovil!

Flamingoes making a classy appearance in Livingstone Textiles Yeovil.  Styled in a period window with a piped cushion, the colour is vibrant.  Printed on a linen look cloth, the design looks chic and the co-ordinating pink piping frames the design beautifully. This fabric is available at our Yeovil store priced at £23.90 per metre for double width (112″ wide) and £11.95 per metre for single width (56″ wide)

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Then And Now

The staff here at Livingstone Textiles have a weak spot for dressmaking patterns and whilst one of them was having a sort through hers, she found the lovely vintage one on the right.  This style has been re issued by Simplicity this season in their Vintage Collection.  If you take a closer look at the neckline and waist of this ‘frock’ you can see that they are virtually identical. Pattern 1587 is in stock at both our Bridport abd Yeovil stores if you fancy going vintage in the spring.