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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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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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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 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 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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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