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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 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

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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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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.

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NEW SIMPLICITY PATTERN BOOK AND A SALE!!

simplicity-004simplicity-001 What great news!  They sent us a delicious new catalogue and now they’ve made all the patterns half price for a whole month!  It’s definitely time to make something new for Autumn and we all love this unusual draped tunic with its feature neckline.  The cowl is attached to the top of the tunic and can be worn a number of ways, Simplicity shows you how.  How about using this stunning new teal velour that’s just arrived at Livingstone Textiles?  Just Gorgeous and super soft.teal-crushed-velour-001

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Pattern Weights

Pattern weights can be a useful tool to have in your workbox, they can be used in a few different situations within both dressmaking and curtain making. They can be different weights depending on what use you want them for.

The main use for them is for holding down you fabric and your pattern when dressmaking. Most of the time in this situation you would use pins but if you have a very slippy fabric you might want to use weight before you start pinning. In some cases, you might be able to use weight instead of pins, if you have a fabric with you don’t want any pin holes showing.

Another use of pattern weights is within curtain making, if you are sewing big curtains and you don’t and the fabric to move or slip of the table then a heavier pattern weight might be ideal.

Pattern weights are not something you have to buy they are something that can easily be made.

Depending on how heavy you want your weight to be will depend on what type you will make but we have made a simple one to show you how easy it can be.

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  • We have used penny weights which are normally used as curtain weights for our pattern weights, we have used 2 just to give a little bit more weight. We have chosen a lovely green fabric to wrap our weights in. We would recommend using the weights without having them covered as penny weights can be greasy. Cut your fabric into a circle bigger than the weights.

 

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  • Next, sew small running stitches all around the edge of the fabric, about 1 cm from the edge, depending on the size of your weight. Do not knot off the final stitch.

 

 

 

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  • Pull tight your stitches. They should pull like a draw string bag. Stitch the opening so its nice and tight.

 

 

 

 

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  • We have sewed a decorated button to the top of our pattern weight. This hides the stitching and adds decoration.

 

 

 

 

There are many ways to make a penny weight this is just a really quick and easy way. You could use sand and make a little bag, you could use curtain weighted tape, one of the best things about making them yourself is you get to make them the weight you want and in a design that suits you.

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Summer Chiffon

Sewing with Chiffon and Georgette takes a little practice but gives fabulous results if you take your time over it.  This little dress will be so cool in the summer months and is enhanced by the Peter Pan collar.2016-04-28 09.35.21

 

 

If you’re not quite ready for slippery, have a go at making a collar from Simplicity pattern no 1727.  It will enhance any plain dress and would also look great sat on top of a light sweater, giving the impression of a blouse underneath.2016-04-28 13.59.09