Big News

Hi, there!  Guess what? This week I signed a lease on a new space for Blackbird Fabrics. That’s right – we’re moving! But first, let me back up a bit…

You may not know this, but for the past 2.5 years, I have been running this small business out of a bedroom in our Vancouver apartment. It’s worked well, but lately, I feel like I’ve outgrown the space, like big time.

So I started looking for the perfect spot a couple of weeks ago, and I really didn’t expect to find something so quickly. But when I walked into this place, it felt meant to be. It’s big and airy with beautiful natural light and high ceilings. I can’t wait to show you guys.

Since the new space is empty now, I was able to sign the lease and get the keys immediately. So now I am holding the keys to a sunny and open studio space in a great area of East Vancouver. I honestly could not be more excited. It’s perfect.

The past few days have been filled with celebration and reflection. I find myself feeling so humbled by the support I’ve received over the years. I’m also incredibly excited for the future, and what this means for my small business. This feels like a success for me personally, but also for the community we’ve built. You guys are passionate about fabric, as am I! I’m proud to be a part of the exciting and ever evolving world of home sewing.

Okay, here’s the fun part! I’m having a sale to clear out some inventory. The less I have to physically move, the better. 🙂 Also because I love you guys and I want to celebrate with you.

Everything in the shop is 20% off now through Friday, March 31st at 11:59 pm PST.
No code is required, the discount will automatically be applied at checkout.

Visit the shop and celebrate with me! I couldn’t have done this without you.

xo,

-Caroline

Blackwood Cardigan in Ribbed Sweater Knit

Have you seen the new Blackwood Cardigan from Helen’s Closet? Last month I had the chance to test this pattern, and of course I paired it with a sweater knit from the shop. Here are the results…

First thing’s first: the fabric! It’s the Brushed Ribbed Sweater Knit in Bordeaux. This colour is sold out but the fabric itself is available in three other colours right now: Olive, Rust, and Grey. It’s lightweight and soft, perfect for this cardigan.

The Blackwood offers two length options: hip length, and mid thigh. I’ve had longline cardigans on the brain so I went with the mid thigh length. Helen says that the pattern is designed with layering in mind, with it’s fitted shape, extra long sleeves, and open front design. I hate wearing bulky sweaters under my jackets, so for me this is the perfect spring/transitional cardigan. It works so well layered under my Robson Coat. (P.S. If you click that link get ready for a throwback to 2014 when I was contributing on Sewaholic and … my short hair! Remind me not to cut my hair that short ever again. Ok? Thanks.)

Oh yes! I should mention that after feedback from testers, Helen shortened the sleeves by 1″. They are meant to be long and bunched at the wrist, and even with that change, they still will be. I personally love extra long sleeves. When I layer a jacket or coat on top of a sweater, I like to be able to pull my sleeves out a bit to keep my hands warm. If I can’t, I get annoyed, and I’m less likely to wear that sweater!

In the photos above I’m wearing my Blackwood layered over a basic tee and denim overalls from the Gap. Super comfy and relaxed, exactly how I want to dress every day.

Will you be sewing up this pattern? If you’re interested, you can pick up your copy here. And if you’re looking for sweater knits, we have lots in the shop!

Had to share this cuteness. This is our kitty Fraidy. If I ever leave clothing on the bed, he will want to climb on it. He’s sleeping on a pile of laundry as I type this!

Holiday Shipping Schedule 2016

 

We’ll be taking a little break from shipping during the holidays. You have a few days left to get your order in! Here are the key dates…

  • Place your order by Sunday, December 18th if you’d like it to ship before our break.
  • Our online store will remain open, so you can still shop to your heart’s content while we’re away.
  • Orders placed between December 19th and January 1st will begin shipping on January 2nd.

Next week I’m jetting off to Montreal to hang with family, recharge my batteries, and bake lots of cookies. Of course I’ll spend this weekend frantically sewing all the things in anticipating of my trip. That is the plight of a sewist, isn’t it? I couldn’t possibly face my family on Christmas without a new dress on. 🙂

I hope you have a relaxing and cozy time ahead of you, wherever you are this holiday season.

Cheers!

-Caroline

Black Friday Sale!

Hi friends! How was your Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving falls in October here in Canada, so I didn’t get to eat any turkey or stuffing yesterday (sad!). But I still love seeing all the delicious food and warm fuzzies happening on instagram. This year it felt extra festive because it also happened to be my birthday yesterday! I’m 28… when did that happen?

So it’s time for our big Black Friday sale! Here are the details…

Get 25% OFF ALL REGULAR PRICED FABRICS

Get an extra 15% OFF ALL SALE FABRICS

That’s not all! We have a very limited quantity of BRA KITS available, and they’re 10% OFF!

No code is required – the discounts will be applied automatically at checkout. Easy peasy!

The sale starts right now and ends on Sunday, November 27th at 11:59pm PST.

Want to see some of the new fabrics that we’ve added to the shop recently? There is so much good stuff. They’re all included in the 25% off sale! Click the image and it will take you to the product page.

 

Happy shopping you guys!

xo,

-Caroline

Local Event this Sunday!

Hi friends! This Sunday I’m taking Blackbird on the road for the first time! I’m so excited to have a booth at the vendor market for the ASDP annual conference. I’ll be there with fabrics, bra kits, and sewing patterns. The vendor market is open to the public and admission is free. Even if you aren’t attending the conference, you can come to the market tomorrow. Here are the details:

Date: Sunday, October 23rd 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Place: Westin Wall Center in Richmond, BC

The Association of Sewing and Design Professionals has hundreds of members across Canada and the US. Every year, the members of the ASDP come together for a conference. This year, for the first time, it’s in Canada!

Read all about the ASDP here, and visit the event facebook page for the vendor market here (some great companies will be selling at the market, including Thread Theory, yay!).

If you’re local, come and say hi! I’d love to meet you. If not, feel free to follow along on instagram. It’s going to be a fun day!

Anniversary Sale

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The end of September marks the beginning of fall, and for me, it also marks a really special anniversary. On September 24th, 2014, I officially launched Blackbird Fabrics. I can hardly believe I’ve been running this business for two years. Oh, how time flies! I’m proud of what I’ve built and really looking forward to all of the exciting things I have planned for the coming year. I hope that I can say that every year on the anniversary of my business.

Enough about that for now, the important bit is that it’s time for an anniversary sale! I had a launch sale, and a sale on my first anniversary last year, so I figure I might as well make it a tradition. Here’s what I’m doing this year:

From now through Sunday…

Spend over $50 to get 15% off

Spend over $100 to get 20% off

Spend over $150 to get 25% off

PLUS! If you spend over $200 after your discount has been applied, you’ll get free standard shipping worldwide

Everything is on sale and there is no discount code required, so go forth and shop now!

I can’t sign off without thanking you, my wonderful customers, for your unending support, encouragement, and just plain awesomeness. The fact that I get to engage with such a wonderful group of people every day makes me very, very happy.  I’m proud to be a part of the sewing community, you are a cool bunch!

xo,

Caroline


The fine print: Sale ends Sunday, October 2nd at 11:59pm PST. Discount tiers listed above are in Canadian dollars. Free shipping offer applies to USA & International orders with a subtotal of $200 (Canadian Dollars) or more after discounts have been applied. Standard shipping to the USA is USPS Priority Mail. Standard shipping to International destinations is Canada Post Surface.