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


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!



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. 

Shop News: USPS Shipping!


This has been in the works for a while, and I’m so excited to finally make it official!

Customers in the USA: We now ship with USPS!

This is an awesome development for so many reasons. Blackbird is based in Canada and until now, we have used Canada Post exclusively. This has worked great for us, but I have always felt like there must be a better way for us to serve our neighbours in the US. Well, I’m proud to say that we have found a better way!

How does it work?

It’s pretty simple. We work with a courier that brings packages across the border to ship via USPS. Really small packages ship First Class, and everything else ships Priority.

Okay, but how long does this take?

As usual, we ship orders 1-2 times a week. Since the packages are making their way from Vancouver, British Columbia to Blaine, Washington, it takes a couple of extra days for them to get into the US postal system. Then it’s just 2-4 business days to you!

How much does it cost?

Real talk: the cost will be higher than what you’re used to paying for regular USPS shipping. We are paying a company for this service and we also have to take into account currency conversion. But across the board, it costs less than Canada Post, and there are other advantages too. Read on.

To make things simple, I’ve set up flat rates based on weight. Shipping costs will range from $4.50 – $25 (Canadian dollars). In US dollars that’s just $3.50 – $19 for shipping. WHAT!

Side note: There’s a real-time currency conversion button on the top right-hand corner of our website, so you can view pricing in US dollars. Just keep in mind, your e-mail invoice will always show Canadian dollars, and your credit card or Paypal will take care of the actual currency conversion.


What are the advantages?

No duties or import taxes. Yes, you read that right. Our customers in the US no longer have to worry about import taxes or duties.

Everything includes tracking. In the past, smaller packages did not include tracking. Now everything does, no exceptions.

It’s faster. You’ll get your fabric faster, plain and simple! Canada Post takes anywhere from 4-10 business days once it’s shipped. With our new system, it takes 4-6 business days.

It’s more affordable.  Even with the added courier fees, it costs less than Canada Post.

I’m thrilled to be implementing this, and I’d love your feedback! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave a comment below or e-mail me. I love hearing from you!

Coming Soon: Monthly Remnants Sale!


Hi fabric lovers! Consider this a heads up…

Over the past couple of years, I’ve done a half dozen remnant sales, and each time the fabrics sell out so quickly!

Remnants are the small-ish pieces of fabric that I’m often left with at the end of a roll. Once in a while I’ll also get the chance to buy remnants from local designers, which is even more exciting, because they’ll be fabrics you’ve never seen before in the shop. I sell these pieces at 25-50% off retail price, so there are always some awesome deals to be had!

So here’s something exciting: I’m going to make this a monthly thing! On the first Friday of every month, I’ll send out a newsletter to let you know the remnants are in the shop. They sell quickly, so be sure to sign up for our newsletter to get first dibs.

The next sale is happening this Friday! In the meantime, scroll down for a look at some of the remnants we’ve had in the past. So much good stuff!

P.S. I have some excellent news since my last post about the Canada Post strike. Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have reached an agreement, and there is no longer the possibility of a work disruption or strike. We are now shipping with the confidence that there will be no delays. (Hooray!)

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Shipping Update: Possible Canada Post Strike (Updated!)

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Update 8/30: Great News! Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have reached an agreement, and there is no longer the possibility of a work disruption or strike. (Hooray!) We are now shipping with confidence that there will be no delays. 

Hi friends! I have some shipping news to share with you. For the past couple of months, Canada Post has been in contract negotiations. Sadly, the possibility of a work disruption is becoming very real. With a strike or lock-out looming, I want to clarify how this will affect the shop (if it happens).

As of right now, Canada Post is functioning normally and there are no shipping or transit delays. But that can change in the coming days…

So — We now offer UPS as an additional shipping option. We understand that the cost to ship with UPS is high, and we are working to find a more affordable alternative.

For the time being, we will continue to accept orders as usual. You will have the option at checkout to select UPS or Canada Post.

Keep in mind:

  • If you select Canada Post as a shipping method during a work disruption, we will ship out your order as soon as it is possible to do so.
  • If your package is within the Canada Post system during a work disruption, it will be secured and delivered as quickly as possible once operations resume.

I will post here on the blog as soon as there is something new to report. You can also find updates regarding this issue on our website.

Most importantly, I want to thank you guys for your patience, support, and understanding! We are commited to getting your order to you as soon as possible, and apologize for any delays this may cause. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Finally, a bit of good news! I can’t keep a secret. Lower U.S. wide shipping rates are coming very soon. *Cue happy dance!* We’re working with a courier to ship via USPS – this means cheaper shipping, quicker leadtimes, tracking, and no duties! We’ll let you know straight away when we roll this out – as soon as next week(!!!)

Winslow Culottes in Tencel Twill

Hey there friends! I hope you guys are enjoying the first few official days of summer. It’s been a great month for new patterns, hasn’t it? I am totally smitten with Marigold, Penny, and Sophie. But today, I am here to tell you about Winslow.

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These are the Winslow Culottes by Helen’s Closet. I was lucky enough to test this pattern for Helen, and I honestly could not be more thrilled to come out the other side with these culottes. I absolutely love them.

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Let me give you some background. I started following Helen’s blog early this year. It may have been her parrot culottes that got me hooked. Or, maybe her quilted Linden? Swoon. I was instantly drawn to her cool style and incredibly down to earth voice. Plus, she lives in my city! And we’re the same age! And I want to meet more sewing people in real life! *Queue sweaty palms and nervous laughs*. Meeting internet friends in real life is pretty nerve wracking.

Anyways, Helen and I exchanged some instagram love, and after finally admitting our mutual girl crush via e-mail, we decided we needed to meet up. (Yay!) We spent an afternoon in the park, followed by some sew-in time at Spool of Thread (we taped together PDF patterns and cut out projects). I had such a great time and I knew immediately that we would be “real life” friends. And now we are! Meeting new people and putting yourself out there is scary sometimes, but I hardly ever regret it. If you’ve been friend crushing on someone, I encourage you to make a move.

So that’s the story. Helen is super awesome, and you should check out her blog. 🙂


So, about the culottes. Culottes are bit polarizing aren’t they? I think people either love them or hate them. Ever since I noticed this trend on the rise, I’ve been super into it from the sidelines. I honestly felt like culottes were not for me because I didn’t think they would look great on my curvy body. Then when Helen started sharing photos of her upcoming pattern, I thought she looked so cool. When I got the opportunity to test the pattern, I just couldn’t say no. I had to give it a shot!

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I immediately knew I wanted to test View C (midi length), in a neutral fabric with great drape. Enter, Tencel Twill. My love affair with this fabric knows no bounds. Ever since I started selling it in the shop, it’s been a huge hit with customers too. It’s soft, drapey, opaque, and breathable. The surface is brushed, so it has a unique yet subtle suede look. You can do so much with it – trousers, skirt, dress, top. It’s a neutral solid, with some interest.

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After completing my culottes, I tried them on, slipped on my clogs, and literally did not want to take them off. There is so much to love. The waistline is flattering. The pleats are elegant and modern. The length is perfect for my style. I love the simplicity of this pattern, and how quickly it comes together.

On my next pair, I may adjust the seat to accommodate my, um, full bum. Aside from that, I wouldn’t change much about the pattern. This version is still 100% wearable. I love the way they fit, feel, and the way they look.

I was worried that culottes would look frumpy, or make me look wider. I honestly think they do the opposite. I feel put together, comfortable and so chic when I wear these. Lesson learned: taking a chance is always a good idea, with sewing and with friendships.


The Details
Pattern: Winslow Culottes by Helen’s Closet (coming soon)
Fabric: Tencel Twill in Navy (Being restocked soon! It’s currently available in black, grey, plum)

So what do you guys think? Will you give the culottes trend a try?