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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. 

Shop News: USPS Shipping!

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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.

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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!

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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(!!!)

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Hi friends! How are you? I know it’s been quiet on this space for the past little while. Things have definitely been busy, and I just haven’t found the time (or made the time) to write. I think in a way I lacked inspiration, and I didn’t want to post to the blog just for the sake of sharing something! After some reflection and brainstorming, I’m determined to update the blog more often, and I have lots of ideas for where I can go with it. I’m excited to pick up where I left off and make this a space where we can share and chat about fabric and sewing.

So! I thought it would be fun to show you some snapshots of the studio and what I’ve been up to behind the scenes.

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Recently I picked up a bunch of remnants and off cuts from a local designer and friend. Can’t wait to get these listed for you guys!

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Typical day photographing new fabrics…

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Some of my favourite corners in the studio. As inventory grows, storage is becoming more and more limited. I’m constantly rearranging and adding more shelving. It will be so great when I can move into a larger space! Maybe this year?

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Had to share this gorgeous rose bush. I took this photo last week – I can’t believe how green and beautiful Vancouver is right now.

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New Colette Selene skirt pattern is now in stock! A modern pencil skirt with classic lines and a little bit of vintage flair.

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I’ve been working hard on a special project that I can’t wait to share with you next week!

What have you been up to lately? Any fun projects planned for the weekend?

New Bra Kits Available for a Limited Time (Sold Out!)

EDIT: BRA KITS ARE SOLD OUT! SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER TO BE THE FIRST TO KNOW WHEN WE GET MORE.  

Today I get to show you my recent labour of love. ❤︎ NEW BRA KITS!

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Pre-order your kit now! (& scroll down for a deal)

I’m so excited to tell you about these kits! I designed them to be customizable, which I think is pretty cool.

Our base kit is perfect for a stretch soft bra without underwires – like the Watson or Florence Bra. You’ll be able to select your size preference: Small includes 13mm (½”) band elastic and a 2-row hook & eye closure. Large includes 19mm (¾”) band elastic and 3-row hook & eye. Large works best if you’re looking for more support, sewing a larger size, or making a longline bra.

If you like extra support and prefer an underwire bra, you can purchase that add-on. We’ll provide matching underwire casing and extra cup lining.

Like to have matching panties? We’ve got you covered – just select the panty add-on and we’ll send you the materials for that. You can even purchase enough for two or three matching pairs!

Because of all the possible combinations, we’re selling these kits as a pre-order (open until Sunday at midnight or until quantities last). Once the pre-order ends, we’ll order all the supplies and get your personalized kits shipped out by February 15th.

Of course, you’ll still get to see a photo of the supplies that will be in your kit. We even put together mock-ups so you can get an idea of what the bra could look like. Feel free to get creative though! Personally, I love to use stretch lace or knit for the back band and line it with firm power mesh for the extra support. You have enough materials in the kit to do this!

Want to see the colours?

As always, you can trust that all of our supplies are high quality and hand picked. We include firm power mesh for your bra band (it provides the best support!). All of our rings & sliders are jewelry quality metal in gold or silver. Based on some of your feedback, there is now extra cup lining in the underwire kit.

Our bra kits include:

  • stretch fabric (lace or knit) // for cups & cradle
  • clear elastic to stabilize lace edge // lace kits only
  • firm stretch power mesh // for back band
  • non-stretch lining // for cradle
  • narrow plush back picot elastic // for neckline and underarms
  • wide plush back picot elastic // for bra band
  • strap elastic
  • jewelry quality metal rings & sliders
  • hook & eye closure
  • matching bow

Our underwire bra add-on includes:

  • extra non-stretch lining // for cups
  • underwire casing
  • underwires are sold separately

Our panty add-on includes:

  • coordinating knit fabric
  • extra stretch lace // for lace kits only
  • narrow plush back picot elastic
  • matching bow
  • cotton crotch lining

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Oh yes, and you can buy more than one kit and save! Buy two kits, get 10% off; buy three or more kits, get 15% off. Discount is applied automatically at checkout. 

Once again, this is a pre-order sale and quantities are limited! Pre-order is open until Sunday at midnight PST or while quantities last. Kits will ship by February 15th.

Hope you love these kits as much as we do!