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Olive Road is an online shop selling vintage fashion, textiles and haberdashery on Etsy. Vintage is the ultimate form of recycling and I love to use my sewing skills to restore a neglected vintage dress or skirt back to its… Continue Reading →

The Mystery of a Cotton Skirt: #Whomademyclothes?

Walking down the fresh vegetable aisle of the supermarket, I’ll often reject some green beans air freighted from Kenya in favour of Kale grown in Kent. I like to buy products with the least air miles as possible. Supermarkets helpfully… Continue Reading →

Sewing Clubs at Olive Road London

Want to know how to fix your vintage and charity shop finds? Or mend your favourite pair of jeans? Come along to my new Sew & Mend Club in East London. As a vintage fashion fan I know how frustrating… Continue Reading →

Summer Sale at Olive Road

Shhhh….I’m having a secret summer sale at Olive Road London! One day only! For one evening only I’ll be reducing my vintage fashion edit to vintage bargains. Not available on my online vintage shop. Only at Pop Up Vintage Fairs… Continue Reading →

Embroidery Class: Mindfulness For Busy People

“Our approach to craftivism focuses on handicrafts that use slow, repetitive hand actions so that we can also use the act of crafting to meditate and think critically…” Sarah Corbett I’ve been re-reading Sarah Corbett’s ‘How to be a Craftivist’… Continue Reading →

Make a Suffragette Posy – Free Sewing Workshop

The East London Federation of Suffragettes, led by Sylvia Pankhurst, were active in East London during 1914 to 1923, campaigning for universal suffrage and worker’s rights. Sylvia Pankhurst studied at the Royal College of Art and used her creative skills… Continue Reading →

Launch of the Women’s Hall Exhibition: The East London Federation of Suffragettes

Last night The East London Federation of Suffragettes were appropriately remembered at the launch of the newly recreated Women’s Hall at the Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives. The lobby of the Grade II listed building, almost unrecognisable, had… Continue Reading →

Vintage Stories: 1960’s Saucer Chair

My favourite thing about running an Etsy shop is the people that I get to chat to from all over the world including vintage fabric fan and designer-maker Eileen from Brisbane in Australia. Eileen has her own Etsy store, Touch… Continue Reading →

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Hello! Please fill out the short form in this link and I’ll email you with news on vintage shopping, making and upcycling workshops, exhibition reviews and any history projects I am working on. I promise I won’t share your data… Continue Reading →

Vintage Shopping in New York

Planning a shopping trip to New York? Vintage shopping fan and Journalist Victoria Briggs shares with us her favourite New York vintage shops during one of her frequent visits to the city…. Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market Every Saturday and Sunday,… Continue Reading →

Eco Sewing with Fabrications founder Barley Massey

The Fashion Revolution Week campaign was in full swing last night at Fabrications, the eco sewing studio and shop on Broadway Market in East London. Founder Barley Massey, Offset Warehouse’s Charlie Ross, Stichless TV’s Tree and Threadworks’ Lydia invited sewing… Continue Reading →

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