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Watch me on Hochanda

Thanks to Hochanda for inviting me along yesterday. This is my third time on the craft channel and I always have a great day. Everyone there is so friendly and put me at ease. I forget that I’m sewing on live TV. Thanks to presenter Fiona Egan for doing a great job describing my products.…

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Sewing with Vintage Fabrics

I’m super excited to contribute to The Pattern Pages (out on Monday 2nd Jan). Get this great magazine to read my top tips on how to work with narrow vintage fabrics. The whole issue is vintage style themed including vintage style patterns. Buy the issue as a one off or subscribe for the year for…

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How to use up fabric scraps

My top tips for zero waste sewing No matter how ingenious I am with my pattern lays, I always end up with weird shaped pieces of fabric left over. As I cut, sew and trim I throw my fabric scraps into various boxes One box for larger pieces that can be used to make small…

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Shop Ethical Instead

I’m feeling smug as I’ve finished my Christmas shopping this year. Our inboxes are full of Black Friday deals but as a considered consumer I have to ask myself are they worth it? Are the cheap prices persuading me to buy something I don’t need? Can I buy the same item second hand? I do…

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Olive Road x The Pattern Pages

I’m super excited to be featured in this month’s The Pattern Pages (out now!). I have launched a wide range of original vintage fabrics to celebrate. UNIQUE AND INDIVIDUAL, vintage fabrics add a touch of retro style to modern makes. I’m Sarah and I own the online vintage fabric shop. Vintage fabrics are trickier to find than new…

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Lookbook: Vintage Jersey Fabrics

I wonder how many clothes in our wardrobes have a knit construction? I bet it is a higher percentage than even 10 years ago. Stretch fabrics are comfortable to wear, often with a lovely drape but they can be trickier to sew compared to woven fabrics. I don’t have tons of experience sewing with stretch…

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A Pearly Queen and a Button Queen

A collaboration between Olive Road London and The Button Queen: a collection of vintage fabric covered buttons. I look into the history of the infamous London shop and one of their famous customers… ‘I’ll be in buttons‘ Doreen tells the woman on the other end of the phone. The caller is from the BBC and…

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Vintage fabric: Food glorious food

Food has been pretty central to this period in lockdown. From planning what we are going to eat to in-depth discussions on video calls with family on what we have eaten. Navigating the now complicated experience of food shopping and collecting for our local food bank. So it will be no surprise that I’ve pulled together…

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