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Vintage Fabric New Arrivals

vintage fabric new arrivals in browns and orange from 1970s and 80s Polyester cotton silk viscose knit fabric curtain material sustainable fabrics

Heatwave Colours With the sun hotter than ever in the UK this month it isn’t surprising that my latest edit of vintage fabrics are the colour of the heatwave. Sandy beige, the current colour of the grass in my local park. Burnt orange, the colour of the hot sunset. Highlighted with nurturing browns, which is…

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Summer Sewing Inspiration

Aptly named 'Summer in London', this vintage inspired sewing dress pattern from Seasons of East is perfect for Summer

With Summer in London and Vintage Fabric Aptly named ‘Summer in London’, this vintage inspired sewing pattern from Seasons of East is perfect for Summer. From a picnic on the park to a long lazy dinner by the sea. Sisters Carol and Barbara have designed a classic dress, with a fitted bodice with a gathered…

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East London Vintage Fair

Pop up vintage fair at Wiltons East London

Pop Up Vintage Fair at Wilton’s Music Hall Thursday 21 July 4:30 to 9pm Pop Up Vintage Fairs London is back at Wilton’s Music Hall after a 2 year break and I wasn’t going to miss the chance to spend the evening in this fantastic venue! Vintage shopping, cocktails, live music and dancing! A great…

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Towelling fabric for summer

vintage flannel towelling fabric

This super versatile fabric is perfect for summer. Cool and absorbent, it can be used for shorts, dresses and beach cover ups. Or even throws for the beach or park, comfy and absorbent cushions or a handy beach or picnic bag. I have a small edit of vintage towelling fabrics for sale. I’ve listed some…

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Vintage sewing inspiration

Olive Road customer makes We all love a fabric stash, a collection of fabrics we can fold, re-fold and admire. Amazing as they all look together, fabric really is there to be used. My business is created from buying people’s fabric stash. So when a customer sends me a photo of their creations from my…

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Sewing Machines in the Movies

My top six films for sewing machine day Encanto Blink and you miss it but there is a sewing machine in Encanto! Right at the beginning of the film. Mirabel pulls her skirt from under a vintage sewing machine as she starts singing. I noticed it as I’d just finished making my niece her very…

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A garden of floral fabrics

Inspired by the Chelsea Flower Show I’ve pulled together an edit of pretty florals and pink vintage fabrics Living vicariously through the TV, I’ve been watching the beautiful garden designs at the Chelsea Flower Show. The stories behind the gardens and all the work that goes into them fascinate me. This year I was particularly…

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The Vintage Fabric Detective

Great British sewing bee reduce reuse recycle week

My top tips on where to buy vintage fabrics The Great British Sewing Bee is back and ‘Reduce, Reuse Recycle’ is always my favourite week. The contestants never fail to amaze me with how they resourceful they are with the scraps. The contestants were asked to source duvet covers for the made to measure challenge.…

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Lilac for summer

lilac vintage floral cotton fabric

Vintage fabrics for summer I visited the Menswear exhibition at the V&A recently (go if you get chance) and I particularly enjoyed how the curator had given some background information to the spectrum of colours alongside beautifully made garments. It always struck me how men in the finance industry wear pink with confidence where as elsewhere it…

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