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The Knitting & Stitching Show

Thanks to everyone who visited my stand at the Knitting & Stitching show last week. If you couldn’t make it, thanks for opening my emails and liking my posts on social media. Every little bit helps small businesses like me. It was great to be out chatting to vintage fabric fans again. Working on my…

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Monochrome Prints

According to those who know about these kind of things, black and white prints were the fashion trend of the summer. Yet all through history black and white prints have always been on trend. From Dior’s New Look suit of the late 1940’s to the 1980’s power dressing shoulder padded jackets. I’ve pulled together an edit…

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Vintage Fabric at The Knitting and Stitching Show

Find me in the Textile Galleries for a wide range of vintage fabric, suitable for all kinds of dressmaking and tailoring. Soft barkcloth in mid-century designs, bright graphic jerseys from seventies, chunky boucle coat fabric from the sixties, soft drapey viscose from the 80’s and pretty floral poplin’s from every decade. Most of the fabrics…

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Pretty Neutrals

*New stock* vintage fabric Unpacking this new stock of vintage fabric I was drawn to these soft neutral based fabrics with an injection of bright pastels. Usually at this time of year I list typically Autumn colours so I thought I’d mix things up a bit and add a bit of floral Spring to this…

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Plants Make People Happy

Living in a flat without a garden, I’ve always enjoyed growing plants in my home. I think it was at the end of the first lockdown that I noticed my lounge was being taken over by jungle of waxy green leaves. Listening to a lecture by author Catherine Horwood (Organised by Surrey Wildlife Trust) it…

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The 1950’s

The Fifties in Five Separates Notes from a lecture by social historian and tour guide Rachel Kolsky: 50’s Fashion, Glamour to Gamine, Chanel to Capri Pants Before we dive into a decade of full skirts, bright prints, oppulence and fun fashion it is important to remember what happened in the decade preceding the 1950’s. World…

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Fashion Revolution Week 2021

Today is the start of Fashion Revolution Week. The eighth year in which the charity ask us to challenge our favourite fashion brands with the question #whomademyclothes? Fashion Revolution was established in 2013 a year after the Rana Plaza disaster that killed 1138 garment workers in Bangladesh. Since then charity have been campaigning globally against the…

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Chintz: Cotton in Bloom

Hear the word Chintz and an array of rich floral designs of the 1980’s comes to mind. Fabric turned into soft furnishings adorned with frills and flounces. I didn’t know the term was originally used to describe textile designs created hundreds of years ago by talented craftsmen who were able to dye cotton using complex chemical…

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1980’s Brights for Summer

Let’s head back to the 1980’s for our summer makes this year – the power dressing decade wasn’t all shoulder pads and nipped in waists. Many styles incorporated easy to wear (and make!) kimono style cap sleeves, loose drawstring trousers, jumpsuits and boxy one piece dresses. I’m on a one woman mission to bring back…

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