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How to Mix and Match Vintage Fabrics

how to mix and match vintage fabrics

The vintage fabrics that I sell on my online fabric shop are nearly always one off pieces, giving the sewist confidence to create an individual vintage style. Using vintage fabrics is also a fun way to recycle. Using fabrics that have been in someone’s personal fabric stash for many decades. Bringing them out of the…

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Zero Waste Week: Sewing Inspiration

zero waste week megans fabric scrap busting coat lining

‘This coat is definitely my most worn me made but I rarely share the full eyeball-dazzling glory of the inside because usually I’m in it!’ Megan exclaims on her Instagram feed @nutmeg_makes. Olive Road London got involved in the Sewing Bee Style competition by giving away a £20 voucher and bag of goodies for Reduce…

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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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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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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

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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Seven tips for sustainable sewing

Fashion Revolution Week 2022: Money | Fashion | Power This year, Fashion Revolution is calling on global citizens to rise up together for a regenerative, restorative and revolutionary new fashion system. Throughout Fashion Revolution Week, the groundwork will be laid down for new laws on living wages for the people that make our clothes, brands…

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