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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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The Vintage Fabric Detective

My top tips on where to buy vintage fabrics ‘Where do you find the fabrics?’ is a common question I’m asked by customers and friends. I’ll admit, it isn’t easy finding vintage fabrics and I stumble to give a straight answer. Here is an attempt to share some of my vintage shopping secrets… 1. Look…

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Making a face mask…

Have you made a face mask? I’ve seen lots of posts and videos but I wasn’t sure if they were effective prevention against the Corona Virus. A friend asked me to make a mask for his girlfriend. She is working in a restaurant take-away and can’t get hold of any masks. His opinion is it…

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Whats in My Fabric: Viscose

For Fashion Revolution Week, I have been looking into the properties of our most common fibres and their effects on the environment. Cotton & Polyester are the most common fibres in our clothes and fabrics. Viscose is a close third. Particularly popular amongst dressmakers due to its beautiful soft drape qualities. In clothing, it is…

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Fashion Revolution Week: What’s in my fabric?

My Five takeaways from this inspiring week This week I’ve been taking part in Fashion Revolution Week, to find out more about the processes that go into making my clothes and fabrics. Being in lockdown means I’ve been able to attend more events than ast year as they have all been online. It has been…

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What’s In My Fabrics: Chemicals

‘Two thirds of our clothes contain 100% of chemicals and yet are not disclosed to the consumer. We are breathing, eating, drinking the fibres in our clothes, the majority of which are plastic and chemical’ Peter Gorse of Golf Refugees This week I’ve been watching virtual discussions and lectures as part of Fashion Revolution Week…

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What’s In My Fabric? Polyester

During Fashion Revolution Week 2020, the charity are asking us to investigate #whatsinmyclothes? I sell vintage fabrics, so instead I’ve been looking into what’s in my fabric? Researching the most common fibres in our clothes; how they are made and their effects on the environment. Polyester is in 60% of our clothes in the UK…

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The Fibre Burn Test

How to identify the fibre content of your fabric My favourite thing about running Olive Road is meeting customers and sourcing vintage fabrics. I travel around the UK rummaging in antique centres, vintage fairs and charity shops on the look out for vibrant unique prints and quality textiles. Sourcing fabrics second-hand has it’s downsides. I…

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