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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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Sewing with Vintage Fabrics

When I find a piece of vintage fabric for my shop I imagine what it will be turned into and enjoy giving suggestions. I always ask customers to share photos of their makes and wow, you haven’t disappointed me! I’m impressed with how creative everyone has been during lockdown, sewing some fantastic styles. Tops have…

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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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Vintage Florals: Summer Blues

Fresh, bright and cool: A collection of vintage cotton fabrics ready for summer. A unique selection of fabrics, many of which are over 2 metres, perfect for dressmaking. Floaty summer dresses, cool vibrant shirts, cute floral shorts. It looks like we have another month or so at home. Enough time to create summer outfits in…

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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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