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Fashion Revolution Week 2021

7 Reasons why buying vintage is good for the Earth and the soul Tomorrow 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…

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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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Scrap buster: Suffolk Puffs

My favourite part of running a vintage fabric shop is meeting customers. It isn’t so easy for an online shop but I get to meet people at the fabric shows. Even during lockdown it has been great connecting with customers on social media and via email. Mera came along to the Stich Festival last February…

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Watch me on Hochanda

Thanks to Hochanda for inviting me along yesterday. This is my third time on the craft channel and I always have a great day. Everyone there is so friendly and put me at ease. I forget that I’m sewing on live TV. Thanks to presenter Fiona Egan for doing a great job describing my products.…

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Sewing with Vintage Fabrics

I’m super excited to contribute to The Pattern Pages (out on Monday 2nd Jan). Get this great magazine to read my top tips on how to work with narrow vintage fabrics. The whole issue is vintage style themed including vintage style patterns. Buy the issue as a one off or subscribe for the year for…

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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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Shop Ethical Instead

I’m feeling smug as I’ve finished my Christmas shopping this year. Our inboxes are full of Black Friday deals but as a considered consumer I have to ask myself are they worth it? Are the cheap prices persuading me to buy something I don’t need? Can I buy the same item second hand? I do…

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Olive Road x The Pattern Pages

I’m super excited to be featured in this month’s The Pattern Pages (out now!). I have launched a wide range of original vintage fabrics to celebrate. UNIQUE AND INDIVIDUAL, vintage fabrics add a touch of retro style to modern makes. I’m Sarah and I own the online vintage fabric shop. Vintage fabrics are trickier to find than new…

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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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