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Capes: For all kinds of heroes

Do you ever think about something then can’t stop noticing it? A bit like being on a health kick then being faced with chocolate cake at every waking moment? This is how I feel about capes.  Last winter I started noticing the odd cape worn by a fashionista around London. Ever since then they keep popping into…

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Seven Vintage Floral Fabrics For January Cheer

Seven Vintage Floral Fabrics for January Cheer From a rare piece of 1950’s barkcloth to a 1970’s bright striped floral; Meet seven vintage fabrics that will instantly cheer up the January blues. Each of these vintage fabrics brings a smile to my face and joy to my heart. After the fairy lights have been packed away, January needs…

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Thinking Back to Christmas Past

Christmas was a magical time at Olive Road, the street where my grandparents lived and the place my vintage fabric shop is named after. My Nana Mary would cover every inch of their tiny house with Christmas paraphernalia. ‘It is for the children’ Nan would reply to our giggles when Father Christmas ho-ho-hoed every time we entered the front room.…

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Eighties power dressing for a vintage party look

Known as the decade of power dressing, the 1980’s gave teenagers like me strong women role models to look up to. Madonna and Joan Collins rather than the Iron Lady who wore blue. A box of knitting patterns took me back to the eighties this week. They were gifted to me by the landlady of…

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Vintage Inspiration for This year’s Christmas Outfit

That dress you have been thinking of making for Christmas, now is the time to get sewing! Seven weekends to go before Christmas day, there is plenty of time to sew a festive outfit and handmade gifts.  This exclusive vintage fabric collection includes two 1980’s kitchmas prints but is the classic Tartan and Paisley fabrics that get…

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