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Sewing Inspiration: Beige & Black Vintage Fabrics

What are your sewing plans for 2022? I thought I would start with some practical colourways, neutrals that will work for winter through to early summer. In case, like me, it takes a while to get into the sewing mood. I’ve had a coat and skirt cut out since the Autumn. I must get them…

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Make a Festive Party Top

Pattern and fabric inspiration to make a quick festive outfit The party season has arrived bringing with it a panic of having nothing festive to wear! There is still plenty of time to whip up a quick top to wear with jeans. Or my favourite look, shorts and a thick pair of tights. I’ve pulled…

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Vintage sewing inspiration with Seasons of East

I’ve teamed up with Seasons of East for some vintage sewing inspiration. I discovered this new indie dress pattern company at Knitting and Stitching show. I was drawn to their vintage inspired designs and beautiful reusable packaging. Sign up for my newsletter for an exclusive discount off Seasons of East patterns Seasons of East was created…

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Monochrome Prints

According to those who know about these kind of things, black and white prints were the fashion trend of the summer. Yet all through history black and white prints have always been on trend. From Dior’s New Look suit of the late 1940’s to the 1980’s power dressing shoulder padded jackets. I’ve pulled together an edit…

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Pretty Neutrals

*New stock* vintage fabric Unpacking this new stock of vintage fabric I was drawn to these soft neutral based fabrics with an injection of bright pastels. Usually at this time of year I list typically Autumn colours so I thought I’d mix things up a bit and add a bit of floral Spring to this…

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Plants Make People Happy

Living in a flat without a garden, I’ve always enjoyed growing plants in my home. I think it was at the end of the first lockdown that I noticed my lounge was being taken over by jungle of waxy green leaves. Listening to a lecture by author Catherine Horwood (Organised by Surrey Wildlife Trust) it…

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The 1950’s

The Fifties in Five Separates Notes from a lecture by social historian and tour guide Rachel Kolsky: 50’s Fashion, Glamour to Gamine, Chanel to Capri Pants Before we dive into a decade of full skirts, bright prints, oppulence and fun fashion it is important to remember what happened in the decade preceding the 1950’s. World…

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Chintz: Cotton in Bloom

Hear the word Chintz and an array of rich floral designs of the 1980’s comes to mind. Fabric turned into soft furnishings adorned with frills and flounces. I didn’t know the term was originally used to describe textile designs created hundreds of years ago by talented craftsmen who were able to dye cotton using complex chemical…

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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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