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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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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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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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1980’s Vintage Sewing Inspiration

Eighties style icons 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…

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Let’s Get Comfy with a Vintage Style

If you are planning to use the time indoors to catch up on your sewing then here are a new selection of vintage fabrics for you to create something beautiful with. It looks like we are going to be at home for a while so we might as well get comfy. I’ve pulled together some…

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Mary Quant: 1960’s Style Icon

Whilst everyone was busy making tote bags from vintage fabric at my last beginners sewing workshop, we chatted about what to make at the next workshop. Dresses were a popular choice, particular with an A-line skirt. I’ve been wearing this style since the 1990’s but the origins of this silhouette come from the 1960’s. I…

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