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Towelling fabric for summer

This super versatile fabric is perfect for summer. Cool and absorbent, it can be used for shorts, dresses and beach cover ups. Or even throws for the beach or park, comfy and absorbent cushions or a handy beach or picnic bag. I have a small edit of vintage towelling fabrics for sale. I’ve listed some…

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Vintage sewing inspiration

Olive Road customer makes We all love a fabric stash, a collection of fabrics we can fold, re-fold and admire. Amazing as they all look together, fabric really is there to be used. My business is created from buying people’s fabric stash. So when a customer sends me a photo of their creations from my…

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A garden of floral fabrics

Inspired by the Chelsea Flower Show I’ve pulled together an edit of pretty florals and pink vintage fabrics Living vicariously through the TV, I’ve been watching the beautiful garden designs at the Chelsea Flower Show. The stories behind the gardens and all the work that goes into them fascinate me. This year I was particularly…

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Lilac for summer

lilac vintage floral cotton fabric

Vintage fabrics for summer I visited the Menswear exhibition at the V&A recently (go if you get chance) and I particularly enjoyed how the curator had given some background information to the spectrum of colours alongside beautifully made garments. It always struck me how men in the finance industry wear pink with confidence where as elsewhere it…

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Dressmaking patterns now available at Olive Road London

Paper patterns from Maven Patterns and Seasons of East I met Sharon from Maven Patterns , her husband Richard (from James Tailoring) and their daughters at the Knitting & Stitching Show in October 2019 and loved their patterns. The clean designs that champion vintage fabrics, classic with a vintage style. Shop now Choose from the…

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1960s Beautiful People

Review of London’s Fashion and Textile Museum’s 1960’s exhibition, Beautiful People: The Boutique in 1960s Counter Culture. While Swinging London promoted consumerism and futurism, a very different ideology was developing in parallel. The Underground were ‘arty’ and intellectual. They rejected materialism, seeking instead spiritual and psychedelic enlightenment. On 11 June 1965 this alternative community congregated…

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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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