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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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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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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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