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Vintage Fabrics: Brushed Cotton

sewing inspiration for vintage fabrics with discount code

Soft to touch, these vintage fabrics bring a cosy vibe to winter sewing. Their surfaces are very slightly brushed creating a warm material to take us through to Spring. Each fabric has a burst of colour to brighten up our makes. Being vintage, I can’t guarantee their fibre content. They are estimated to be cotton…

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Exclusive Discount for our Open Studio Weekend

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Subscribe to my newsletter for discounts and previews To celebrate the Craft Central Open Studios event, I’m offering 20% off my shop this weekend. This is for visitors of my open studio event but also my online shop if you don’t live close to London. That is 20% off all vintage fabrics, haberdashery, buttons and kits.…

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How to Mix and Match Vintage Fabrics

how to mix and match vintage fabrics

The vintage fabrics that I sell on my online fabric shop are nearly always one off pieces, giving the sewist confidence to create an individual vintage style. Using vintage fabrics is also a fun way to recycle. Using fabrics that have been in someone’s personal fabric stash for many decades. Bringing them out of the…

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History of Fashion in 100 Objects

Fashion Museum Bath history of fashion in 100 objects

A review of the Fashion Museum, Bath from 2017. Ahead of the closure on 30 October 2022 ready for the museum to move to new premises. The history of fashion always brings out the geek in me and the current exhibition at the Fashion Museum in Bath certainly had that effect. The current exhibition is…

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Korean Wave V&A Fashion Exhibition

Colour and print inspiration from Hallyu! The Korean Wave Exhibition at the V&A

Colour and print inspiration from Hallyu! The Korean Wave Exhibition at the V&A The rain was pouring down from a dark grey sky in London today, the only highlights being flashes of lightening breaking through the thunderous clouds. In a complete contrast, I spent the afternoon immersed in colour and print at the new cultural…

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How to shop for fabric in charity shops

how to shop for fabric in charity shops

Before September passes us by I wanted to mention the Oxfam charity shops campaign ‘Second Hand September’. The charity launched the campaign back in 2019 to encourage people to buy only second hand for 30 days. Their website states ‘not only are you reducing the harmful effects of fast fashion and refreshing your wardrobe without…

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Vintage Fabric New Arrivals

vintage fabric new arrivals in browns and orange from 1970s and 80s Polyester cotton silk viscose knit fabric curtain material sustainable fabrics

Heatwave Colours With the sun hotter than ever in the UK this month it isn’t surprising that my latest edit of vintage fabrics are the colour of the heatwave. Sandy beige, the current colour of the grass in my local park. Burnt orange, the colour of the hot sunset. Highlighted with nurturing browns, which is…

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East London Vintage Fair

Pop up vintage fair at Wiltons East London

Pop Up Vintage Fair at Wilton’s Music Hall Thursday 21 July 4:30 to 9pm Pop Up Vintage Fairs London is back at Wilton’s Music Hall after a 2 year break and I wasn’t going to miss the chance to spend the evening in this fantastic venue! Vintage shopping, cocktails, live music and dancing! A great…

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Sewing Machines in the Movies

My top six films for sewing machine day Encanto Blink and you miss it but there is a sewing machine in Encanto! Right at the beginning of the film. Mirabel pulls her skirt from under a vintage sewing machine as she starts singing. I noticed it as I’d just finished making my niece her very…

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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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