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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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The Vintage Fabric Detective

Great British sewing bee reduce reuse recycle week

My top tips on where to buy vintage fabrics The Great British Sewing Bee is back and ‘Reduce, Reuse Recycle’ is always my favourite week. The contestants never fail to amaze me with how they resourceful they are with the scraps. The contestants were asked to source duvet covers for the made to measure challenge.…

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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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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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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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Bags: Inside Out at the V&A

My six favourite bags in the exhibition I managed to catch the exhibition a few days before it closed. Leaving it until the last minute, the exhibition was busy but I’ve chosen my six favourite bags. 1. Sentimental Lulu Guinness, 1996 Florist’s Basket handbag I’m being sentimental as 1996 is the year I met my…

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