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Lilac for summer

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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Monochrome Prints

According to those who know about these kind of things, black and white prints were the fashion trend of the summer. Yet all through history black and white prints have always been on trend. From Dior’s New Look suit of the late 1940’s to the 1980’s power dressing shoulder padded jackets. I’ve pulled together an edit…

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Pretty Neutrals

*New stock* vintage fabric Unpacking this new stock of vintage fabric I was drawn to these soft neutral based fabrics with an injection of bright pastels. Usually at this time of year I list typically Autumn colours so I thought I’d mix things up a bit and add a bit of floral Spring to this…

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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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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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