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The Knitting & Stitching Show

Thanks to everyone who visited my stand at the Knitting & Stitching show last week. If you couldn’t make it, thanks for opening my emails and liking my posts on social media. Every little bit helps small businesses like me. It was great to be out chatting to vintage fabric fans again. Working on 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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Vintage Fabric at The Knitting and Stitching Show

Find me in the Textile Galleries for a wide range of vintage fabric, suitable for all kinds of dressmaking and tailoring. Soft barkcloth in mid-century designs, bright graphic jerseys from seventies, chunky boucle coat fabric from the sixties, soft drapey viscose from the 80’s and pretty floral poplin’s from every decade. Most of the fabrics…

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Sewing with Vintage Fabrics

I’m super excited to contribute to The Pattern Pages (out on Monday 2nd Jan). Get this great magazine to read my top tips on how to work with narrow vintage fabrics. The whole issue is vintage style themed including vintage style patterns. Buy the issue as a one off or subscribe for the year for…

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Whats in My Fabric: Viscose

For Fashion Revolution Week, I have been looking into the properties of our most common fibres and their effects on the environment. Cotton & Polyester are the most common fibres in our clothes and fabrics. Viscose is a close third. Particularly popular amongst dressmakers due to its beautiful soft drape qualities. In clothing, it is…

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Fashion Revolution Week: What’s in my fabric?

My Five takeaways from this inspiring week This week I’ve been taking part in Fashion Revolution Week, to find out more about the processes that go into making my clothes and fabrics. Being in lockdown means I’ve been able to attend more events than ast year as they have all been online. It has been…

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What’s In My Fabrics: Chemicals

‘Two thirds of our clothes contain 100% of chemicals and yet are not disclosed to the consumer. We are breathing, eating, drinking the fibres in our clothes, the majority of which are plastic and chemical’ Peter Gorse of Golf Refugees This week I’ve been watching virtual discussions and lectures as part of Fashion Revolution Week…

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How to Make Bunting

An Easy Fabric Scrap Busting Project Bunting is a fun way to use up odds and ends of vintage fabric and dressmaking offcuts. A great project for beginner sewers. Materials Apx half metre of fabric, or use up fabric scraps to make bunting in various sizes, shapes, prints and colours3m (9ft) of bias binding, 2.5cm…

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Ready for a Fashion Revolution?

How to get involved for Fashion Revolution Week: 22 to 28 April 2019 Tomorrow is the start of Fashion Revolution Week. The sixth year in which the charity are encouraging us to get involved and challenge our favourite fashion brands with the question ‘Who Made My Clothes?’. Fashion Revolution was established in 2013 a year after…

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Eighties power dressing for a vintage party look

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 the landlady of…

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