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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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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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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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How to use up fabric scraps

My top tips for zero waste sewing No matter how ingenious I am with my pattern lays, I always end up with weird shaped pieces of fabric left over. As I cut, sew and trim I throw my fabric scraps into various boxes One box for larger pieces that can be used to make small…

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Olive Road x The Pattern Pages

I’m super excited to be featured in this month’s The Pattern Pages (out now!). I have launched a wide range of original vintage fabrics to celebrate. UNIQUE AND INDIVIDUAL, vintage fabrics add a touch of retro style to modern makes. I’m Sarah and I own the online vintage fabric shop. Vintage fabrics are trickier to find than new…

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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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The Vintage Fabric Detective

My top tips on where to buy vintage fabrics ‘Where do you find the fabrics?’ is a common question I’m asked by customers and friends. I’ll admit, it isn’t easy finding vintage fabrics and I stumble to give a straight answer. Here is an attempt to share some of my vintage shopping secrets… 1. Look…

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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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