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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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1980’s Vintage Sewing Inspiration

Eighties style icons 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…

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Let’s Get Comfy with a Vintage Style

If you are planning to use the time indoors to catch up on your sewing then here are a new selection of vintage fabrics for you to create something beautiful with. It looks like we are going to be at home for a while so we might as well get comfy. I’ve pulled together some…

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Three Reasons to Visit The Stitch Festival This Week

Find me at Stand H49, The Business Design Centre, Angel, Islington. 1. My Biggest Ever Collection of Vintage Fabrics I’m bringing along my biggest ever collection of vintage fabrics to The Stitch Festival this week. Barkcloth, conversational prints,and even some 1980’s swimwear jersey. Fabrics ranging from the 1950’s to the 1990’s. I’ve hunted high and…

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Capes: For all kinds of heroes

Do you ever think about something then can’t stop noticing it? A bit like being on a health kick then being faced with chocolate cake at every waking moment? This is how I feel about capes.  Last winter I started noticing the odd cape worn by a fashionista around London. Ever since then they keep popping into…

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Thinking Back to Christmas Past

Christmas was a magical time at Olive Road, the street where my grandparents lived and the place my vintage fabric shop is named after. My Nana Mary would cover every inch of their tiny house with Christmas paraphernalia. ‘It is for the children’ Nan would reply to our giggles when Father Christmas ho-ho-hoed every time we entered the front room.…

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Vintage Inspiration for This year’s Christmas Outfit

That dress you have been thinking of making for Christmas, now is the time to get sewing! Seven weekends to go before Christmas day, there is plenty of time to sew a festive outfit and handmade gifts.  This exclusive vintage fabric collection includes two 1980’s kitchmas prints but is the classic Tartan and Paisley fabrics that get…

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