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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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Eco Sewing with Fabrications founder Barley Massey

The Fashion Revolution Week campaign was in full swing last night at Fabrications, the eco sewing studio and shop on Broadway Market in East London. Founder Barley Massey, Offset Warehouse’s Charlie Ross, Stichless TV’s Tree and Threadworks’ Lydia invited sewing fans to the shop for an eco sewing party…. Running a bit late, I walk…

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How to buy a vintage wedding dress

‘I only came here to get ideas’ Bride-to-be Sarah confesses to me at the Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair in May. Despite this, she has found the dress she wasn’t even looking for, a 1940’s vintage wedding dress from Peacock Vintage, one of the many stalls at the fair. ‘I wasn’t going for a traditional dress. The…

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