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Heat press fabric design workshop

Everyday I am inspired by the vintage fabrics that surround me in my studio. I’m in awe of the colours, prints and textures. I love creating mini collections with fabrics from the 1950s to the 1990s. Fabric lengths that were made decades apart but work well together. So when I saw Gina’s heat press workshop…

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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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Fast Fashion: How did it go too far?

During COP26 there have been plenty of stats on the negative effect of fast fashion on the environment. As a sustainable business it is something I have campaigned about for years and I’m glad to see the awareness growing. But do you ever wonder how we got into this situation. I worked as a fashion…

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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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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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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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Eighties Vintage Sewing Inspiration

eighties style vintage fabrics madonna

1980s 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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Mary Quant: 1960’s Style Icon

1960s Mary Quant exhibition at the V&A vintage fabric

Whilst everyone was busy making tote bags from vintage fabric at my last beginners sewing workshop, we chatted about what to make at the next workshop. Dresses were a popular choice, particular with an A-line skirt. I’ve been wearing this style since the 1990’s but the origins of this silhouette come from the 1960’s. I…

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