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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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Vintage Fair this Sunday – 10 Feb

I’m dusting off my rails and display boxes ready for my first vintage shopping event of the year. Judy’s Vintage Fair at Bethnal Green this Sunday, 10th February 2019, 10:30 for early birds at £3 entrance fee or £2 after 11:30. Finishes at 4:30pm. Click here for the Facebook invite. I’ll be selling a selection…

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Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams – The stories behind the dresses

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams opens this weekend at the V&A in London. A continuation of the exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the London edition displays 500 Dior Haute Couture pieces, each one of them hand made with 60 percent new content from the Paris show. As a member of the V&A, I…

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Seven Vintage Floral Fabrics For January Cheer

Seven Vintage Floral Fabrics for January Cheer From a rare piece of 1950’s barkcloth to a 1970’s bright striped floral; Meet seven vintage fabrics that will instantly cheer up the January blues. Each of these vintage fabrics brings a smile to my face and joy to my heart. After the fairy lights have been packed away, January needs…

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A Review of 2018 via My Blog

With all the frantic rushing around getting ready for Christmas, I find it calming to mentally package up the current year before starting with the new. What began as a routine admin task to tidy up my blog, ended up being the perfect way to reflect on 2018… A couple of orange creams rattling around in the…

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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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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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Don’t buy new – Make Smthng!

It is Make Smthng Week this week, an anti Black Friday week and collaboration between Fashion Revolution, Greenpeace and a whole host of other amazing charities challenging our throw-away culture. Events are taking place around the world to encourage spending time with friends, family and our community. ‘By sharing, repairing, making and doing it ourselves we transform…

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Fast Fashion Therapy

As a vintage fashion fan I know how frustrating it can be spending hours vintage shopping only to find that perfect vintage dress and is a bit snug, too long or the sleeves cut the arms in just the wrong place. Our free sewing workshop will help you to alter your unique outfit or fix…

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