Homemade 1940s blouse McCalls 7277

Homemade 1940s blouse McCalls 7277I have 2 teenage daughters and despite my love of crafting from a young age neither of them has had any inclination to take up sewing. They are both incredibly arty and very talented on the drawing and design front but have no interest in actually creating anything that they can[…]

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english rose kitchen units

My 50s English Rose kitchen

I thought this month I’d share some photos of my English Rose kitchen. I shared some of my bathroom when we decorated it a few months back so this completes the story. When we moved into our house in 1995 (the days before Ebay and the Internet) there used to be a free ads paper[…]

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Vintage Sewing Box

A few thoughts on collecting ‘old stuff’About 5 years ago my husbands Aunt sadly passed away.She had been a machinist all her life and worked in various sewing factories up in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.When I used to work for M&S suppliers she always used to ask me ‘what are the colours going to be next[…]

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50s bathoom sink

Vintage Bathroom Redecoration

Back at Easter time we decided to bite the bullet and redecorate our bathroom. The bathroom suite itself was fine but the paint had gotten a bit cracked and flaky and the tile grouting was grubby. Plus I’d never really been happy with the pale turquoise colour we’d painted it when it was first done[…]

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Mid Century Floor Cushion

I’ve recently been playing around in my head with new product ideas, one of which is roller blinds which will be coming to my shop very soon.If you haven’t seen my recent Instagram and Facebook posts showing my colour tests have a look and I’d love it if you let me know what you think.Anyway[…]

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contemporary midcentury lampshades

Lampshades in my new fabrics

I don’t often remember to mention the fact that I also sell lampshades made using my fabrics. The ones shown on my website all feature my first collection of dress fabrics and are all still available to buy but I have just made a few samples in my new interior weight fabrics.Since these fabrics were[…]

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How to sew 50s rucksack

Making a 1950s duffle and tote bag

One of the benefits of designing and printing your own fabric is that you always have a plentiful supply on hand for those little craft projects that you’ve always been wanting to make.A while ago I bought a pattern from Etsy seller ‘My vintage wish’ for a 1950s tote bag.  I liked the look of[…]

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