Monday, 19 December 2011

The Future of Vintage Fashion

Have you ever wondered if the clothes we buy and wear now will be 'Vintage' fashion in 30 or 40 years time? Or will they stand the test of time? Is high street fashion made well enough to last that long or will the throw away society that we have become mean that it all ends up as landfill or shredded for recycling?

Dani, the daughter of a friend of mine has written a thought provoking blog post for a university assessment on this subject.
Her research was done in Cardiff, but it is relevant to other areas too.

Here's the link to Dani's blog - please read it and comment on it. 

The post certainly made me think about the items I make.I use vintage fabrics, embroidered linens and handmade lace, but am finding it increasingly difficult to source and buy pieces at a reasonable price.
Charity shops, who used to almost give away old curtains, embroidered table cloths, tray cloths and napkins, are now labelling all things 'old' as vintage and charging a fortune!
And there is always competition at auctions, which then pushes the prices up.

I do think well made curtains and soft furnishings will stand the test of time and will always be available as 'vintage' buys in the future, however.The fabrics I'm often given for commissions are beautiful and the curtains I make from them will probably (hopefully) not be thrown away at the end of their usefulness - more than likely resold or given to charity.

But who embroiders now, or makes lace? In years time all the linens will have been sold and there will be nothing to replace them.
But then perhaps we will go bonkers for machine embroidered items and mass manufactured lace and trimmings!

What do you think?

Sunday, 11 December 2011


I have, at last, found a few minutes to post some of the many photos
my lovely girl, Tess, took of the Kitsch and Stitch Christmas Fair.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Tears before bedtime...

Our third Kitsch and Stitch Fair was a roaring success.

After much soul searching I have decided to no longer be part of the organising team. 

I leave happy in the knowledge that I have made a life-long friend in Debs.  No more teacher/pupil relationship: just very, very good pals.

Her sewing skills never cease to amaze me.

Being happy that I leave on a high, I am confident that Debs will take our Kitsch and Stitch concept on to bigger and better things.

Thank you to all our stall holders and customers alike.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and 
Profitable New Year.



Tuesday, 6 December 2011

A flavour of our Christmas Kitsch and Stitch Fair

Festive bunting made by Debs

Arrangement by (No, not by Constance Spry) - me!


Photo's by WSD
(Wicked Step-daughter)
who as you can see just couldn't get away to take many action shots

Because we were too blooming busy

She only had time while we were all setting up 
and during a lull around the lunch hour

Cakes, mince pies and mulled wine
served all day by
Hospice in the Weald

 Bouncer & 

A fabulous venue-
The Vestry Hall


I will post more photies on my blog

See you there some time soon...