There are quite a few fabric shops along Brick Lane. This shop had a small front entrance and the shop was very narrow but it was such an unusually long shop that by the time you got to the back you couldn’t hear Brick Lane anymore – it was like being lost in a fabricContinue reading

I already have a good sewing machine but this mini sewing machine from John Lewis was so cute and I thought that it could fit perfectly into my styling kit. It’s light enough that it’s easy to take it to shoots. Occasionally I just need to do a hem or take in a garment. NothingContinue reading

As the Nottingham Trent graduate fashion show is fast approaching, last weekend I went back to London for the weekend to source some fabric samples for my collection. I went to Berwick Street, just off Oxford Street and began scouring the fabric shops for something amazing that would make my collection something special. I wasContinue reading

Trying to match fabrics can be quite a challenge. I spent my whole day looking for the right shade of purple silk chiffon. It’s amazing how long and difficult it can be to find what you’re looking for, even though London has so many fabric shops… On my travels I ran into the talented IsabellaContinue reading


I recently met a fashion merchandising student who had graduated from university; she’d had never been in a fabric store and had no basic sewing skills. I know that you don’t have to be an expert sewer or pattern maker to be a designer or a buyer and maybe it doesn’t matter if you don’tContinue reading


I’ve spent the last week in and out of fabric shops and I can’t imagine not having access to ribbon, lace and trimmings. I feel so happy when I’m in a haberdashery or lovely fabric shop! It’s a great place for a designer, stylist or fashion student to look for inspiration. You never know howContinue reading