Categories / Crafting and Textiles, Women's Fashion

20th Century Cloth – midcentury fabrics, make-up bags and wash bags

If you love crafting and especially making your own clothes, you really need to check out the fabrics produced by 20th Century Cloth. If you don't? Well, maybe you want to treat yourself to the maker's make-up bags and wash bags, which use the very same designs.

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Categories / Design and Interiors

Flora Dora – textile designs from the 1950s and 60s


Flora Dora is a new online shop selling the rediscovered textile designs of Sheila Bownas, dating from the 1950s and 60s.

Chelsea Cefai bought the archive containing over 200 designs of Sheila Bownas at auction and has since been working to bring them to a wider market. The store, Flora Dora, begins with two collections: the above print, 'Pip' is from the 1963 collection and is available as a print and over the page is 'Rosa' from the 1959 collection which is available as cotton drill. 

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Categories / Books, Design and Interiors

V&A Pattern books: Pop Patterns

Pop patterns
Inspired by bright, colourful and fun patterns? We advise checking out Pop Patterns, the latest in the V&A Pattern series which we featured on its launch a couple of years ago. 

Like those books, it features 65 different patterns drawn from the archives of the V&A, alongside an introduction from one of the museum's curators. This collection, introduced by Oriole Cullen, pulls together images from the 1960s and early 70s that show the influence of Pop Art on British wallpaper and fabric design. There are patterns by the likes of Mr Freedom, The Fool and Zandra Rhodes and, my personal favourite, a dress fabric called 'Haircut? Yes Please' by Marc Foster and Michael Yates which features illustrations of every kind of men's haircuts, ranging from the classic crewcut to the forward brush and flat top. 

Packed full of unusual imagery, the book is priced £7.99, but is currently available for £6.39 on Amazon