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Every so often you come across a company whose products take your breath away – well, welcome to my recent breath thief, the Remakeables (thanks to my sister Shiv for sharing this one with me!)

I could barely contain my excitement when I clicked on the link and saw the swathe of beautiful kitsch fabrics and super-cute buttons that they stock, and the prices aren’t half bad – of course, it is a US company (sheesh!) but hey, I’m getting used to that!

Here is a selection of the fabrics that I have already ordered:

 

Origin: Japan
Length: 113cm
Prices start with 1 unit=25cm – £3.17

Oh so lovely Bambi-inspired orange (my fave colour) fabric – planning to make some cushions in this one…

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Origin: Japan
Length: 115cm
Prices start with 1 unit = 25cm – £2.11

I can’t get enough of text fabric, so these green and orange based images and newsprint on beige cotton fabric tick all the boxes…

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Origin: Japan
Length: 114cm
Prices start with 1 unit = 25cm – £2.80

I love this beautiful flower print and think it would look great around the bottom of an A-line skirt

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Origin: Japan Length: 114cm
Prices start with 1 unit = 25cm – £2.80

 

Super summery, these lovely, bright and colourful flowers on medium-weight cotton blend fabric make me want to take off my shoes and run barefoot through a meadow – mind the thistles!

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And how about these rather super robot buttons – and the good-enough-to-eat apple buttons at the top of this post – there is a remarkable range of buttons and other trimmings to choose from too! Now shoo! You’ve had a taster, go and see for yourself.


Purple bow 

Spring is sprung (well practically) and I have been looking about for some inspiration that is on trend for the season but also fantastically feminine and floral. Fortunately, as the title of this post suggests, bows, blooms and butterflies are all HUGE in the world of fashion and interiors this season. If you fancy jazzing up your spring wardrobe with something that is a key piece for Spring, then you can’t go far wrong pinning on a huge corsage – while there are lots dotted about in the high street shops, I have found some good sources – check out VVRouleaux for luxe ribbons and flowers – ok so you may pay a bit more but it will totally be worth it. They also have these pretty boxes of butterflies – another hot fave this season.VV Rouleaux box of butterflies

Another prettiness you can’t fail to notice are our feathered friends who are appearing on everything from dresses to wallpaper. Dutch by Design have captured the essence with these beautiful bird Salt and Pepper holders designed by Chris Koens and if that wasn’t enough beautiful bird cup set by Bud Design are just too cute.Bird cups

While Ohs and Bows (see top image) are a great source of ribbons and corsages but as a US company, you will have to pay shipping.

 My advice is to take advantage of this feminine frivoity before sludgy greys and neon brights take over again. Why not nip out with your camera and snap your own inspiring images, after all nature is the originator of most things in fashion and interiors.


Light Bright by Alexander Henry     Leo by Alexander Henry     Daybreak by Alexander Henry

I just have to share my new love – I have stumbled across THE best fabric designer – Alexander Henry. His designs are so beautiful and really capture the essence of retro inspired modern prints. I have just taken a little selection to show here Beach Scenics     Soho Stripe by Alexander Henry     Seaweed Stripe by Alexander Henry

but I really can’t urge you enough to check out the site.

I got mine through Sew Mama Sew but there are a few other suppliers too – unfortunately there is no UK based supplier which means ordering from the US but mine took just over a week to come and I am overjoyed with my choice – I’ll upload some images of the bags I intend to make with them as soon as they are done.  However, for now, here is a little taster of good old Alexander H’s gorgeous collection!!

Factory girl by Alexander Henry   Hollywood by Alexander Henry   Ringo by Alexander Henry