Thursday, 27 February 2014

The Sewing room

Here is my sewing room, Lavinia loves Vintage HQ, where the magic happens etc... This is currently in the conservatory so lots of lovely natural light and views of the garden. I have recently had a good clear out in here, sorting out my fabrics and begrudgingly getting rid of things I can't use or don't need any more. I find this particularly difficult with fabrics (even the tiniest of scraps I try to justify to keep!) and books as I always think that one day I will use it. But I was ruthless and they've gone to a better place, the charity shop, and now I have an ultra organised space to work in, but we'll see how long that lasts for! So now onto working on the clothing collection for my website and getting you vintage lovers something lovely to wear. xx


Hi there and welcome to the blog of Lavinia loves Vintage, the home of vintage clothing and accessories handmade in the UK. My name is Emma and my love affair with vintage started in my first year of Uni in 2007 (!) when I was studying the fashions of the 20th century as part of my coursework. I fell particularly in love with the feminine, full skirted dresses of the 1950s, which are a flattering shape for my curvy figure but are not often available on the high street in anything other than polka dots! Don't get me wrong, I love polka dots as much as the next girl but I don't want that to be my only choice of print or to become a quintessential 1950s housewife!
I have a huge love of printed fabric with probably 75% of my wardrobe having some kind of pattern or print on it. I am constantly on the look out for unusual and quirky prints and beautiful fabrics to add to my ever-growing collection to be made into something fabulous and completely unique. It is this craving for having a garment that is solely yours because it is the only one ever made in that fabric that inspired me to create Lavinia loves Vintage, a place where women can purchase the styles of the past in the prints of today safe in the knowledge that no one else will have that exact same dress! I ensure this by buying only small quantities of fabrics, seeking vintage fabrics that are no longer in production and purchasing the last few metres on the roll from suppliers and traders. So if you see something you like, snap it up quick because once its gone, its gone for good!
I use genuine vintage patterns and those I design and make myself to create my clothing in a variety of styles and sizes to suit and fit the modern figure. The first collection is currently in the process of being created so please keep checking back to see what I'm up to and when the website goes live! I can't wait to share my pieces with you and to make something beautiful especially for you to wear in a style and fabric you choose. xx