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Where to buy my work in 2017.

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All of my garments are designed,developed and stitched in the Northampton studio. I don’t have an online shop but I do sell at events, preferring to meet my customers face to face and build a relationship.  With this aim in mind I am growing my customer audience through my Instagram page @stitchandmakestudio through recommendations and a loyal following of happy clients. An online shop is somewhere in the future still.  This year I will be selling at Landmark Arts Contemporary textiles Fair in Teddington on March 17th to 19th and at the Home and Vintage Spring Brocante in Grayswood Surrey.  You can also find my collaborative linen apron dresses as well as weekend bags in Ria Rich  at The Old Dairy Farm Craft Centre in Upper Stowe.

The majority of the pieces I make are from fabrics which are vintage or older. I will often mix these in with more contemporary cloth such as linen or wool and then combine with some hand embroidery, beadwork, applique or a melange of them all. I like to add contrast bindings, tabs on pockets or french knots.

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I spend a lot of time deciding which fabric combinations go together and like to decorate the outfits I design with old trims, buttons and other bits and bobbins I’ve collected and held onto for years, sometimes decades.

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I go through phases of making lots and lots of the same style of clothing. Paneled skirts with ric rac and embellishment, jackets with tweed yokes and short kimono jackets from old silks or block printed Indian cottons. My 1950’s swing coats in Sandersons floral linens are a popular style and always sell well when I take them to fairs.

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  1. Lesley Alexander #
    April 2, 2017

    Hello! I bought one of your lovely overdressed – the brown one – at Teddington. It’s been much admired and I’m wearing it to death. I love the linen and want to make a merchant & mills tunic out of it. Where did you buy it? There are so many descriptions of linen I don’t know which type/weight it is. Could you help?

    Lesley

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    • abikjackson #
      April 2, 2017

      Hi there, glad to hear youre enjoying your dress. Im afraid the linen we use is limited meterage so we only had enough to make 2 dresses. Once its gone, its gone im afraid. However, my advice would be to take a trip to Goldhawk road in shepherds bush and have a feel of the linens- the lightweight ones crumple a lot! The brown fabric is heavier. I would go for a mix with linen in. But its much better if you feel before you buy. Linen can get very expensive, they had some in Classic Textiles for about £7-99 a metre last week. Good luck. X

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  2. DIANE #
    May 5, 2017

    I just shared your work on facebook , Its adorable well done so creative I love it thankyou for sharing

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    • abikjackson #
      August 11, 2017

      Thank you very much, very kind of you. x

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