i had to get some fabric to make some cushions- i chose a vintage linen from the amazing array of fabrics at the cloth house on berwick street. mainly cottons, there are so many types, from ticking, linen, lovely printed vintage style prints – all perfect for furnishings or dress making. there were some beautiful burmese linens in bright colours, orange, cerise, perfect for deckchairs. i bought a beautiful indian throw, which had been stitched – can be used either side with contrasting colours, more like a lightweight quilt – thought it would brighten up the single bed. they had a good selection of these throws, and they were much cheaper than other places where i had seen them. my favourite buy was some vintage ribbon, which i am using to adapt a dress, by changing the thin arm straps. i was drawn to the lovely display of buttons, jars and jars containing vintage buttons – the selection of vintage ribbons and buttons make you want to buy them – you are stood there racking your brain to think how to use them. i use ribbons for edging fraying tops and dresses, repairing favourite vintage dresses – you can buy lace or silk ribbons which work perfectly for this. not only are you recycling your favourite clothes, but making them more interesting and giving them a personal identity. so before throwing away that lovely old dress with a tear in, have a look at whats on offer at the cloth shop. around the corner is kleins – an amazing haberdashers, offering everything from trims, feathers, ribbons, buttons, fastenings – its another one of those places where you can spend hours wishing you could sew and make exciting things!