Oodles of Poodles…

I find sewing so therapeutic. My grandmother was a dressmaker. My mother sewed all our clothes when we were children, and my sisters both sew beautifully too. We even made our own bridesmaid dresses for a sister wedding once upon a long time ago. In need of distraction and soothing I set about making myself a new summery dress. I wore it for the first time last night and love it. What do you think?

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Patching it up … 

I love to upcycle clothes … I keep my eyes and mind wide open for clothes I know I can work a bit of magic with! I love to appliqué, or patch, or sometimes just swapping the buttons … every piece becomes a totally unique one off item! Some, like these gorgeous appliquéd wiggle skirts,  head straight to the studio for sale to our customers. Others, like this cute rose jacket or polka dot pumps,  stay right in my own wardrobe. 

What do you think? 

Pussy Galorious..

I made this sweet brooch for my lovely friend for her birthday! She has seven adorable pussycats and so I really wanted to make her something cat themed.  I decided I would try making a little felt brooch. I love how cute it turned out! 

Ahhhhh it’s Ska! 

We had a commission from a dear friend of ours who wanted a special design Tshirt for his sons birthday. He wanted the design to be Ska themed and Lee went to work on the idea. 

The result are blinking fab and both father and son were so pleased when they picked up the Tshirts from our studio this morning.  The designs are now available for YOU to purchase too! 

Why not dare to be different in a Trashcan Emporium locally designed and produced original Tshirt! 

Oh and Happy Birthday Connor have a fabby day! 

Designer bright cotton playsuits … 

On browsing thorough my 1980’s Make it Easy set of patterns I came across an idea for a gorgeous playsuit. I love summer holiday playsuits but sadly the two vintage playsuits in my wardrobe are too small. (I am going to shrink into them one day honest!) 

I cut the pattern suggestion onto brown paper and used this stunning  bird fabric in bright blue, red and green.  The bow, frill and turn ups were added from my imagination to make this playsuit our very first, totally original, Trashcan Emporium design.


The elasticated waist and bust make it so easy to step in and out of, and the lack of straps make it perfect for avoiding those holiday tan strap marks. Plus of course, no vintage inspired playsuit would be complete without a matching do-rag. 

If you would like to buy one of these gorgeous playsuits then they are just £30 each and of  course have a free matching do-rag. 

I have lots of lovely fabric available;

  • Red cats and dogs
  • Red Scotty dogs
  • White owls
  • White hearts, flowers, butterflies
  • Red little heart
  • Blue rabbits and toadstools
  • Cream cup-cake
  • Light Blue dragon fly
  • Bright blue dragon fly


If you would like to order a playsuit then just  drop me a message indicating your usual dress size, waist size and chest size.  

All orders will be completed beginning of September and if you are unable to collect from our studio then postage is just £2.85 ❤️

Animal print for the skint …

I bought a gorgeous little remnant of animal print fabric and have been making cute stuff with the material.  Animal print clothes and accessories are an absolute must for a real retro rockabilly look of course. 

The shorts were created from a series of patterns called “Make it Easy” that were published back in the early 1980’s. My sister kindly rescued them from her attic for me and I’m having great fun deciding what I’m going to make (and laughing at the 1980’s fashion shoots). They were literally made in an hour and I added the little bow at the waist because I’m a proper girly girl! 

The shoe clips, hair slide  and do-rag to match are just so simple to do with the left over scraps. 

All on a remnant of material … perfect animal print for the skint huh?