Hello Laura! Can you tell us a bit about you and Fabric Magpie?

A fabric magpie is someone who collects beautiful fabrics like the magpie collects shiny treasures. I chose that name for the business because I want people to think of my fabrics as precious and special. I only select them for the shop if I love them myself.

When I first started sewing, I wasn’t very selective about what I used but I eventually realised I preferred to spend a little bit more on good quality, beautiful fabrics and I wanted to make those kinds of fabrics available for others too. I think if you love what you make your garment from, you’re going to wear it a lot more often which is excellent from a sustainability point of view. I love dressmaking because it’s the opposite of fast fashion and there’s so much joy in creating something from scratch.

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