Welcome to 20th Century Cloth! I’m Helen, a textile designer by profession and a vintage clothing enthusiast, collector and keen amateur dressmaker.

I live in North London with my graphic designer, photographer husband and two daughters.

Having completed a printed fashion textiles degree course at Winchester School of Art, I went on to work for several years in the fashion textile industry both employed and freelance. I have supplied several well known high street names with designs for printed textiles.

Now that original vintage clothing is becoming increasingly hard to find, and often too delicate for everyday wear, I have found myself making more of my clothes from vintage patterns and fabrics. Since good quality, well designed, original fabrics are scarce I have often wished I could find a wider range of fabrics that looked the part to use for my dressmaking.

After much deliberation I made the decision to use my skills and experience to design and print my own range of vintage inspired fabrics and make them available to fellow enthusiasts.

I mostly use traditional hand drawn techniques to craft the look and feel of a vintage print. I then combine this with digital image manipulation and modern printing techniques to produce a range of fabrics with a retro look, but suitable for everyday use.

I do hope you are pleased with the results. Feel free to get in touch with any comments or requests you may have.

I may also be interested in commissions and collaborations, if you have a project in mind let’s have a chat.

Happy sewing!