Ric rac, for the uninitiated among you, is a kind of cotton ribbon used by crafty people to embellish clothes and homeware. I remember it from Textiles lessons at high school.

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Quite honestly I had never really given it a second glance, much less, considered it inspiration  for a whole range of lovely things to wear and to decorate my home with. This is why I am not Cath Kidston. The woman really is a genius.


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The pattern on the crockery is fun, colourful and would be a lovely splash of colour on my breakfast table. I’m not showing you the cake plate because it’s just too cute and IT’S MINE OK?

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I am head over heels in love with this dress – the pattern transfers so well to the cotton and the colours are so perfect for Spring. I’d just love to team it with sandals and a wicker basket for a walk into town. Bliss!

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The detail of this skirt though is what really has me swooning. This isn’t a print – it actually has all those colours and thicknesses of ric rac sewn on. I’m not someone who wears a lot of skirts, but boy would I make an exception for this bad boy! At £85 I don’t really think I can justify it as a purchase but suffice it to say I will be camping outside my local Cath Kidson shop when they announce the next sale.

It’s also inspired me to have my own ric rac adventures one day. As soon as we’ve moved and I’ve remembered who I gave my sewing machine to, I’ll be busily sewing yards of ric rac to things (with mixed success I expect!)…

It is with a crafty yearning I say…

It’s only vintage but I like it…

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