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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Our Very Own English Roses...

With the infamous Chelsea Flower Show gracing the Royal Hospital this year (19th to 23rd May), we decided to round up some of the staff at Cabbages & Roses in their own favourite florals, including the Roses Hotch Potch dress, the Floral Cropped Hettie Jacket and the ever so beautiful Navy Clara Top.

Our Roses Hotch Potch dress, modelled by Daisy, is made from a lovely Japanese floral fabric and features pockets on either side, asymmetrical seams on the waist and a loose fit. We paired this dress with a classic pair of Birkenstocks and one of our oval straw baskets for an effortless, daytime chic look that can also be dressed up for any special occasion.

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Christabel opted for ditsy florals in our Navy Clara top, made from a French cotton polin fabric. The wide neck of this top sits beautifully on the collarbone and has wide sleeves that turn up. Teamed with simple skinny jeans and a pair of slouch boots this is a great piece to have in your wardrobe all through those glorious summer days.

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Finally, Hettie has decided to wear the cropped Floral Hettie Jacket. Made from a feminine floral fabric, this interchangeable piece can also be matched with our Diana skirt (as modelled) in the same material for a gorgeous co-ord outfit. With double breasted buttons, a sweet peter pan collar and bow detailing on the back, you will feel stylish and girly all season.

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Have a wonderful weekend!
Georgia x

Q&A with Riley Hillyer

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Star of our Summer 2015 campaign, 22 year old Riley was born and bred in Nottingham before becoming a fully fledged London girl with a passion for photography. (Follow her on Instagram to see her photos - @rileyhillyer)
Alluring and enticing with a wickedly honest sense of humour, It's hard to not be captivated, if a little intimidated, by her natural beauty. Her style is so effortless, it's as if it became √† la mode almost by accident. Tattoos galore, we love to see our beautiful flowing dresses looking grungier and edgier than usual.
Have a look at the Summer Lookbook here.

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Here she lets us delve into her inner mind and see what makes her tick.

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Your 6 dream dinner guests?
David Attenborough, Louis Theroux, Jhene Aiko, Erykah Badu, my mum and my dad!!

Erykah Badu. Singer-Songwriter / activist / actress.

Chocolate or vegetables?
Steamed broccoli from Ping Pong all day everyday :)

Last thing you ate?
A tin of tuna last night ( I know really exciting)

Your Best friend?
My dog

Who is your Dream husband?
Bob Marley yo

When are you happiest?
When I'm in nature

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What is your greatest fear?
Not succeeding

Which living person do you most admire?
Beyoncé

What is your most embarrassing moment?
Mmmm I don't really get embarrassed

What is your most treasured possession?
My hanky

What is your most unappealing habit?
Sucking my thumb

What is your favourite smell?
Oranges!!!

What is your favourite film?
Pretty woman

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What did you want to be when you were growing up?
An athlete

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Midget gems- I'm slightly obsessed

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When did you last cry?
The other night in the bath- I got emotional over a song and had a little sob HA

How do you relax?
Sitting in a quite place alone

Where would you most like to be right now? 
Anywhere with sea sun and sand!! I'm a beach baby

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Wouldn't have guessed it from this photo........

Follow Riley on Instagram for a mix of city-chic and beach-babe photos!
What to expect...

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Christabel x

Friday, 5 December 2014

Staff Picks: HETTIE

Our lovely Customer Service Representative, Hettie, has chosen the Black Over/Under Skirt as her favourite piece of the season. She has paired the elegant skirt with a simple striped top for a cool, casual alternative to its usual styling. 




The Over/Under Skirt is made up of 10 layers of beautiful tulle, creating fabulous volume and movement whilst still being flattering. The many layers keeps the skirt from being see through, but delicately lets the light in around the ankles, giving the skirt a beautiful texture.


We think this outfit is perfect for a Christmas party, with just the right balance of elegance and relaxed style (perfect for the dreaded smart-casual dress code!)




Shop the Over/Under Skirt by clicking on the image below - 



Thankyou to Hettie !


Christabel x

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Constance Fabric Printing

Cabbages & Roses interior fabrics are all printed a stones throw away from our store, at a 40 year old factory in West London; a rustic well-kept secret among London fabric designers. 

The printing of our fabrics are always overseen by a member of the C&R team. This week Sophie Marsh and Sophie Bowden (both of whom are passionate about print and colour), were at the factory printing the Constance fabric.



Constance is printed using a flat bed printer. Screens of different colours and shades stamp the fabric, starting with the darker shades. Constance Multi is made using 10 different screens of colour and is our most intricate fabric.

To start the day off, a one metre test run is done. The colourist tweaks the ink within the flat bed until the colour perfectly matches the sample.  The test run is usually done a couple of times until Sophie is happy with the colour. Once the colour is perfect, the printing can start.


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The next step is the process of Sanforization. The purpose of this process is to shrink fabrics and create a tighter weave, so that the fabrics don’t shrink further during washing and the colours don’t run. A qualified quality checker meticulously goes through the entire length of fabric, checking for any imperfections or loose threads. 


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The designer of the Constance Fabric, Creative Director Christina, endearingly describes the Constance fabric as “one of our most extravagant fabrics”.

Constance continues to be one of our best selling fabrics in all three colour ways so much so, that it is likely that we will introduce more colours one day. The colourful and light hearted design is appropriate for any scheme, from drawing room to kitchen to bedroom and we have several coordinating fabrics so the print does not overwhelm."

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Christina recommends pairing the Constance fabric with  “the gentle lilac or natural plain washed linen, which can act as a calming influence as do the variety of stripes in various colours and widths available from our collection”


From factory floor to the end product; curtains made up in Constance Blue -




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Christabel x 


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