Antique and vintage fabric runs the gamut from Middle Eastern silk to 1950s atomic prints to 1970s classics by (for example) Finland's Marimekko. Vintage fabric is popular among fashion and sewing enthusiasts, as there’s nothing quite like making a traditional-styled garment out of traditional fabric!
Vintage fabric can be used for multiple purposes, from crafts (such as fashion, home décor, and quilting) to education, teaching about the periods in which the material was made and used.
Some 19th century (and earlier) fabrics that are popular to collect and still available to find include calico, gingham, muslin, and linen, as well as home-spun materials. From the first half of the 20th century, collectors seek cotton, plisse, and cloques, among others. Metallic, novelty, floral, and themed prints are also popular, and during the mid-1900s, bark cloth and rayon blends were common.
Collecting vintage fabric can be a fun and affordable hobby, but beware: it can be dangerous when combined with vintage patterns!
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Easy Accessorising for SummerGroundReport, August 19th
From silk beaded bracelets with handcrafted metal charms to bracelets made from vintage fabric featuring glass or resin cabochons, fabric jewellery is fantastic for the summer months – with most designs you can even wear them in the sea! Funky detailed ...Read more
Access Hollywood Live: August 15, 2014Access Hollywood, August 16th
They use scrap from authentic military stuff or vintage fabric. That's a great tote back for the weekend. Last look number 4. Motocross. Inspired by motocross if you women. I got it. First of all give a hand to the grit model. Let's do it. And I love...Read more
The Many Circles of SecondhandThe SandPaper, August 15th
For folks longing for 1970s leather boots, a 1960s wool wiggle dress, or handmade swim tops made of vintage fabric from 1950s sewing patterns, School of Vintage is where to turn. Twice As Nice in Manahawkin has more than a thousand pieces – children's, ...Read more
How These Products Become a Dominant Brand By Specializing in Just One ThingBusiness 2 Community, August 11th
Forage is a Philadelphia-based company (that started as an Etsy shop) that makes handmade ties and bow ties from vintage fabric. In a few short years, their neckties have become wildly popular in an already competitive market. The key was using...Read more
'We've had bricks and eggs thrown at our house over how we dress': Couple ...Daily Mail, August 10th
Melanie also buys vintage fabric and makes her own clothes. The couple will now move forward to the finals of Mr Vintage UK and Miss Vintage UK later this month. Recently she spotted the UK vintage fashion competition on Facebook and decided to enter ...Read more
Souldier Straps Sold at Lollapalooza Are 100 Percent Chicago MadeDNAinfo, July 31st
Then, she realized her hand-sewn straps made of recycled seatbelts, old vintage fabric no one wants and damaged leather hides made Souldier just the kind of “green” company that Lollapalooza promoters were looking for at the Green Street Market...Read more
There's more to Milton than meets the eyeFoster's Daily Democrat, July 30th
A riot of bold and vibrant quilts, table runners and pillows, many created with vintage fabric, is a good place to start. An active member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, Susann is juried as a fiber/stitchery artist known for her quilted art...Read more
Decked Out: Mary Elizabeth Winstead's Polished Vintage VibeHollywood Reporter, July 23rd
One thing that started to change is — there's something about vintage fabric that isn't very forgiving in terms of the heat, for example. There's a lot of polyester and thick wool. I used to be able to bear through that and be like, 'It's cute. I'm...Read more