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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Bird Boutique Debuts Sundresses Collection, So Get Your Wallet ReadyBustle, June 25th
According to Bird's creator, Jen Mankins, the impetus for the collection was vintage fabric snippet that evokes the very feel of a cool summer eve. “I had found this Indian Madras fabric 10 years ago and bought a stash of it because I loved it and I...Read more
Childhood leads Meissner to discover fabric as artHomer News, June 18th
Meissner works in vintage fabric, buying material at thrift stores or wherever she can find it. “They just arrive in my life. It's very strange. I'm given fabrics,” she said. “They just start coming. That part is pretty interesting and feels sort of...Read more
Hutt eco garments toe ethical as well as fashionable linesThe Dominion Post, June 14th
"I only use vintage fabric or pieces I can find in op shops," Parr said. Her outfits are all one-off designs with no mass production and are made to last as older material is made better and has longevity, she said. Parr also took part in the 2013...Read more
Denver Fashion Truck: Small business success story with lots of style from ...The Denver Channel, June 13th
Check out gorgeous jewelry by Blade & Knoll, "upcycled" summer dresses handmade from vintage fabric by GiddyUp, brass adventure bracelets by Sparkle and Stone, plus tons of Colorado pride items - from Coloradical T-shirts to throw pillows. The business ...Read more
Faeryland and Toadstools Arrive in Chelsea, Courtesy of Mister FinchNew York Observer, June 10th
velvets, bits of silk, and anything with a “fungal” texture, while other hand-sewn sculptures—his insects, spiders and birds—for example, are made of new and vintage fabric scraps, plastic, paper, wire, fake flower petals, clay, floral tape, and...Read more
New vintage craft store opening in Oak Park this fallSactown Magazine, May 18th
The former librarian is opening Make/Do Sacramento, a vintage, fabric and handmade goods shop, this fall in Oak Park. The cozy boutique will feature rare and vintage fabrics, antiques, craft materials and locally handmade products including jewelry, ...Read more
The Best | Vintage fabric cleanerThe Courier-Journal, March 13th
We all have a beloved quilt that was made by Grandma. But when you got it, it had stains from use and it was yellowed. And it didn't come clean when you soaked and washed it. Retro Clean will renew your treasured heirloom to its original color. Their...Read more
Vintage-fabric ornaments are full of Old World charmNOLA.com, December 2nd
Vintage-fabric ornaments are full of Old World charm. wish.morefab.jpg. B Viz stocking ornaments are made from antique fabrics that Becky Vizard finds all over the world. Print · NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune By NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The ...Read more