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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Ask Rita: Getting stains out of whites can be tricky
Calgary Herald, March 2nd

Years ago, a vintage fabric dealer told me her trick to get stains out of whites was to soak them overnight in a combination of non-chlorine bleach and powdered dishwasher detergent, then hang the items in the sun, for days, if necessary. (This tip has...Read more

Ready-made fuzzy fabric: perfectly fun for plush pillows
The Star Online, February 28th

Tutorial at 4. has a downloadable shoe pattern and tutorial for a sweet pair of fleece slippers. 5. Be inspired by and her DIY sheet blanket made from pairing vintage fabric with furry...Read more

Dressing Film, TV Sets, Chintz-N-Prints Is Newtown's Rising Screen Star
The Newtown Bee, February 27th

“They have a truly amazing archive of vintage fabric. So when you start working with production designers, they start asking 'Where do you go?' And pretty soon, I learned that more and more of the people I was working with started going there, too...Read more

Week Ahead What's On Listings 26-02-15
Lancashire Evening Post, February 26th

The Curious World of Becky Adams: An assortment of intimate stories brought to life through stitching, vintage fabric and antique ephemera. Includes free creative activities. Tuesday-Saturday, 10am to 4.30pm until Sat, Mar 7. Chapel Gallery, St Helen's...Read more

This GEEKend: NWI Comic-Con, Adler After Dark, and Fermilab's Tevatron
ChicagoNow (blog), February 18th

The vintage fabric I used for Dany is damaged. The paint I need for her belt isn't taking, so I ordered spray paint online (we can't buy it within Chicago limits.) As I have no budget, I tried to find a Blossom dress and a Cruella coat for cheap...Read more

Metamorphic metaphor
Rochester City Newspaper, February 10th

The fragile "O"-shaped tube, filled with argon and lit by a hidden electrical source, floats atop vintage fabric, dull by comparison to the pale green-blue light that permeates its woven prison. The work evokes a feeling of distilled endlessness, and...Read more

March 2015 Issue Product Guide
House Beautiful (blog), February 6th

Chairs, vintage. Fabric on chairs, Reva—Kravet (T); Pendant light, Zebra—Team Viso; Library: Sofa, custom by designer. Fabric on sofa, Renaissance—Fabricut (T); Desk chair, client's own. Fabric on chair...Read more

Vintage-fabric ornaments are full of Old World charm, 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 · | The Times-Picayune By | The Times-Picayune The ...Read more