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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Band of Outsiders Shuttering After 11 Years
Apparel News, May 28th

Sternberg started Band of Outsiders as a line of men's buttoned-down shirts and ties made of vintage fabric. He soon expanded the line into a full menswear collection with a twist on preppy classics with a European silhouette. In 2007, Band of...Read more

One tote at a time: Waynesville woman takes aim at human trafficking — by ...
Smoky Mountain News, May 27th

She'd buy vintage fabric at thrift stores, sell the designs on Etsy and donate a portion of the proceeds to organizations that helped women and children rescued from human trafficking. “I wasn't really making the dent I wanted to,” Grant said of the...Read more

New vintage craft store opening in Oak Park this fall
Sactown 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

Dunsborough dressmaker raises thousands for Nepal by sewing prayer flags
ABC Local, May 12th

Rebecca started making and selling 'prayer flags for Nepal', strings of little scraps of vintage fabric, and selling them online to raise funds for the charity Oxfam. The prayer flags are inspired by flags that are traditionally hung in the Himalayas...Read more

TV And Hollywood Pattern-Maker Sells A Three-Decades Cache
WPPB, May 9th

I'm just curious to see what is there and I love looking at vintage fabric. My roommate is a pattern maker, so I'm very interested in whatever might be in that house. GREGORY: I was too. Amy McCrory co-owns the LA company that organized this estate sale...Read more

Antiques & Collectibles: Needlepoint isn't your grandma's work anymore
Post-Bulletin, May 8th

Once thought of as dusty cushions with musty florals found in your grandmother's living room, attic or basement, thanks to a handful of retailers, designers and enthusiasts the craft has become cool again. It's not your grandmother's work anymore...Read more

Rihanna in queen's garb shuts down Met Gala carpet
WJLA, May 4th

Parker paired it with a one-shoulder black gown embellished with sashes comprised of bits of vintage fabric and beads from Sweden - a collaboration with H&M and the company's Conscious Collection, which focuses on sustainable fabrics. "We thought it...Read more

The Best | Vintage fabric cleaner
The 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