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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Style Local: Muumuu Heaven & Lala B.
KITV Honolulu, November 18th

Mu'umu'u heaven's garments are made right in Hawai'i using recycled vintage fabric. Lala B from the north shore here on O'ahu specializes in Koa wood jewelry. Designer Julie Bonk makes earrings using scraps from her husband's UKULELE workshop...Read more

ReVision: Inspired Fabric Design Exhibit comes to Yadkin Cultural Arts Center
Yadkin Ripple, October 31st

As designers to the furniture and home interiors trades Valdese Weavers continually circles the globe visiting vintage fabric vendors. In search of current or timeless motifs that can be recreated and repurposed Valdese brings the fabrics, called...Read more

Vintage fabric fair goes down a treat for charity
New Zealand Herald, October 13th

Turning Point Trust's annual fundraising sale of retro and vintage fabric and clothing plus other assorted nostalgia drew a huge crowd, with shoppers snapping up loads of bargains. Established in 1996, Turning Point Charitable Trust, which operates...Read more

Chagrin Falls crafts author Jennifer Casa breathes life into old textiles in ...
The Plain Dealer -, October 8th

At a recent workshop at a Chagrin Falls yarn store, she taught women how to cover button-sized discs of wood with vintage fabric to make buttons and jewelry, and all it took was dipping brushes into decoupage glue. "You still get a little bit of that...Read more

Love of 'vintage' fabrics inspires new Rifle business
Glenwood Springs Post Independent, June 27th

Vintage fabric and clothing stores are becoming more popular in large metro areas, Holland said, but with much higher prices than she charges in Rifle. Holland also hopes to start offering beginning sewing classes at Sew Vintage in July. “I hope to...Read more

Hinsdale artist makes vintage fabric new again
The Doings Hinsdale, October 2nd

Chyler is making purses from vintage fabric and artifacts that she sells under the name, True Story Retro. “I've been doing art shows for about 12 years,” she said. “I do about 20 fine art shows a years, in the category fiber and mixed media.” She uses...Read more

Vintage fabrics at Urban Burp
San Francisco Chronicle, August 24th

Vintage fabric collector Electra Skilandat reopened her Urban Burp store in Point Richmond recently after a rent increase forced her to shut down her San Francisco shop last year. Her new shop, in a small office park just off Interstate 580, has twice...Read more

Loews Hotel room
Chicago Tribune, August 5th

One of the new rooms at the Loews Hotel under construction in downtown Chicago. (Loews, Handout). Travel · Loews to open its first downtown Chicago hotel, including wide-open space. Josh Noel. Loews Hotels spent ample time looking around Chicago ...Read more