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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Seafoam Green's upcycled leather pouchesHONOLULUMagazine.com, March 11th
Seafoam Green pouches are available at Olive Boutique, 43 Kihapai St., Kailua; Eden in Love at Ward Warehouse; and will soon be carried at Droplets on Maui. See the leather and vintage fabric pouches on Seafoam Green's Etsy shop. Posted on Tuesday ...Read more
Pair pop up to open Bradford on Avon shopThis Is Wiltshire, March 8th
People have come in and said how lovely it is. We would like to support a vintage community in Bradford on Avon.” The shop stocks clothing, homeware, accessories and furniture, and Miss Deakin reuses vintage fabric to create cushions and furniture...Read more
A grand old flag: Dennis treasure gets $45K restorationWicked Local Cape Cod, March 7th
Once the flag was down, Barrett removed the staples from the vintage fabric, freeing the flag from its wooden frame. It was then rolled in a special cloth before being shipped to Andover. Rochelle hopes to see the restored flag back in the Wixon...Read more
Our House: 1890s garrison Colonial has fresh, modern feelWorcester Telegram, March 7th
Spychalla-Perrin added touches with original paintings, framed vintage fabric, and a whimsical oversized fork and spoon that hang on the back wall. Beyond the kitchen is a back staircase once used by the servants and a porch that leads to a backyard...Read more
The Costumes of "Downton Abbey" Now on View at Delaware's Winterthur ...Smithsonian, March 5th
For all the costumes, whether rented, modified, built around vintage fabric or made from scratch, the seamstresses have only seven weeks to prepare each season's entire wardrobe. It is surprising to learn from the exhibit the importance of the corset...Read more
Estate Sale Roundup: February 28-March 2: Cowboy up and head out for this ...Austin Chronicle, February 27th
and handbags, but she did enjoy her crafting, sewing, and cooking: In addition to vintage cookbooks, there is a large room filled with hobby and craft items and supplies; lots of vintage fabric; picture frames and linens; and holiday items...Read more
The costumes of Downton Abbey come to WinterthurDaily Local News, February 26th
And while the pants look picture perfect on screen, Lidz said that the fragile vintage fabric used to construct them actually split during filming; the mended and frayed edges can be seen on the mannequin at Winterthur. The exhibit also includes plenty...Read more
Find creative inspiration at UncommonplaceThe Caledonia Argus (subscription), February 25th
She'll find a vintage quilt that is damaged, cut it down and bind the edges with an appropriate vintage fabric to make a wall hanging. Sometimes all an item needs is a frame. Barn quilts and “repurposing” are Olson's current passions. She took old...Read more