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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Upcycled Eco Fashion Line Makes New From OldSan Angelo LIVE!, December 5th
The designer says that when she started in the '90s, she worked primarily with vintage fabric and toured various juried art shows. Seeking a break from the travel and a use from fabric stores, she began “upcycling” old clothes into unique new fashions...Read more
Arts & Entertainment Calendar: Dec. 5 to Dec. 11The Recorder, December 5th
Unique hand-crafted items, created by present and retired BFMC employees and volunteers. Items include wood-working, hand-dyed silk scarves, jewelry, quilting, weaving, pottery, vintage fabric items, maple products, wreaths hand-made soaps and more...Read more
Nine photo collage iOS apps that help you bridge the snap gapMacworld, December 5th
The app shoots automatically as you move and compiles the results into your choice among seven built-in backgrounds with names such as Polaroid Stone, Vintage Fabric, Magic Lights, and Shining Through that you choose by flipping through previews...Read more
Apollo Couture: Astronaut Offers Replica of Iconic NASA Flight JacketSpace.com, December 4th
As vintage fabric for the jackets was no longer available, Worden and Pidcock had to have new material woven. The jacket's outer shell was fabricated from cotton thread, which Still The Right Stuff had dyed to the correct shade of blue and then sewn on ...Read more
'Fashion Star' Winner Hunter Bell Grows BrandBroadway World, December 2nd
Whether it is in a color palette, a vintage fabric, or women on the streets of New York, Hunter is always finding inspiration in her surroundings. Past collections have been inspired by Palm Springs Ace Hotel and a desert Safari. Consisting of...Read more
Leslie Bailey: Pink sweater causes positive chain reactionIndianapolis Star, December 2nd
I agreed to participate without considering two important things. One, I'm not fond of wearing bright colors, particularly with my pale winter skin. And two, I have an all-out fear of vintage fabric. I know it's ridiculous and probably one of the more...Read more
Crafty FeastColumbiametro, December 1st
Vendors sell items ranging from unusual jewelry to odd stuffed animals and vintage fabric purses. Crafty Feast has brought more than 600 crafters to the Columbia area from all over the Southeast and averages 3,000 attendees per show. For more...Read more
Art-a-Fair art sales benefit Greensboro homeless sheltersGreensboro News & Record, November 27th
“I call them basket dream keepers,” King said of her collection of coiled fabric baskets made out of vintage fabric pieces, including tablecloths and skirts. To make the baskets, King wraps the pieces around cotton fiber and coils them into soft...Read more