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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Week Ahead What's On Listings 29-01-15Lancashire Evening Post, January 29th
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
Ormskirk's Chapel Gallery hosts Taking Tea exhibitionSouthport Visiter, January 21st
Discover an assortment of intimate stories brought to life through Becky's use of stitching, vintage fabric and antique ephemera. Free creative activities are being provided for families, school and community groups to be creative and enjoy this...Read more
Wish you were here?Yorkshire Post, January 9th
Walls are decorated with cycle print wallpaper by Rasch and hangings from Lesley's impressive collection of vintage fabric. “I got interested in the fabric after writing The New Look: Design in 1950s to accompany an exhibition in 1991. No-one used the...Read more
'Vogue's' Spring/Summer 2015 Trend List Definitely Has Some Gems — And I'll ...Bustle, January 6th
Just get ahold of your grandmother's nightdress and get sewing! Since starting to sew my own dresses, I have been looking forward to getting my hands on some pretty vintage fabric to make into a modern-style dress. As I saw on Pinterest, even some old...Read more
Vintage-fabric ornaments are full of Old World charmNOLA.com, 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 · NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune By NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The ...Read more
503 Found: Inside This Home ShopOrange Coast Magazine (blog), December 1st
When Kim Rodosky designs a room, she loves to incorporate items created by talented local artisans. So in late May, when she opened her design store, 503 Found, in Newport Beach's Cannery Village, she knew how she'd stock it. “It's kind of a...Read more
Love of 'vintage' fabrics inspires new Rifle businessGlenwood 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
Vintage fabrics at Urban BurpSan 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