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 29-01-15
Lancashire 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 exhibition
Southport 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

Julie Brown: The sustainable designer
Creative Loafing Atlanta, December 31st

She creates those textures with remnants of vintage fabric and reclaimed leather, giving new life to discarded pieces. In 2013, Brown successfully raised more than $20,000 through a Kickstarter campaign for her spring line. The line included the...Read more

Vintage-fabric ornaments are full of Old World charm
NOLA.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

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

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