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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Alternative gifts: Tips for meaningful holiday givingSan Jose Mercury News, November 25th
For a friend who loves succulents, Ramirez bought a "cactus" in a pot made of vintage fabric. Aaron Nipper received her whimsical ski mask with unicorn horns for Christmas and loves the idea of supporting local artists: "When you buy local, you're...Read more
Country Crafts Guild to hold fall show Nov. 27-28The Star Democrat, November 21st
New crafts this year include “upcycled” lamps, needle felted animals and ornaments, watercolor cards, Marylou Troutman's Chesapeake-inspired paintings and prints, vintage fabric art, snowmen and Santa vignettes, burlap wreaths, lampwork bead jewelry, ...Read more
'Star Wars' Costume Exhibit Reveals Creativity Behind Force FashionYahoo News, November 13th
The vintage fabric, the couture-level garments, you can't replicate that. Even if you tried, it would never look as good. So we really wanted to show the real deal." French emphasized that the exhibit is more than a showcase of the costumes: The...Read more
Greenblat leaves Elite Leather, launches Bespoke Furniture LLCFurniture Today, November 13th
Greenblat said the new entity, based here, is a resource for vintage fabric and leather upholstery, with an emphasis on custom orders. Production will be in China. He said the new company has no connection with the Bespoke division of Elite Leather...Read more
Downtown Neighbors: Serendipity Antiques offers intriguing mix of sights and ...Chippewa Herald, November 12th
Among the antiques and potpourri are also a number of one-of-a-kind items created by local makers. Next to a shelf of handmade pottery — including unique coffee mugs — is a child's crib full of locally-crafted bunnies made from vintage fabric. “These...Read more
St. Philip Neri announces basketball team: East Jefferson school news briefsNOLA.com (blog), November 9th
Unique gifts that will be available include: decorative wreaths, journals and notebook covers made from vintage fabric, home décor and furnishings created from reclaimed and new wood, "blinged" out shirts and accessories, handmade pottery, handmade ...Read more
50 ways to tame holiday consumption, save the earth, and experience peaceSouthside Pride, November 2nd
If you're like the majority of our readership, you try to limit your footprint on the earth. Maybe you drive a hybrid car, maybe you bike instead when you can. You try to shop locally, grow some of your own food, buy organic, not use plastic, all that...Read more
The Best | Vintage fabric cleanerThe Courier-Journal, March 13th
We all have a beloved quilt that was made by Grandma. But when you got it, it had stains from use and it was yellowed. And it didn't come clean when you soaked and washed it. Retro Clean will renew your treasured heirloom to its original color. Their...Read more