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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Habitat for Humanity quilt auction to feature piece started in 1930sMLive.com, March 21st
old quilt.jpg Close to 200 quilts will be on display at the 14th annual Habitat for Humanity Quilt Show and Silent Auction, including one that was started in the 1930s. (Courtesy Photo | Robert Grindahl)Mike Koury | email@example.com. SAGINAW TOWNSHIP ...Read more
Self-employed artisans know how to sell their waresThe Star Online, March 19th
Creative space: Williams posing with the display for her shop of carefully curated items, Black Hound, at The Savvy Marketplace. Her collection comes from her travels to Spain, Portugal and Marrakech as well as American destinations like Oklahoma and ...Read more
April 2015 Issue Product GuideHouse Beautiful (blog), March 16th
Poolhouse: Rattan sofa and chair, coffee table, and table lamp, vintage. Fabric on sofa and chair, Dune Point Stripe in Horizon—Ralph Lauren Home; ralphlaurenhome.com. Printed fabric on pillows, Poppies Indigo by GP & J Baker—Lee Jofa (T); leejofa.com...Read more
The heavenly interiors of a converted churchTelegraph.co.uk, March 15th
The headboard of the master bedroom is covered with vintage fabric (Photo: Katya de Grunwald). These artful vignettes reveal her stylist's eye for detail. Formerly a window dresser who “drove all over the country in a little van”, Goldbach now scours...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
15 Year Old Fashion Designer To Show Collection at Vancouver Fashion WeekGoLocalPDX, March 9th
Marlene Dietrich Inspired Dress Photo Credit: Jeff Wong. Miles skillfully creates contemporary and spirited designs that incorporate delicate vintage clothing. “It's like the [vintage] fabric never loses its emotions, and if you are willing to listen...Read more
Ready-made fuzzy fabric: perfectly fun for plush pillowsThe Star Online, February 28th
Tutorial at Transientexpression.com. 4. Patchworkposse.com has a downloadable shoe pattern and tutorial for a sweet pair of fleece slippers. 5. Be inspired by Lovelynestdesigns.com and her DIY sheet blanket made from pairing vintage fabric with furry...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