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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Lifestyle special: We can't wait for winter!Daily Mail, October 3rd
Insulate windows with thick lined and interlined curtains; vintage fabric curtains will add personality to the room as well as keep out any draughts. For similar vintage fabrics try Sarah Moore Home (sarahmoorehome.co.uk). SHARE PICTURE. Copy link to ...Read more
A stitch in timeSunLive, October 2nd
Vintage fabric, doilies, tablecloths, clothing, scarves, ties and aprons – all olde world and dripping with nostalgia and for sale at very affordable prices. “You wouldn't believe the beautiful stuff we see come in,” says Turning Point Trust's Rose...Read more
From burlap to bling, this studio offers it allTBO.com, September 30th
“I started making vintage bouquets with repurposed fabric and other vintage elements, but because of the volume of bouquets we sell it's hard to get enough vintage fabric, so we had to start using all new elements in our bouquets.” In the studio's...Read more
Kate Winslet Discusses the Many Reasons The Dressmaker Will Make You Jealous ...Vulture, September 21st
The vintage fabric often ripped, and the local emu population was out of control. “Oh my God! Emus would just wander through the back of a shot,” said Winslet. “We would have possums as well. There was one night when the possum had snuggled up to the ...Read more
A+E Faculty Art ExhibitMinaret, September 17th
Marie Yoho Dorsey, who teaches Beginning Design, has an etching on a piece of hand-shredded vintage fabric that accompanies a looped video of the story of The Crane Wife. Aneka Ingold has two large mixed media prints, one on paper and one on vinyl, ...Read more
Hip bag ladiesAtlanta Journal Constitution, September 17th
The bags' inside linings are colorful and feature vintage fabric the 1940's to 1970's. , she uses old leather belts or equestrian tack for handles and straps. Fun challenge: Making a bag from an old fire hose. Where to buy: OceanRockDesign.com. In...Read more
Happy Anniversary And More: Squirrel DecorHolland Sentinel (blog), September 5th
All three stitcheries were lightly stuffed and sewn with vintage fabric backings, then hung up with vintage brown-and-white crochet cotton cords. Easy to stitch and turn into ornaments. For now, I have one more squirrel counted cross-stitch design to...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