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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Herald, May 5th

A long time fan of the talented Irish designer, SJP paired the eye-catching hat with an elegant Oscar de la Renta gown embellished with pieces of vintage fabric and beads from Sweden. The dress is a collaboration with H&M and the company's Conscious ...Read more

Sarah Jessica Parker's headpiece, Rihanna's cape at Met Gala 2015 win epic ...
Firstpost, May 5th

Parker paired it with a one-shoulder black gown embellished with sashes comprised of bits of vintage fabric and beads from Sweden — a collaboration with H&M and the company's Conscious Collection, which focuses on sustainable fabrics. "We thought it ...Read more

Beyonce and Rihanna steal the show on the 2015 Met Gala red carpet
BT.com, May 5th

SJP paired it with a one-shoulder black gown embellished with sashes comprised of bits of vintage fabric and beads from Sweden — a collaboration with H&M and the company's Conscious Collection, which focuses on sustainable fabrics. SJP said she'd ...Read more

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onmanorama, May 4th

Parker paired it with a one-shoulder black gown embellished with sashes comprised of bits of vintage fabric and beads from Sweden — a collaboration with H&M and the company's Conscious Collection, which focuses on sustainable fabrics. "We thought it ...Read more

Rihanna in queen's garb shuts down Met Gala carpet
KMOV.com, May 4th

Parker paired it with a one-shoulder black gown embellished with sashes comprised of bits of vintage fabric and beads from Sweden - a collaboration with H&M and the company's Conscious Collection, which focuses on sustainable fabrics. "We thought it...Read more

May 2015 Issue Product Guide
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Middle daughter's bedroom: Headboard, vintage. Fabric on headboard, Rose Checker—Hable Construction; hableconstruction.com. Wallcovering, Burmese—Sister Parish; sisterparishdesign.com. Eldest daughter's room: Beds, vintage. Canopy fabric ...Read more

Capitalizing on the vintage trend
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“Vintage” is the rage right now. Anything from vintage furniture to vintage fabric to vintage clothing and accessories are hot items. Stacy Hayden and Carrie Andreas, two Edwardsville moms, have found a way to capitalize on that vintage trend. The two...Read more

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HOW TO CARE FOR VINTAGE VALUABLES: Learn the best tips for caring for vintage fabric, silver and furniture at a series of workshops led by Ware Petznick, executive director of the Shaker Historical Society. Petznick will offer cleaning demonstrations...Read more