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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Blood, sweat and fears on the set of Penny DreadfulIrish Times, April 19th
Most are made from scratch, with a combination of new and vintage fabric, bolts of which are piled up everywhere and look like rainbows that have been through a blender. Some incorporate genuine pieces of Victorian garments, such as jet-fringed black lace...Read more
May 2015 Issue Product GuideHouse Beautiful (blog), April 17th
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 trendThe Edwardsville Intelligencer, April 13th
“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
'Framework's' Jason Radcliffe organizes Los Angeles show, how to care for ...cleveland.com (blog), April 8th
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
Are These The Perfect Jeans?Vogue.co.uk, April 7th
We re-cut it as if we're making a new jean, but just using the vintage fabric. Levi's are really happy with us, they really believe we are helping their relevance. The president actually called me and said, 'I want to tell you that we all think you're...Read more
Top garage sale finds for 2015The Rushville Republican, March 31st
Vintage Fabric--Why go for a knock-off when you can have the real thing? Fabric for throws, pillow, curtains and even reupholstering is an easy find, and can be had at a fraction of the cost per hard that you will pay at decorator shops and fabric stores...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
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