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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Pay less and shop for vintage fashion
Mackay Daily Mercury, August 19th

Plus, Ms Bugeja said vintage fabric was generally more durable than most modern material, which should last you twice the time. This saves on purchasing another dress for later on down the track. "Every piece of clothing that comes in here is all one...Read more

Derbyshire dressmaker creates vintage dresses from old curtains and sacks
Derby Telegraph, August 16th

I've never made a dress out of a pair of curtains before but there's a first time for everything!" Finding vintage fabrics isn't always an easy job and a lot of Kitty's finds come via eBay from America. "Over here, true vintage fabric can be really...Read more

Film/TV set designers find Newtown shop a go-to spot for 'swatching ...
CT Post, August 14th

And since owner Laura Gardner's grandparents opened it more than 60 years ago, there's also a large collection of vintage fabric. But once those bolts are gone, they're gone. “If the story takes place in the past, you have to make it look like the past...Read more

Trade in Your Plastic Bags For These 8 Adorable Totes
HONOLULUMagazine.com, August 12th

1. Vintage fabric tote, $45, Roberta Oaks, 19 N. Pauahi St., 526-1111. 2. Matt Bruening camo block tote, $120, available by custom order at mattbruening.com. 3. Shell Yeah tote, $16.80, SoHa Living, K?hala Mall, 591-9777. 4. Honolulu Museum of Art x...Read more

September 2015 Issue Product Guide
House Beautiful (blog), August 6th

nh-design.co.uk. Chandelier, 1940s Baguès—Galerie Vonthron;galerievonthron.com. Carpet, Cadman in Platinum—Stark (T); starkcarpet.com. Desk and stool, vintage. Fabric on stool, Fontaine Linen in Lily—Ralph Lauren Home; ralphlaurenhome.com...Read more

New vintage craft store opening in Oak Park this fall
Sactown Magazine, May 18th

The former librarian is opening Make/Do Sacramento, a vintage, fabric and handmade goods shop, this fall in Oak Park. The cozy boutique will feature rare and vintage fabrics, antiques, craft materials and locally handmade products including jewelry, ...Read more

The Best | Vintage fabric cleaner
The 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 charm
NOLA.com, December 2nd

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 Times-Picayune Follow on Twitter on December 02, 2014 at 7:00 AM, updated ...Read more