Vintage Fabric – Garage Sale Finds

One of the things I most love about Sydney (apart from the glorious weather and beaches of course!) is the weekend garage sales. I love to plan a route the night before, get up early, grab a coffee and go.  I find information about local garage sales on http://www.egaragesales.com.au/. Gum Tree also has lots of listings.

A few weeks ago I went to a fabulous garage sale in Chatswood. The lady who’s house it was had moved to a retirement home so her niece and nephew were helping her sell her 50 year collection of fabrics. I have never seem so many wonderful vintage retro fabrics at a garage sale before. Needless to say I was in heaven.

Here are my favourites, soon to be made into summer maxi dresses using vintage patterns bought on Etsy.

Thanks for reading,

Bridget

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Vintage Fabric Finds on eBay & Etsy

Hello and oops! It’s been a while since my last post. The reason? SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMISATION.

I have a customer who is both a copy writer and SEO expert so we traded cushions for advice. It was such good advice that I’ve spent the last three weeks updating the layout and all the copy on my Fabulous Vintage website.

As I still have a lot to do, I’ll keep this one short and sweet.

There has been lack of good vintage fabric finds on eBay UK over the last few weeks. I suspect the reason is, the British are out there soaking up the last few rays of summer sun and not scouring the attic for things to sell.

eBay UK:

I’m afraid you won’t find this beautiful vintage bark cloth fabric on eBay now, as I’ve just bought it to add to my collection. It will be winging its way to Australia soon, so you’ll be able to find it on my website at the end of October. I was immediately attracted to the beautiful rainbow colours and as soon as I realised it was barkcloth I snapped it up. All four metres of it, yippee!

Vintage Fabric Barkcloth Rainbow Floral

eBay Australia

I’m loving barkcloth at the moment and there is a beautiful piece on eBay Australia for sale by Vintage Linen Cupboard. I’m undecided whether or not to bid on this piece. I really love it and could imagine it made into a beautiful bedroom lampshade…decisions, decisions.

Vintage Fabric Barkcloth Pink Rose Sprays

eBay USA

This gorgeous piece is located in Michigan so will be costly to shop to Australia, however it’s so pretty it might just be worth it. This lovely fabric would be fabulous made into kitchen bench seat or kitchen chair cushions with a pair of curtains or tablecloth to match.

Vintage Fabric Cotton Blue Floral

Etsy

I’ve just stumbled across a gorgeous vintage fabric shop on the ever wonderful Etsy. It’s called Fabbits and is located in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Here is a gorgeous piece, currently for sale in Olga’s shop.

Vintage Fabric Cotton Vibrant Floral

That’s all from me today folks!

Until next time,

Bridget

Vintage Fabric – Shall I? Shan’t I?

Oooo just found these two beautiful vintage fabric pieces on Etsy.

The first is an excellent quality, lightly polished cotton fabric with a wonderful orange and pink field of poppies design.

The selvedge reads: “Field Poppies A Wilson Fabric”

It’s a colourful and expressive design with the largest orange poppy measuring just over 12cm wide.

The second is a silky soft, high quality cotton.

The design features large blue flowers, green leaves and sprays on a delicate linear patterned white background.

The fabric has the original paper shop tag still attached to one corner.

 

They are both gorgeous and are begging to be given a new life.

So, shall I?

Bridget

Vintage Fabric – Grace Sullivan

A wicker basket full to the brim of beautiful fabrics, ribbons and hand carved Oak wood buckles remains untouched in my sewing room. Alas, this is my yet to start belt project. I do hope to get something produced and for sale in time for Australian summer.

In the meantime I must set aside a few hours a week for my blog. After cooking, laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping and the school run I don’t have much time. I’m not complaining, just trying to explain away my two week absence.

Again, short and sweet today. This week’s post showcases the work of the 1970’s textile designer Grace Sullivan. I absolutely love her work and here is a selection of favourites.

This opulent cotton sateen fabric below is ‘Ophelia’ and I have four glorious meters, enough for a pair of fabulous curtains. It features huge stylised flowers and is almost art nouveau in style. The colours are bright with shades of pale blue, turquoise, pink, lilac and deep blue. This fabric would look amazing made into cushions, lampshades or wall art.

‘Desdemona’ is another all time favourite. The stylised depiction of the real flower gives the fabric lots of texture and flow. It was avaiable in many colourways, here are four. It came in cotton, viscose and Irish linen.

Sarawak is one of two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo so I assume that Grace took inspiration from the flora there for this fabric of the same name below. I bought this from Anya’s Attic on Etsy.

Another popular 1970’s Grace Sullivan print was ‘Tree Tops’, also art nouveau in style. Unfortunately I don’t have great images of this fabric so I’m using this fabulous cushion image from Lucy Bates Vintage Fabrics.

I’ve just purchased these wonderful books and I’m hoping they’ll provide some much needed information on more of Grace Sullivan’s work so I can add to this post.

Until then, enjoy!

Thanks for reading.

Bridget

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Beautiful Poppy Fabric – Vintage & Modern

I love poppies and any textile with a poppy print immediately grabs my attention. Here is a gallery of favourites.

First (of course) is the fabulous Sanderson ‘Floppy Poppy’, an iconic Art Nouveau inspired print designed in 1967 for Sanderson Fabrics by Diana and Derek Collard. lt’s a vibrant pink, red, gold and green psychedelic furnishing fabric in a gorgeous medium weight satinised cotton. This design provided the inspiration for Fabulous Vintage and my logo. I’ve found 3 meters of this fabric recently and it’s on way to Sydney from London as I write.

Another favourite is Sanderson’s ‘Rhea’ from the 1970s. It’s a stunning vibrant screen print of stylised poppies and foliage on an off white background. So far I’ve found it in three colourways. This fabric is also a wonderful satinised cotton.

Sanderson released ‘Athene’, another flamboyant poppy design, a few years ago. It is based on the 1970s print ‘Rhea’ above and has a retro feel reminiscent of that era.  It was woven in cotton and viscose onto a beautiful satin. This image of ‘Athene’ below is taken from Home Portfolio

Other favourite (modern) poppy fabric includes ‘Oriental Poppy’, also by Sanderson and pictured below.  Huge open poppy flowers in an exuberant arrangement, available in five colourways in both dark and light backgrounds.

The fabric below is ‘Tree Poppy’ from Sanderson’s vintage collection. As I understand the design is from the 1920s and it’s Art Deco style would have been considered very contemporary when first produced.

Marimekko

Marimekko was founded in 1951 by Viljo and Arimi Ratia. Armi asked some artist friends to apply their graphic designs to textiles. In order to show how the fabric could be used, the company then designed and sold a line of simple dresses using their fabric.

Marimekko’s bold fabrics and bright, simple design strongly influenced late 20th-century taste. Many of the early Marimekko designs, including Maija Isola’s Unikko (below), remain in production today.

Another favourite poppy fabric is ‘Big Poppy’ by Laura Gunn for Michael Miller fabrics. I love the deep red pink colour of the flower petals.

Susy Pilgrim Waters is an illustrator, designer and painter whose work is used extensively in print advertising, book and magazine publishing, and commercial licensing. These images are taken from her website.

I’m currently researching for my next blog post about retro crochet fashion and home décor. Check back in a week or so to see more fabulous colourful pictures.

Thanks for reading.

Bridget

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