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 – 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 Finds On eBay & Etsy

I realise I need to blog more frequently if I am to make it worthwhile, but what to write? I’m thinking an eBay vintage fabric watch will work well as a weekly blog. Let me know what you think about this post. I enjoy sharing my love of vintage textiles and I hope you find a bargain to add to your collection. Click on the images to go to eBay & Etsy listings.

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This gorgeous piece looks like it’s from the 1970s although the description does not say. I’ve asked the seller and she’s not sure. I’ve taken a chance and bought a 3m piece to use in a vintage fabric wall art installation at Cafe 88 in North Sydney. There are more listings for the same fabric if you want to try your luck.

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I love this Swedish retro valance from the 1970s, it would look stunning made into a lampshade, just not sure if it’s wide enough. It would also make a gorgeous table runner.  Currently a steal at £4.50.

This fabulous set of place mats from the 1960’s is priced at £19.99. Crafted from a linen fabric with a dark burgundy background and a bright splash of mod style flowers. Perfect for a garden setting and would go beautifully on the table with the retro valance above.

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Looking for retro bargains on eBay.com can be like searching for a needle in a haystack unless you are specific with your search words. On a recent visit I came across this fabulous orange fringe which I need to find a use for to justify the purchase. It’s currently at US $9.00 with three days to go.

Etsy

A hunt for vintage fabric should always include a visit to Etsy. This fab retro tablecloth from Pomme De Jour is just gorgeous.

That’s it for today’s post, I hope you enjoyed it.

Bridget

Vintage Fabric For Children

I’m so excited to introduce the first in a selection of vintage retro fabrics for children.

My favourite so far is Sanderson’s ‘Puss Puss’ from the 1960s. It’s a wonderful cotton print fabric featuring cute stylised cats and mice in peachy orange and yellow with sprigs of flowers on an off white background. Perfect for quilting or as a feature matching cushion and lampshade set in a little girl’s bedroom. Click here or on the image to buy in my shop.

Another gorgeous Sanderson fabric is ‘Spot and Friends’. I was thrilled when I found this large piece in a pink, yellow and green colourway and in pristine condition.  It also came in a blue, pink & purple colurway which I would dearly love to find. Such a gorgeous pattern featuring cute cats, mice, rabbits and butterflies amidst pretty flowers and of course ‘Spot’ the dog is there too. Click here or on the image to buy in my shop.

Isn’t this piece below lovely too? Is was quite expensive, more than I usually spend but I couldn’t resist. My guess is that it’s from the USA but I can’t be sure as it’s a smallish piece with only ‘House & Home’ in the selvedge. Again, wonderful for quilting or for a little girl’s bedroom. Click here or on the image to buy in my shop.

Many of my fabrics would look great in a boy’s or girl’s bedroom. The images below may give you some inspiration.

Beautiful vintage fabric bunting

Just a reminder to visit my shop or vintage fabric gallery to buy or to enjoy browsing images of beautiful vintage fabrics.

As always, thanks for reading.

Bridget

Vintage Fabric – Latest Delivery

I’ve had a wonderful weekend sorting through my latest delivery of vintage fabric. Three huge boxes arrived from the UK and it was such a thrill to pull out the pieces one by one to see if they met my expectations. As always there were a couple of disappointments – a couple of pieces had holes and fading which I wasn’t expecting – but on the whole I was delighted.  I have bought some really beautiful vintage fabric for children (mainly Sanderson) this time. The children’s fabrics will be wonderful for quilts, cushions and lampshades. More on that in my next post.

For now, here is a sneak peek from my latest delivery.

As always, do contact me to order or visit my online shop to buy.

I was so lucky to find three meters of the wonderful Sanderson ‘Floppy Poppy’ from 1967. I already have orders for cushions and lampshades so snap it up while you can as this fabric is very hard to find and just so beautiful.

I had an idea that the fabric below was a Grace Sullivan design but I couldn’t be sure until I had it in my hands. Now I know for sure that it’s ‘Ophelia’ and I have four glorious meters, enough for a pair of fabulous curtains.

Another favourite and also designed by Grace Sullivan is ‘Desdemona’. The orange colour-way is so striking. So far I have found this design in orange, turquoise, green, yellow and pink.

This vintage Sanderson print ‘Paramount’ below is fantastic. The colours are so vibrant. I absolutely love this fabric, it would look amazing as a lampshade or cushions. I have two meters so plenty for a significant project.

This Sanderson fabric ‘Tansy’  was a bit of a departure from the bold stylised floral prints I usually go for.  I was in two minds whether to buy it but I’m so glad I did. It’s a beautiful satinised cotton with gorgeous rich pink and yellow shades on an olive background. I will happily send you a swatch if you’re interested.

Finally below, the ever beautiful ‘Heidi’ by Genia Sapper. Another iconic print from the 1960s. Gorgeous in brown this fabric is equally lovely in the red colour-way as pictured in my vintage fabric gallery.

These and many more beautiful vintage retro fabrics will shortly be available in my vintage fabric shop.

As always, thanks for reading.

Bridget