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Vintage Fabric Replacement Fabrics?

Michele recently requested information about what fabrics could replace old fabrics from the late 19th and early 20th century. These fabrics include Indian Head, cambric or linen cambric, Cloth of Gold and Quadriga Cloth. Cambric is still in production.Summer Fashion – Daily News & Analysis http://news.google.com Sat, 22 Mar 2014 22:53:44 GMT  Daily News & AnalysisSummer FashionDaily News & AnalysisOne can mix and match with cool colours like aquamarine, light blue and nautical colours like navy blue, red and white,” she says adding that apart from cotton and linen, fabrics like cambr … Indian Head hasn’t been manufactured since the 1960’s.  Quadriga is still found in vintage fabric stashes.vintage_ads: 1951 Good Housekeeping: Quadriga fabric http://vintage-ads.livejournal.com Sat, 15 Jun 2013 00:25:59 GMT 1951 Good Housekeeping: Quadriga fabric. 1951 ad for Quadriga cloth. Tags: 1950s, 1951, children, clothing, sewing · 60in3 wrote in vintage_ads: ←Orange Weekend: 1982 Kraft Barbecue Sauce · branwynn wrote in … I remember these fabricsand wish I could still purchase some, especially Indian Head. I don’t know of any fabric that has been produced to specifically replace these vintage fabrics. For the most part, the advertising is an “improved” or a “new” rather than replacing the old. Judith@fabrics.net

Vintage Color Names?

I am taking a quilt square of my Grandmother’s to a cousin as a gift.  I have been told that one of the green fabrics was called “poison bottle green” and would like to be able to tell her what some of the other colors were called.  There are yellows, blues, oranges/tangerines.  I could send a picture from my cell phone.  The fabrics are from the 20’s and 30’s.  Thank you! By: Shirley Kitterman

Vintage fabric?

Hi, I was given some fabric from this mans mom who was 93 and selling her house to move in with one of her sons because she was getting too elderly to live by herself. I got a lot of vintage style fabrics. One of them is a whole bolt with a company I haven’t heard of and when researched, found out the company was old and all fabrics were vintage. How do I tell if any other of them is without the name on them? By: Kimberly Nguyen

Classic or Vintage?

Classic designs never go out of style.  This green wool gabardine suit was made by my grandmother for my Mom in the 1940’s.  Notice the hemline and how it is still even after over 60 years.  The design too is classic which is why Mom was able to wear this suit many times over the years.  She was in her late 80’s when this photo was taken.  The suit now fits my daughter.     This is another classic suit, made in the 1980’s from wool flannel with a silk charmeuse shell.  Just by changing the blouse from a shell to one with an attached scarf or collar and the suit looks new.   Note on both suits that the hem was set according to what looks best on my Mom’s leg and with the white wool suit, what looks best on me.   This particular classic style worked for me because I was in the Custom Sewing business and needed to always wear something that I had made.  I often wore off white or shades of off white to business meetings and appoointments.  My business card was off white and had its own envelope in the same off white and was sealed with a burgandy wax seal.  The blouses and accessories I often wore with my white suits were burgandy.  I also had burgandy suits with white blouses.  Yes, people remembered me by my business card design that coordinated with the colors I wore.   With summer almost here and travel plans being made, packing is much easier with classic clothing: Travelite classic tips: Clothing for women « The Travelite FAQ http://www.travelite.orgTue, 07 Dec 2010 01:09:18 GMT [Travelite classic tips are updates to my published articles available at the archive pages.] Clothing. Clothing is probably the toughest for anyone who wants to learn how to travelite. The two biggest tips to packing the right …   More on classic style and your classic style in the next several days.   Enjoy! Judith Judith@fabrics.net  

Vintage Japanese kimono silk

Hi, I am purchasing some vintage Japanese kimono silk fabric and would like to know how I should preshrink this fabric prior to sewing.  Your help is appreciated.   By: joni tanaka

Is Old New Again?

    Image via Flickr From modern to vintage, so many choices for patterns for garments!     From Caftan to jumpsuit, Burda Style patterns just look comfortable!Boho Jet Set: 10 New Patterns – Sewing Blog | BurdaStyle.com www.burdastyle.com2/1/13 Editors‘ Pick; , by burdastyle. Main_large. ShareThis. Dive into a world of colors and light with a style that is daringly luxurious. We love all the printed fabrics in this new collection from burda style magazine’s February 2013 issue. Both beauty …   Vogue Patterns Spring pattern collection is beautiful and varied.  Vogue Patterns new spring collection | Red Point Tailor redpointtailor.wordpress.com1/24/13 I have just looked at the new collection of Vogue Patterns. This time I am not disappointed. There are a lot of fabulous patterns. Herewith the ones I like so far: V1343. I like this one for its simplicity and the fabric – very spring, …   It is always fun to see vintage sewing patterns and yet some of the designs are still being used in the new patterns.  Chronically Vintage: Forty fantastic 1940s sewing patterns under $40 www.chronicallyvintage.com3/6/13 Another thing that I greatly enjoy admiring – and even occasionally purchasing myself – is vintage sewing patterns. I love, love, love (!) yesteryear sewing patterns. The art that adorns the pattern sleeves and the sartorial …   Enjoy! Judith@fabrics.net      

Some Very Special Vintage Trims

Vintage collectors will not mince words – nothing exceeds the quality and diversity of old trims and laces, whether expensive or dime store stock. This was due in part to the use of fine fabrics such as batiste, cambric, lawn, organdy, silk and rayon and the exquisitely fine, clean-cut embroidery on eyelets, cutwork and other designs. As up through the 1950s trims were an integral part of garment and home décor, the variety of fabric combinations, designs, colors, widths and coordinates available were staggering. Ask those who remember that whether shopping at a department or dime store, Wrights or Benjamin Franklin or any fabric shop, one could find an abundance – almost too much — to choose from to suit their budgets. Featured this month are two persons who keep the heritage of vintage trim alive, each from a different perspective. Meet Shirley McElderry, preserver of the little-known coronation cord, and Billy Strobel, carrying on the legacy of his family’s antique embroidery and lace-making business. Coronation Cord You’ve seen it but overlooked it, dismissed it or mistaken it for battenberg something or other. There are many like you. It’s unlikely that more than a handful of persons today recognize this trim which hasn’t been made since the mid-1920s. Enter Shirley McElderry, Iowa quiltmaker, restorer and repairer, vintage fabric collector, conservator, historian lecturer and owner of more than 2,000 antique craft and needlework magazines. In sorting through several boxes of textiles she got at a farmhouse auction in the mid-1970s, her keen eye caught a linen doily embellished with a couching of white cord in a flower design. The cord alternately became larger and smaller in diameter, making it easy to shape into petals and other curved designs. Puzzled by this unknown trim, she asked her grandmother, mother and aunts who were all expert needle women but they didn’t recognize it. Nor could any of the antique dealers she asked. All had seen the cord, but couldn’t identify it. As the auction boxes dated from the turn of the century, Shirley began researching periodicals of that time and struck gold. She learned that this trimming was called coronation cord or braid. Sold by the yard, this machine-made trim was used in conjunction with embroidery, crochet and tatting, and possibly knitting though Shirley can find no mention of knitting in her books. Her research has only unearthed two brands: Bear, a registered trademark of Bernhard Ulmann Company of New York [maker of Bucilla], and Columbia, listed in the Columbia Manual…
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