What People Make with the Fabric I sell – 1940’s Dress

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What a great vintage dress.. the accessories finish it off perfectly too.

Robin sent this photo of his wife Lynne at a 1940’s weekend at Stoke Bruerne Northamptonshire. Such a lovely setting on the banks of  Grand Union canal by the canal centre.

Lynne in her 1940’s dress

The dress was made using a 1940’s dress pattern.  The original 1940’s fabric was narrow 35″ width rayon in an all over flower pattern in pink, blue, green and yellow. Such pretty stuff which falls beautifully.

Although there is no more of this design available, I do stock  a lot of  fabric from this era and am constantly looking for more. Rayon is always a favourite as there are such a variety of finishes. It was the first man-made fibre, yet  isn’t  thought of as synthetic as it is made from cellulose obtained from soft woods or from the short fibres (linters) that adhere to cottonseeds.

Here are links to Vintage Fabrics  website    and  ebay shop


What People make with the fabric I sell – Beate’s Sofa

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Beate from Belgium found some out of print Crowson fabric in my vintage fabric shop. Her favourite sofa needed recovering and she had been finding it difficult to find the right match.

Beate’s newly covered sofa.

Originally a large pair of curtains, the fabric was still in excellent condition and  the design ‘royal palladio’ happened to be in the dark red and blue colourway Beate was looking for.

She was so pleased to have saved her sofa that she sent me a photo of it.

Vintage Fabric website

ebay shop

What People Make with the Fabric I Sell – Marie’s Dolls

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Marie Lechner from Luxembourg dresses vintage dolls from 1951 to 1985.  She collects  fabrics which are the closest possible to the original models, and has bought several pieces of viyella from my shop. Viyella  a blend of merino wool and cotton was first woven in England in the late 1800’s by William Hollins & Co and became  the first branded fabric in the world.

1950’s doll in period clothing made from vintage fawn and brown viyella.

Marie has a friend who makes  the dolls clothes which are displayed and sold on her website  www.coutureetpoupees.fr

Boy doll in blue viyella suit

Marie is planning to start a  website with a friend, which will tell the story of the magazines that provided the models, and the story of the dolls (which were sold by the magazine).

What People Make with the fabric I sell – Carrie Jean Lavender Bags

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Carrie Jean makes lovely (home grown) lavender cushions in a wide range of vintage fabrics with either cashmere, angora wool, velvet or stripe ticking on the reverse.

The cushions pictured here are made with a vintage viyella fabric that Carrie Jean purchased from me on one side and a lovely muted purple cashmere which picks up the exact shade in the viyella fabric on the reverse – perfect!

twin set of (home grown) lavender cushions

Carrie doesn’t have a  website, she feels that her lavender bags smell so yummy and need to be handled to be appreciated. She is stocked in 4 shops; two in Haslemere, one in Petersfield and one in Arundel under her company name Carrie Jean. The cushions measure about 10cm X 13cm and people like them to buy as gifts when they go to stay with friends or go for dinner or whatever; they’re great in drawers to ward off moths (lavender is a natural repellent) or on dressing tables etc. just to smell and look lovely!

Anyone wanting more information can contact Carrie Jean’s direct at carriegoldsmith@mac.com

vintage fabric from ebay shop or website