Ideas for Using Vintage Fabric – 1960’s Abstract Mini Coat

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Do you remember this iconic hairstyle .. a great image from the 1960’s.

The photo is set on train line with industrial background, no doubt the train track has disappeared now, but at the time it fitted so well with the abstract furniture and fabric designs popular at the time. The  Jean Shrimpton like model has her long hair up, with full straight fringe. I so remember the pains I went to to get such a fringe..from big rollers to sticky tape..

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The fabric below would make a coat just like this one. Hard to tell from this photo whether the fabric is cotton, wool or crimplene which was so popular at the time.

The heavy clothing weight cotton fabric  is reversible, woven in brown and white geometric design of circles and squares.  Great stuff so typical of the 1960’s era and  would make a great coat like the one above or Jackie Kennedy style suit, a-line mini dress or skirt. 

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1960’s reversible cotton vintage fabric in brown and white. 

Vintage 1960’s patterns such as these below from Vogue can be found on the internet on sites such as Etsy and Ebay

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What People Make with the Fabric I sell – Joan’s Laura Ashley Cushions.

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I had a lovely email from Joan who lives in the Algarve, Portugal. She was so pleased with the cushions she had made that she took the time to write and also send a photo of the cushions  “Your welcome !! I got six of the fawn ones and four of the berry ones out of that  load of fabric.  Fantastic! I’m delighted“.. Great  job Joan..

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The Laura Ashley fabric she used was cotton chintz ‘blueberry’ in pale green with red berries .

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and another Laura Ashley heavier cotton fabric  in a print of fawn grape leaves on cream background, I don’t know the name of this one.

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Trevira – the designer fabric of the early 1970’s & what can be made with it.

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Trevira, made by Texlene, replaced crimplene as the important fabric in the fashion industry for young designers of the early 1970’s. It was consider ‘the’  fabric of the time, used by well know  designers all over the world. It  was perfect for the mini shift dresses and a line coats of the time.

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From the Portuguese magazine Gente 1974. Describing Trevira as the new fashion sensation, “the fashion-fiber created to serve fashion… does not deform and washes and dries easily..it’s fashion..it’s Trevira”.

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The advert (above left) is from 1970’s Vogue magazine entitled ‘B.H.Wragg designs in Trevira Star’ and sings the praises of the polyester based fabric. Wragg was an influential American designer who specialized in young peoples fashion and loved the bold colours and patterns which could be shown using this material.


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This good bold purple coloured Trevira fabric  is perfect for making mini dresses as shown in the patterns below. It has much more the feel of cool wool and cotton than crimplene and other man made fibres.

The pattern from Simplicity’s how to sew range one of several styles suitable for this weight of fabric this and similar mini dresses would take approx 2 metres of this purple fabric as it is 56″ wide.

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