Wool fabric – for cold weather.

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Clothing made from wool fabric has always been considered the best for wearing in cold weather, it traps heat and will prevent the body from cooling. Wool absorbs moisture, but stays warmer than many other fabrics, it is also inherently flame retardant. So a good choice for clothing when the weather gets colder.


A lovely soft wool fabric in royal blue and navy blue check with threads of red and yellow.

s-l1600-4aVintage veruna wool fabric in a great abstract design, light weight for dress making or scarves. Rare to find vintage fabric like this without moth holes, as they seem to love this more than anything.

s-l1600-3aA heavier tweed wool fabric, ideal for skirts and jackets


Vintage wool and cotton mix brocade fabric in a geometric design. Good for interiors or heavier clothing .



Wool fabric bundles for sale in my Etsy shop are very popular for using in crafts, patchwork cushions, clothing etc.





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Vintage Fabric – Updating the Website..

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Time for the annual update of Vintage Fabric’s website..

The site has useful and interesting links for anyone keen on fabric, sewing and interiors.   As well as information about us and our blog, it has links to our ebay shop ‘vintage fabric and curtains’, a page showing all the Sanderson fabric we have in stock ( changed frequently), one dedicated to fabric bundles and a fabric of the month page.


Fabric bundles useful for patchwork and crafts, the one below is made up of rare and unusual Laura Ashley cotton pieces.


‘Fabric of the Month’ showcases a favourite or special fabric or textile; the idea is to change the page monthly, though time goes too quickly at times…


A page showing the Sanderson & William Morris fabric we have in stock..


Let’s hope that it can be found on Google and other search engines now..




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Weekly Blog – Number 5 – Laura Ashley Patchwork in Ross-on-Wye

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I recently bought a huge bag of fabric pieces from someone having a clear out. It was full of small pieces of Laura Ashley fabric from the 1970’s and 80’s. I so enjoyed sorting it all out when I got home.


It brought back great memories of my patchwork making days when I was still at college. Living in a small flat in Ross on Wye, during the holidays I  would take my patchwork box to my nearest open space and stitch away using many of the same fabrics I found in this bundle.


My favourite place was  The Prospect, a lovely grassy area by the church which overlooked the river Wye. The link above is to a great website about Ross on Wye which some lovely photos of the prospect and fascinating articles about the town .

Further information about Vintage Fabric can be found at the links below.



Ideas for using Vintage Fabric – Patchwork Chairs


It take relatively little fabric to cover a chair so can be an inexpensive way of updating your living space if you have the time and patience. One of my first ever upholstery projects was covering an old wooden chair in Laura Ashley patchwork pieces for our first flat in the 1970’s.. I still have that chair in the spare room though rather faded and worn now I still can’t bear to throw it out.


Patchwork chairs such as this arm chair covered in vintage floral cottons look so cosy. I love the way that the patchwork has been even extended to the chair legs.




Another comfy armchair with patchwork and wonderful applique work.


Beautifully finished in button back design.



Elegant dining chairs in quality patchwork designs.


The seaside colours of these sweet little painted chairs would look great in a beach hut.




I have several lots of patchwork bundles in various weights such as



or this cotton chintz bundle.




Further information about Vintage Fabric can be found at the links below.

Patchwork Bundles



Ideas for Using Vintage Fabric – 1950’s Style Striped Dresses

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I always loved the dresses my mum wore in the summer when I was little. The ones I remember most were striped, with full skirts and a fitted bodice, sometimes the stripes would be horizontal on the skirt and vertical on the bodice.

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Here’s our family in 1958, with Mum in one of her striped summer dresses. (I am the one with plaits!) I think her Mum (my Granny) made it, she made lots of our clothes and was the one who first got me interested in sewing, often taking me to markets in Manchester for fabric.

This blue green wide striped fabric on background of floral sprigs by Crowson is called ‘montana’, it was made for light weight curtains and interiors, but would be great to use for one of these dresses.


As would this green striped cotton by Lee Jofa, the stripes run vertically, but shown here side ways on.


From a Dutch magazine advert dated 1958.




Further information about Vintage Fabric can be found at the links below.

What People Make with the Fabric I sell- Gerda Bags

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Unique hand made bags from Gerda Bags, who sell from their Etsy shop and Folksy shop .. As well as unusual bags, Gerda makes bunting, glasses cases, pencil cases and purses, all beautifully finished.


It was a lovely surprise to be browsing her facebook page to find this slouchy tote bag made using cotton fabric she had bought from me earlier this year.

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and this cute children’s pencil case made using Simplicity French cotton fabric with animals.


Further information about Vintage Fabric can be found at the links below.

Ideas for using Vintage Fabric – Pink Shot Silk & Cotton Dupioni.

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This vintage late 1930’s early 40’s  pink dress making shot fabric has a darker pink slub cotton one side and satin-like silk dupioni on the right side (though each side could be used uppermost).


Wonderful stuff which is fairly heavy and could be used in many different ways..


It would make a lovely long full skirted evening dress shiny side up, like the one shown below.


or how about this evening dress with matching cape.


or  ankle length tea dress darker side up using the silk side for trim.


Also heavy enough to be used for light interiors, curtains etc.



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