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.

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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

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

 

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

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20th Century Rayon Dress Making Fabric

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Considered the oldest manufactured fabric, rayon is made from cellulose ( often wood pulp), and thought of as semi-synthetic. There are several different ways of processing the cellulose each producing slightly different fabrics such as viscose, modal, lyocell and tencel.

Known as artificial silk when it was first introduced in the late 1800’s early 19o0’s, it soon became very popular as a cheaper alternative to cotton and silk.  By the 1950’s the versatility of rayon meant it was being used extensively often printed in a great variety of fashionable designs and colours.

 

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1960’s Walric rayon shown above is a heavier dress fabric which has a stiffish linen feel.

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this lighter silk crepe like rayon is perfect to dresses and blouses

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Cold satin rayon in great 1950’s geometric design

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Rayon brocade fabric which could be used for dress making or interiors

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1960’s 70’s interiors fabric in a rayon and cotton blend

 

Check out the excellent blog  by Emileigh of Flashback Summer – The History of Rayon and how to care for it  Rayon blog

 

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What People Make with the Fabic I Sell – Dawn Chorus Designs

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Yvette from Dawn Chorus Designs started making cards a couple of years ago, she was trying to find a use for all the vintage fabric and playing cards that she has collected.  Initially made them for just family and friends, the  positive feedback encouraged her into producing cards to sell.

Both cards are made using 1940’s or 50’s cotton dress making fabric in small prints which compliment the playing cards well.

Dawn Chorus Etsy store opened recently and she has a facebook page too.  Her cards are also framed  as gifts.

What People make with the Fabric I Sell – Vicky Trainor, Vintage Inspired Textile Designs.

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Vicky Trainor is a textiles, surface designer and craft maker who makes a variety of vintage inspired stationery from her studio. She works with brides, tea ladies, photographers, businesses, commercial greeting card companies and creative groups.

This lovely cushion brooch uses a variety of Liberty cotton lawn fabrics, such as  found in these  Liberty fabric bundles. Liberty designs are perfect for work such as this as often the patterns are small scale and the cotton lawn fabric is so fine and light to work with. Liberty of London are internationally recognized as leaders in fine cotton dress fabrics which they have been making since the 19th Century.

This vintage Sanderson cotton fabric is a design called  small wonder  from 1981  and  is perfect for showing off Vicky’s  pretty floral brooch made from a variety of  buttons and vintage fabrics including Liberty and Sanderson.

More vintage Sanderson fabric is being used here as background for linen labels. The design is Little Chelsea in soft blue and pink colours.

Vicky is a busy lady who writes  interesting blogs about her business and life in general,  her  facebook page  has lots of interesting links to her blogs and Etsy shop.

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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 my Fabric – Caz’s Ottoman

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It is such a buzz knowing what people do with the vintage fabric pieces I sell to them.

Recently a friend from Ross-on-Wye bought a piece of William Morris linen fabric from my ebay store vintage fabric and curtains. She had no idea it was me, just that is was from someone fairly local. I only recognized her when she had paid and given her name and address.. I love when things like that happen.

She used the linen fabric Golden Lily on fawn/gold background to cover a Loyd Loom ottoman she bought from a local carboot sale and later sent a photo.

What a great job, it must have been so satisfying too and the fabric goes so well with the gold edges of the ottoman.

Caz has photography business in Ross-on-Wye specializing in weddings and portraits. Cazholbrook photography.