Thursday, 23 June 2011

I'm back, loaded with vintage fabric finds!

Hi friends! I've sure missed you all, even though I did do my best to catch up with blog posts on a daily basis. I had a chaotic week visiting my mad family and loved every second, but acclimatising to this weather and to work really does suck! However, I've been able to cheer myself up by photographing and caressing my vintage fabric finds, that added about 2kg to my suitcase on the way back!!!

I was told they all date from the late 50s to the early 60s, but do please correct me if you know otherwise.

These brocades are about 1.5 metres each, but they are so difficult to photograph as the colours never seem to translate well:

This is actually a really lovely minky pink on cream with silver thread running through it



If you squint or click on this one you should be able to see the subtle flower print


My absolute favourite finds were these stunning silk blends, possibly silk-rayon, but more silk than anything else:

Mustard, white and wine coloured polka dots - the white one reminds me of Jane's Violet in Polka Dots




I wasn't sure about this flowery, paisley number, but I'm beginning to think it would make a great blouse


These two are stunning aren't they - very Betty Draper don't you think?



This one's really interesting with the odd scatter of colourful octagons 


I am now itching to get stitching and before I went away, I feel I was on quite a productive streak that I hope I can keep up! We're away this weekend though, so I have to wait until next week, which is incredibly frustrating! Are any of you unable to sew at the moment and are you finding it as frustrating as I am?

16 comments:

  1. Oh WOW! Love the polka dots (obviously!) but it was the Betty Draper fabrics that had me literally drooling! They're just gorgeous, can't wait to see what you make with them. x PS. Welcome back! x

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  2. welcome back. you sure did have a fab vacay from the look of these goodies. i love the betty draper ones so much.

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  3. my favorite is the pasley flower... amazing. well done on your fabric adquisitions !

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  4. Oh I love all your fabric choices! I'm totally jealous! I'm currently taking 2 summer classes, so I have not been able to get any sewing done for the past 3 weeks, it's awful!

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  5. Ooooh I love them all!! Can't wait to see what they become. Welcome back :) x

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  6. Those fabrics are amazing! I can never find as interesting fabrics as these, well done! I actually really like the flowery paisley one, I think a blouse would look great.

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  7. welcome back! and well done on not exceeding baggage allowance ;-) Great finds, look forward to seeing what you do with them.

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  8. I'm about to be parted from my machine to go to Provence for 2 weeks (heartbreaking, eh?) but I think I can make up for it by fabric shopping in the markets while I'm there, and sketching some designs :oD

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  9. Yay, fun!! Now get stitchin'!

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  10. My lovely boyf works nights so I have to wait for him to get up befre I can rev up the sewing machine, which is always a but frustration. Lots of pattern cutting gets done though!

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  11. Welcome back! You've been missed. I am loooving your finds. What do you have planned for them?

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  12. Lovely acquisitions! I particularly love the florals - awesome colours. You are going to be busy!

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  13. great fabrics and happy to be a new follower. x

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  14. Thanks for the comments all and for welcoming me back...now I need to knuckle down and get sewing ;o)

    I don't know what my vintage finds are destined to be yet, I'm always a bit too scared to cut into vintage fabrics, so I'll have to give it some serious thought!

    MissGinger - welcome to my blog & thanks for following!

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  15. Very nice! Have you decided what your going to make?

    It is hard when other obligations keep you from your creative outlet. Nice thing is, once you do have time to sew, you almost feel relived.

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