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Vintage Fabrics, Pt. 1

After a short hiatus, I'm back with the first installment of the waaay too much fabric from Village Thrift (you're lucky I'm not subjecting you to all the vintage pumps I hauled back here!) while home in Chicagoland. The second installment was used as padding in a box my mom's shipping to me, so I'll post that later.

On the left, there's a stack of mostly sheets, a few pillowcases (2nd from top), and one miscellaneous piece of fabric. These will most likely be tank tops, a dress or some skirts for my niece, Lorin. The top piece is thicker and made of canvas and is, I think, destined to become a bag or purse of some sort. On the right, there's what I think was a table runner - a beautifully embroidered piece. I have no idea what to do with it, but I certainly don't have any tables that need running. Any suggestions? I was thinking it could maybe be the center panel in a three-paneled bag?

Oh, also, here's an actual piece of fabric I picked up, featuring those big-headed kids so popular in the 70s:

If you know of good, basic skirt and dress patterns out there, please share them!

Posted by jess at March 15, 2005 9:10 AM | TrackBack
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Heya Jessica, great score at the Village Thrift! I especially love the big-headed kid fabric!! You've gotta make something and show that off! :)

Posted by: atouria at March 15, 2005 10:15 AM

wow.. great fabric finds.. i love the embroidered piece.. that is a very scandinavian pattern .. you could use it as a center panel in an apron. i bet that would be lovely !

Posted by: Elizabeth at March 15, 2005 12:37 PM

oh, that embroidered piece is beautiful -- i would just get a nice frame (really rough weathered wood, kinda thin frame, no glass) and put it on the wall. that'd be lovely.

Posted by: andrea at March 15, 2005 1:23 PM

I just found your blog (was doing a search on the Hourglass sweater). I love the fabric with the green and blue flowers (second from the top). It would make an extremely cute dress!

Posted by: Madalyn at March 15, 2005 2:45 PM

Have you ever thought about a cute pillowcase skirt, you know, for the pillowcase? I know they have loads of patterns for them Craftster. They are easy and fun.

Posted by: Kari at March 15, 2005 3:01 PM

You got some great stuff! I can't wait to see what you do with all of them. I like your idea of using the embroidery on a bag and an apron would be cute too. Lots of fun :)

Posted by: Cassi at March 15, 2005 5:16 PM

craftster does seem to have a lot of patterns for basic skirts etc. those are some wonderful finds!!

Posted by: jenn at March 15, 2005 7:46 PM

girl, you are going to be busy! They are some great finds tho and I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Posted by: pipstar at March 16, 2005 2:48 AM

Gorgeous finds!! Can't wait to see what you design with them.

Posted by: Prim at March 16, 2005 3:15 AM

Just curious - where is this great Village Thrift store? I live in downtown Chicago, but I cannot seem to find an address... Thanks!

Posted by: Rebecca Coke at March 16, 2005 10:00 AM

I'm also in Chicago and would love to get the address of Village Thrift!

Posted by: becky at March 16, 2005 12:30 PM

The scoop on VT is that its official name is "Village Discount Outlet." I'm unsure why, exactly, my friends and I always called it thrift, but I suspect that at some point that used to be its name and they changed it. Anyway, it's a chain with stores all over Chicagoland. Happy thrifting!

Posted by: jess at March 16, 2005 12:45 PM

Nice fabric. Just looking at it, I can feel the clean and cool feel of vintage cottons. I like very much 2 patterns - brown paper patterns basic skirts pattern (brownpaperpatterns.com) and Vogue's princess seamed dress 7848, that can be strapless or not. I've made many skirts and 2 dresses. I totally recommend them. You can always check patternreview.com if you're really into getting a well-recommended pattern!

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The second piece of material down was my bed sheets as a child. That made my day. :D

Posted by: Traci Sue at August 24, 2006 9:19 AM

I have been collecting doilys and linen tableclothes from thrift stores for years and recently saw an idea in a book you might like too. They took a large linen tablecloth and then appliqued on bits of old fabrics and lace to make a quilt. They used different embroidery stitches around the fabric bits and then to used a collection of buttons stitched through the quilt top, batting & bottom instead of all the quilting. I might use part of my hanky collection on this too. Looked similar to a crazy quilt but with some of the tablecloth showing.
Sorry, can't remember the name of the book for certain. Borrowed it from the library. I think it was "The Linen Closet"

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I have been collecting doilys and linen tableclothes from thrift stores for years and recently saw an idea in a book you might like too. They took a large linen tablecloth and then appliqued on bits of old fabrics and lace to make a quilt. They used different embroidery stitches around the fabric bits and then to used a collection of buttons stitched through the quilt top, batting & bottom instead of all the quilting. I might use part of my hanky collection on this too. Looked similar to a crazy quilt but with some of the tablecloth showing.
Sorry, can't remember the name of the book for certain. Borrowed it from the library. I think

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