Something blue: more vintage fabrics and thoughts

Before going on vacation, I was trying to be good and not fabric-shop for a while. Mostly so that I could buy DIFFERENT fabric in new and exciting stores on holiday! Anyways, a few lovely pieces caught my eye on Etsy and I gave in.

Three lovely pieces, in various shades of blue. This one’s a cotton print from the 1940’s:

The next one is a lovely feather or leaf print rayon fabric:

And the last is a navy cotton floral with a ribbed texture:

Time for me to lay off the fabric-purchasing for a while! See, I’m writing it, I’m publishing it for you all to see, but even seeing the words typed out isn’t fully registering with me. What, say no to fabric? But why?

I’m a real sucker for vintage fabric because there’s something so unique about it. It’s like, no one else has this piece of fabric! I’ll be the only one! Which is why I love sewing so much, the creating of something totally unique. Vintage fabric just adds another dimension of unique-ness. Plus, I like to think about the original purchaser of the fabric. Did she buy it, and then love it too much to ever cut it up? Did she buy it and then was swept away by life and marriage and children, too busy to ever sew for herself? Why was this fabric never made into a dress? What got in the way?

I know what gets in the way for me – life and work and family commitments, and when I put fabrics on a pedestal. I tell you, if I could spend all day sewing I’d be happy as a clam. I’d work through all of my gorgeous, lovely fabric pieces, giving them new life as pretty clothes so that the original seamstress(es) back in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s can rest at ease, knowing someone finally had time to make her fabric stash into something to wear and love.

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6 Responses to Something blue: more vintage fabrics and thoughts

  1. amber August 9, 2010 at 8:37 am #

    What a sweet and thoughtful post. I’m with you, if I could spend all day sewing, I’d be a very happy gal. I love the idea of giving these pieces of fabric new life by creating an amazing garment with them. Though, I hope you found some lovely pieces to bring home from your trip, too. :)

  2. Pat August 9, 2010 at 8:42 am #

    I love the fabric…

  3. Uta August 9, 2010 at 12:58 pm #

    “If I could spend all day sewing”… that really spoke to me! Especially after a vacation, it seems to take forever to get everything else out of the way and the sewing machine put on the table again. Your fabrics are lovely! I wish I found time to sew up my own “blue collection”.

  4. Angie August 9, 2010 at 2:43 pm #

    Those fabrics are gorgeous! I’d be one happy girl too if I could sew all day!

  5. Gail August 9, 2010 at 8:13 pm #

    I particularly like the top grey, cream and red floral. the blue leaves are kind of whimsical too.

  6. Tilly August 9, 2010 at 11:51 pm #

    Beautiful! Can’t decide which is my favourite – maybe the first one. I’m sure the dresses you make will do them justice.