a Mary Beth and Kim joint production
This is Part II of our roundup of vintage fabric sources — see part 1, featuring stand-alone websites and brick-and-mortar shops, here. Finding vintage fabric on Etsy and eBay is a bit elusive, as sellers come and go quickly or maybe only sell a little bit of fabric now and then. With eBay it’s pretty easy to find the more established sellers, but unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be an easy way to do this on Etsy. But we’ve done our best to pin down the Etsy sellers that stock a significant amount of vintage fabric exclusively or at least consistently. Check back for Part III, eBay sellers, next week.
Please note these listings cover sellers of mostly U.S. and European fabrics; we will be sure to cover things like vintage sari and kimono fabrics in a future post, because they are in their own class of awesome.
In With the Old
In With the Old has been in business since 1998. The Etsy shop carries vintage appliques, aprons, fabrics, lace, trims and other notions, and yarn. There are many midcentury delights among the fabric offerings; photography is consistent and prices are very affordable.
Ms. Legacy Sews
Legacy is a vintage shop in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Ms. Legacy Sews is its Etsy outlet for vintage fabrics and sewing patterns. It’s a well-stocked shop with sections for cotton, linen, silk, rayon, and more.
This shop specializes in decorator fabrics from the 1950s-70s, sold from the bolt. Owner Susan bought the collection from the estate of a woman who had a thriving drapery and custom sewing business for 30 years — as such, the fabrics are all of a similar aesthetic, which may or may not be your bag (for the record, it’s definitely our bag!). Shipping is from Buffalo, NY. Paperhill also offers patterns, notions and trim. Catch Susan’s blog here.
Pintucksew is a shop with nothing but vintage fabric and sewing patterns. Fabrics span from pre-1960 to the 1980s, and there’s also a small selection of ethnic fabric. Fabrics are well-described with measurements, fiber content, weave, and colors, and the photographs document the print scale well. The owner writes a blog about vintage fashion here.
This shop sells a small assortment of vintage fabrics and linens, in addition to vintage trim and other ephemera.
Whimsie Dots sells a variety of handmade items, but today we’re most interested in the well-stocked sections of vintage fabric and supplies (which includes lots of bundles and scrap packs), and the popular upcycled vintage sheet packs. Photography and descriptions could be better, but you can’t beat the prices.
Please note: All images contained in this post are copyright their respective shop owners as noted. Please let us know in the comments if we’ve omitted your favorite shop and we will add them.