Posts tagged ‘1940s Fabrics’

Wendy Bray

Fibercopia links to this .pdf article from World of Interiors by designer Wendy Bray. Ms. Bray has been designing since the late 1940s and is still working today. Sanderson will be bringing one of her prints to fabric later this year, and she’s also working with The Art of Wallpaper on a colleciton. She said [...]

Interview: Darlene Zimmerman on Betty Dear, Feedsacks, and More

Most people know Darlene Zimmerman from her enormously popular, feedsack-inspired collections for Robert Kaufman, but this tour de force (and very lovely lady) also happens to be a designer of patterns and quilting tools, a published textile historian, an in-demand leader of quilting workshops, and a very accomplished quilter. We are grateful that she found [...]

Daily Swatch: Fabrics From Horrockses Fashions

We’ll wrap up the tribute to Horrockses Fashions today with three green dresses featured in the book. The signature Horrockses’ look was a full-skirted dress with simple but interesting bodices in fabulous cotton prints. Image credits: Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, by Norwyn Ltd. (top); collection of Christine Boydell, photograph by Nigel Essex (middle); [...]

Daily Swatch: Fabrics From Horrockses Fashions

The British Isles are juxtaposed with lines from Shakespeare in this print by Marny Tickle for Horrockses Fashions from their first collection in 1946. See my review of the book Horrockses Fashion: Off-the-Peg Fashion in the 40s and 50s by Christine Boydell here. Image credit: Archive of Art & Design at the V&A by Betty [...]

Daily Swatch: Fabrics From Horrockses Fashions

This print depicting flowing trim was designed by Alastair Morgan for Horrockses Fashions in the late 1940s, and used to cover a promotional booklet for the company. Image credit: Archive of Art & Design at the V&A by Betty Newmarch. See my review of Horrockses Fashion: Off-the-Peg Fashion in the 40s and 50s by Christine [...]

Book Review: Horrockses Fashions

Horrockses Fashion: Off-the-Peg Fashion in the ’40s and ’50s by Christine Boydell V&A Publishing, 2010 The Horrockses Fashions label grew from the fabric company Horrockses, Crewdson & Co. in early-to-mid-20th century Britain. They helped pioneer ready-to-wear, mass-produced fashion, and helped establish the popularity of cotton as a fashion fabric. V&A Publishing (distributed by Abrams in [...]

Daily Swatch: South of the Border

This vintage Mexican village scene print is in a typically 40s palette of blue, cactus green, yellow, and red. From Ms. Atomic (shop) on Flickr. Related posts: Daily Swatch: South of the Border Daily Swatch: South of the Border Daily Swatch: South of the Border Daily Swatch 5/13/08 Daily Swatch: Terry Cloth

Daily Swatch: South of the Border

Here is a 1940s feedsack from InWithTheOldVintage on Etsy. Like the first example I posted, the colors are atypical of vintage Mexican-themed fabrics, yet this one is sunny and striking. I’ll post more traditional colorways coming right up. {see disclaimer about these fabrics here!} Related posts: Daily Swatch: South of the Border Daily Swatch: South [...]

Daily Swatch: Ribbons & Bows

Green Tulips and Brown Dots, c.1940s, from the feedsack collection of Just-a-Mere on Flickr. Related posts: Daily Swatch: Ribbons & Bows Daily Swatch: Ribbons and Bows Daily Swatch: Ribbons and Bows Daily Swatch: Ribbons and Bows Daily Swatch: Ribbons and Bows