This is one of those subjects that I feel a bit nervous about starting on because vintage fabrics are such a terrible temptation… I really DON’T need to know about any more vintage fabric shops. But, for the sake of my dear readers I will be brave and struggle on… Here are the online vintage shops that I love browsing just now.
Donna Flower stocks antique, vintage and retro fabric and haberdashery. What immediately impresses is the extent of the range, but the shop is divided up into sections by period and theme, so it’s pretty straightforward to narrow down what you’re looking for. There’s also a free text search box so that you can search by colour, design or type of fabric too. It would be easy to lose a few hours (and worse) at Donna Flower.
Rag Rescue is like a salvage yard of fabrics, trims and other lovely vintage items – and that’s meant as a compliment! I have this vision of the owner setting out on brave missions to rescue the smallest piece of pretty scrap fabric. The fabric is divided up into really useful sections – by pattern, by colour and by size (brilliant idea!). The Stash bags and Scrap bags are really great and seem to disappear as soon as they are listed. One good way of getting round that problem is to sign up to the Rag Rescue blog, where the owner often gives a sneak preview of things she’s going to put up for sale. Worth knowing!
The Vintage Fabric Market is a wonderful treasure trove of fabrics, haberdashery, vintage patterns, accessories and more. I love the layout of the site and the professional appearance – it’s all very well laid out and easy to browse. My particular favourite things here are the really fun and useful fabric packs and fabric squares which look to be great for stash building.
That’s as much as I can take for now – but I’d love to have your recommendations (really).