I've been lucky enough to acquire a fair few sheets and other cuts of vintage fabric over the past few weeks. I haven't had much time to visit charity shops, but on the last three occasions I've made it to one local one I've left with 1970's bed sheets and pillow cases. My gran gave me a checked blue skirt I remember her wearing in the 1980's and 90's, along with a 1960's pillowcase still in its original packaging. The packaging had unfortunately perished and had to be thrown away, but the pillowcase is quite literally good as new.
The middle above was part of a lucky win in a giveaway by Oooh Betty.
The above embroidered tablecloth was bagged for a cheeky pound at a car boot sale a while back. I've been very fortunate in that the charity shop which has been producing this fabulous fabric fruit is not one of those which has cottoned on (pardon the pun) to the vintage craze and decided to sell sheets at obscene prices. I generally never pay more than £2.50 for a sheet. That said, I've been on a winning streak, I can go months at a time without finding any vintage fabric at all, and it's at these times that I take to the likes of Etsy in search of cottony retro treasures to add to my growing vintage fabric stash.
Here are some of the shops I like to browse and sigh over:
Vintage Sheet Addict ~ The queen of vintage sheets herself, Ada Bea! She sells the most beautiful FQ bundles, and her shop has become really popular since it opened last year. Her blog is also the perfect place to get a vintage sheet ogling fix, not to mention all the wonderful things she makes with them.
Pattern Like ~ Such an array of lovely vintage floral fabric as you never did see, all the way from Denmark. I browse this shop on a bad day and all the colours lift my spirits.
Ducky House ~ Based in Winnipeg, this shop has some unusual vintage fabric designs, which very much remind me of all things granny chic.
Reloved Preloved ~ Splendiferous items made from vintage sheets! I'm enjoying these aprons:
If you have any vintage fabric shop or blog recommendations please share them in the comments below, so I can continue to drool. You know, I think my appreciation of these lovely retro pastel colours is heightened by my desperation for Spring to arrive. It's good to know that when the winter blues strike I can simply stick my head, ostrich-like, in my fabric stash box!
Next week I'll be taking a little break from blogging to catch up on some work (boo), make buttons for my shop (yey!) and go on some mini adventures in search of all things creative, vintage and inspiring with Beatrix (woof), so I have lined up some fab guest bloggers for you. I'm pretty excited so please show them some love!
In the meantime, have a high thread count Friday,