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Sewing with small amounts of prints

Monday, September 29, 2014

I love a great novelty print or reproduction fabric but vintage fabrics are often limited and repro fabrics can get expensive. Here's some inspiration for using small amounts of a wonderful print in your vintage sewing projects. These exquisite fabrics are available from Time Capsule Fabrics, specializing in period- correct fabrics from the 1920s-1950s.




Collar, Pockets and Yokes
look for creative ways to use small amounts of prints in a dress like collars, pockets, sleeve cuffs and yokes. Add bows in a great print to the neckline. Seen here:  off-white floral lawn




Hats, Purses and other accessories
Add a splash of color to your outfit with hats, bags, scarves and other accessories with small amounts of prints. Seen here: Autumn leaf print rayon challis



blouse details
During the time of make do and mend, a girl used what she had to make the most of her wardrobe. A great feedsack print or old dress makes a colorful blouse yoke or vest. Seen here: cream and blue clover print poplin


Trade places
Swap places with print placement as suggested on the pattern envelope. This dress would be gorgeous in a solid with that beautiful tropical print as an accent.  Seen here: Olive and cream floral tki rayon crepe


Time Capsule Fabrics is a sponsor of Va-Voom Vintage.

6 Responses to “Sewing with small amounts of prints”

  1. Love this! I'm all for the historically accurate. Love your new blog design too, so fresh and sweet; the popular posts bar is handy. :)

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  2. I think that could be a very dangerous link to click...

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  3. I've been looking for fabrics like these! I'm going to check it out now!

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  4. Gorgeous ideas! And I am also loving the new blog layout!

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  5. I would be interested in finding a fabric site that sold reproduction barkcloth in the tropical prints

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  6. Thanks for the link, fantastic fabrics

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