Sewing with small amounts of prints


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.

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.

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.

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. 

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


  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. :)

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

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

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

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

  6. Thanks for the link, fantastic fabrics


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