This Weekend’s Vintage Finds: 2/22/2010

This weekend’s finds are more about civilized antiquing than wild rummaging. Which means, I paid more for less and didn’t have the rush of adrenaline that comes with a super bargain haul. My husband and I were up in Healdsburg and Occidental for a weekend away from our toddler and, much to his chagrin, we hit a lot of antique stores. I had basically no luck in Healdsburg and only found fabric once we were one our way home and driving along the antique corridor in Sebastopol. That said, having a relaxing weekend is a pretty good thing.

Onto the finds:

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From top left to bottom right:

Red rayon(?) print — I would date from the 40s or 50s. It wasn’t until I cut this fabric last night for a dress that I realized that one half of the fabric seemed to have a printing error of some sort — the white printing is much lighter. It was $5 for 2 1/4 yards.

Fruit basket print in cotton. Also from the 1940s, I believe. It’s about 1 1/2 yards and I think would make an adorable bathing suit. Also $5.

Red, White & Blue plaid. I’m not sure if I actually will do anything with this but I thought it would be nice to have come Fourth of July. This was $7 for about 3 yards.

Floral feedsack. About 1 1/2 yards or whatever the feedsack dimension is. Probably will be used for an apron for my daughter or a shirt for me.

I’m staying true to my Stash Bustin’ promise. I’ve made a shirt with some stashed fabric and I made a dress with the red fabric above. Having given away another piece or two to my friend, I’m maintaining a fabric equilibrium.


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. The fruit basket print looks very Art Deco; I would date it earlier than the forties, or as a later reproduction — Art Deco-look prints were popular in the late sixties and early seventies.

  2. Why do you torment me like this??

  3. i grew up in healdsburg! cute little town.

  4. Oh I do love that 2nd print, absolutely fabulous! I’m contemplating the stash bustin challenge and am not sure that I’m quite up to it. I mean, what do I do when I find that fabric that I simply cannot live without?