This Weekend’s Vintage Finds: 3/29/2010

Alas, I took a break from the vintage hunt this weekend. I hadn’t intended on buying anything sewing related until yesterday afternoon when I realized that I needed to buy some binding at Joann’s. I’d be the first one to say that I can never leave a fabric store with just seam binding. However, lately, Joann’s has been the exception to the rule. Unless I need some polar fleece (I don’t), I almost never find any fabric worth buying for my clothes.

Imagine my surprise when I stumbled onto these two bolts of dotted swiss! Could it be that Joann’s is actually getting some honest-to-goodness attractive (and nicely made) fabric into the stores?

If you’re interested in either one of these fabrics, they go by the names Pink Posey Swiss Dot and Gabby Floral Swiss Dot.



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 thing is that they do get good fabrics once and a while but they never order enough of it. So it’s there, someone sees it, stocks up right there (I can SO see this happening at my store) and now it’s sold out and you never even knew it existed. The saddest thing is it may sit in someone’s stash for years unused.

  2. that is so true about the disappearing act. hmm, a trip to joanns it is.

  3. I have found some decent dress fabrics at Jo-Ann’s, but I’d say the bulk of it seems to be those see-through gauzy, silky prints that only work as overlays. I’d like some more non-see through stuff that isn’t hideous. I can’t believe how 80s and 90s some of the fabric is. It’s very disappointing. I get the most use out of their textured solids.

  4. I just made a trip there yesterday (I needed a zipper), but clearly I may have to check back and see if we have anything like that. Can’t wait to see what you make with it!

  5. Partly, it’s seasonal. JoAnn usually gets in some very nice spring and summer cottons about this time of year, but they’re sold out by May. They rarely have any winter fabrics that are any good.
    I’ve noticed a big difference from region to region, too. When I lived in an area where JoAnn was the only fabric store in town, there were huge JoAnn ETC stores with a good selection of fabric. Now I live in a place with two tiny JoAnn stores, a couple of Hancock stores, and a Hobby Lobby every two miles. JoAnn usually has the smallest selection of the three. Not that any of them carry much in the way of quality fabric; basically, unless you’re making a quilt or a licensed-character fleece throw, good luck finding much of anything.

  6. They are both gorgeous, I really like the bottom one!! I fear I’m a bit too far away to make the purchase (I live in UK). But I hope some of you manage to get there in time to get some and I look forward to seeing some FO in both fabrics!!

  7. Those are really pretty! I like a bunch of the fabrics in Joann’s spring collections this year. I made a skirt out of one. But mostly what they have is terrible… row after row of polyester satin, but hardly a nice print to be found… and forget about knits or natural fibers. And we have a Joanns “superstore,” so I’d imagine the situation is worse at the smaller stores.