Hot! Friday Fabric Finds: March 25th

In an effort to have a more consistent editorial calendar here at the Sew Weekly, I present the inaugural Friday Fabric Finds. I'll share my thrifted, vintage and new purchases of the past week. Here's what I thrifted this week:

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The above fabric is a gorgeous print. The fabric type? Not so much. It's some synthetic stretchy fabric of some type that won't really work for anything other than a clingy shirt or dress. Still, I couldn't resist the print. It may turn out to be a pleasant surprise if I ever make it up.

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The same thing can be said about this strawberry print. It's also synthetic and stretchy. I'm not quite sure I could make anything with this but I can never pass up strawberries!

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This circle fabric is an extra-long pillow case. I think I can squeeze a blouse out of this. Or, possibly a skirt.

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This fabric has the feel of barkcloth and is a very late 60s/70s print. It was in the process of being turned into a pantsuit when it was abandoned. I may try to make a bag/purse out of it.

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Brown gingham! As I said in my post over at Elegant Musings, I desperately want to make a brown gingham skirt. There may be enough to be a skirt, but it's unlikely. I should be able to make a tank top at the least.

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This rayon print is really not my style but I've learned not to pass on good rayon yardage.

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I'm pretty sure that this rayon came from the same source as the previous fabric. I'm not crazy about the print but as I said above, I'm reluctant to pass on a nice rayon (3 yards of it).

Did you have any good finds this week?


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. WOW! Nice finds! Love the print of the first one. Darn stretchiness- but will be worth it! It’s a cutie!
    Love the last two, too :)

  2. Man! I wish I had your thrifting sources here! The rayons are fabulous!!

  3. I love the strawberry print – my daughter would want that one all for herself! Nice find!

  4. I can’t wait to see what you make out of the fabric with the mustard yellow circles.

  5. Where do you thrift this stuff? I live in a much smaller city/town and just don’t know where to look.

  6. I am a sucker for cherry or strawberry prints! What great finds!

  7. a lovely mix of fabric,how nice to keep the stash pile building!

  8. Where do you find all these great fabrics? Since following your blog I have ventured into thrift stores, but I can’t find anything! Can’t wait to see what they turn out as ….

  9. Those first two prints are incredible! Too bad the fabric isn’t that useful. I’m also loving that brown rayon – I could definitely see a 50s wiggle dress in that (in fact it reminds me me of a print from a sears catalogue around 1955, which was shown made up as a wiggle dress).
    xx Charlotte
    Tuppence Ha’penny Vintage

  10. Hi! So, are you finding these fabrics in rolls or do you purchase clothing at thrift stores and re-use the material?

  11. Another charity shop just opened this month in my village, and I got two lovely ’70s cottons yesterday: a red with mini yellow and green flowers and a loud orange and yellow floral sheet. Just in time for summer dresses!
    (I’m never lucky enough to find rayons though…)

  12. I love the one with the flowers against what looks like a wood background! It’s amazing to me how much unused fabric there is out there (in SF, especially!) and selling at such low prices. And I agree about rayon prints!
    I found a beautiful aqua cotton blend tweed in NYC this week. Wasn’t vintage, but I just love the texture and color – I plan to make another Beignet skirt with it!

  13. I’m pretty sure that first fabric is from Ikea. My daughter had a duvet cover in the exact same print from Ikea.
    I”m in love with the first fabric. Even though it’s stretchy I’m sure you’ll make something fabulous out of it.

  14. I really like most of these fabrics. The browns are my favorite. I went thrifting recently and found some interesting fabric. You can see what I found at: