Friday Fabric Finds: April 1

Today's Fabric Finds are about quality, not quantity. I've been pretty discouraged this week with thrifting and hadn't planned on trying today. However, I watched Casey's video this morning and she made a Craig's List search suggestion that I don't usually try: searching for "sale" and "vintage fabric." I usually limit it to "estate sale" and, as it turns out, can be a little limiting sometimes. So, with that tip, I found a garage sale in my neighborhood with a listing for fabric. Thanks, Casey!

While the yardage isn't great, I scored both of these truly vintage rayons for a total of $5.

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The above piece is two yards, but only about 19" wide. Even with that yardage, I couldn't pass it up.

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Another rayon, this one is 1 1/3 yards and 35" selvage. 

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Quite by accident I stumbled onto another garage sale and bought the above piece for $2. It's 3 yards.

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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. SCORE! Those first two are amazing!

  2. Love them all! How exciting for you!

  3. Oh, I really love the last one! I have 3 yards in a similar fabric, but not even close to $2, jealous!

  4. Wow! I wish we had garage sales here!

  5. margueritedesigns

    Same here, or at least sales that include fabric instead of endless children’s toys! What fab fabric!

  6. Do you ever find vintage fabric to smell….well old? I was given some fabulous vintage material but don’t know how to rid it of that musty smell. Any tips?

  7. They’re all pretty, but that first one is killer!
    Rebecca, so far as the smell—hanging it out in the sunshine & fresh air might help, or you can fill a mister with half water, half vodka (no, really) and squirt the fabric down if a washing doesn’t do the trick. Others might have ideas as well.