Hot! Friday Fabric Finds: June 17

This week I wondered: is possible to have too much fabric? And then I said "no" and headed to Ikea to buy yet another Expedit bookcase for fabric storage. All but one of this week's finds were purchased last weekend at the Alameda Antique Fair. 

Let's begin.

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One of my favorite finds of the week, this fabric was a steal at $6 for 4 yards. I absolutely love this print! I see it as a 1950s shirtdress.

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I have so many big blue and green floral prints that I have yet to make into dresses. This one just adds to the stash. 

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Though it's difficult to tell, this is a double border print. It will probably turn into a skirt since there isn't much yardage. 

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Although I'm not a big fan of  sewing-themed novelty fabric, I thought these spools and thread illustrations were too cute to pass up.

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Another favorite find from this week, this bandana print is far more saturated than this photo indicates. I have a feeling this fabric will be in my untouchable stash for a while.

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Yet another impressionistic 1950s print, this one with grapes. A lot of yardage for $7 made this a good deal though I'm not sure how I'll use it yet.

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This last one was an Etsy find. I paid $14 for 4 yards of this one, more than I usually pay for fabric in the offline world.  This is the sort of print that I don't LOVE when I see it as fabric but will probably turn into one of my favorite dresses.

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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. I think you should consider using the border print as a skirt and use the other red bandana material for a top to go with it.
    Could even use a bit of the blue on the top to echo the skirt.
    Not sure just how but it is an intriguing idea don’t you think?

  2. Bandana prints remind me of my favorite cowgirl dress, when I was 7. I wore it to shreds. Should probably revisit that look, now that I’m entering my second childhood … lovely finds for your stash!

  3. Arggh, you are making me jealous.

  4. judy roberson

    Love your finds..Especially the first one..soooooooo pretty.. I can hardly wait to see it made.. I have lots of bandana prints too.[Hope to see a challenge one day with them].
    Just a little bragging note:[ I have lost 25 pounds up to date.. !!!!! yea,yea.yea.] I went on vaccation last week and eat way tooooo much. I was really scared ,I would have gained .but I didnt and I am shouting in Mississippi.lol Thankyou for the encouragement again..
    Judy

  5. margueritedesigns

    You’re so lucky to have such a fabulous resource on your doorstep.

  6. Wow, super lucky fabric finds. I love the first one and the print with grapes. I would probably be too nervous to cut into them though, so they would stay untouched and useless!

  7. Marta Stewart had a really nice article on Bandana prints in her July issue.

  8. Wowza! Amazing fabric finds! You are with fabric how I am with patterns …ehehehhehee LOVE it!

  9. These are some pretty fabrics. They look fifties and sixties.Fun!.I found a print just like the blue one last week at the Ventura Flea Market. I want to head up to the Alameda Fair for the next one! I have always wanted to go.

  10. I was kind of thinking the same thing OR since the floral bandana print is in the untouchable pile try finding a bolt of bandana print fabric. Vogue Fabric had some…regrettably, I didn’t buy it. They had it in turquoise, blue, yellow, and I think red. I’m certain there’s more of this to be found. Last I heard, they were still making bandanas worldwide.