January 14, 2011MCM Home Improvement – I Am Sew Happy!
By Sablemable aka Jan
I come from a long line of women who were born clutching a silver needle between their fingers. I, on the other hand, ended up with a rusty needle. But I do like sewing and I am determined to make a few things for my home.
First and foremost, I need fabric, retro-style fabric, and I started my search online, where I was amazed at the selection.
Our dear friend and devoted reader, Andrea, has a fantastic little shop in Wetaskiwin, Alberta called Sew What (www.sewwhatfabrics.ca). Here are some of my favorites from her store.
From Moda, Panache is a paisley print that costs $8.00 per one-half meter. Sorry, gang, I’m not good at the metric system, but I think it comes out to about 20 inches American. Sara! A throw pillow from this would look great with your green armless sofa!
From the Alexander Henry line, Light Bright runs $8.50 per one-half meter. This is definately Sixties psychodelic and would look great made into curtains.
Next up is fabric from Fabrics USA (www.fabricsusa.com).
High Tea by the Michael Miller line is $9.99 a yard and screams Fifties kitchen curtains.
J&O Fabrics (www.jandofabrics.com) has a lot of vintage fabrics to choose from.
For the kitchen, pattern Gourmet Grocery Cherries in ivory is $8.98 a yard. This print was used a lot in the Forties, but if your home was built in the early Fifties, this would look smashing in a red and white decor.
Also, from J&O Fabrics is this barkcloth beauty. 50’s Mambo is the pattern and comes in black. The price per yard is $19.99.
Looking for chickens? Harts Fabric (www.hartsfabric.com) has this darling print in gray at $9.49 per yard. This would also look great in a red and white kitchen.
Now for the showstopper – Spoonflower (www.spoonflower.com) has so far the largest selection of retro/vintage fabrics that I have discovered. Take a look at a few samples.
Retro Blue is an atomic pattern at $18.00 per yard.
Retro has a white background with a dominate black atomic pattern. It also costs $18.00 per yard.
This pattern, 50s Fabric9 is a classic mid-century modern design. The fabric is also $18.00 per yard.
Tell us about your favorite fabric store that sells retro design material, Readers!