Links & Resources
People who love vintage sewing as much as we do!
Antique Dollhouse of Patterns - www.antiquedollhouseofpatterns.com - Vogue patterns are a specialty, as well as the most beautiful selection of antique to modern dolls. Original Barbies and their 1961 Cardboard Doll House live here too. Dog and Pet clothing items are forthcoming, as well as jewelery, vintage wool felt and fur hats. Any patterns that are previously cut are checked out personally and noted.
Dressmaking Research - A collector of Vintage sewing magazines and books has made many of them available on this website as well as for purchase in CD-ROM format
The Costumer's Manifesto - Tara is the costume designer and Associate Professor of the Theatre Department of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She regularly teaches classes in costume history, design, construction, theatrical makeup, and theatre history. However, she is best known for her creation of The Costumer's Manifesto, one of the World Wide Web's largest, and most eclectic, costume sites.
Dragon Fly Threads - "Dragonfly Threads" celebrates the artistry of Nick Coman. Nick attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and creates custom garments and art quilts in Los Angeles. Nick teaches his extraordinary classes to all levels of sewers, designers and fiber artists, nationally and locally.
Places to get great fabric!
Stone Mountain and Daughter Fabrics () - 2516 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510.845-6106. Metallics, laces, velvets, cottons, linen and wool; all at reasonable prices. They have an entire wall of muslin in different weights. Classes in a range of topics and skill levels. They were the first store to carry our patterns and have many samples of Decades of Style garments on display!
Britex Fabrics () - If you are in San Francisco, do not miss this landmark fabric store. 4 floors of amazing, fabulous, delicious fabrics, trim, buttons, etc. Oh, you can get Decades of Style patterns here too. Their delightful notions manager has stocked several colors of beautiful rayon fringe that is just perfect for the 1925 Fringe Front Dress and will send you a sample.
Denverfabrics.com - sells a variety of fabrics as well as buttons, appliques, trims, quilting supplies, sewing tools, and other sewing notions.
Emma One Sock - A wonderful variety of designer showroom fabrics as well as handy sewing guides for various fabrics.
REPRODEPOT FABRICS - your store for vintage reproduction fabric - and buttons, ribbon, retro gifts and retro clothing!
Make me Fabrics/ - Specializing in large quantities of original vintage fabrics and trims for retail & wholesale. All of our vintage fabrics are authentic "deadstock"....which means they've never been washed or used. We are currently showcasing hundreds of vintage prints.
EQuilter.com - Reproduction vintage fabrics, try searching for "retro", "20s", "30s", "deco", or "vintage".
www.fabric.com Mass-market fabric source offers wholesale prices on a variety of fabric types: fashion fabrics, cotton prints, craft fabrics, home decor, bridal and special occasion offerings. They also have sales sections: Clearance Closeout and Everything for $1. One yard minimum.
http://www.fabrics-store.com/ - 100% linen, cotton & wool at very good prices.
Waechter’s Silk Shop specializes in natural fiber fine fabrics. We carry patterns from independent designers and a huge selection of buttons and trims. This is one stop shopping for the art-to-wear seamstress who loves fine things
Sew L.A. Fabric - Sew L.A. is a sewing education space located Los Angeles, CA. Their new online store offers a wide range of fabric and sewing supplies, with an emphasis on clothing and garment construction. Sewing classes using Decades of Style patterns are some of their most popular classes! Sew L.A. focuses on providing fabric and patterns from independent designers along with the latest Japanese import fabrics and organic/sustainable fabrics whenever possible.
Places for Sewing Notions
- Lacis offers an extensiveselection of threads, ribbons, tools and supplies for the textile arts,including lace-making, embroidery, knitting, tatting, crochet, costume,bridal, etc., to the wholesale and retail market.
StudioKat Designs - Handbag patterns specially made for the way women REALLY live!
Amazing vintage Garment Images
http://tirocchi.stg.brown.edu/exhibition/index.html - From Paris to Providence: Fashion, Art, and the Tirocchi Dressmakers' Shop, 1915-1947 tells the story of the Tirocchi sisters, their clients and workers, and the beautiful fabrics and dresses that brought them together. Tirocchi clients demanded fashion from Paris, where in the early 20th century a tremendous artistic ferment was bringing a fresh breath to all the arts, including the couture.