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Fabric By The Decade: Vintage Fabrics

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By Abby 2017-08-01

The upward trend in vintage clothing is especially exciting for sewers, who don’t have to rely on hours spent combing through second-hand stores or boutiques to get that retro look: all they need is right at the tip of their sewing needle. Here is a breakdown of vintage fabrics by the decade to help you nail your next vintage project! 

But the vintage look takes more than the right sewing pattern – color and design are just as important for achieving the style that you want.

While trends tend to repeat themselves, each decade has a distinct look all to itself.

BREAKDOWN OF VINTAGE FABRICS BY THE DECADE

1920S:

IN THE ERA OF PROHIBITION, MOTORCARS, AND JAZZ, GEOMETRIC SHAPES AND LUXURIOUS BLUE, PURPLE, AND METALLIC FABRICS WERE THE RAGE.

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1930S:

While the geometric patterns of the 20s remained popular, the onset of the depression contributed to the prevalence of subtle, soft colors like dusky pink and blue.

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1940S:

During World War II, fabrics shifted to comfy patterns – tiny flowers, small checks, and little scenes- in bright and cheerful colors.

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 1950S:

During the golden 50s, abstract patterns came into vogue, in bold and vibrant color combinations.

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1960S:

In this decade of rebellion, designers opted for monochromatic color schemes with circular patterns – what we’ve come to call “psychedelic fabrics.”

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1970S:

THE SEVENTIES USHERED IN THE “NATURE” ERA – GREEN, BROWN, AND YELLOW WERE HEAVILY FEATURED, OFTEN IN FLORAL PATTERNS.

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1980S:

Known for its fashion individualism, this era featured lots of clashing colors, with bright neon accents and bold graphic designs.

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As always, don’t forget to finish up that vintage piece with your very own custom labels! Get yours here

We hope this helps! Let us know what you think, and we would love you to share your vintage projects with us on social media @dutchlabelshop