Where to find retro print fabric?

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Do you love retro fashion? I know I do! And it can be so much fun to sew retro clothing patterns using fabrics that capture that retro vibe. But where can you find retro print fabric? It can be tough to track down the real thing, but fear not – I've got the perfect solution. Check out this new online fabric shop, Modes4U, that has a great selection of unique retro print fabrics!  Use Discount Code SheerStitchery10 to get 10% off your order - but it expires June 6th, 2022 so be sure to act fast!

 retro 1960s fabric floral yellow print

I found this amazing floral knit fabric that was perfect for my shift dress inspiration.  I mashed up several vintage patterns to create my own version of the dress (stay tuned for that video and blog post soon)!

Check out the Fabric in this video.

Check out my unboxing and sewing plans with some vintage patterns (video on how to draft the pattern and Sew Along coming soon so be sure to subscribe on YouTube)

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Retro Print Fabric

Now it tends to be a lot easier to come across fabrics that are reminiscent (or inspired by) of the 1950s than you can the 1960s.  These two decades tend to be my favourite to collect sewing patterns from so I am always keeping an eye out for great fabric

 1960s sewing pattern and floral fabric

The 1960s were a time of great change, both in the world and in fashion. The fabrics of the time reflect that change, with bright colours and bold patterns. Bright colours and bold patterns were everywhere, as people sought to express themselves in new and exciting ways. If you're looking for retro fabric to use in your next sewing project, I have you covered.

 

Fabrics from the past often have a special allure, conjuring up images of simpler times and evoking nostalgia for days gone by. Vintage fabrics are no exception to this rule, with their beautiful designs and old-fashioned charm.

 

There's something about vintage fabric that just seems to capture the heart. Maybe it's the fact that it was made back when things were slower, and more care was taken in the creation process. Or maybe it's because vintage fabrics represent a time when people cared more about their appearance and put effort into dressing well (women often wore “house dresses” to tidy the house and prep meals).

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No matter what it is, there's no doubt that vintage fabrics are popular among sewers and quilters alike. And for good reason – they're gorgeous! If you're looking for a special fabric to use in your next project, I recommend taking a closer look at vintage inspired fabrics to go along with some of your vintage patterns, as it can be difficult to source actual vintage fabric. You won't be disappointed!

  

Why Retro Fabric Prints?

When it comes to sewing retro clothing patterns, there's no better choice for fabric than retro inspired fabric.

 1960s shift dress in yellow vintage sewing pattern knit fabric

The fabrics of the past often have a special allure, conjuring up images of simpler times and evoking nostalgia for days gone by. Vintage fabrics are no exception to this rule, with their beautiful designs and old-fashioned charm. Plus there is something to be said of making up a vintage pattern in a retro inspired print fabric that really lends itself well to the decade the pattern was designed in.

 

Knit Retro Print Fabric for the Win!

When it comes to sewing clothes, knit fabric is a must-have. It's soft, comfortable, and versatile, making it the perfect choice for everything from sweaters to skirts. But what exactly is knit fabric, and how does it work? Let's take a closer look.

 

 If you're looking for a versatile and affordable retro print fabric to use in your next sewing project, knit fabric is a great choice. It's perfect for everything from clothes to accessories and can be easily tailored to fit your needs. So why not give it a try? You won't be disappointed!

 1960s shift dress in yellow vintage sewing pattern knit fabric

Knit fabric is a type of cloth that is made by interlacing yarns to create a fabric with a stretchy, flexible texture. It is often used for clothing, as it is comfortable and can be easily moulded to fit the body. Knit fabric is usually made from either wool or synthetic materials, such as polyester or acrylic.

 

One of the benefits of knit fabric is that it does not wrinkle easily, making it a good choice for garments that need to be worn frequently. It can also be washed and dried without fear of shrinking or fading, making it a practical choice for everyday clothes. Additionally, knit fabric tends to be less expensive than other types of cloth, making it a cost-effective option for those on a budget.

 1960s shift dress in yellow vintage sewing pattern knit fabric

 

How to Calculate Stretch Percentage in Knit Fabrics

 When calculating the stretch percentage in knit fabric, it's important to take into account the type of fibres that were used to make the fabric. Some fibres are more elastic than others, and this will affect the overall stretch percentage of the fabric. For instance, a Spandex/Lycra blend with cotton will have a higher degree of stretch than a 100% cotton knit.

 

Additionally, the construction of the fabric can also play a role in how much it stretches. For example, a fabric that is made from two layers of knitted fabric will stretch more than a fabric that is made from a single layer of knitted fibres.

 

To calculate the stretch percentage in knit fabric, you'll need to measure the length of the fabric when it is stretched. Next, you'll need to measure the length of the fabric when it is not stretched. To find the stretch percentage, divide the length when it is stretched by the length when it is not stretched.

 

 STRETCH PERCENTAGE OF FABRIC FORMULA:

 

For example, if the fabric is stretched to its maximum length and measures 10 inches, and the fabric is not stretched and measures 8 inches, then the stretch percentage would be 25%. (10 ÷ 8 = 1.25).

 

Download our guide for easy stretch percentage calculation.

When calculating the stretch percentage of knit fabric, it's important to keep these things in mind. In general, not all knit fabrics are considered equal, and they all have varying levels of stretch and recovery. However, this number can vary depending on the type of fibres used to make the fabric. So, if you're looking for a stretchy knit fabric for your next project, be sure to do your research and find one with the amount of stretch percentage required on the pattern. You won't be disappointed!

yellow 1960s retro inspired shift dress

New Fabric Shop

Although it might be difficult to find an exact replica of the vintage fabric print in retro print fabric, you're looking for, there are still plenty of modern fabric shops that carry retro inspired prints. So don't give up hope – keep searching until you find the perfect fabric for your next project!  I am so glad I found Modes4U that had this perfectly buttery soft floral print to use for my project.

1960s shift dress from a vintage sewing pattern

Check Out The Video

Looking for a versatile and affordable modern retro print fabric and pattern inspiration to use in your next sewing project? Look no further than Sheer Stitchery! Get inspired by drafting custom patterns, follow along to actual vintage patterns and check out fabric hauls for more sewing and making inspiration. So why not give it a try? You won't be disappointed!

 

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