vintage sears fabric

summer weather makes me feel like rummaging through the vintage fabric stash and putting together some colorful combinations. here’s a peek at some ‘limited edition’ skirts i just finished up…

vine prints

americana barkcloth

the red flowering vine print fabric and the americana print barkcloth are both vintage sample yardage from sears, they still had the production tags on them. remember this awesome fabric i found a couple of years ago? that was a sears print too.

my friend joe gave me a sears catalog from 1966, after i saw it at his house one day and i (rudely!) couldn’t stop looking through it the whole time i was visiting. here’s a few pages featuring some of the great fabrics they used to sell (click on the pictures to enlarge).

irish linen look!


that ship-in-a-bottle print is so cute!

in style!

so are those terry cloth whales.


look at those cute folky prints on the left.

designer percales

i’m running a little later than i planned with a website update. i’m printing the other colorways for the hex sign skirt next week so i hope to have new goodies up the week after that, including the two skirts i just showed you. i’m also printing up some fairytale forest tees!

10 Responses to “vintage sears fabric”

  1. Kim Says:

    *Squeal* I’m crazy about vintage catalogs! I have a small collection spanning a few decades and my favorite parts are the fabric pages. I have always meant to scan them all. Thanks for sharing these, they’re awesome!

  2. Katie Says:

    Wow – those fabrics are amazing! I wish department stores still had fabric sections – I love all of those fabrics!!!

  3. Christine Says:

    I wish I had a time machine just so I could go back and order some of that amazing fabric. I think my favorite is the Siamese kitten fabric on the last photo. Damn, it’s all really great, though.

  4. cal Says:

    i have a 1976 sears catalog that is one of my most prized items, and i often fantasize that i could actually order things from it! in some ways i fell like eBay has almost made that dream come true, but it’s not quite the same…

  5. Hanne Says:

    Oh my, would I like to get my hands on some of those amazing Sears fabrics…..

  6. Kelley Hart Says:

    O.k. I was going to say EXACTLY what Hanne said! Thanks for sharing the sample cards. So cool!

  7. Esther Says:

    Ooooooohhh…I do remember those years(I know, not so young !) and those fabrics, when I was a little girl… My mom was receiving Sears and also Eaton catalogues, at home. I own a 1952 Eaton catalogue, a social archive and well loved treasure !

  8. KB VanHorn Says:

    Those are the fabrics I dive for at thrift stores!

  9. Katie Says:

    I want those fabrics so bad it hurts.

  10. kittee Says:

    inspirational! i haven’t forgotten about you, hannah!

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