BOOKLET – 'A Guide to Fabrics when using Vintage Sewing Patterns'

BOOKLET – 'A Guide to Fabrics when using Vintage Sewing Patterns'


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We have compiled our NEW and SECOND booklet.

The BOOKLET is named:

‘A Guide to Fabrics when using Vintage Sewing Patterns’


Compiled by ‘The Vintage Pattern Shop’. With 19 Chapters and 76 pages, it is a comprehensive, informative booklet which takes you through the required understanding of Fabric in relation to Vintage Sewing Patterns. Comes as an A4 Plastic bound booklet.

A knowledgeable seamstress understands the strong influence fabric can have on a finished garment, including the fit. If you do not have this knowledge, then by reading this booklet you will benefit by a basic understanding of the fibers, structure and finishes, all of which contribute to the individual characteristics of a wide range of fabrics covered in this booklet, all of which can be used when working with vintage sewing patterns.  

Learn to distinguish fabric characteristics and quality by a thorough understanding of the components that have combined to create it, and you will be one step closer to the custom fit of any vintage sewing pattern you are seeking. This booklet will help you.

Todays fabric are extensive and completely in tune with fashion and can easily be used with Vintage Sewing Patterns. Each vintage pattern comes with fabric suggestions, which are suitable to make up the style, in order to re-create the designers intentions. Faced with such a variety of fabrics, choice can be bewildering and names often confusing. I have compiled this booklet to help as a handy reference to dressmaking fabrics and fibers.

Over the years and from my days of studying ‘Fashion Design and Pattern Cutting’ at the London College of Fashion, understanding fabric was a big part of the learning process. I have collected some good information on the way from various sources and have now compiled the most important and most useful bits in this informative booklet to help you with your understanding of fabrics.

Fabric, with its characteristics, will lend its personality to the design. The same vintage sewing pattern made in two different types of fabric will not only appear different but also may drape and fit differently. Each detail of its past and components – the fiber, structure, finishes etc. – offers an indication to the way fabric ultimately feels, looks and behaves.

Using Vintage Sewing Patterns to sew up your favorite vintage look and fashions, whether you prefer the Avant-garde or more classic styles, it is the fabric that will make or ruin a garment. One of the joys of sewing vintage is giving reign to your creativity. Not only will you end up with a unique customized wardrobe of your own personal distinguished vintage styles, but your choice of fabric will lend certain exclusivity as well. You can draw great satisfaction also when you can say you make your vintage collection yourself.

The booklet begins with a list of materials, so you can see at a glance what section to look under. Next come fabric descriptions of generic fabric terms and designs. These are followed by details of individual qualities, divided into topical groups and listed alphabetically within each chapter. Included towards the end of this booklet are further chapters about Fibres, Trade Names, Fabric Structure & Character and Popular Fabrics of individual eras covering from the 1930s right up to the 1970s, all to facilitate when sourcing for vintage or modern day fabrics for your Vintage Sewing Patterns. 

Thank you and please feel free to ask any questions. Feedback Received:

This is what I needed to help with the patterns that I brought from you”

“Arrived quickly, very pleased with the item!”


A very interesting booklet for dressmakers interested in vintage pattern sewing.”


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“informative and helpful material thx!”                                                                                                                

  “A wealth of fabric terms/information gathered in one place. Invaluable !”                                                         

“Great          “booklet. Pleased to source this unusual item. Arrived quickly.”“I was really blown-away by the booklets that came with the patterns to help me document the dressmaking & decide on fabrics, etc. What a treat!” 

“An excellent book answering so many questions I have had in the past. A1”

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“A must have guide!! Thank you”

Thanks, great booklet”

Please see attached pictures of the Chapter Contents 


            Chapter Contents 

Chapter 1 – Fabrics Descriptions, Material

 Chapter 2 – Fabric Terms & Designs 

Chapter 3 – Cotton & Cotton Blend

Chapter 4 – Knits 

Chapter 5- Laces, Nets & Embroidered Fabrics 

Chapter 6 – Linen & Linen Blends 

Chapter 7- Man-Made Fibres

Chapter 8 – Naps: Velvet, Velveteen & Corduroy 

Chapter 9 – Real & Fake

Chapter 10 – Sheers

 Chapter 11 – Silk

Chapter 12 – Wool & Wool Blends 

Chapter 13 – Fibres, Trade Names, Fabric Structure & Character 

Chapter 14 – Popular Fabrics of the 1930s 

Chapter 15 – Popular Fabrics of the 1940s 

Chapter 16 – Popular Fabrics of the 1950s 

Chapter 17 – Popular Fabrics of the 1960s 

Chapter 18 – Popular Fabrics of the 1970s

Chapter 19 –Tips when Shopping for Fabrics 

 Final Note

The End

 We also have another compiled Booklet called:

                                                                                                   “A Guide to Adjusting and Altering Vintage Sewing Patterns”

                                                                                                                          eBay Item number: 251195050383

Compiled by ‘The Vintage Pattern Shop’, recently updated with further information from 63 to 87 pages, in a scrapbook style collection, it is a comprehensive, informative booklet with full illustrations, which takes you through the first positive steps toward perfecting your fitting skills by adjusting and altering Vintage Sewing Patterns. Comes as an A4 Plastic bound booklet. You will learn a logical step-by-step Adjusting, Altering and fitting methods, that will guide you through difficult areas and reinforce what you already know. Understanding the principals and fundamentals of pattern tissue adjustments can be the beginning of a whole new wardrobe of personalized Vintage Fashion. It widens your range of purchasing Vintage Sewing Patterns, giving you far more variety, choice and options!

Over the years and from my days of studying ‘fashion Design and Pattern Cutting’ at the London College of Fashion, I have collected on the way from various sources some brilliant information, and have compiled my favorite and most useful bits in this informative booklet to facilitate with your Vintage Sewing Patterns. Sewing Pattern adjustments are neither difficult nor time consuming once you understand the procedure – and you need only to understand the ones you require. This booklet covers aspects of the body form where most common adjustments are required. To view the full ‘Contents List’ detailing exactly what this booklet contains please go to the listing on eBay. Feedback Received:

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The booklet is worth a read and represents good value”.

“Fabulous booklet – invaluable, easy to follow instructions. Very pleased!”

“What a brilliant booklet! Great idea from a great seller! Highly recommend!”


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