Thursday, July 31, 2008

Vintage Fabric?

I love a good vintage fabric find! This mushroom bag is made from fabric I found at a yard sale. I use the term vintage for 60's-70's fabrics like these because they are special, I'll never see it again, can't find it anywhere else, and we don't make anything like it now. ETSY defines Vintage as anything over 20 years old. But it's not really the correct term.

The term vinage originates in the wine industry, refering to the year a wine was bottled. It was later used by the car industry to mean cars over 50 years old. Now, fabric and clothing sellers use the term rather loosely, and banter over proper use.

Antique is generally to mean anything over 100 years old. So for clothing and fabric, anything pre- 1920s is antique.

And Vintage covers the space between 1920's and 1960's.

Retro is supposed to be used to talk about 60's and 70's...... so I suppose these are RETRO 70's mushroom fabric bags! ANd to that we should add 80's. Retro 80's? Oh yea, baby!

Repro is a great word in the clothing/costuming industry to refer to period type clothing that is reproduced to fit modern bodies, and be usable (like washable, and wearable for re-enactments, etc).

Quotes about "Vintage":
Everything I buy is vintage and smells funny. Maybe that's why I don't have a boyfriend. Lucy Liu quotes (American Actress, b.1968

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ah said...

That quote is hilarious!

The Caffeinated Crafter said...

This made me feel smarter. :)

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