Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Fabulous FABRICS!

On one of my recent posts, I mentioned that I had bought some fabric from Donna Flower. A few days later, my parcels arrived. The presentation is always so neat and pretty.

You can always rely on Donna's website for a fantastic selection of vintage fabrics! It is no surprise, that Cath Kidston has mentioned Donna as being a supplier of antique & vintage fabrics in her latest book SEW!.

I was very disappointed not to have been able to attend Donna's Open house event recently but these parcels made up for it in some way.

I like a wide variety of textiles, old and new. My absolute favourites are vintage ones, especially dating from the 1930's, 40's & 50's.


1950's Abstract Floral Cotton

1950's French Floral Fabric (So beautiful!)


1950's Purple Rose Velvet Fabric (Photo doesn't really do it justice!)

1940's Bloomsbury Style Floral Fabric (Love it!)

1940's fabric Red Roses on Blue

1950's Stylised Floral Fabric (Really love the design)

Other textiles obtained recently. I acquired some discontinued sample books - Cath Kidston and Baer & Ingram full of fabric and wallpaper samples.

From Cath Kidston book

From Baer & Ingram book

There were also a couple of Ebay purchases

Liberty Tana Lawn Fabric "Felicite"

Cath Kidston fabric

Yellow and grey vintage sheets

I hope that you are all enjoying the half term holidays what ever you are up to! No school runs or getting packed lunches ready for a while ;-))

A bientôt!

Isabelle x


cocoa and blankets said...

those fabrics are so lovely what are you going to do with them I wonder?

Mary Poppins said...

Ohooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo I bet you shall go to bed with a big smile on your pretty face :) How adorable, I adore the Liberty Tana Lawn Fabric "Felicite" and the 1940's fabric Red Roses on Blue, utterley beautiful.

I would love to know where you obtained the CK books, very special, shall you use or keep ;)

I have some of the ones in the books and I love them, so pretty



KC'sCourt! said...

Oooooooooooh! Those delicious fabrics, what are you going to make?

Mary Poppins said...

P.S. As you have a knack of finding pretty fabric, If ever you find any CK Paris Rose fabric in the pink rose, or know where i could get some,like the wallpaper in my banner. Please, I would love you to let me know. Have been searching for yonks and want to make a little rug for my DD's attic bedroom.



A Thrifty Mrs said...

I was lucky enough to win a giveaway on Donna's blog last year. She sent me some really gorgeous scraps that I can't bear to use because they are so utterly beautiful.

marigold jam said...

How those pictures took me back! I remember having a sunsuit when I was little made in something very similar to the red roses on blue one back in the 40's and my first garment made at school in Domestic Science lesson was in a fabric very much like the red roses on white 50's fabric! Seems so strange that you are all collecting as vintage things I remember from first time round, how time flies!



Riet said...

Oh Wow, wonderful fabrics. Bet you are happy.

Just want to let you know I have a new blog.
Riet's Photoblog.

Blondie's Journal said...


Gorgeous fabrics!! As I am just learning to sew (on a machine), I have a new appreciation for beautiful, quality fabric. I may have to look you up for the website. Do you have any projects planned??

Hope all is well with you...your children are on a break from school? Our daughter will be home around the Thanksgiving holiday. She just started college in August and I miss her so!!

Have a happy week!! :-)


Floss said...

Aren't they wonderful? They all slightly remind me of a stunning 1940s scarf I found at my mum's house - the colours were so bold and I would never have expected anything so 'modern' from the design! Have a wonderful time using them...

maría cecilia said...

Very fabolous fabrics Isabelle, love them all!!!! what are you going to do with them?? can´t wait to see whatever you do. Please make a post with them when ready, or just perhaps displayed in some place of your wonderful home.
Muchos cariños
María Cecilia

Tilly Rose said...

Mmmmm...scrummy! I'm loving those fabrics especially the purple roses, that one is gorgeous!
I only discovered Donna's website yesterday...what a coincidence.
happy sewing........can't wait to see the photo's of your creations
Hugs Karen x

Tilly Rose said...

Mmmmm...scrummy! I'm loving those fabrics especially the purple roses, that one is gorgeous!
I only discovered Donna's website yesterday...what a coincidence.
happy sewing........can't wait to see the photo's of your creations
Hugs Karen x

texasdaisey said...

What a stash! Love it.

LiLi M. said...

Whow! I'm drooling over my desk. I too have a vintage fabric and wallpaper addiction. Just to have these... aaahh...sometimes life is a bowl of cherries!

bekimarie said...

I have to admit to being a little jealous, ok i'm actually a lot jealous, positively drooling here lol!
Gorgeous fabrics!
Beki xxx

Laura said...

Wonderful selections! I love the roses on the blue 40's one and the 50's stylized gray one the best! What fun you will have!
Take care, Laura

Hen said...

Hello Isabelle,
Hope you are well. The fabrics you selected are beautiful, Donna has such a fabby selection. Looking forward to seeing what you whip up with them...
Hen x

Tracey said...

Gorgeous fabrics!!! I'm sure it was pure delight to get that package in the mail!

:) T

The Garden Bell said...

The next one is better than the last. I don't know where to look first. I keep scrolling up and down and back and forth. Love all of them, but the C.K. and those vintage are F.A.B.....

I can only imagine what you are going to create with all of these. Can't wait to see your progress.

Heading over to check out the 3D...If he likes to play with pictures. Head over to my garden and see the fun thing I posted today to play with....Something better to do than stare at your screen while the uploader is working.

Annie @ Birdcages n Butterflies x said...

Good choices hun!!
Those parcels are so prettily presented too!!
Cant wait to see what wonderful creations you make out of those pretty fabrics x
Annie x

Julies knitting corner said...

The packageing is very nicely done, wonderful fabrics. I think I like the 1950's stiyle of fabric the most, but all of them are going to make nice projects. Happy sewing. Jule.C

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Yay divine divine divine, you lucky girl!

I adore that French Floral Isabelle, how wonderful, I really enjoyed this post, gorgeous,

Sarah x

Lori said...

those are lovely...you have enough fabric to keep you in projects for a while...i love that button card...that is my favorite style...all buttons, without the graphics...cute!!!

Josephine Tale Peddler said...

Dear Isabelle,
What a wonderful treat from the postman! I love them all but my two faves are the 1950's French Floral and the Liberty 'Felicte' That is such a romantic print. I love it! I imagine a beautiful dress and a picnic in a very English looking meadow when I see it. Thank you so much for the birthday wishes. I had a lovely time but very exhausted after two days at Ikea! I always enjoy the school break and not having to do the lunches and morning teas! xx

Charlotte, Cottontails said...

Dear Isabelle,

I used to pop by regularly but then have been MIA for a while (touch of depression - a nice way of putting it!) and am only this week gradually finding my way back on to blogs... And it's lovely to be back and read posts again, and see the lovely pictures.

I love the expression 'French Florals' which you use to describe one of your fabrics. I think that could be a name for something!

Anyway, will try and read more, and just wanted to say hi.

Love Charlotte

myvintageparty said...

Wow, the fabrics all look fantastic. Looking forward to seeing what you make with it all!
Laura x

vomFeental said...

So lovely fabrics... and the Purple Rose Velvet Fabric is gorgeous!
Best wishes

Bleudelavande said...

AMAZING!!! Those fabrics are simply fabulous! I love all!
Tank you for leaving your sweet comment to my posts! Big hugs and have a nice evening

Clare said...

You lucky thing..I have fallen in love with that bloomsbury faric..gorgeous

Country Cottage Chic said...

What a gorgeous selection...wonder how many more you'll find at the fair?!


sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Flowers and fabrics go together so well - I love them all! Lesley

Ticking stripes said...

I'm loving the bloomsbury style print. Love anythign which reminds me of the Bloomsbury set!

Bobo Bun said...

What fabulous choices, you can't really go wrong as Donna picks fabulous fabric doesn't she.

Loved the book tour before. I always find it a bit disconcerting when there are no books in a house.

Lisa x

koralee said...

love all your fabric...I am eager to see what you are going to do with it! I love vintage prints! Happy end of week to you my dear!

Andi's English Attic said...

No school run. Fab, isn't it!
Such beautiful fabrics. As I travelled down the pics I kept thinking 'that's my favourite - no, that one is'. Fact of the matter is they're all fantastic and I can't wait to see what you're planning for them. xx

Yiota said...

Hi Isabelle! Thanks for stopping by. Your fabrics made me dizzy (the good way!); all these goodies! I could just lay them on the floor and look at them for hours!

Lila said...

The yellow and grey sheets are lovely!

BusyLizzie said...

looks like you have been having fun! Have a great weekend in Dorset...see you at Ilminster??
Lizzie x

Tabiboo said...

Such a beautiful selection of fabric, but 'oh' what will you do with them?

Nina x

ps. 'yay' to no school runs and getting up at 6am!

Sylvia said...

Beautiful fabrics !

Have a nice weekend,

Torie Jayne said...

Such beautiful fabrics! Have a sweet day!

Katie said...

What a fabulous selection of fabrics...they're all so gorgeous. Donna always has the most mouth-watering array of fabrics to choose from! My favourite has to be the 1940s Bloomsbury style floral design. Do you have projects in mind for them all yet? Katie x

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

What fun fabrics....I'm sure you'll put them to good use. I have a huge stash of sample fabrics. Have made a few things with them but will never use them all even if I live to be 150.


Lisa said...

So many pretty fabrics, hard to chose a favourite from them.
Thanks for popping my blog, will definitely buy some Emmenthal for the next soup experiment, such a lovely cheese.
I'm with you on the no packed lunches thing, that is one evening job I haven't missed this week.
Enjoy your weekend.
Lisa x

Kayla coo said...

Just had to leave a comment when I saw your header as I have the same vintage embroidery of the cottage.
Wonderful fabrics.x

Torie Jayne said...

Happy Halloween!
Thanks for all your lovely comments on my Halloween posts!, Best Wishes Torie Jayne x

Mr Jones said...

Love the purple rose fabric. Would make great cushions.

Pomona said...

What wonderful fabrics - I feel so envious!

Pomona x

Jennifer McGill said...

Hi Isabelle,

Thank you for sharing these inspirational fabrics. I am an illustrator who is alway looking for patterns with je ne sais quoi!If you like my work, let's exchange links.