Cutest Fabric Ever


Yes, those are little orange and green books on a black background! Isn't that adorable? I bought it on eBay yonks ago — I bought it actually while sitting on a plane (thanks, GoGo Wireless!) and yesterday I was ALSO sitting on a plane, which reminded me that I'd never posted about this fabric.

I don't have a ton of it — four yards, maybe, but it's vintage fabric so it's very narrow, under 42 inches wide. What would you do with this fabric? 


31 thoughts on “Cutest Fabric Ever

  1. Ebay bidding while on a plane? How wild. Falling books…imagine if books really fell from trees and not leaves?

    Anyhow, you asked what to do with your narrow piece of fabric. I’d mix with another sympatico print in a newer, wider width and then go wild with your favorite dress pattern!


  2. The images in the fabric seem to be swirling, so I’d make a cape, or a tablecloth for the small round table near the front door where you stack the books you just brought home from the bookstore or library. In any case, something to keep that swirl . . .


  3. I can picture this fabric design in a sleeveless blouse or short sleeve blouse.very 50s or 60s style.. A bolero would be adorable indeed. and if it is really vintage, keep a piece and frame it on your sewing room wall!


  4. I immediately pictured a full skirted dress, white buttons on the centre bodice, a little white collar and cut-on sleeves that poke out slightly wider than the shoulder. Oh and all the “Librarian” accessories. Glasses. Pearls, narrow belt, flats.


  5. Personally I would take a swatch of it with me to the tattoo artist, because I’ve been planning a book tattoo for a while and it’s surprisingly hard to find good illustrations of an open book.

    However, for you, I think a pleated skirt with pockets would be gorgeous in this. It would also make a great contrast fabric, or how lovely to catch a glimpse of it in your pocket lining!


  6. update: a long sleeve blouse with ruffles down the front with little pearl buttons, to be worn with a wool pencil skirt, tights with a chevron pattern, then the black penny loafers with a 3″ stacked heel.


  7. An a-line skirt to wear with a white blouse with a peter pan collar and an orange cardigan, green glasses and green penny loafers. And then I’d sit under a tree and read a book.


  8. What a cute fabric! And it’s a non-directional print, which opens up quite a few possibilities with 4yds (even at 36 or 39 inches wide). A shirt-waist might not be one of them though, as those tend to be more fabric hungry.

    It would be a shame to use a dressmaking length on something that only requires a fraction of it though (like a bag or a blouse). It’s so rare to get good lengths of vintage fabric!


  9. Four yards might be enough for a tailored sleeveless dress with a flared skirt (because gores take less fabric than gathers) reaching to just below the knee. I’d also be tempted to make a reversible bolero jacket in black and matching green. With piping.


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