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Vintage Textiles

loomchick | Posted in General Discussion on

I love getting inspiration from vintage garments as a way of adding twists to contemporary apparel . . . and I don’t think I’m alone . . . there’s a number of sources out there . . . but, my favorite is the vintage textile website www.vintagetextile.com. The garments and accessories are for sale and I can’t afford anything . . . but, everything is a real treat to look at.

Whoever does this website takes time to photograph the garments and accessories at different angles, close-up, etc. . . . even the linings and other features are frequently photographed. Many images are close enough to show construction techniques.

One fascinating garment there is a lavender silk gentleman’s 3-piece suit (c.1765-1785) . . . Lots of detailed photographs and some interesting information . . . and difficult to imagine a grown man wearing something like that.


  1. carolfresia | | #1

    Thanks for that link--it's wonderful! Another one I like is http://www.thefrock.com. Some of the items are slightly more affordable, but still it's best for inspiration.


    1. loomchick | | #2

      Ooohhhh . . . that was fun . . . another inspirational website . . . I already have several ideas.Thanks for the link.

      1. Elisabeth | | #3

        Totally yummy! And you can see the backs without setting off alarms!

  2. SewTruTerry | | #4

    Some of the clothing on the website you posted reminds me of the clothes that I was able to inspect closely (but not touch) and photograph in Williamsburg VA. I was in heaven.  I loved getting as many detailed shots as I could.

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