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08-03-2006, 08:01 AM
fabric.com has some interesting fabrics. Would some of the paisley's look ok for a wrapper, do you think? Some fabrics are listed as "wall paper" I assume it is copied from a wall paper pattern, and others look too arts and crafts...not good!

08-07-2006, 03:21 PM
I love Amy Butler's fabrics. I have a handbag business and I use her fabric a lot. I think the red would make a very pretty wrapper and would look period. You might also try www.hancocks-paducah.com. They have tons of reproduction CW fabrics. I've bought from them before.

a.k.a. Grits

Faye Dufour
08-11-2006, 11:36 AM
Just a suggestion on finding "period correct" fabrics. Search for web sites of museums that have CW era women's clothing. That way you can see the fabric in color. Juanita Lesch's book "Who Wore What" and "A Guide to Civil War Civilians" are good sources. Also, "English Women's Clothing in the 19th Century" is helpful, as there are color plates and descriptions of what the fabric actually was - helpful when it is often a complete mystery to a woman trying to recreate an 1860's era dress. JoAnn Fabrics and Hancocks used to carry homespun, helpful for making a "camp" or "work" dress. That's where I had gotten fabric for my dresses. I use these terms only to define the type of dress, knowing women of the CW era did not, but it helps to clarify the type of fabric you are talking about.

I also did War of 1812, and looking at period dresses in museums collections was invaluable, as this era is pre-photography, and gave us some guidance on colors and fabrics.

Faye Dufour

08-17-2006, 10:08 AM

I am looking for good fabric that isn't very expensive for a good day dress. Where should I look for good authentic fabric?


Kathryn Rose
08-23-2006, 10:49 AM
Glenna Jo Christen sells fabric for $4 a yard. Hope this helps, and good luck fabric hunting!

09-16-2006, 08:50 PM
Thanks Kathryn Rose, I'll check her out.

09-16-2006, 09:41 PM
Here are some sites - I have not ordered anything from these sites, but I sure have drooled over them! Also, sometimes just looking at these fabrics can give you a good idea of what to look for when you are looking at fabrics from a local store as well.
http://tinyurl.com/fu5h4 (originals-by-kay)

Happy hunting! Joanna Jones

09-20-2006, 11:28 AM
Forgot this one, too
Joanna Jones

09-21-2006, 07:15 PM
Thank you for all the links!