Imagine my delight when, a few days ago, I received an email from MPB reader and fellow native New Yorker Jay (above) asking if I might be interested in his late grandmother's stash of vintage fabric, which had been stored in his family's attic for at least four decades.
Naturally, I did what any of you would have done: I said, yes, YES, YES!
Today Jay, who, like me, hails from the beautiful Bronx, lugged a heavy box of fabric downtown on the subway, God bless him and, with the aid of a rolling cart and bungee cord, delivered it all to me at a nearby bagel cafe.
The fabric is mostly wool, with a bit of cotton and a few polyester linings as well. These are big, big cuts. Jay isn't sure where his grandmother purchased it all, but he wanted to make sure the fabric ended up in the hands of someone who'd appreciate it. (Do I ever!) Here are some highlights:
First, this gorgeous wool mohair blend in a vivid blue and purple plaid.
Next, this double-faced electric blue and brown wool plaid (Who wears it best?).
My mother liked this dark pink and black plaid.
How about this acid green vintage cotton corduroy? Groovy!
And this vivid blue plaid?
This vintage poly print will make a perfect lining for a future coat project.
I also love these two gray/brown wool suiting fabrics, one a striped twill and one a nubby-textured weave:
I think I have enough wool fabric now to last me at least until the end of the decade.
A huge thank-you to generous Jay for reaching out to me. I hope I can do these fabrics justice.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!