Sunday, May 25, 2014

Buyer's Guide to 18th Century Cotton Floral Prints

One question I receive a lot is, "where do I find appropriate 18th century floral prints?" I realize that it's taken *years* to source these out, so to save you time (and maybe some money, too), here's my personal, non-exhaustive, go-to list of vendors selling floral 18th century prints in cotton.

I've sorted them by price, though some of these are sold in lengths other than yards (such as the Dutch chintz and the curtain panels), so prices may be a bit deceiving (in either a good or bad way).

Most of these shops have LOTS of other designs and offerings (Reproduction Fabrics, Colonial Williamsburg, and Wm. Booth Draper, for example), so be sure to click through to see the whole range. Many of the shops also have silks, linens, and wool for sale. Links to the shops are listed at the end of the post, or you can click on each fabric swatch image to go directly to that fabric (and consequently the shop)

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Dutch Quilts fabric - € 4,75 or approx. $6.48 per 25 cm or $23.70/yard - does not include shipping
Reproduction Fabrics - $9.25/yard
Reproduction Fabrics - $10.50/yard
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Reproduction Fabrics - $11.00/yard
Reproduction Fabrics - $11.00/yard
Reproduction Fabrics - $11.00/yard
eQuilter - $11.25/yard
Discount Fabrics USA - $11.81/yard (price may change)
Colonial Williamsburg - $12.00/yard
Colonial Williamsburg - $12.00/yard
Colonial Williamsburg - $12.00/yard
Colonial Williamsburg - $12.00.yard
When it comes to historical accuracy, the Colonial Williamsburg reproduction fabrics are *the best.* They're excellent quality, very reasonably priced, and are made from original textiles, many in the Williamsburg collection. See all of the Colonial Williamsburg fabrics here.

Fashionable Frolick on Etsy - $16.50/yard
Discount Fabrics USA - $17.81/yard (price may change)
Waverly "Felicite" Curtains - $19.98/2 84x50" panels
The famous Waverly "Felicite" curtains are available in ivory, red, black, and in yardage from Joann's also in blue, and ivory/green. *Note: The Joann's yardage may be heavier than the packaged curtains from Lowe's. Be sure to avoid heavy upholstery weight or even medium weight cottons - you want lightweight.

Joanns - Waverly Felicite "Mineral"
Joanns - Waverly Language of the Garden Nassau Vine Toile Porcelain - $19.99/yard
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Wm. Booth Draper - $35.95/yard
Wm. Booth Draper - $39.95/yard
Wm. Booth Draper - $39.95/yard
IKEA - Ingmarie Curtains - $39.99/2 98x57" panels
Duran Textiles - no price, but tend to be expensive (see how to order link below)
Duran Textiles - no price, but tend to be expensive (see how to order link below)
In the future, some of these fabrics may not be carried by the vendors, so here's a list of each shop (and a few more) so you can click through and search on your own:



p.s. I am unaffiliated with all of these shops. I don't get any kickbacks for any of these links.

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27 comments:

  1. It will probably be 2015 before a new reproduction fabric is brought in (we ave 12), but since It starts about 8-10 months out (the long process of choosing the inspiration, having the artwork done, colors approved, sample approved, to receiving the fabric) so my file is opening now. If there are any requests, please let me know, would love to hear the wishes of the community.

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  2. You rock. Thank you for sharing this! When I get around to making my 18th Century dress, I shall consult this!

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    1. Glad I could help! (heck, I'll probably refer back to this in the future, too, when I've forgotten some of these links)

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    2. Exactly why I like posting links! It's a good way to "not lose" things!!

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  3. Thanks for sharing this info with us. And the weight factor, I didn't even think about that.

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  4. This is a fantastic resource - thank you!

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  6. Thank you so much for this! Sometimes I like to just look at fabric, even if I'm not buying. :)
    And I did the math for the Den Haan & Wagenmarkers fabric - $6.48 per 25cm comes to $23.70 per yard.

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    1. Oh, thanks for working it out! I'm going to add that as a note to the post, so people know. Thank you!

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  7. www.historicum.eu have some lovely reproduction fabrics as well. Very pricy, but lovely. Ships from Denmark :-)

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    1. Awesome! I've never found that shop before. Thanks for the link!

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  8. Thanks for the overview!
    Maybe another to add is Betina Printing. In part the same chintzes as Den Haan & Wagenmakers, but the website you mentioned is the shop and Betina printing is the factory (which also sells directly to consumers!). Sometimes there's more to find on their website:
    http://www.dutchfabric.nl/home/ :)

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  9. I have resently discovered www.dutchfabric.nl, haven't bought anything there yet, but the prices seems to be ok, and the prints are gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks for the tip! I've added Betina printing to the vendor's list, and I miiiight be having to order some cloth from them soon :-)

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  10. Wow, what a useful resource! I've added a link to this post to my website. Thanks!

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  11. aaah thanks so much! I've always wondered where people got these without selling a limb, and I've never found the Williamsburgh ones online! Thanks!

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    1. The Williamsburg online shopping is weirdly hard to navigate. It took me awhile of hard searching to find the page where the fabrics were listed, but now it's found, and linked up, plus they're added lots more fabrics now :-)

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    2. we are working on this, we just put the fabric on the web recently and are working on a home for it. thanks for the patience. type fabric in the search box and it should pull them up

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  12. Wow, what an excellent reference. Thank you!

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  13. Fabulous resources! You are my new BFF!!

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  14. Spoonflower is great, especially if you design or digitize your own! I've been doing some designing of my own 18th Century fabric line, none for sale yet, but hopefully soon! My shop is here: http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/button_basket?sub_action=designs Rizen Sun's are also very good! http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/rizen_sun

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  15. I've heard (somewhere, can't remember where, so YMMV) that some of the W-burg prints are taken from decorative fabrics rather than from garments. Whether or not that's true, it's still good to research what prints were used for which purposes, since just because something is a historically accurate motif doesn't guarantee it would have been used for clothing.

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    1. Hi Katie - Yes, I read that too (I think it was on the Hive blog, or on the Larkin & Smith English Gown pattern.), and the advice was to look for the "documented" prints. While all of the Williamsburg fabrics are reproductions, unfortunately, it doesn't say on the webpage which ones are from clothing and which from furniture. Just looking at them, with an educated eye, I would say ALL of them are appropriate for clothing (depending on the scale), and some of the designs that look more "upholstery" in style are indeed from original garments I've seen with my own eyes, which is kindof nutty.

      As with any of these vendors, it's important to "train your eye" by looking at lots of original garments. It helps us find acceptable modern prints (like that Downton Abbey swatch I listed), as well as distinguish between a clothing and furnishing reproduction print.

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