Thursday, January 31, 2013

What IS this Fabric?

Crushed Velvet
As sellers, buyers, or collectors of vintage clothing, we’ve all picked up a garment and wondered, “What fabric is this?” That often leads to more questions such as, “What’s the difference between fiber and weave? Is this fiber natural or synthetic? What’s the name of this weave?” And so on. 

Well, there’s a fantastic new resource in the vintage fashion world that can help! The Vintage Fashion Guild’s Fabric Resource is the new “go-to” place for fabric identification.

A true “labor of love” from VFG trade member Maggie Wilds (denisebrain), this resource offers descriptions and photographs of various fabrics. Five years in the making, it was the result of Maggie’s desire to make a “significant contribution” to the Vintage Fashion Guild. With a little help from friends within and outside of the VFG, her goal was realized when the Fabric Resource went online in 2012. More fabrics will be added over time to this already-extensive resource, which currently features more than 200 entries.

Resource listings are arranged alphabetically, and there are three different search methods you can use to identify a fabric: Fabric “Looks Like,” Fabric by Fiber, Fabric by Use. The first is especially useful to novices, since you don’t need to guess at what it is, but can use its appearance alone to start narrowing down the possibilities.

The Resource also features a section extremely helpful to the experienced and inexperienced alike—Determining Fiber.  This gives tips, including the “burn test,” on how to tell a fabric’s fiber or fiber blend. Distinguishing between fiber (what a fabric is made of) and weave (how it’s fashioned into fabric, its texture, etc.) is a key factor when dealing with vintage garments, since so many pieces carry no content or care labels. In the case of online buying and selling, this information helps sellers accurately describe an item and allows buyers to make a more informed buying decision. Many sellers aren’t fully aware of the difference between fiber and weave (e.g., silk and wool are fibers, satin and twill are weaves), and will find the Fabric Resource absolutely invaluable!

Twill Weave (note the distinct diagonal pattern)
Plain Weave
Check out the Vintage Fashion Guild’s new Fabric Resource, and next time you need to identify a fabric, make it your very first stop!

Jacquard Knit

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Sarara Vintage: New Art Deco Arrivals and More........

1930s Pot Metal Necklace, Sarara Vintage Etsy.
I have been on fire on the blog lately and posted two great art deco era acquisitions. One is an entire wedding archive from the 1920s stored by its owner lovingly.  Ruby's wedding dress was found with ostrich feathers and more!  Check it out here! Both are currently in my personal collection, although the wedding set will probably go up on Sarara Couture in the spring. 
1920s Egyptian Cocoon Coat. Styling Sarara Vintage. Photo Shary Connella, rights reserved.
Ruby Becker's Wedding Archive. Sarara Vintage. Photo Shary Connella, rights reserved. 
New to my shop is a beautiful velvet burn out dress, circa 1930s, for sale here.  Also in, a wonderful 14K Victorian necklace, 1930s Lame dress, Elsa Peretti 1970s Halston bottle necklace, 70s Whiting and Davis rare snake ring, and art deco necklaces.
Sarara Vintage Dress, circa 1930s.
14K Victorian Necklace. Sarara Vintage Etsy.

Elsa Peretti for Halston, circa 1970s. See the Ruby Lane Shop.
1940s-50s Golden Print Dress. Sarara Vintage  Couture.

1930s Book Chain Glass Necklace, Sarara Vintage Couture.

Check out all the new items from the 20s-70s in the store fronts and on the blog now:

Vintage Jewelry Shop:

Follow Sarara Vintage on the facebook page- Sarara Vintage Couture

Sunday, January 13, 2013

NEW CLOTHING at Posh Girl Vintage!

Just added a ton of new clothing & accessories from the 1920's to the 1980's!
  • Sweaters from the 1930's to 1970's - Cashmere, Wool, Boho Style!
  • Dresses from the 1920's to the 1970's
  • Skirts - 1950's to 1970's
And much more still on the way! Check out out NEW ARRIVALS page!

Friday, January 11, 2013


St. Valentine

Celebrate love with a vintage Valentine's Day wedding. Inspired by a pallet of shimmery gold, warm cream and pale french pink, we think these beautiful authentic vintage wedding dresses are perfect to set the tone of a dreamy and romantic day.

1950 Lace Vintage Wedding Gown
1950's Knotted Vintage Lace 
Vintage Wedding Gown

Vintage Wedding Dress
1950's Ceil Chapman Liquid Silk 
Vintage Wedding Dress

Complete the look of the day with this unbelievable collection of reception inspiration recently discovered on simplysophisticatedevents.blogspot. We just love the special little touches that bring the whole look together with the french pink macaroons topped with edible gold leaf, the soft pink and gold vintage tea cups and the fantastic vintage inspired gold lace tablecloth.

Dresses shown are currently available at 


Thursday, January 10, 2013

New Vintage Dresses from Maejean Vintage

We have been busy listing more vintage dresses in Maejean Vintage! I don't know what exactly it is about vintage dresses, but they definitely have a strong hold on us! The following dresses date from the 1950s - 1970s & really pull on our heartstrings! All are currently listed in - Which is your personal favorite? I think mine has to go to the 1950s cherry red...

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Old 'Florida Handbags of Miami' business card found in purse!

While prepping this 'Florida Handbags of Miami' tapestry purse for the website,  I found a business card from Florida Handbags  in one of the inner pockets.  Cool. Check out the lucite purse on the card.
The address today looks like it belongs to a place called 'Vertical Textiles'.

Bye for now, Carol