Today, instead of vintage fabric, here are some sweet Art Deco advertisements for vintage fabric. Kalburnie gingham was one of many cotton textiles manufactured at Lancaster Mills in Clinton, Massachusetts. I have noticed both in these ads and in my vintage catalogs, that these old ginghams were not limited to the two-color checked versions so common today. There were also stripes and plaids and checks of all colors. Printed checks are also a favorite of mine, but they’re not really gingham, which is always woven with dyed thread.
I have a recurring dream where I time travel to the 1930s (sometimes it’s the 20s or 40s) and go shopping at the local dry goods or department store where I buy yards and yards of cotton fabric for 30¢ a yard.