A bright, cheery floral in a heavier weight upholstery grade, this 1980s Scalamandrè fabric sample titled “Lilac” offers a serene counterpoint to a bustling life. A calm sky blue background sets the scene for peach-toned lilacs and peonies, coral bellflowers and morning glories, and the occasional flitting butterfly.
Wording up the side of the fabric says, “Lilac 6379 an Exclusive Scalamandré print.” Polished hand, no drape, heavier weight almost like a canvas but with a smoother hand.
Scalamandrè Archive #6379. Made in USA.
COLORS: Sky blue background (a little lighter than my pics show) with peach, coral, orange, white, buff pink, Kelly green, and vivid chartreuse foliage.
SIZE: 22″ wide + 3.75″ left hand selvedge x 43″ long. Flowers range from the smallest bellflowers at about 1″ x 1″ to the largest peonies at 4″ wide x 3″ high to the long lilacs at 6″ wide by 3″ high.
Maker: Franco Scalamandré has a great story to tell of coming to America in the 20s from Italy and making a huge success of himself. From engineer, to historic textile researcher, to major design firm and more, Scalamandré is synonymous with quality, success, and above all, historic preservation. Do take some time to read up on the phenomenal Scalamandré history here: https://www.scalamandre.com/history and a NY Times obit on Franco: https://www.nytimes.com/1988/03/04/obituaries/franco-scalamandre-89-leader-in-making-of-decorative-textiles.html
What Can You Make? Pillow fronts, Roman shade for a small/med window, piecing for sturdier quilts, piecing for fashion accessories, more. Large enough to cover a small-med dining room chair seat and/or back. Or use like this designer is doing, by piecing it to one part of a piece of furniture while using other fabrics to finish it out: https://w9yards.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Birds-of-a-Feather-pg-1.png
CONDITION: Excellent. Some slight age-related mottling on the selvedge edge but nothing on the printed fabric itself.
Why High-End Vintage Fabric Samples? Because the large over size sample and superior manufacturing quality make it possible to access a very high-end fabric for a smaller scale project without the high cost of these classic vintage fabrics, which often begin at over $150 a yard, if they can still be found at all. Other reasons are to access a small amount of discontinued fabric to match or to repair an existing piece in your home.
SUSTAINABILITY: ALL my packaging except tape is 100% re-used. Your invoice is available digitally in your account. I source vintage items and resources either as they are, or to upcycle into new products, giving them a new life. This reduces demand on current resources, preserves history, and keeps valuable items out of the landfill, all of which asks just a little bit less out of our ever-giving Mother Earth. Etsy buys carbon offsets for all shipping, which is a win-win for the sustainability-minded shopper.
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