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Good morning! I posted this in a different thread, but received no responses, so I thought I would try again.

 

One of my favorite movies is Bathing Beauty, and I have been wanting to sew a dress like the white, striped number that Esther Williams wears in the night club scene. Is there a way to find the fabric that is similar to that? I have had no luck searching online. I have a 1945 pattern that is very similar and I want to make the dress.

 

I am just looking for 1940s print fabric at this point. Anyone know where I can source fashion fabric that is 1940s style?

 

Thanks so much for your help.

 

PS I tried to change my username from ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOP to FiddleDeeDee, which I prefer, but I am unable to do that. Is that something that the board administrator could help with?

 

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Thanks, Helen, I had done the same thing. I was hoping that there were fabric stores or companies that specialized in 1940s fabrics that I could concentrate on, rather than try to find a needle in a haystack. :)

 

Thanks for taking the time to reply. It sounds like this was the wrong place to try to find an answer.

 

Have a great day!

 

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I dug these up from an old thread of mine here. Perhaps you can pick out some sources or contacts from these sites:

 

http://myvintagevogue.com/

This one alone has 35 links to other sites that may be helpful

 

http://www.vintagefashionclub.com/

 

http://blog.caseybrowndesigns.com/2010/07/mid-thirties-fashion-in-film/

 

http://fidmmuseum.org/exhibitions/current/#annual-art-motion-picture-costume-design

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>I am just looking for 1940s print fabric at this point. Anyone know where I can source fashion fabric that is 1940s style?

 

Try looking on Google for "Tropical Fabric". Sometimes it is called Hawaiian fabric or Hawaiian flower print fabric..

 

This stuff is still manufactured and made into dresses in many Latin American countries in coastal areas, both East and West Coasts.

 

I've seen it in Honduras, Costa Rica, Yucatan, etc. On the East Coast of Mexico it is sometimes called "tropical" ( "trop-e-cal"), and also in those areas you can sometimes still hear old tropical music from the 1940s. This music was popular in many US musical movies.

 

I love this type of fabric in ladies dresses. It looks so good, especially in coastal areas.

 

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http://www.barkclothhawaii.com/

 

http://blog.johannaost.com/2013/03/09/1940s-prints

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