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Jubilee Fabrics

jubilee fabrics red white and blue

To celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

This year Her Majesty celebrates 70 years on the throne. The first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. We have a bank holiday weekend coming up on 2nd to 5th June. Are you joining your community to celebrate? Maybe organising A Big Jubilee Lunch, or in true vintage style, a good old street party! In 1977, for the Silver Jubilee, My Nanna Mary was queen for the day. She wore a silver cardboard crown and long brown velvet dress. I was thrilled to find this photo of her, a stones throw from the actual Olive Road.

How about making an outfit especially for the Jubilee celebrations? Perhaps a long dress, 1977 style, or a top to wear with shorts (I’m hoping for a hot summer!). This blue fabric is from a haberdashery shop in Essex that was open between the 60s and 80s. I think it must have been created for the 1977 Silver Jubilee. Below is an edit of vintage fabrics that are red white and blue, blue and white or red and blue!

  • Vintage fabric from the 1977 Queen’s Silver Jubilee
  • Bright cobalt blue with red crowns and sceptres, measuring apx 3cm in diameter and scattered over the fabric
  • Knitted fabric, estimated to be polyester but hasn’t been tested. It has a four way stretch but there is no elastane so it doesn’t hold it’s shape. I recommend making into a loose fitting garment rather than a fitted body con garment that relies on stretch fabric.
  • Bought from a haberdashery shop that closed in the 1980s. Still on it’s bolt/roll and never been used.
  • Measurements: 160cm wide, sold by the half metre, £7 per half a metre
  • Excellent condition, never been used
  • Recommended for dressmaking. It could be used for craft if you bond it with interfacing to stop it stretching.

I’ve created a video to show the drape of the fabrics

Have you got some fabric left over from making your jubilee outfit? Make some bunting for your local street party? If you are using anything other than cotton, I recommend stabilising the fabric with some iron on fusible interfacing.