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What happens to fabric when it is no longer needed in textile mills or the fashion industry? Sometimes it comes back… as designer deadstock! Through our connections in the textile industry, we are able to bring these unique, exclusive materials to you, and give these fantastic fabrics a second life. Beware: deadstock fabric quantities are often limited, so if you see something you absolutely can’t live without, don’t wait too long to purchase it!
 
While we usually find inspiration for our newsletters from all the new fabrics in the shop, today we’re taking a different approach! With a nod to the Halloween season, today’s deadstock fabric newsletter is inspired by the iconic set design of some classic horror movies. We hope you’ll enjoy this year’s installment of Night of the Living Deadstock!
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deadstock fabric design inspiration - the shining(1980)

From the day this geometric stretch cotton sateen arrived at the shop, it’s been reminding us of the iconic carpet from The Shining—it’s too good! We found the same dark brown and bright orange of the carpet in our collection of deadstock wools, and we’re adding a nice, forest-green plaid to round out the group—it’s a nod to the hedge maze on the hotel grounds, as well as the 70s flannel shirt that main character Jack wears in the film.

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deadstock fabric design inspiration - the shining(1980)

The Shining is so visually rich that we couldn’t stop at just one set from the film! We found two deadstock shirtings that feature the exact shade of mint green (love the golden detail on the floral, too!), and a striped silk organza that definitely speaks to the haunted bathroom’s ghostly shower curtain. We’ve found a coordinating wool plaid, too, which picks up the mint green perfectly.

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deadstock fabric design inspiration -Alien(1979)

Alien takes place on the Nostromo, a spaceship in the future—according to the film, this means lots of metal, rust, and dark corridors. Choosing fabrics inspired by this film was fun—we don’t usually think of a rusty spaceship when we think of deadstock fabric! For this group, we found fabrics in shades of gray, brown, and black, discovering some interesting textures and patterns along the way. Our final selection was a two-tone stretch denim that reminds us of Ripley’s jumpsuit (and might be fun to use to make your own!).

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deadstock fabric design inspiration -Suspiria(1977)

When we saw this mosaic-print cotton sateen, we knew the geometric great room from Suspiria was exactly what we were after. The color red is infused into every scene, and we’ve found it in our gorgeous silk twill and two-tone linen. While we’ve never considered a connection between Amour Vert deadstock and classic horror, this beautiful silk crepe de chine is the perfect match for the film’s dramatic sets.

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deadstock fabric design inspiration -Suspiria(1977)

Stonemountain & Daughter is unique among fabric stores, as we have cultivated longtime family connections in the Los Angeles, New York City, and European textile markets. It is through those connections that we source top-quality designer ends and sample cuts, or deadstock. These unique fabrics are left over from textile mills and/or the fashion industry, and some are exclusive to just us (and now, to you!). Over the past year, we have stocked some incredible, high-quality designer pieces from Europe, much to the delight of our community of sewists. We’re excited about these fabrics, too, and we hope to bring you even more great deadstock finds in the future! Visit our deadstock primer to learn more about this fantastic fabric source.

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