I apologise for an error I made in my last post. I used the word 'vintage' to describe a pattern on a brand new quilt cover. My bad.
My sister - moggy , she who is one half of a very clever pair of ladies who sew up old dress patterns - and I were discussing this yesterday.
Since when did the words 'vintage' and 'retro' become so overused that they are now meaningless? When I was younger, vintage was used to refer mainly to very old cars and as a way of describing wine. Now it used to describe everything that isn't brand new, or things that are meant to look old and pre-loved. And retro can mean anything from a 1950s kitchen table to 1980s slogan t-shirts. Come next year, no doubt the minimalist 1990s living room will be considered retro.
What I should have said was that I liked the old-fashioned pattern on the sheets. They're not vintage. They just look old-fashioned (a term which makes me think of roses, tea cups and afternoon tea). The picture below, for example, shows a room with an old-fashioned feel; it is not vintage !
And in a further addendum, I also have to report that Moggy gave me the bad news that the pretty sheets I like actually aren't all that nice in real life. I shall have to check them out to see for myself.
[Image from the Country Living website.]