I’ve been in a research & share the knowledge learned mood…so here goes. I was perusing through some old Sears catalog pages and started writing down fabric names I was not too familiar with. Some of these I have heard of, but really don’t know what it may look like in person since a lot of these fabric names aren’t really used today.
And so, in an effort to always improve my knowledge in the vast world of vintage and antique clothing and textiles, I give you my “I Need to Google These Later” Fabric List from the 1920s!
1922 – Barontine Satin
1923 – All Wool Tricotine
Seen on a skirt/jacket set. Tricotine is a double twill woven fabric
1923 – Caracul Fur Trimmed
Trim seen on neckline and cuffs of a coat
1923 – Canton Crepe
A dress. Slightly heavier than Crepe de Chine, texture has light ribbing. Here are two examples from Adored Vintage!
1923 – Wool Eponge
Seen on a skirt
1923 – Prunella Cloth
Seen on a skirt
1930 – Cotton Pongette
1930 – Cotton Marcella Broadcloth
Seen on a day dress. Plain woven cotton
Hopefully I’ll be able to post more photos of these fabric textures up close with product shots from Adored Vintage! I do want to end with this final thought for vintage sellers and those that buy vintage.
THE FABRIC TAKEAWAY
There are FOUR main natural fibers for fabrics. Linen, Cotton, Wool, and Silk. Most vintage clothing prior to the 1940s will fall into any of these four main fabric families.
You can always describe a fabric as “cotton feel”, “linen feel”, “silk feel”, or “wool feel” if you’re not sure yet. I have done this for a lot of fabric descriptions especially if I think it may be a man made/synthetic blend with a natural fiber.
In the 20th century so many new man made fabrics were created, the most prominent being rayon (also known as viscose) and polyester.