A List of 1920s Fabrics From Sears

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!
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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.

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Inspiration: 18th Century Fabric Sample Book

I love vintage and antique fabrics and textiles especially those originating from Europe. What an absolute treasure it must to have this antique 18th century fabric sample in your collection!

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This particular antique fabric textile sample book is in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum and was put together by Barbara Johnson (not sure who that is?) between the years of 1746-1823.

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I just adore the little notes and how the fabric swatches are pinned on the papers and the attached fashion plates and inspiration images. There is something so modern about this! Makes me want to start a DIY project just so in 200 years someone can find it and get super stoked about it.

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These two above are probably my favorite. While I adore the floral prints so very much, I love the understated and classic fabrics in muted colors even more. These prints and patterns will never ever go out of style. They are everlasting!

To view more pages from this 18th century fabric sample book, visit the Victoria Albert Museum.

image source: All images are from Victoria Albert Museum Website

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