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!
vintage1920scantoncrepe-fabricguide

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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1920s Costume Jewelry in Photos

I have recently come across a rather sizable amount of 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s jewelry. Vintage costume jewelry is not something I know a lot about but because I will be selling a lot more of it soon, I figured I should learn as much as I can.

My first point of reference when learning anything about vintage is to consult catalogs, advertisements, and photographs. So I wanted to compile some vintage photos from the 1920s showing women and the jewelry they wore.

Vintage 1920s Jewelry in pictures

Lots of pearls, beaded jewelry, crystal jewelry, and choker length necklaces. Women also wore long beaded necklaces (flapper necklaces) sometimes strung twice around the neck or just worn extra long.

1928 Jewelry advertisement

Some geometric inspired jewelry in the later 1920s (this is from 1928) which would coincide with the silhouettes that were becoming popular at that time too. Straight lines, smooth silhouettes, symmetrical shapes. // image source

1927-28 Jewelry

Festoon necklace advertisement from Sears Roebuck 1927/1928. I wish there were more ads for jewelry readily available to peruse the internet, but this is the only one I have found.

More posts soon digging deeper into the world of vintage costume jewelry!

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