Vintage Fabrics Reference

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The purpose of this book is to fill a void (as far as we are aware) in information geared to vintage fabrics as a loom product, as yardage, and as a desirable product in today's marketplace.

We chose the 1880s – 1959 period due to greater selection of reasonably priced fabrics currently accessible on the marketplace. The decision to include the 1950s was necessary as this was a transitional decade which gave birth to first and second generations of synthetics yet still remained a dominant stronghold for traditional, natural fiber fabrics.

Vintage Fabrics Guide is intended as a quick reference that will benefit textile collectors in all fields with the purchasing and identifying of vintage cloth — novices, seamstresses, costumers and re-enactors, researchers, dealers, students, teachers, quilters, and those who simply like fabrics.

Here's what you can get inside this guide:

Preface
Fabrics on Parade
Cotton and Linen
Alpaca
Barkcloth, Bark Crepe, Tapa Cloth
Basket Cloth
Batiste
Bias
Broadcloth, Cotton (UK Poplin)
Calico (print)

Cambric
Challie Chalinet, Challis, Challise, Challys, Shalli
Chambray, Plain Weave
Cheviot, Plain Weave
Chintz and Glazed Chintz, Plain or Twill Weave
Cottsey-Woolsey
Coutil
Crash, Linen Toweling and Art Needlework
Cretonne
Dimity

Dotted Swiss
Drill, Drilling
Eponge
Fancies or Novelties
Feedsack, Feedbag, Grain Sack
Fine Plain and Print (Standard) Cloths
Fine Plain and Standard Nineteenth Century Dress Goods
Fine Plain and Standard Twentieth Century Dress Goods
Flannelette
Galatea

Gauze
Gingham
Granite Cloth
Grenadine
Himalaya Cloth or Cotton Shantung
Indian Head
Interlinings, Stiffeners and Shapers
Kimono Cloth
Lawn, Fr. Linon
Linen

Linsey-Woolsey (Linsey)
Longcloth, Plain Weave
Marquisette
Monk’s Cloth
Muslin Dress and Bed Sheeting
Nainsook, Nyansook, Nansook
Organdy, Organdie, Organdee
Osnaburg
Percale
Piqué and Bedford Cord (Cloth)

Plissé
Plush, Pile
Poplin
Ratiné
Sateen, Satine
Sea Island Cotton
Seersucker
Stifel Cloth and Other Indigoes
Tweed, Cotton
Velveteen

Venetian
Voile
Nylon
Rayon and Acetate
Aralac
Brocade
Crepe
Moiré
Taffeta
Silk

Brocade and Fancies
Chantilly Lace
China Silk
Crepe
Faille
Moiré
Mousseline De Soie, Silk Organdy or Silk Muslin
Organza
Ottoman
Pongee

Satin
Serge
Surah
Taffeta
Velvet
Wool
Batiste
Challis and Mousseline de Laine (muslin wool)
Flannel
Gabardine

Granite Cloth
Huguenot Sacking
Overcoating
Suiting
Tweed
Zibeline
Buying, Pricing, and Thread Count
Buying Tips -Ask, Examine, Repeat Three Times
The Importance of Thread Count
Fabric Identification by Fiber, Weave, and Appearance

Burn Tests for Manufactured Fibers
Fabric Identification by Weave Structure
Fabric Identification by Appearance: The Look-alikes
Fabric Identification by Width, Brand Names, Finishes, and Mills
Common Brand Names of Fabrics and Finishes
Popular Brand Name Finishes
Common Vintage Man-Made Brand Names
Prominent Vintage Textile Mills, Converters and Manufacturers
Textiles Are A Woven Part of American History

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