Dating vintage fabric

Unwashed old cottons seem to impart a certain glow or patina, mostly due to mellowing and special finishes now outdated.

Vintage fabric is popular among fashion and sewing enthusiasts, as there’s nothing quite like making a traditional-styled garment out of traditional fabric!

RESOURCES: The WPL, RN & CA Labeling Guide on Ebay. the verbiage “lot” usually followed by a number or number with a letter. For whatever reason, lot numbers ceased use around 1979. One of my favs growing up, because all sizes were 5, 7 or 9! Reason being that travel to Mexico was quite popular during the era and Mexican styles (particularly circle skirts) caught on as a trend.

I assume the outsourcing of clothing to more countries abroad had something to do with it! If women weren’t vacationing to Mexico and buying them there, they were being bought and sold in American boutiques. 1971 or newer if the garment has a care label with at least one suggested instruction on how to wash/”care for” the garment.

This can be a deterrent in pinpointing fine old lawn, particularly with retro designs now in vogue.

Regardless, finding natural and early synthetic fabrics in 36″ to 39″ or narrower widths should trigger your inner alarm system into action.

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