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Date: 1/17/08 9:31 PM

I was watching "DreamGirls" dvd today while doing some hand sewing and in one scene the mens suits just screamed sharkskin to me. I remember having a sharkskin skirt in about the mid 60's and I'm sure that i haven't seen this fabric in at least the last 20 years. This got me thinking of other favorite outfits that really can't be duplicated today. I had polished cotton blouses that could be washed without losing the sheen (unlike todays hom dec fabric) and a mohair jumper. I know mohair is still around albeit very expensive, but this was blend in rtw kids clothes about the early 60's before it got really high end. My mother had a full length opera coat in a fabric she called silk ottoman. I wore the coat several times in the late 60's to proms and so remember it well. Last year, I received the same fabric in a bundle, but can't identify it under the name ottoman. What is being sold under that name is not the same item.
Does anyone have any favorite fabrics that have disappeared or have returned in new versions that are not the same?
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Date: 1/17/08 9:43 PM

Yeah, I miss dotted swiss.

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Date: 1/17/08 9:48 PM

Does anyone remember "Moymacrae" synthetic linen (produced by Moygashel)--actually it was quite nice? Indian Head cotton--mainly as home dec fabric? Dimity? Qiana knit?

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Date: 1/17/08 9:55 PM

I don't remember that synthetic linen, but I do remember buying Moygashel linen at the local fabric store at a very reasonable price. Not something you can do nowdays at Joannes.
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2011-80.25+30+donated
2012 86.3 yds..
2013 21.0
Everyone who sews seriously has a stockpile of fabrics, because it is natural to purchase more than can be sewn in any one season" Singer, Timesaving Sewing, 1987

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Date: 1/17/08 9:59 PM

I used to use Sibonne to underline.

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Date: 1/17/08 9:59 PM

Lily, I was scrolling down to post my thoughts...and it was dotted swiss too. I remember many of my childhood dresses were from that material, in many different colors of dots. I have seen some recently in for the spring fabric at Hancocks, but it didn't look as fine nor feel like i remember...or maybe it's my memory that's faulty.

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Date: 1/17/08 10:35 PM

You can definitely still get dotted swiss. It is readily available from any of the online heirloom vendors, such as Farmhouse Fabrics. You can get the real thing or a poly blend duplicate for a lot less.

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Date: 1/17/08 10:40 PM

Solosmocker, thanks for that information. I'd love to make a nostalgic dress for a special little girl.

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Date: 1/17/08 10:48 PM

Oh, I miss shagbark cotton! It had woven slubs in it and scattered 'shags' that were longer. It was often done in plaids. Guess I've always liked fabric with texture. There was another fabric that may have been called Trigger that was skirt or pant weight and didn't wrinkle easily.

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Date: 1/17/08 11:48 PM

I think of dotted swiss every time I think of making an Easter dress for my daughter. I must have worn that about every Easter as a child! I don't miss Quiana knits-I thought they were horrid.

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