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Date: 5/10/13 9:38 AM

When I was looking something up on google yesterday, I bumped into an interesting full-text link to a book on fabric -- circa the 1920's. If you sew from vintage patterns, and can't figure out what alpaca is, or zephyr cloth (or anything in between), this will be helpful. It's also just plain fun to read, to learn about the huge range of fabrics that were once available to home sewists.
The book is in two sections -- here is part one and here is part 2.

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Date: 6/12/13 10:13 PM

Thanks for making this available. Fascinating information I'll go back and dip into from time to time.

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Date: 6/13/13 4:20 AM

I enjoyed reading some of the definitions. It is definitely a lesson in textile history.
Thanks for the links.
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Date: 6/13/13 9:55 AM

I love the airplane cloth - the linen of which airplane wings are made of. Wonder if Boeing has any extra bolts of that?

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Date: 6/13/13 10:24 AM

Interesting. Thanks for the link.
I remember as a child going to the fabric store with my Mom to shop for Indian Head fabric.
Several years ago, while working at JAs, a little lady came in and ask where the Indian Head was. I had to sadly inform here that it was not being made anymore, but perhaps we could find a substitue.
I think the closest thing to it is the Weavers cloth, except that that is part poly and not available in many colors.

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Date: 6/13/13 4:49 PM

Thank you.

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Date: 6/13/13 5:58 PM

Thank you!

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Date: 6/23/13 2:07 PM

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I love the airplane cloth - the linen of which airplane wings are made of. Wonder if Boeing has any extra bolts of that?

It's still available, made to the relevant 1916 British Standard, but shockingly expensive. ($100 a yard, i've heard). One of the important features of it is that it's entirely untreated, so that it will shrink to fit the panels, and be under tension. Probably not really useful for making clothes out of...

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Date: 6/23/13 6:45 PM

Thanks for sharing, this looks like an excellent resource.

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