Thursday, July 9, 2015

Fabric of the week: Percale

If you’ve ever thought a fabric felt like a sheet, you might have had your hands on percale. The exact definition will help you be sure:

A cotton or a cotton/poly blend fabric, percale is a balanced plain weave with a smooth hand and no luster. It can be limp to relatively crisp depending on the finish. It is finer and has a higher thread count than muslin.
          Uses: Sheets, shirts, dresses, children’s clothing, pajamas

          See also: Muslin

©Vintage Fashion Guild - Text by Margaret Wilds/denisebrain,  photo by Hoyt Carter
Right now I have a lightweight poly/cotton blend percale tent dress from the late 1960s or early 70s—so summery!

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