In Fall For Cotton

Fall For Cotton – 1950 “Fabric Notes”

I recently bought some goodies from one of my favorite eBay shops, and the seller graciously threw in a few extra gifts. I love that!


One of those gifts was this great little booklet written by Ethelwyn Dodson – Extension Clothing Specialist (now there’s a title!). I wanted to share the chapter about cotton since it ties in perfectly with our sewalong right now.


I love little insights like this into past decades. Have you ever heard of plaid denim, “air conditioning” cottons, or corduroy raincoats?


I don’t think you hear the word “Luminal” too much anymore. It sounds so fancy! Anyone using any Luminal or Metallic fabric for their Fall For Cotton project? (Do they count metallic thread/glitter as a percentage in fiber content? Now I’m curious!) How about any kind of specially finished cotton? The twill I’m using for my pants might have some sort of wrinkle guard, but now I can’t remember. All I know is it’s 100% cotton!

Speaking of Fall For Cotton, it wraps up on Monday, September 30th so this is the last week/weekend to finish your projects and upload your photos to the Flickr pool (photos due before the end of the day on 9/30)!


  • Re: Luminol
    The town of Bauxite, Arkansas basically existed because of the ALCOA aluminum mine that was there; the old high school has been turned into a community hall and museum full of mining equipment, things made of aluminum, history of the town and the people, etc. One of the exhibits, upstairs, is an evening gown made of silk-and-aluminum fabric, by a French designer. Not just a few threads woven through for decoration – it’s seriously cloth-of-aluminum. I don’t, unfortunately, remember who wore it. The silk is pale pink and it just shimmers; the fabric drapes beautifully. Fully lined, of course!

  • Isn’t it just the best when a seller throws in an unexpected surprise present or two? I always get a sense of happy goosebumps when I see that they’ve done that. It’s such a thoughtful, lovely way to help make a customer for life out you/me.

    β™₯ Jessica

  • The fabric I used (which was described as 100% cotton from Japan) has little glittery gold leaves on it – they’re not woven into the fabric but look to be stamped on it. I guess it’s an example of the “new” metallic printing process, perhaps still in use :). Having aluminium threads in your fabric sounds like a recipe for scratches!

  • I must say, I found the “corderoy raincoat” a bit surprising! would love to see that one in action πŸ™‚

  • I used to use cottons with the metallic threads but everywhere they tucked in they itched : ) When I made my patio dress last year for the BAD RAP Ho Down I wore a camisole underneath and solved the itching problem. If I have time I’m going to post a little about cotton on my blog as well but we’ve got a significant photo schedule going for this weekend so we’ll see. Thanks for doing this, it’s a ton of fun!!