Any vintage sheet aficionados who can tell me why Wamsutta Supercale?

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion Q & A' started by Jen S, Sep 25, 2015.

  1. Jen S

    Jen S Registered Guest

    I'm a longtime vintage clothing lover and I'm making the transition to vintage sheets. I can't believe I didn't do this long ago, they are so nice.... Anyhow, I've noticed that the vintage Wamsutta Supercale all-cotton sheets sell for a lot more than other American brands of all-cotton percale, such as Cannon or Springmaid or Stevens-Utica. I am just curious if anyone can tell me why that is, and if they are really superior. I know this is kind of off-topic but thought I'd throw it out there. Thanks!
  2. joules

    joules Trade Member

    I like vintage American cotton percale sheets too.
    Just guessing, but perhaps the Wamsutta Supercale sheets have a higher thread count.
    It's fun to try and find the size you need, new old stock! The thrill of the hunt.

    I like vintage Cannon percales, personally. I have also found a contemporary American cotton percale supplier, which I'm very much into, at the moment. Found on ebay.
  3. Jen S

    Jen S Registered Guest

    Thanks! I have a queen-sized bed and have not been able to find fitted sheets, so I started to use a flat sheet and hospital corners. But maybe I'll check out your contemporary supplier, since it is kind of a pain. :)
  4. Circa Vintage

    Circa Vintage Alumni +

    I'm not sure how old the vintage sheets you like are, but fitted sheets are a fairly recent invention - from the '80s I think? Prior to that all sheets were flat.
  5. joules

    joules Trade Member

    Jen, the sheets are organic too. If you message me here, I can share the ebay seller's link. Not affiliated, but I have been ever so pleased with them. It's hard to find good percale.
  6. Jen S

    Jen S Registered Guest

    Thank you - I think I found your seller, if the word blissful is in the handle.
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  7. The Vintage Merchant

    The Vintage Merchant Administrator Staff Member

    actually, the fitted sheet was patented in 1959. :)
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  8. joules

    joules Trade Member

  9. Jen S

    Jen S Registered Guest

    Thanks, Joules!

    Yes, there are vintage fitted percale sheets from the 60s, and on occasion it seems one can find a queen fitted, but they're not very common. Doubles are much easier to find, but even they are much scarcer than flat sheets.

    It's also possible to make your own fitted sheet with a flat sheet and some elastic, but I haven't gone that route so far.
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  10. joules

    joules Trade Member

    Um hmm. I also have queen size beds, so finding vintage NOS sheets isn't all that feasible. That's why I went with the modern version, and made in U.S.A. too. Pricey, but worth it, I feel.
  11. Jen S

    Jen S Registered Guest

    So while I'm at it I have another random vintage linens question.... Why are vintage pillowcases SO MUCH bigger than new ones? Inquiring minds.....
  12. Better Dresses Vintage

    Better Dresses Vintage Trade Member

    Yes, we've had fitted sheets all my life, so at least from the mid-60s, Nicole. Perhaps they weren't as popular abroad as they were in the U.S?

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