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Why isn't Crimplene listed in the VFG fabric resource?

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion - Ask Questions Get Answers' started by missaleecat, Jun 9, 2015.

  1. denisebrain

    denisebrain VFG President Staff Member

    Various textures, not necessarily crepe-like, but always a knit then?

    Thank you for helping with this Nicole!
     
  2. Well, my memory tells me that it's a woven fabric but I think my memory is wrong - I've looked up assorted examples online and it seems that it is indeed a knit. I'll have to keep an eye out for more!
     
  3. Retro Ruth

    Retro Ruth Queen of Tech Staff Member

    I do most definitely associate Crimplene with knits, and especially double knit polyester as you suggest. I couldn't say if that the ONLY form of Crimplene fabric, but it's certainly the main one.
     
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  4. Retro Ruth

    Retro Ruth Queen of Tech Staff Member

    I just found a Crimplene dress in my own wardrobe - I knew I must have one!

    I will charge my camera and take a close up pic for you of both sides. It's a rather fab one that also includes a lurex-type thread. The label reads Crimplene 'with decorative thread'
     
  5. Retro Ruth

    Retro Ruth Queen of Tech Staff Member

    Here is a close-up of my Crimplene dress, from the hem so showing both sides. Let me know if any other shots would be useful, eg even closer.

    DSC_0407.JPG
     
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  6. Retro Ruth

    Retro Ruth Queen of Tech Staff Member

    This link might interest you, Maggie

    http://old.qi.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=273&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

     
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  7. amandainvermont

    amandainvermont VFG Member

    This fabric makes me think of leisure suits. seenoevilemoti
     
  8. Retro Ruth

    Retro Ruth Queen of Tech Staff Member

    Oh Yes, I'm sure there are some Crimplene leisure suits out there.

    Here's a rather surreal 70s ICI advert aimed at men, including Crimplene

     
  9. denisebrain

    denisebrain VFG President Staff Member

    That's very handy information Ruth! Are you able to click through the tinyurl in that post you link to? I was trying to see the source of the info, and for me it doesn't load.

    Also if you can send me the photo as large as possible, that would be fantastic!
     
  10. Retro Ruth

    Retro Ruth Queen of Tech Staff Member

    No I couldn't get that one to load either.

    I'll message you the photo.
     
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  11. Midge

    Midge Super Moderator Staff Member

    Here's a Crimplene ad from Burda magazine, March 1969. Quite a glamourous dress! The ad extols the fabric's non-creasing, no-ironing-needed qualities.

    crimplene.jpg
     
  12. denisebrain

    denisebrain VFG President Staff Member

    Still hunting for one fact about Crimplene: Can a finished fabric of the Crimplene yarn be woven, not just a knit?
     
  13. Retro Ruth

    Retro Ruth Queen of Tech Staff Member

    Yes, though they seem to be more of a rarity.

    I did some sleuthing and found the following:

    This tie, states 'Terylene warp Crimplene weft', on the label;

    Code:
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-1960s-mans-wide-tie-Terylene-warp-Crimplene-weft-UNUSED-Blue-woven-check-/400750601869
    Two crimplene labelled shirts that appear to be woven, but could possibly be fine knits:

    http://museumvictoria.com.au/collec...irt-gloweave-crimplene-white-lace-circa-1970s

    http://museumvictoria.com.au/collec...gloweave-crimplene-sky-blue-boxed-circa-1970s

    This fashion editorial, supposedly transcribed from Vogue 1970, describing a coat made from 'immaculate woven ‘Crimplene’. The coat does look like a weave, but again can't be certain - could just be sloppy use of language.

    Code:
    http://www.barefoot-vintage.co.uk/blog/vintage-editorials-first-impressions/
    Then I finally searched google books, and found some more solid evidence:

    The International Dyer, Textile Printer, Bleacher and Finisher 1977 states: "The Crimplene yarns used for woven fabrics possess higher bulk than their counterparts for knitting, and fabric shrinkage in both directions is possible.

    https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=jIAwAAAAIAAJ&q=crimplene woven&dq=crimplene woven&hl=en&sa=X&ei=GNWaVd32H4S6UbLZjJAH&ved=0CCoQ6AEwAg

    Textile Manufacturer, 1973 says: ""It was in May 1971 at our Fabric Assembly that we first showed woven Crimplene fabrics from Tootal, from Berne Silks and from Ungar. Dresses in these fabrics first appeared in reasonable qualities in Spring 1972. Currently there are 12 producers of woven Crimplene fabrics".
    https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=WFpCAAAAYAAJ&q="It was in May 1 971 at our Fabric Assembly that we first showed woven Crimplene fabrics from Tootal"&dq="It was in May 1 971 at our Fabric Assembly that we first showed woven Crimplene fabrics from Tootal"&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ntaaVf7oMcjbUZ3jjOgM&ved=0CCAQ6AEwAA
     
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  14. Retro Ruth

    Retro Ruth Queen of Tech Staff Member

  15. denisebrain

    denisebrain VFG President Staff Member

    That's very helpful, thank you Ruth! I will re-write some of my definition to include woven Crimplene.

    BTW, that ad is a trip!
     
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  16. Retro Ruth

    Retro Ruth Queen of Tech Staff Member

    It is isn't it? Crimplene on the moon.
     

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