Hello again dear readers! This is Brigid at the other end of the intergalactic-space-age-computer line today. (long introductory sentence, ay?)
Today I have a loverly topic to share with you called, well, you saw the title! Do you all want to come along for the ride? Let’s go then!
|A picture of me in my vintage sweater that inspired this article.|
So, as you all can tell from the above picture, my vintage sweater I posted about a few weeks ago (you can find the post here) inspired this here article.
So, how do I tell if my sweater is vintage?
|Source: Catseye Vintage|
1. Serging (or overcasting) IS vintage!
2. Seam-binding versus elastic tape
Here’s the description of this sweater:
sweater with ribbed neck, cuff and waist detail
in winter white is by the Jantzen company
neck and shoulder sleeves are finished with seam binding
|Source: same as above|
|Source: Gertie’s Blog for Better Sewing|
This tape helps to keep the seams of a T-shirt from stretching. Seam binding in vintage knits performs the same function.
3. Metal Zipper
Now this ramps up our vintage-ness to 75%! How much more evidence do we need? Not much more, but I do want to dispel one more myth.
4. Acetate is vintage!
- Hand: soft, smooth, dry, crisp, resilient
- Comfort: breathes, wicks, dries quickly, no static cling
- Drape: linings move with the body linings conform to the garment
- Color: deep brilliant shades with atmospheric dyeing meet colorfastness requirements
- Luster: light reflection creates a signature appearance
- Performance: colorfast to perspiration staining, colorfast to dry cleaning, air and vapor permeable
- Tenacity: weak fiber with breaking tenacity of 1.2 to 1.4 g/d; rapidly loses strength when wet; must be dry cleaned
- Abrasion: poor resistance
- Heat retention: poor thermal retention; no allergenic potential (hypoallergenic)
- Dyeability: (two methods) cross-dying method where yarns of one fiber and those of another fiber are woven into a fabric in a desired pattern; solution-dying method provides excellent color fastness under the effects of sunlight, perspiration, air contaminants and washing
Alright, alright, everything you could want in a delicate man-made fiber.
So, dear readers I must sign off. I hope this post helped dispel some unsure-ities you might have had about any of the vintage sweaters you have, or are looking to buy.
The middle sister and singer