A 8 yard 13 inch long by 64 inch wide piece of border print stretch knit fabric by Etchings, a division of the Manes Organization. Fiber not stated and date unknown.
I am placing this fabric in the late 1960s/early1970s due to the pattern. Border prints were popular fabrics for maxi dresses. The Manes Organization began operations on January 1, 1950.
No fiber content stated but feels like polyester knit. The fabric is a rectangle…any distortion to that shape is either the angle of my clothesline or the fabric is just blowing in the wind. Any discolorations are the fact I take a bad photo or the sun is glinting off of a fold. This particular fabric is sheer enough that you can see the dark and light of the shed wall behind the fabric showing through. This semi-sheerness tends to distort the color when photographed. The fabric's background is not a true black but a very, very dark grey with a blue tinge to it. The fabric also has a slight sheen to it which adds to the color distortions when photographed.
I did not see any flaws, pulls or snags. Fabric seems strong without weak areas. I did not see any flaws in the printing.
Year: late 1960s or early 1970s Fiber: 100% Polyester; could be a nylon. This is a knit with slight stretch. Pulling a 10 " section of the cross grain HARD resulted in 11"...1" of stretch. Label: Etchings, a Division of the Manes Organization Color: Black, Shades of Pink, Green, Gold Pattern: Azaleas and Leaves Width: 64 inches Length: 8 yards plus 13 inches Flaws: None noticed Laundered: Yes, cold water Dried: Line Dried Aired: Aired
Picture 1: Close shot of the fabric hanging from the clothesline. Picture 2: Shot of the fabric hanging from the clothesline showing the entire print. You can see the changes in the shed colors through the fabric as well as the white tarp on the ground. Picture 3: The entire piece of fabric hanging from the clothesline. The fabric is somewhat see through...you can see the changes in the shed colors through the fabric. A dress made from this fabric will need a slip. Picture 4: The reverse or wrong side of the fabric. Picture 5: Close up of fabric's print with dime for scale. Picture 6: Close up of the fabric's border print with a quarter for scale. This is the closest to the true colors of the fabric. Picture 7: Information printed on selvedge.
The fabric was washed and dried in the Carolina sun. Please note that my yard has no pets and is not fertilized...just grass. So if a piece of fabric lays on the grass while hanging from the clothesline for photos...it stays clean. When purchasing a vintage fabric please remember that it is old. I may have missed a fade or a flaw. I may have misjudged the year. I am happy to be corrected. All fabrics are vintage items and sold…AS IS. Although I maintain a smoke-free and a pet-free studio, I have no control over where items have been previously. I attempt to represent my goods as honestly as possible, but sometimes something will get by. If you have any doubts about an item, E-MAIL ME! I want to make sure that you will be pleased with your purchase