When embarking on an Edwardian era sewing project it is critical to look at fabrics, colors, and textures to re-create the most authentic outfit possible. Prior to 1910 finding color illustrations or swatches of fabrics is very difficult. My collection is growing but heavily favors the late teens when color printing was more economical. The following scans are from summer and winter clothing catalogs and tailor’s books spanning 1906 to 1918. The target audience for these books were women home sewers or men’s ordering suits from a traveling tailor. You won’t find much evening wear in these offerings but plenty of house dresses, day frocks, suitings, and nightgowns as well as fabrics for making children’s clothes.
Women’s Fabrics- Dresses, coats, suits, nightwear
House Dresses: Gingham, duck cloth, chambray, percale, serge, poplin, velveteen, satin habutai
Day / Afternoon Dresses: Wool serge, satin, taffeta, silk poplin, messaline, wool jersey, crepe de chine, silk velvet, Venetian broadcloth, linen, chevoit, organdy, muslin, lawn, noisook, brilliantine
Blouses (waists): Lawn, ponge, madras, silk (crepe, taffeta, shantung, georgette, china, japan), velvet, cashmere, wool, mohair, linen, velvet, lustre, cambric. Trimms of Brussels net or French net and lace.
Skirts: Panama, satin, voile, wool
Suits: Panama, broadcloth, tweed, Venetians, serge taffeta, wool, vicuna, voile, chevoit, velvet cord, gabardine
Coats: Wool, broadcloth, kersey, chinchilla, beavercloth, tweed, wool velour, covert, silk velveteen, velvet (evening coats)
Nightgowns, robes: Flannel, velour flannelette, twill flannelette, sateen, muslin, white cotton, silk
Aprons: white lawn, gingham, chambray (pink, blue, fawn)
Men’s Fabrics- Suiting, trousers, shirts, coats
More Edwardian Men’s resources:
1910s Edwardian men’s fashion – suits and business attire
1910s Edwardian Men fashion – casual clothing
1910s Edwardian men’s clothing – workwear
Move onto 1920s fashion fabrics