Whatever happened to …

… Crimplene?

This suggestion from the Padlet.  With a little change in spelling at the beginning.

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The poster was anonymous although the reference to Walkerville pretty much gives it away!

You’re dating yourself if you remember this miracle material.  My mom was an excellent seamstress so I actually do remember her working with the material.  As I recall, it wasn’t the easiest and would often break needles in her sewing machine because it was a little stiffer than the standard cotton.  If you forgot to change the needle, it could cause the problem.

If I recall, the popularity of Crimplene was that is was fairly stiff in construction and didn’t crinkle with wear.  For the most part, it didn’t need to be ironed which is a big plus.  While I do remember the name and its reputation, I don’t recall ever wearing anything made from it myself.

To answer the other question in the suggestion, home sewn shirts are a remembrance for me.  For the most part, though, he had boxes and boxes of patterns that had been used to make dresses.

So, for a Sunday….

  • Do you remember the term Crimplene?
  • Can you remember any clothes that you had that might have been created with it?
  • When you buy clothes these days, do you look at the material it’s constructed from or do you just go with looks?
  • As I look around, the bulk of what I have is just plain ol’ cotton.  It fits my lifestyle but it does crinkle with wear.  How do you handle that?
  • Do you have any memories of home sewn clothing?
  • Does the name Butterick mean anything to you?
  • If you were to attempt to create and sew your own clothing, where would you go to buy the material?
  • Where would a student today go if they wished to learn how to sew?

I’d be interested in your memories of this “wonder material”.  Please share them in the comments below.

And, if you have any ideas for a future post, please include them in the Padlet.


5 thoughts on “Whatever happened to …

  1. I love to sew, but hardly have the time. I go by feel when choosing fabric for any project or any “already made” clothes. I don’t care what it’s called – I only care about how it feels and how well it will wash. I do not remember the fabric you’re talking about, though I feel as if I should. My mom used to see for me, so I likely had many things made from it.

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  2. Oops, I did not intentionally make the Padlet anonymous:) I had forgotten the names of the pattern companies! I also remember some other ones that Google listed, such as Simplicity and McCalls. Our middle school in Burks Falls had a full Family Studies and Shop Program. But two years ago there was an ARC that closed the school and re-opened it as k-8. Both those programs were cancelled and the equipment removed. I do not know where the sewing machines went! When I shop, I now look to see if it needs ironing. Therefore I do not buy cotton or rayon, sadly. I like them but refuse to iron. I can see a future column – whatever happened to the steam iron.:)

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  3. My mom made almost all of our clothes for us when we were younger and I definitely remember clothes made of crimpoline. Also, my mom liked to use rickrack for trim to make the outfits fancier. One of my favourites was a dress made of blue crimpoline with a matching cape. Mom made it for me for Easter and then afterwards I got to wear it to school. I felt so stylish! I learned to sew in home ec in Grade 7 & 8 and in high school. Too bad they don’t offer that any more. My girls learned to sew from their grandmother, and in high school would buy secondhand clothes at Value Village and then alter them. They are much braver seamstresses than I’ll ever be.

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  4. Ewwww, synthetic fabric! Yes, I am a fibre snob. I love knitting with natural fibres, and am currently fascinated by the move (especially in the States) to creating completely locally sourced and dyed wool. The term fibreshed (think watershed) is part of my new learning this year. There is a resurgence in hand-creating clothing among the young independent crafters and designers I know – the hashtag #memademay was extremely popular this spring. There are beautiful sewing patterns being created by independents as well as the big standards. I do have a sewing machine, used more for mending than anything else. I detested sewing in home ec (spatial reasoning is challenging for me), but I so wish it was still available…I am an advocate for sewing and cooking in makerspaces. I can get fabric at fabric land, but would be more likely to buy from an independent producer. And yes, I do look to see what clothes are made of and where they are made. Now, off to Value Village to shop.


  5. Anne, how did I not know you have a Burk’s Falls connection? I have decided that it is secretly the centre of the universe because many people I know have connections there…


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