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Synthetic fiber adaptation
« on: July 15, 2017, 04:08:58 AM »
In my collection of pattern cutting and fashion ephemera dating from the 1970's, occasionally I have stumbled across references to synthetic fibers as if they would respond to ironwork as their natural counterparts would.

Was this simply a misunderstanding due to the fact that many of the fibers were still new and unfamiliar, and people simply had the wrong expectations? I recall seeing in one book how polyester double knit would respond to pressing the same way as wool.

Was any bespoke tailoring done from synthetic fibers at this time, before they fully developed the bad reputation they have today? If so, what pattern adaptations would have been made to allow for the lack of ironwork?