Trevira, made by Texlene, replaced crimplene as the important fabric in the fashion industry for young designers of the early 1970’s. It was consider ‘the’  fabric of the time, used by well know  designers all over the world. It  was perfect for the mini shift dresses and a line coats of the time.



From the Portuguese magazine Gente 1974. Describing Trevira as the new fashion sensation, “the fashion-fiber created to serve fashion… does not deform and washes and dries’s’s Trevira”.


The advert (above left) is from 1970’s Vogue magazine entitled ‘B.H.Wragg designs in Trevira Star’ and sings the praises of the polyester based fabric. Wragg was an influential American designer who specialized in young peoples fashion and loved the bold colours and patterns which could be shown using this material.


This good bold purple coloured Trevira fabric  is perfect for making mini dresses as shown in the patterns below. It has much more the feel of cool wool and cotton than crimplene and other man made fibres.

The pattern from Simplicity’s how to sew range one of several styles suitable for this weight of fabric this and similar mini dresses would take approx 2 metres of this purple fabric as it is 56″ wide.


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