Giveaway: Terry Cloth by Monique Combes


It has been a long, long time since I’ve done a giveaway, hasn’t it? Well, this book is so special it has me coming out of giveaway hibernation. Terry Cloth is by Monique Combes, a vintage fabric aficionado and proprietress of online shop Tactile ThreadsSchiffer Books is the publisher of lots of great vintage fabric reference volumes, so I was really excited when she first told me they were working together. And even more thrilled when she asked me, ME?!, to write the foreword. My first one.

The book was released just a couple months ago and it is completely delightful. I think all it will take to convince you is a little peek at some of the vintage ads:



Monique provides a thorough history of terry cloth fabric and fashion, including care and sewing tips. The bulk of the pages are pure nostalglia and visuo-tactile wonder – there are vintage ads, vintage sewing pattern illustrations, some choice fashion photos, and a zillion swatches — sections on animals, modern florals, traditional florals, fruits & vegetables, several types of geometrics and novelties, and paisley.


{ You can almost feel the texture! }


{ Terry Cloth is a great historical print reference – there were some mighty fine florals put onto terry! }




{ My first foreword! }

Monique has provided a copy for me to give away to one lucky True Up reader this week. I want to hear about your memories of terry cloth, or even better yet, see your pictures of you or someone  you know (or someone’s bathroom or kitchen, perhaps) rocking some terry back in the day. Post a comment or upload a picture on Instagram, Flickr, or somewhere and leave a link. I will keep the comments open through the weekend (at least) and I’ll ask Monique to help me pick a winner. This is open to readers worldwide.

Terry Cloth is available from Tactile Threads (along with lots of the fabrics featured in the book!) or directly from Schiffer.


  1. Holly says:

    Growing up we had a little terry cloth robe that we would wear at the pool. My granny had made it and the print was a very 70s brown and orange floral pattern. I loved that thing! What a great looking book.

  2. CarmencitaB says:

    I’m still wearing terry cloth to go to the beach! I bought a terry cloth dress and matching bathing suit about ten years ago at H&M, the suit has seen better days, but the sundress lives on.
    Here is a picture :

  3. Beth T. says:

    Oh, I wish I had a photo to share! When I was a freshman in high school, a girl I really admired wore a slouchy, terry cloth jacket to our concert choir class every day. I wanted one so desperately! To my dismay, I was so skinny and short that there were none to be found in the “girls section” where I had to shop. So my dear mother made me a slouchy jacket from a pattern she drafted herself. I was so proud to wear it to school, and I look back at it now as a reminder of how blessed I was to have a mother so creative and so generous with her very limited free time.

  4. Donna Gesler says:

    Hi, I am so glad to see your post about Monique’s cool new book… I am very proud of her. I first met Monique thru etsy a few years ago, when she still lived in Australia!! I had found some cool terry cloth (of course) and she purchased some from me! I found out through our conversations that to my surprise she was moving to the US and not to far away from me!! I am a long time WI resident. I still have not met Monique, but I plan on getting to some day!! I would love to have her book, as I am a one of those people, who just hasn’t done it yet, but has good intentions to purchase one! Thanks!! Donna Gesler

  5. Tracy Darr-Van Reet says:

    LOL, just looking at the pages brings back memories of cover-ups and jackets from the 60′s and 70′s. What fun prints we had and variety of ways to show them off. My Mom too made most of the items. Thanks for a trip down memory lane.

  6. Grace says:

    wow I’m feeling really ignorant because I didn’t there was such a thing as terry cloth fashion! This book fascinates me because the terry cloth I know are in solid colors. I would so love to find some in cute designs to go to the beach with!

  7. Pouch says:

    I don’t have a photo to share, but I love this book, I especially love the fabric with the little elephants on! I have a huge stash of vintage fabric, but I don’t have any terry cloth, I think it’s getting harder & harder to get hold of the really nice stuff!

  8. I love terry cloth but unfortunately don’t have any in my wardrobe right now. Maybe it’s a good thing as my hubbie lives in corduroy, so we’d probably end up sticking to eachother!

  9. Esther says:

    No tengo foto para compartir, pero soy una gran seguidora de este blog. Gracias por la oportunidad de ganar!

  10. Lyndel says:

    Growing up in the 1950s and 60s in Australia we had lots of Terry cloth for beachwear. My mum was great at sewing, so we had new Terry shift dresses every summer to wear to the beach.

  11. Sophia DeLonghi says:

    What great fun it would be to have a robe out of this colorful fabric! Tactile and vintage illustrations…trip down memory lane!

  12. Karrie Smith says:

    Last summer I was babysitting for my friend, and needed a warm washcloth, so I grabbed the bottom of the stack for (what I thought) was a raggety Zelda (terry cloth) washcloth. I accidently left it out, and their crazy dog chewed on it. Yeah, the set is worth like $400. My friend was not happy with me. I babysit for free now.

  13. Stephanie wainwright says:

    Wow. This book really is a time capsule!!
    Never knew there was so much behind it!!

    Would love a copy of this x

  14. Suze says:

    One of my favorite textures. When we were first married, I made my husband a terrycloth bathrobe our of the thickest most luxurious terrycloth fabric I could find, almost a velour texture. I HATED sewing it. It was hard to hold the seams together while sewing; it shed all over and the seams looked terrible on the outside. (This was before the days of sergers.) He wore it faithfully for years, though only in the winter because it was so warm and thick. I don’t remember why we finally got rid it. I think his taste changed and he began wearing sweats when he relaxed instead of robes. I swore off sewing terry cloth after that but I still think a thick terry bathrobe is the height of luxury. Yay for hotel robes, huh? I love the advert for terry jumpsuits in the first picture. Can you imagine anyone actually wearing one!!!

  15. Mary says:

    When I was in 8th grade, my best friend’s mom took us to the East Village in NYC. We lived in NJ, not far away, but of course we didn’t get to explore the city much on our own. My friend and I were New Wavers, wearing our best Depeche Mode and Cure shirts, and worshiped the Village as the coolest place on Earth. Her mom was 5 feet tall and a bit round and wore a yellow terry cloth jumper with three parrots on it. When she stopped a cute boy to ask for directions, my friend and I nearly died of shame. I can still picture her mom’s outfit!

  16. Really? Do I need yet another fabric collection?? Apparently I NEED terrycloth now, this book is awesome and now I am frantic to collect me some terry!! xo, suzy

  17. Esther says:

    It is pretty!! And a great inspiration source for fabric design, which I love…
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!!

  18. Sophia says:

    My granny gave me a gorgeous magenta terrycloth towel set when I got married. I still have them today!