Readers, the same day I picked up the linen border print for Michael's shirt and the lavender corduroy for my just-completed shorts, I also bought a very wide yard and a half of this:
It's cotton canvas toile de Jouy. I'm too lazy to tell you how to pronounce it, but click here if you're interested.
Toile de Jouy is a design that goes back to 18th Century France and usually depicts rustic scenes. My fabric shows happy peasants doing, well, what happy peasants do. It reminds me of Jacques Demy's Peau d'ane, my favorite musical in which Catherine Deneuve wears a donkey on her head. Actually, maybe that was the 15th Century. But no matter.
Here are what the peasants are up to on my fabric. Serving yummies.
Playing what looks like Bocce ball.
All in all, it looks like a pretty good life except for the periodic famines and epidemics.
Anyway, friends, my intention is to make myself a pair of toile de Jouy pants. I showed my fabric to my mother, whose reaction was the rather leading, "Don't you want to make that into shorts?" To which I replied, "No, I want long pants."
But now I'm wondering if my mother wasn't perhaps right, which she often is, much to my frustration. So, predictably, I turn to you.
1) What do you think of toile de Jouy (enough italicizing) for anything -- upholstery, wallpaper etc? Does it have any negative associations -- peasant revolts, Martha Stewart, the preppies in your high school?
2) If one were going to make pants out it, do you think it's better suited to shorts rather than long pants?
3) Do you agree that long or short, an entire suit of toile de Jouy (as shown by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac in the photo below) is a bit too much?
Toile de Jouy -- YEA or NAY?
(The fun begins around 1:30)
FRIDAY UPDATE: A number of commenters have (hilariously) made reference to The Sound of Music. While Maria did make play clothes out of curtains, they were NOT toile de Jouy. (Can anyone name the fabric?)
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