Good news, readers: I laundered the cotton velveteen I bought yesterday and it dried considerably softer and drapier -- gorgeous!
Bad news: As correctly predicted by sewing maven Nancy K., laundering had no effect whatsoever on the thickness of the fabric. And this upholstery fabric is simply too thick for pants I intend to wear anywhere outside Siberia. Thick-as-carpeting velveteen pants in increasingly temperate New York City would be a bad investment, I fear.
What am I going to do with this fabric then? I have no idea.
Sadly, it's also not a color I would want to wear anywhere near my face, because earlier today I purchased this vintage men's jacket pattern on Etsy. A little Eighties, I know, but I think it has possibilities. Perhaps navy wool with a fur collar? Plaid? Anyway, definitely not gold velveteen.
Readers, I wish I could offer a happy ending to my velveteen fabric adventure and maybe someday I will. Right now I'm going to cut my losses and move on.
Thank you for your many inspiring stories of upholstery-fabric-into-garments success. If only there were someone I knew who needed something reupholstered -- or wanted to be reupholstered themselves.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns. I also sew for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!