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Dec 20, 2012

Good News, Bad News



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.

Happy Thursday, everybody!


(A wobbly holiday message from Liza.)

21 comments:

  1. I know you said you didn't want that colour near your face but what about something like a "camel" overcoat? There are some nice double breasted ones and you could have a contrasting collar. Black fur maybe.

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    1. I don't know what Peter would say but you have a great idea! It would be a waste to not use such thick fabric that's suitable for such cold weather, right? :)

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    2. I suggest black faux fur however.

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  2. Good suggestions. Before I read the comments I was thinking along the lines of an overcoat, too. I would suggest black suede instead of fur - your choice ;-)

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  3. A robe? (with contrast collar, cuffs, etc.) A beret? (again, w/ some contrast). I like the doggy bed idea :) Barring any unusable-by-you brilliant ideas, a giveaway?

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  4. I'm with Beth: dog beds. Of course you'll still have plenty of fabric left over ...
    Winter curtains to keep the cold out at night? Remember window quilts?

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  5. An opera cape for your glamerous cousin?

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  6. A coupla dozen velveteen rabbits?

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  7. I have the same fabric, and I used it to make a duvet cover (I get REALLY cold at night). So here is my suggestion: make a couple of blankets out of it and give them to homeless people. Trust me, that stuff is warm and doesn't let much air through. Rectangles with bias binding are quick and easy to make, and a warm would be a welcome Christmas gift to a person in need.

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    1. Love your idea! such a nice gesture.

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  8. Coat/jacket for doggies?

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  9. I agree with the doggie beds and maybe use the leftovers for Househoes/slippers

    Tia

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  10. Since it is washable, dye it in the washer to a colour you like and then make it into an over coat.

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  11. Bags. I use upholstery fabric for bags. I think that would make a great messanger styled bag.

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  12. several great ideas here! I'm sure you'll pull this particular rabbit out of a hat....

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  13. Yes!!! Is the color really gold, I wonder? On my monitor it looks "camel", but I cannot trust my monitor as to color.

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  14. I meant "Yes!" to Emma Kenyon's suggestion of a coat with black fur collar.

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  15. I'd go with the doggie beds, or the give-away blankets. Get rid of it asap!!!!

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  16. Hi...do you have an email address? I have a company small biz thing and I want to make and sell a coat to customers...I would like to talk with you and hear what u think.
    Thanks.

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