OK, I need to talk about my second-hand Ralph Lauren sheets some more.
Look closely at the image below. Can you see a subtle difference between the floral fabric on the right and the floral fabric on the left?
The fabric on the right has a faint yellow cast, and -- you wouldn't know this from the photo -- feels much softer and more luxurious. This was the sheeting that had been turned into two double-sided something or others -- maybe blankets, definitely not drapes. (I cut the seams off and opened the fabric up.)
The King size fitted sheet is on the left. It, along with the pillowcases, is less rich looking and considerably stiffer. Maybe it hadn't been laundered as much. (Both have the Ralph Lauren label and were made in the USA. The softer fabric says "King"-something but the label got pinked in whatever project it was used for.)
Now look at the wrong side of both sheets.
The stiffer fitted King size sheet is again on the left. The wrong side is a pale gray. The softer sheeting is on the right. The wrong side is blacker.
Readers, I like the wrong sides of this fabric better than the right sides!
Here I am draped in the fabric:
Much less overpowering, don't you think?
Meanwhile, I found this shot of the sheets styled with gingham and solid white. I think the combination works great, and helps to mute the intensity of the floral print. I could certainly see a shirt combining the floral with simple black and white gingham, a la color blocking. I'd have to sketch it out.
Anyway, there are many possibilities.
Readers, I don't know much about sheets, but is it possible this same print was woven in different qualities for different purposes, say, a duvet cover and a bed sheet? Why would the wrong side of the fabric look so different?
I ask you:
1) Have you ever bought the same sheet at two different times and the quality was different? (This has happened to me with underwear.)
2) Have you ever liked the wrong side of the fabric better than the right side and chose to use the fabric wrong side out? (That's allowed, right?)
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