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I short while ago, I was given the following piece of fabric from a work colleague (sorry about the blurryness of the image, I took it with my phone).

Yes the fabric is vintage, my work colleague rescued it from her mother's stash after she passed away.

It is slightly textured (kind of like corduroy).  The piece is 90cm wide by 330cm long, any suggestions about what I can make from it?

FYI - I also have a few patterns from the 40s, 50s and 60s that I need to trace so I can return them and a copy of "Ladies Garment Cutting and Making" by Morris, which was published at the beginning of the 40s, it contains instructions for drafting all kinds of garments from the 40s, the book will take sometime to copy.


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Apr. 24th, 2011 10:02 pm (UTC)
Hmm, probably something late 60's, and if it's at all stiff, one of the geometrically shaped a-line dresses would be well suited: http://sewretro.blogspot.com/2011/04/searching-for-instructions.html
Apr. 25th, 2011 01:20 am (UTC)
That fabric immediately brings to mind Emilio Pucci for me, so I'd be inclined to go with late 60s or 70s. If it's fairly sturdy, then I second the option of a 60s Mod dress or skirt. Of course, you should always make something that you feel you will actually wear, so use your own style gut to guide you. Mod dresses work well with layering (over a long sleeve top and tights with boots). And if that much print is too bold, then a skirt might be a more practical option.

For some inspiration, have a look at these gorgeous Emilio Pucci creations. A lot of his dresses are done in jersey fabrics, but he also did some in sturdy, structured fabrics like almost canvas weight cottons and velveteens, which would suit your fabric.

Some dresses:
Simply A-line skirt:
Wrap skirt:
A bold jacket if you're brave (I think this one absolutely rocks as a statement piece, but I'm partial to jackets)

Apr. 26th, 2011 07:38 am (UTC)
I found this pattern on the Simplicity Website,

I think this might be worth purchasing.

Apr. 26th, 2011 07:43 am (UTC)
Ooh yes! That's exactly the shape I was thinking of.
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