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A while ago I got the end of a bolt of yummy patterned wool from Mill Ends. It is black with lozenges that are 1 1/2" wide by 2 1/2" long. Sadly I only have about 2 1/2 yards of it. So what might ot be appropriate for? Ideas, thoughts and suggestions are welcome!

Date: 2009-01-24 08:00 am (UTC)
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Oh my god that is sexy fabric. Um...a hood, maybe?

Date: 2009-01-24 09:53 am (UTC)
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My first thought was a hood, but with 2 1/2 yards, you could make an apron-dress, should you want such a thing, and probably have fabric left over...

Date: 2009-01-24 09:55 am (UTC)
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I forgot to ask how heavy is the fabric? dress weight? coat weight? That will affect what suitable uses are.

Date: 2009-01-24 05:46 pm (UTC)
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It is sort of medium weight to heavy - it would make a heavier apron dress or a lighter hood. So a black apron dress? I would totally love this fabric as an apron dress, but would they have used black? And is the weave appropriate for that? I really need to spend a few more points specializing in knowledge: early textiles. I was wondering if I could squeak most of a coat out of it or maybe do the sleeveless more nomady coat-vest thing from it.

Date: 2009-01-24 06:27 pm (UTC)
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Black is certainly a possible color in any culture that has dye capabilities (use dark or black sheeps wool, overdye with dark blue). The weave...again there was the capacity to do larger geometric patterns, I know that diamond twill was known, though that is a smaller scale pattern. What is the width? If it is 54" or 60", from 2 1/2 yards you very well could get a rectangular coat, since you are more slender than I am, especially if you perhaps did cuffs and borders from another fabric.

Date: 2009-01-24 10:35 am (UTC)
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With that pattern, I vote for neck line, cuffs, and hem of a sexy over tunic(s), with the pattern enhanced through the addition of embroidery, beads, jewels, or something...

or it might just plain make a tunic in and of itself, but it screams establishment, rather than background, to me.

And if you can't decide, I'd be more than happy to take it from you and show you what I mean on a tunic to fit me. ;-)

Date: 2009-01-24 05:48 pm (UTC)
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Hehe, mine all mine! :-) Yeah, I thought about using it for really spiff trim... It would last forever that way. But I think I want to make a whole garment. Mmmm. Decisions.

Date: 2009-01-24 04:40 pm (UTC)
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I second the Viking apron-dress.

Date: 2009-01-24 05:16 pm (UTC)
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My first thought is "beaded Elizabethan forepart", but I'm insane. :-)

Date: 2009-01-25 07:32 pm (UTC)
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yes I too feel its call for beads

Date: 2009-01-26 07:22 pm (UTC)
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I would have to get additional fabric though. And I have this goal of mostly emptying my fabric stash before I move...

Date: 2009-01-24 08:35 pm (UTC)
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I vote for pairing it with a solid color tabby weave in a contrasting or complementary color and making a kaftan. I think you would wear a coat more often than an apron dress.

Date: 2009-01-26 07:20 pm (UTC)
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I think I am convinced to a kaftan. I need at least one more coat-like-object anyway, probably two. So this would be good. Now I just have to figure out what to pair it with! :-) And perhaps see if it could be completed by Estrella... hmmm....

Date: 2009-01-24 10:54 pm (UTC)
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And here I was gonna suggest just rolling in it...

Date: 2009-01-26 07:21 pm (UTC)
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Hehe. I've been doing that for like a year. I gotta thin out my fabric stash before I move, and the house keeps getting closer and closer to being done! And then maybe some day I can buy new pretty fabric too...

Date: 2009-01-25 07:31 pm (UTC)
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looking at it differtly, I say
Victorian Waistcoat.

you could

Date: 2009-01-26 07:12 pm (UTC)
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make me a nice pair of pants!!

Re: you could

Date: 2009-01-26 07:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You could... wish... ;-) I'm a gonna make me a coat/kaftan!
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