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green_olives
« on: July 02, 2007 11:18:07 AM »

I got an idea this weekend when i was visiting my grandmother. She knew i like to sew so she dug up a bunch of old fabrics from when she used to sew, and man there was some ugly stuff! particularly this horrible horrible floral print! http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i108/deasublime/S6300004.jpg

well anyway i was going to just get rid of it since it was not my style at all but i got an idea. my challenge is to find something ugly that you would normally pass bye and try to make something gorgeous out of it! i think i'm going to try a summer dress for my daughter and i can't guarantee good results but it's worth a try! anyone up for it?
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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2007 02:31:46 PM »

That's a fun idea!! I think I have some ugly sitting around too! I will have to think about it. When I looked at your fabric, it did scream 70's summer dress to me. The longer the better!! It would make a killer bag too. I sell bags and people LOVE the retro fabric.
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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2007 05:24:41 PM »

This is a really great idea and best of luck with it. I know what its like to inherit really hideous fabrics (florals especially) I will be watching this thread and can't wait to see your results. I would love to join in, but just have too much going on at the moment with craft projects.
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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2007 05:30:12 PM »

I think it would be great as a thick vertical stripe on an a-line skirt in a coordinating fabric, with some kind of feminine trim at the hem. Kinda like these from madewithlovebyhannah.com: http://www.madewithlovebyhannah.com/motox.html

That is, provided it's not thin polyester, in which case it wouldn't drape right.
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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2007 12:03:40 AM »

hey! I just might be. I have a print that I'm not particularly fond of. And it's in poly, which I'm also not particularly fond of. ANd it's all swishy-slippery, which is not as much fun to sew. But I've been meaning to make something of it, and it just might be time to turn it into a blouse.

Give me a few days to play with some pattern ideas and I'll post pics of its heinous-ness if I think I'm up for it! (*gag*)
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knotty_girl
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2007 09:04:49 PM »

HAHA, what a great idea.  I have some nasty burlapish fabric laying around here somewhere with, like, mallard ducks and stuff on it. Tongue

Btw, I think your tacky floral fabric is awesome.  It definitely needs to be made into something you'll use at the beach.  Beach mat, beach tote, bathing suit cover up......
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knotty_girl
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2007 09:10:25 PM »

Gah!  I just had a great idea!  I'm going to go for the ultimate ugly:  I'm going to combine the ugly fabric with an ugly dress pattern I got at a thrift store. 
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« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2007 03:11:33 PM »

Gah!  I just had a great idea!  I'm going to go for the ultimate ugly:  I'm going to combine the ugly fabric with an ugly dress pattern I got at a thrift store. 

go, knotty_girl, go go go! Is double-ugly like a double negative? So bad it's good? I wonder if you will end up with cutting-edge fashion?

and I'm IN. I made a pattern last night and I have started cutting.
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« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2007 04:39:13 PM »

Hehe, Fleur, I certainly hope it comes out good. Tongue

I found some ugly burlap flower stuff (looks like sofa coverings from the 70s).  Since I only had a small amount of it I decided to do a bolero type jacket with it and.....it actually looks kinda cool so far.

I only have to hem the bottom of it and the sleeves (hand stitching a blind hem and it's taking for.ev.er.).  AS soon as I'm done I will post up pictures and stuff.

This is fun.  I'm so glad you came up with this idea, green-olives.  Now I'm inspired to try out more patterns with ugly fabric I have laying around. Smiley
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green_olives
« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2007 03:37:52 PM »

well after thinking, and thinking, and thinking i finally came up with my game plan. i'm going to attempt to make a dress for my daughter without a pattern! now i just have to get her to sit still long enough to take measurements!
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