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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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2007 06:21:21 PM »

mine's almost done! It is surprisingly not as bad as I thought. But still pretty bad.
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« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2007 08:40:37 PM »

Wow. I actually like that fabric....
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« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2007 08:36:59 PM »

Wow. I actually like that fabric....

Heh I like it too.  I also like the idea of working with "ugly" fabric. 
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« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2007 11:48:53 AM »

LOL Cheesy  This Sew-a-long was too funny to pass by! 

**Off to check my stash for something ugly!!**
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« Reply #14 on: July 25, 2007 06:58:42 AM »

OK, looked through the statsh and actually found several ugly things.  For some reason this kept jumping out at me:


Yes, they're pears.  Yes, It's orange.  I have no clue what I originally purchased this for, but I have two yards of it.  Any ideas??
I was thinking maybe a jacket lining or a skirt?  What do you all think??
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« Reply #15 on: July 25, 2007 08:30:59 PM »

wow, it would make a really pretty jacket lining, I think. But what type of fabric is it? I'd really love to see you find a way to work it so you can see it on the outside of a garment! maybe as a blouse? I always feel like wild-print blouses are easier to get away with. maybe that's because anthropologie was packed with them this spring and summer Wink
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« Reply #16 on: July 26, 2007 06:22:11 AM »

wow, it would make a really pretty jacket lining, I think. But what type of fabric is it? I'd really love to see you find a way to work it so you can see it on the outside of a garment! maybe as a blouse? I always feel like wild-print blouses are easier to get away with. maybe that's because anthropologie was packed with them this spring and summer Wink

It's just a quilters cotton.  I'm thinking I'm going to go with the jacket lining, since orange really never looks that good next to my complexion.  I have some medium blue bottom weight fabric I'm thinking will be good for the outside of the jacket w/ this as the lining.  I could probably make a flower fabric pin or applique some of the pears to the outside of the jacket to show the fabric off a little.  You're right I don't think I would like to hide the fabric completely, but a full top with it might be too much.
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« Reply #17 on: July 26, 2007 07:36:46 AM »

oooh - psmommy, I bet it would also make fantastic bias trim around something. Then the print wouldn't be so obvious, but you'd know there was SOMETHING going on with the colours shifting and such...
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« Reply #18 on: July 26, 2007 07:46:54 AM »

AH!  You just gave me an awesome thought!  Maybe I could add a breast pocket to the jacket and use this fabric as a border on the top of the pocket and/or add little flouncy cuffs to the jacket as well in the pear fabric!  What do you think?  too cheesy?
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« Reply #19 on: July 26, 2007 08:28:22 AM »

OMG!  I've just been checking out jacket patterns on the web, and I absolutely found what I'm going to do!

Here is the pattern I've chosen:
http://img.sewingtoday.com/cat/40000/itm_img/M5327.jpg
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The main part will be in blue, and the lining, little flouncy cuffs, and pocket edging will be in the pear fabric.  I may applique a little pear on the flap of each pocket, too.

If I don't already have this pattern in my stash, I'll pick one up at Hancock's next week (on sale $.99 Aug 1-4). I'm pretty excited about this.  I think it may turn out really cute!
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« Reply #20 on: July 26, 2007 03:27:34 PM »

oh, that's going to be really cute!
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« Reply #21 on: August 16, 2007 09:14:03 PM »

I actually really like the way this is turning out.  I still have to finish hemming a sleeve and the bottom of the jacket.  Unfortunately, I've set it aside for now since the hem has to be understitched by hand and my patience was wearing thin.  I'll finish it up sometime this winter because I definitely do want to wear it. Smiley

Ugly fabric I used:


Close up of fabric (it's some sort of leftover burlapish fabric that I can only assume was used to cover furniture in the early 70s:


Front lining (leftover fabric my grandmother made drapes with a long time ago:


Me wearing it:


Another shot of the lining:


I'm going to add a nice old fashioned, sparkly button to the front eventually.  The pattern I used was http://img.sewingtoday.com/cat/40000/itm_img/M5244.jpg.  I made view C but didn't like the way it looked with the collar standing up, so I just folded it down.
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« Reply #22 on: August 17, 2007 04:17:00 AM »

I am in love with the fabric choices! That is a great pattern - SN
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« Reply #23 on: August 17, 2007 05:54:10 AM »

That's amazing lining. It looks great on you knotty girl!
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« Reply #24 on: August 17, 2007 10:49:37 AM »

oh, it turned out cute, knotty girl!
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« Reply #25 on: August 17, 2007 11:05:20 AM »

Wow! Knotty_girl that jacket looks great!!

I need to get myself going on mine. So far, I bought the pattern.  Tongue
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« Reply #26 on: August 17, 2007 12:09:17 PM »

This is cool as hell!
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« Reply #27 on: August 17, 2007 04:15:38 PM »

Thanks y'all!  I've definitely been inspired to give some other ugly fabrics a chance at being cool.  This will definitely be a sewalong that I'll keep coming back to with more completed projects. 

*hugglez*
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« Reply #28 on: August 23, 2007 08:43:02 AM »

Hmm. I've got that pattern but I've been afraid of it. I'm inspired by you, knotty girl.Was it hard?
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« Reply #29 on: August 27, 2007 07:08:46 AM »

There were a lot of pieces to the pattern, but it was written up very well and really easy to follow.  Of course, I consider any pattern that doesn't involve a zipper to be "easy" hehe.
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« Reply #30 on: October 30, 2007 04:11:34 AM »

That is awesome Cheesy I actually do like that fabric print.

Well..let me see. I have some retarded plaid stuff, and I have some horrible fabric with pictures of bears on it, and I have..something other people would consider not so hideous.
It's a slightly off white/beige-ish colour fabric with blue, red and (oh no) tan polka dots! The colours make it look a bit ugly and wrong but it might just make a cute skirt.....
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« Reply #31 on: January 28, 2008 03:30:21 PM »

Hi All,

It's been too long...sorry!! Anyway, I think my first two subjects will be a hideous rose taffeta 70's floor length skirt. It sits at my natural waist (so high waisted) and I think it would be great as a mini with black tights and a turtleneck.

My next is a long knit mens zip front pullover top in a large tartan plaid print. The fabric isn't exactly hideous, I guess neither of mine are the shapes are scary! Anyway, I'm going to make it into a tunic top with 3/4 sleeves just by taking it in.

I will post pics when I'm done!
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« Reply #32 on: January 29, 2008 02:59:46 PM »

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

oh no! i LOVE that fabric! (I guess I've got an eye for ugly!)LOL
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