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« on: August 13, 2012 08:35:16 PM »

ok, so far the site has been a lot quieter than i had hoped for. i have a question that i hope more people can relate to. i bought this fabric that i now realize is ugly. i know i should never have purchased something i was doubtful about in the first place, but it's here now. i just want to know if any of you ever managed to sew some CLOTHES for yourself out of fabric that you didn't like much, and how it turned out? i emphasize "clothes" because it is a stretchy knit (with some weird sheen that i HATE :/ ) and there's quite a bit of it. is there any way to make it look presentable? i'm quite a self conscious person and wouldn't normally be caught dead in fabric that looks cheap- which is precisely what this looks like even though i paid quite a bit for it.
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2012 10:55:49 AM »

Sure, the sheen could be polyester, but if it's also very soft, it might be partly/wholly rayon.

I personally believe a simple knit top in a crazy fabric can make a great casual outfit. No accessories required, just throw it on and go!

Here's one of my favourite me-made winter tops:

I used BurdaStyle's "Lydia" with a bunch of modifications. I wear it with jeans, throw my hair in a bun, and call my outfit finished.

Even if the pattern of your fabric is out of your comfort zone, something about it drew you in. Make a simple top like Lydia , Sadie, the 1 Piece Kimono Tee, or one of Kwik Sew's basic tops, and give your fabric the chance to grow on you. If it's got a lot of different colours in it, you might find it to be very versatile in terms of earrings/bracelets/etc to wear with it Cheesy

Best of luck in your sewing adventure!

« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2012 06:47:45 PM »

I agree wholeheartedly with Alexus: something about this fabric drew you in.  I have some very verrrry ugly caftan-lost-in-the-70s polyester fabric that I bought because the design caught my eye.
A conservative pattern for ugly or busy fabric can help balance out the unattractiveness and sometimes adding more sizzle can elevate it right out of the uglies! Play around with it, check out lots of patterns and tutorials!
And come back to post what you create!!

Good luck!!
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2012 02:22:16 AM »

thanks so much guys! feeling a lot more motivated now. more responses are welcome if anyone wants to contribute. i would love to hear about your experience.
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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2012 06:53:19 AM »

Hurray! As an ugly-fabric-lover, I can't wait to see what you come up with!

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