How long to keep work in progress that isn't mine.

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Clearing up the workspace and I came across something I had forgotten  
and it caused me to ask a question and the answer was quite interesting  
so I thought I would pop it on here too.

Sometimes as a dressmaker of my own range of children's clothing I end  
up taking on repairs and new makes for clients. Several years ago I took  
on a coat in fake fur for a customer. I made a mock up and fitted that  
but found she hadn't purchased enough fabric. She was going back to the  
shop to get enough for the one sleeve which I couldn't fit in the  
meterage she had brought. I still have her uncut fabric, lining and  
pattern all of which she purchased.

The question is how long do I wait before the fabric is mine?

It's been years but I can't say how many because it's been so long. I no  
longer have the contact details for her although I know the town but  
can't recall her name, yes I should have put them in the bag with her  
fabric but I clearly put them in my working notebook which has long gone.

I have now found out Dry cleaning has to be kept for a year apart from  
Fur and leather which has special requirements, Can't find out what the  
special requirements are. If I leave my car at the garage they can sell  
it after 3 months. Object left in a hotel room 6 months.

Guess I am about to make myself a sleeveless fake fur jacket LOL
Claire in Montreal FRANCE

Re: How long to keep work in progress that isn't mine.
How long you've got to keep it depends on the state laws here, but if you've forgotten  
how long ago it was left, I suspect you'd probably be in the clear in most of the states

Hope the fabric is fun!

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