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My dear daughter-in- law asked me to make some throw pillows and I said  
yes. Another case of jumping in without looking, for me. When she gave  
me the dimension of the pillows she wanted, I figured out yardage and  
told her she needed 8 yards. That's when the penny dropped. The fabric  
costs $85.00 a yard.  I was a bit, no, a lot speechless. I committed my  
self to this project so I have to carry through.She has agreed to  
smaller pillows. Thank heavens. She originally wanted 26 squares.  She  
had already ordered 4 yards of fabric. Now she's agreed to 20's. So  
she'll have enough for me to work with. I have to get some matching  
thread today, cut out enough fabric for one pillow and see if I can iron  
on some interfacing to the backs. Actually I'll try to put some  
interfacing on a small piece first. I'm not sure if will hold. The  
fabric has an embroidered design that is rather thick on the back as  
well as the front. I also want to make some cording for the edges. So  
that means some self bias as well.
This will be a slow,very carefully done, project. I wouldn't want to  
have to replace the fabric if I made a mistake.
I'm sitting here laughing at myself because I decided that from now on I  
will make simpler thing  for myself so that I don't have to worry about  
matching fabric on things and end up running out of fabric. That's what  
happened with my summer top project. Ran out of fabric and couldn't buy  
more for the sleeves because there's none available.
Yes, there is matching for the pillows but at least the repeat is only 5  
inches.
Juno


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LOL  I find great amusement with this situation.  So many times I have had
someone request work and find my prices too high back when I foolishly priced
item for little more than the cost of good.  Last market I sold thought my goods
too cheap.  I worked hard to find discount priced cloth and added $20/ hour of
work.  After tripling the price the customer thought my goods might be worth
looking.  I laughed all the way to the bank.  Unfortunately I can no longer
travel to sell.  Now I need to learn to use the Internet to sell.  I am having a
hard time overcoming not being able to talk to the customers.  Oh, well, that is
another story.  Part of why I find your story so funny is that not long ago I
saw a dress that was suppose to be deep discount.  The price was around $100.
Then I sat down and figured minimum yardage needed and the least I would expect
to pay for such yardage.  It turned out that if I really wanted that dress I
needed to order it ready made.  LOL  The cost of materials alone, for me, was
more than the cost of the dress.  I might be able to create a very similar gown
using less expensive materials, but I would not easily find that variety of silk
at less than $20/ yd.  My calculations had a minimum of 6 yards needed if the
bolt was at least 45 in. wide.  What little silk I see tends to be 32 to 35
inches wide.


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"Belinda Alene"  wrote in message  

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LOL  I find great amusement with this situation.  So many times I have had
someone request work and find my prices too high back when I foolishly  
priced
item for little more than the cost of good.  Last market I sold thought my  
goods
too cheap.  I worked hard to find discount priced cloth and added $20/ hour  
of
work.  After tripling the price the customer thought my goods might be worth
looking.  I laughed all the way to the bank.  Unfortunately I can no longer
travel to sell.  Now I need to learn to use the Internet to sell.  I am  
having a
hard time overcoming not being able to talk to the customers.  Oh, well,  
that is
another story.  Part of why I find your story so funny is that not long ago  
I
saw a dress that was suppose to be deep discount.  The price was around  
$100.
Then I sat down and figured minimum yardage needed and the least I would  
expect
to pay for such yardage.  It turned out that if I really wanted that dress I
needed to order it ready made.  LOL  The cost of materials alone, for me,  
was
more than the cost of the dress.  I might be able to create a very similar  
gown
using less expensive materials, but I would not easily find that variety of  
silk
at less than $20/ yd.  My calculations had a minimum of 6 yards needed if  
the
bolt was at least 45 in. wide.  What little silk I see tends to be 32 to 35
inches wide.

Like you, I have found that usually the cost of making something is more  
than the cost of buying it already made.  Maybe it is because I live where  
there are a lot of discount stores.  So I end up doing a lot of mending and  
hemming for others, or I make a few of my dressy clothes.
Barbara in FL








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Only in certain types of clothing is this true.  Blue jeans have been cheaper to
buy ready made than to make for decades.  The more popular a given type garment,
the less likely it can be home made for less.  I create and sell 'costume' type
garments to special interest groups.

I make a lot of my every day clothing because I don't care for the styles in the
stores.  I also do a lot of mending and hemming.

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Belinda Alene wrote:
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 What little silk I see tends to be 32
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Try Thaisilks.com.  

For instance, 45" Habotai:
http://www.thaisilks.com/product_info.php?cPath=1_2&products_id=15

And 44"-54" prints:
http://www.thaisilks.com/index.php?cPath=1_64

44"to 54" Doupioni:
http://www.thaisilks.com/index.php?cPath=1_13

NAYY,

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Beverly
http://www.ickes.us
    



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On Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:51:06 -0800, "BEI Design"

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Thank you for the links.


Re: New project for the week
:On Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:51:06 -0800, "BEI Design"

:>Belinda Alene wrote:
:>>snip>
:> What little silk I see tends to be 32
:>> to 35 inches wide.  
:>
:>Try Thaisilks.com.  
:>
:>For instance, 45" Habotai:
:>http://www.thaisilks.com/product_info.php?cPath=1_2&products_id=15
:>
:>And 44"-54" prints:
:>http://www.thaisilks.com/index.php?cPath=1_64
:>
:>44"to 54" Doupioni:
:>http://www.thaisilks.com/index.php?cPath=1_13
:>
:>NAYY,

:Thank you for the links.

Also look at Dharma trading:
http://www.dharmatrading.com/fabric/fabric-from-dharma-trading-co.html


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David Scheidt wrote:
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I also like Dharma, but they carry almost exclusively white fabrics  
for dyeing.  Which is great if one want to custom dye yards and  
yards of fabric.  :-D

--  
Beverly
http://www.ickes.us


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Belinda Alene wrote:
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You're welcome, good luck!

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Beverly
http://www.ickes.us



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