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

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
Reply to
Claire in France
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 here.
Hope the fabric is fun!
Reply to
Kay Lancaster

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