If you like it, why not?
I used to remark bitterly of many of the clothes I wore
as a child "it looks like curtain material."
Very likely it was. Mom bought fabric in lots, unseen,
specifying only the weight.
I have done this for many years. I particularly remember, more than 25
years ago, sailing out to the Opera one summer evening in a floor length
skirt made from a $2 remnant of drapery fabric. Very posh, I was, in
that skirt, high heeled city sandals and no stockings or slip - the
fabric was firm enough not to need either support or sight blocker and
the theatre was not air-conditioned.
Olwyn Mary in New Orleans.
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One of my favorite skirts when I was growing-up (1970s) was made by my
Grandmama from chintz. It had a beautiful floral pattern that worked
well as a dirndl skirt. She also made a little shawl out of
coordinating chintz that she trimmed with white lace. When I wore this
outfit with a white peasant blouse, it looked like folk costume!
>> I am sewing summer skirts , a lot of times from Curtain cloth , >> mirjam >
> I have done this for many years. I particularly remember, more than 25
> years ago, sailing out to the Opera one summer evening in a floor length
> skirt made from a $2 remnant of drapery fabric. Very posh, I was, in
> that skirt, high heeled city sandals and no stockings or slip - the
> fabric was firm enough not to need either support or sight blocker and
> the theatre was not air-conditioned.
> Olwyn Mary in New Orleans.
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**I use curtain fabric a lot for costumes. Less for other clothing these days, but it can still be fun.
LOL Once for an office Christmas party (in my very-much-younger and
single days), I made a long, halter-style dress of red crushed velvet
that came from a sale table. Someone told me later that one of our
pious co-workers had made a snide remark about it looking like
'upholstery material'. I just considered the source...remembering that
the guys had seemed to like it just fine.
Doreen in Alabama
Aha Doreen ,,, haven`t you read the book or seen the film "GONE WITH
Creative people can make nice things with whatever they find... and
"Those remarks are mostly done by those who won`t do the creative
effort.... After some years it stopped bothering me ,,, sometimes i
offer those people to make something for them ,,, I dress with clothes
that fit me and my needs, and that is that ,,,
And i can even vouch that it hepled me to get my Museum exhibition ,
the curator wrote in an article that she noted my `different`
clothes ,,,,, Thus go on use what ever you like ,,,
I think we all [esp over a ceratin age!!!] had clothes made of
Whatever our mothers could buy .or remake. My daughter`s first
nighty was made from my Pink Cotton Army pj,,,,
she never complained , my son`s first pj i made from old shirts of my
husband . [they already had buttons :>:>:>:]
Thank you. Glad you had fun. My Three Dancing Princes were dressed in
the finest curtain fabrics in the world - they cost £1.25 a meter! :D
Oh, and in the wedding stuff... The blue page boy suits and the two
floral dresses? Curtain fabric! Mind you, that was less of a bargain,
as the glorious blue wool was a Scottish one woven for making curtains
for drafty castles and Scottish Baronial style mansions, and the floral
was a hand brinted silk woven and printed here in England, at £52 and
£54 per meter respectively. Shame I don't have better pix of those, but
they were taken before I got the child sized dress dummy.
When I started sewing in earnest (this was AFTER I had taken home ec for
three years), my mom generously offered me the use of anything in her
fabric stash -- which was home dec fabrics, because she was a home dec
sewist as opposed to an apparel sewist.
I still love using drapery fabric for clothing, but I have learned not
to tell employees of Calico Corners what I am planning on using their
I once went into the Curtain Shop with one of my skirts that came from
their stock ,The shop keeper + 2 of his workers , [all males] , Looked
smiled and than one said to me , I love the way you use our cloth ...
Do you Still have some remnants of those clothes ???? than you could
make an applique from it ,,, if not could you ? would you find a
painter Describe the dress to him/her and maybe a drawing could be
made for you ,,, I lately saw such a drawing ,, and it really was
heart touching .