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I had some silk printed with a very busy pattern on Spoonflower, but now I have no idea what to use it for. It cost a mint (well, for me) and it’s just moldering in my fabric storage. I posted pics of it here; http://pegeens-commitments.blogspot.com/2012/01/realms-of-unreal-and-fabric-sos.html – anyone have any ideas on what they’d do with it if it was theirs?




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    Jul 11, 2012, 05.53 PMby TailorFairy

    Hey Flynn,

    if that was my fabric: I do like the print in general, but I dont like that its one time right and one time upside down, so I would cut the fabric into strips as wide as one print-line is… then I would take an uni-colored fabric in a fitting color and do a peasant skirt out of it. Or adding those strips also to other patterns where I just would put them once.

    Does that help you?

    all the best and great ideas what to do with your fabric


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      Jul 11, 2012, 11.57 PMby flynnflynn

      Oooooh. Good one! This gives me mucho inspiration :)

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    Jul 11, 2012, 11.29 PMby purplefan

    Wow, that fabric screams to be made into a glamourous old movie star style blouse or kimono. After all that effort to get the print made, you want people to notice that print! Pick one of the colours in the fabric to be your matching silk solid then find some blouse pattern, drapey and glam, that would let you wear it to full effect with your favourite skirt or pants/capri pants.

    I’m sorry but I don’t see how the dresses you are considering would work with the print. The styles are too fitted and the fabric needs a fluid pattern.

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      Jul 11, 2012, 11.56 PMby flynnflynn

      That’s totally helpful – those are great ideas!

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    Jul 13, 2012, 09.25 AMby 20beverly08

    Since it appears to be a true one way design, I would make a short, simple kimono jacket to accentuate the design of the fabric. Even a short top in a simple ‘mini maxi dress style’ would be really nice.

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      Jul 14, 2012, 12.59 PMby flynnflynn

      Super fun! I’ll check for patterns like this. Thanks for your help :)

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    Jul 13, 2012, 05.26 PMby soozy

    I would also choose for a simple kaftan/kimono style blouse with a solid colour in addition. Something like this maybe: http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/092011-blouse-with-contrasting-neck-band I would definitly choose a pattern with a low cut neckline or make the neckline in an other colour.

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      Jul 14, 2012, 01.00 PMby flynnflynn

      Totally appreciate you sending a pattern link – that’s just about perfect. I’m somehow more intimidated by making a blouse than a dress, but it looks like it’s time to bite the bullet; that pattern is choice :) Thanks again.

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    Jul 15, 2012, 10.56 AMby soozy

    Why be intimidated? A blouse is just half a dress, espacialy this one for it has no closure with buttons or something.

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      Jul 28, 2012, 05.00 PMby flynnflynn

      Words of encouragement indeed! Thanks, sugar :)

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    Jul 15, 2012, 09.12 PMby leashbean

    I love the realms of the unreal! such an amazing idea for fabric. I think I would do a dress in this pattern since it is a little bit fancier and It should be an eye-turning piece. Even if the silhouette was simple it would be such a beautiful sight since the fabric is so unique. I think something like this vintage dress would be amazing because it would show off the drape in the front. Hope this helps!


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    Jul 24, 2012, 04.38 PMby ellens

    Check out the kimono dress at the bottom of this article: http://29secrets.com/sections/style/spring-2012-fashion-trend-bird-prints

    combines a large colorful flowing print with a similar weight neutral, very nice result.

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      Jul 28, 2012, 05.10 PMby flynnflynn

      Those are great! I love the idea of toning it down with a neutral, and might be able to make an applique with a scrap to bring it all in; yay! Thanks very much :)

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    Jul 31, 2012, 04.48 PMby sewknitting

    http://voguecouture.sg/dresses/contrast-work-dress-indigo-2 Maybe something like this? or more from shoulder to hem? or a stripe down the front or sides? Maybe that’s weird,I don’t know, that’s what popped into my head. It was hard to tell exactly how big/wide the repeats were, so might be bad idea. I also thought it’d make a beautiful lining for a coat/jacket/ with hood when I first saw it.

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