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BrightFeather
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Date: 11/23/11 12:37 PM

Okay, everybody! I'm hoping that someone can direct me of where to find a match. A very dear friend of mine bought me some fabric on a trip to Finland. I'm under a directive to make something for myself instead of one of my usual suspects AKA the kids. The only problem is that she didn't buy enough. I really don't want to offend my friend, and I'm afraid I might unless I can make something for me to wear out of this fabric. And, well, I need another meter and a half to two meters to do that.

I went to the website of the store she bought it from and with the aid of google translate, figured out how to contact them. I sent them a scan of the tag and a scan of the fabric (I think it's a cotton lawn, but as I can't read the label!) only to receive a response that they don't sell online and they wouldn't ship internationally if they did. And since a trip overseas to Finland is out... I'm perfectly willing to pay for the fabric and shipping to USA. Here is a picture of the fabric in question.

It's lightweight 100% cotton (one of the few bits to the label I understand!) with a soft hand, great drape, and it's got a loosish weave. If anyone knows of a match, and can point me towards where to get it, I'd be forever grateful!
-- Edited on 11/23/11 12:44 PM --

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Date: 11/23/11 12:40 PM

how much do you have? Maybe we could come up with something you have enough to do? I'm thinking it is going to be hard to match. Maybe I'm wrong. Hope so
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Date: 11/23/11 2:01 PM

Pretty fabric! I'm also wondering how much you have. Assuming that the friend in question doesn't sew and therefore bought you 1 meter, here are some ideas:

find some cotton lawn or other fabric of comparable weight, in a coordinating solid color or mini stripe (if you find several options, buy them all!)-- and then:

use the Finnish fabric (FF) as a yoke on a tunic, with solid color fabric for the rest

make a button-up collared blouse, FF as yoke, cuffs, possibly pockets; striped fabric on bias as undercollar, possibly collar stand, button placket OR use as piping between sections; one or two coordinating solid fabrics for remainder of blouse

color blocked blouse

make some quilted fabric out of it and then turn it into a purse, organizer bags, tissue cover, journal cover...

I'm looking forward to hearing other ideas. I've got several small pieces of special fabric that have been waiting for just the right project.

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2007 fabric in: 7 1/2 yards; sewn: 7 yds
2008 fabric in, 23 yards; sewn 20 yds; given away 6 yds
2009 fabric in 41 1/4 yds, sewn 29 yds, given away 22 1/2 yds
2010 fabric in 91 1/2 yds, sewn 27 yds, given away 1 1/2 yds;
2011 fabric in: 55 yd.; sewn: 21 yd; given away: 20 yd
2012 fabric in: 60 1/4 yd., sewn 25 1/4 yds, given away 16 yds, thrown away 3 yds scraps; UFOs completed: 7
2013 fabric in: 28 yds; sewn 25.7 yds.; given away 5 1/2 yd.s; projects 8, UFOs 4

2014 fabric in: 40.5 yd
2014 fabric sewn: 16 1/2 yd
2014 fabric given away: 8 1/2 yd
2014 projects completed: striped maxi skirt, bl/wh maxi dress, brown/turquoise sweater-knit tunic
2014 projects started: turquoise tank dress, tank dress,
2014 UFOs completed: 9 (5 small gift bags, pieced & quilted table runner, blue/wh maxi dress, silk infinity scarf, blue squares sm. quilt)

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Date: 11/23/11 3:44 PM

Agree with all of Marga's suggestions. Just make something small! Either an entire project that's small (like a scarf or a headband), or use it as contrast details in another project.

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Date: 11/23/11 9:37 PM

Find another coordinating fabric or a solid of the same weight that goes with the Finland fabric.

How much did you get and how wide is it?

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Date: 11/24/11 2:53 PM

I have two meters. The thing is, I'm a tall plus size (6'0) so I have to tweak patterns to make them longer and usually wider as well. So I need a minimum of three yards, three and a half to be safe. Two meters translates to roughly two and a half yards, so I need another meter at the very least. I was planning on a shirt--maybe modifying Butterick 5692..... Making it short sleeved, changing the yoke completely, and getting rid of the sash..

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