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Date: 12/20/11 4:11 PM

I have been wanting to make myself a mustard colored blazer. I have been looking for about 3 years for some mustard wool flannel. I finally found it here. It is the marigold Dorr wool for $23.00 per yard. The lady at Dorr Mill sent me a swatch for free. It is perfect. However, I am about to cough up a lung over the $23.00 per yard price tag. It would be over $50 by the time I got it here with the shipping. I know that there are alot more expensive wools out there and that is probably the going rate, but I am someone who is used to shopping at fabric.com. I have priced just buying a mustard wool or velveteen blazer and they are all at least $99 so I would only pay about half with the fabric making it. I found this similar velveteen fabric at denverfabrics for $5.75 per yard. What would you do?

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Date: 12/20/11 4:39 PM

Uh-oh, I shouldn't have looked. Based on the pictures. One is a work of art and one is a piece of fabric. I know what I would do if I had been looking for 3 years. Shoot, if I had been looking for that particular shade for 3 years, skip my first thought of getting the work of art. I'd get both, perfect my muslin, make up the velveteen and then make up the beautiful mustard wool flannel. Then make up some lovely jacket covers. They will both serve you for many, many years.

I haven't tried felting yet. do you suppose that the matching yarn could be felted onto a rtw knit or sweatery shell? Perhaps along the neckline or in a quiet accent pattern?

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Date: 12/20/11 5:19 PM


NICE Ticking too.. every time someone here posts a link it cost me money..

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Date: 12/20/11 5:20 PM


A blazer.. made with that fabric.. will look classic, good, and last a long time.. I would think of it as an investment piece ... I think you will regret it more if you don't buy it.. then if you do..

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Date: 12/20/11 6:27 PM

Did you notice that the FFC velveteen is only 34" wide?

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Date: 12/20/11 7:00 PM

I say go for it! But I'd most definitely make a muslin, and cut out my jacket with extra seam allowances so I could adjust it as I sewed.

It IS an investment sort of piece so get the fabric you REALLY want. You won't regret it.

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Date: 12/20/11 7:54 PM

I was on a similar search recently. I'd been looking for charcoal grey wool flannel for more than two years. I never found anything dark enough. I did, however, find some dark smoke grey Shetland wool at Fabric Mart for only $9/yard. I decided it was good enough, and I'd never find the exact right fabric, let alone for such a great price.

You, however, HAVE the perfect fabric. And yeah, it's pricey--but you don't need that much of it (I needed 5 yards). For only two yards, I'd probably bite the bullet and get the wool I really wanted.

That's one of the benefits of smaller projects, after all--you get to splurge on the really good fabric you could never afford for a coat or a gown!

(And if you're really desperate to feel like you're getting a good price on the wool, save up every little scrap of the flannel and sell it to rug hookers on etsy.)

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Date: 12/20/11 9:47 PM

Thanks so much everyone for your input. I have one other question. I just found this 100% cotton velvet on SYfabrics. My overall cost would be $15 less. It reminds me a little of this JCrew blazer (see below), which I LOVE. I have sewn with velveteen before, but I am not sure about 100% cotton velvet (light to med weight). I am now kind of leaning toward it. How is 100% cotton velvet to work with? It is amazing to me how you look for something for three years, and then things start coming out of the woodwork.

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Date: 12/20/11 11:07 PM

I was thinking of jcrew blazers! I covet the pink velveteen myself, but I totally understand the mustard idea. I think you should go for it. Velveteen is nice too if it's a nice quality. I think you're definitely saving money making it and would think twice about a $50 price tag. I would think twice about a $200 tag, which is what you'd spend at jcrew.

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Date: 12/20/11 11:39 PM

How skilled are You at tailoring jackets?
I would not recommend using anything other then wool,( and NOT Gaberdine). You will get better results in wool.
Once you've made a wool jacket, then you can try the velveteen.

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