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Pretty blue brocade....
....but what to do with it????
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Date: 12/30/11 9:02 AM

I have 4 yards of this fabric that I'd hoped to turn into a shirt, but after laundering I've concluded that it's much too heavy for a shirt. I thought a jacket might be a good plan, but I'm concerned that it might look like a costume. I really like this fabric! Do you think I'll have to settle for a home dec project with it? What would you make with this light blue brocade?

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Date: 12/30/11 11:26 AM

How about a skirt? I bought a pink brocade a while back to make a pencil skirt similar to one I saw at J. Crew (I think...) for the Think Pink contest but never got around to it. I haven't gotten to it yet so unfortunately I can't show you how it turned out!

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Date: 12/30/11 11:35 AM

Would a jeans-style jacket work?
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Date: 12/30/11 12:08 PM

Depending on how scratchy/heavy the brocade pattern is, could you use it as a lining in a jacket?

I like the skirt idea as well. Also could do possibly a sheath style dress? Would all depend on how heavy the pattern is I would guess

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Date: 12/30/11 2:26 PM

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I thought a jacket might be a good plan, but I'm concerned that it might look like a costume.

Wow, if I had that thought, I'd never be able to wear any of my clothes!

Try doing a Google image search for projects that might interest you, like "brocade jacket," and seeing what comes up.

Here, for instance, is a Dolce & Gabbana brocade trench, which I defy anyone to say looks costumey:


...And here's the Duchess of Cambridge in a lovely brocade coat (you may not wish to add the hat to *your* ensemble):



This is a really basic, modern style, worn with jeans to make it less formal:


...And here is a picture of me, wearing one of my own favorites, a brocade jacket from J. Jill. This garment does have "costumey" features, like a corset back and 3/4 puff sleeves, but that's part of what *I* love about it. However, this particular brocade is a neutral color, so those details don't stand out as garish or silly (which is in contrast to another brocade jacket I have, with giant, ridiculous velvet bows on the sleeves!).



The one thing I'm finding in my own image search is that many brocade jackets do look very *formal,* like something you'd wear as MOB in a wedding. Gorgeous, but not terribly versatile. I think if you stick with a more casual silhouette (like the one worn with jeans, above, or even something unexpected like a classic jean jacket--saw one once in olive green damask--so cute!) you'll avoid that.

Have fun! 4 yards is a lot to play with.



-- Edited on 12/30/11 2:29 PM --

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Date: 12/30/11 3:40 PM

I'd go for a jacket. And, if I wanted it to look less 'something' I might play with some swatches to see if dyeing might change the color up to make it more 'something' else.

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Date: 12/30/11 4:18 PM

Wow! I love the coat Catherine is wearing, and it's almost the same shade of blue as mine! Thanks for all of your comments and suggestions. I'm leaning towards a jacket and might have enough left for a vest. Happy New Year! Pat

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