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Date: 8/6/12 1:23 PM

I have never gotten one of the bundles before but recently did for the first time. It had some big orange print knit that looked like it belonged on a bathing suit but orange is not my color. There was a big piece of cotton heavy jersey - the gray heather stuff that reminds me of high school boys sweatshirts for gym, a piece of floral that was not the same all the way across - looked like drapery fabric but floral stopped and suddenly changed to less flowers and smaller and more white - like in a line - like it just decided to become something different. Then there was a piece of stretch knit lacy stuff but just a square pattern - open weave - and unfortunately white. No idea what the fiber is or if it could be dyed. And then there was a piece of silk Charmeuse - feels wonderful but it is a white background with sort of leaf shaped things in black and seafoam green - rather undefined and to me old lady looking. Now if I dyed it with a different rich color background it MIGHT be something I'd wear - not sure. Has anyone done that? I have no enthusiasm about sewing up the gray heather gym clothes stuff either - wondered if I could die that! It was just very disappointing because none of it was anything I would remotely think of buying. I really don't like to sew mundane things just for the sake of using fabric. Sort of makes me leery of ever trying a bundle again.



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Date: 8/6/12 1:38 PM

Use it for muslin.

I got some awesome bundles at first, now mine are ho-hum. Or full of wool...which I don't really wear. I'm lucky that my mom and I split it, and the cost, so I don't get stuck with too much.

As to the grey sweatshirt, that would make a really good dress. Kind of like V1315 but without the pockets and a lot plainer. I saw one I wanted except for the cost: over $150.

You can combine the lace and charmuese to create a modern top that isn't too matronly looking.

I'd totally trade you this last one I had. It was so inspiring, I can tell you I got some navy crepe (which I wear, but I have about 20 yards of it) and some puke green organza. My mom got the old lady prints.

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Date: 8/6/12 2:39 PM

Use the charmuese as lining - the print/color doesn't matter!

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Date: 8/6/12 4:15 PM

Oh, that's too bad. I have only ever ordered a couple bundles and I wasn't that happy with most of what I got either--colors that didn't look good on me

BurdaStyle magazine sometimes has loungewear patterns that they sew up in gray knits, so maybe some loungewear will work for your cotton knit. I remember one issue with a long comfy looking skirt in such a fabric.
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Date: 8/6/12 5:54 PM

I have been seeing some beautiful fabric in the garment district that is grey knit that has been over printed with colored patterns... it takes a meh fabric and makes it something fabulous..not hard to block print fabric...you can cut your pattern pieces out and engineer the print. You can cut dime stores erasers to make print blocks or use ready made stamps...( use thinned down acrylic paints) alternatively, you can cut a stencil out of Bristol board and use Shiva paint sticks or the oil paint sticks made by Windsor & newton...the oil paint sticks can produce effects that are pretty fabulous

the floral sounds like a border print...you can play with the placement to create something that is really figure flattering, sophisticated and complicated looking without a whole lot of sewing effort..

I have some of the stretch lace in brown...Right now RTW is showing lots of lace with either matching or contrasting linings...I had thought that the square lace would look great cut on the bias. You can either construct a full lining or make a stand alone slip in a strongly contrasting color to wear under the dress ( if you chose to make a dress or a skirt).

There are times when I have not loved what i got in my mystery bundle. But usually...i use the fabric to play out an idea. i can't tell you how often the garments I have made with fabrics i initially hated have ended up being my favorites. Because I felt I had nothing to loose I was much free-er to experiment and turned fabric I didn't love into garments I adored. ( garments so good people stopped on on the street to compliment me)

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Date: 8/6/12 8:09 PM

You just might not be a bundle person. I'm not. Learned that long ago with a bundle from a quality supplier. Everything they sent was very, very nice...but I had a quibble with each piece. Either the color was not quite right, or the fiber content, or something. I learned that for me it's best to just order things that I want and stay away from the bundles.

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Date: 8/6/12 8:20 PM

Yes, mystery bundles are not for everyone. When I am tempted to indulge, I remind myself that the free ones I've received a couple/few times were not my style, though possibly good for practice/muslins.

However, I have plenty of practice fabric now, and am running out of storage space. I don't enjoy trading or destashing, and can't afford to buy just to donate. So I will refrain from the mystery bundle temptation. Thank you for the reinforcing post, and sorry it did not work out for you.

If you have the time and inclination, maybe you can sell what you don't want on Craigslist, eBay, a dedicated fabric destash group on Yahoo Groups or Facebook (don't know much about these but others here on PR do). If you get a FoPR membership, of course, you can sell in the classifieds here. If selling is not worth the hassle, I'll bet you could donate.

As for dyeing... that's not for everyone, either. I was briefly into dyeing silk scarves, but was put off by the chemistry and all the rinsing that is often involved. But maybe that's just my problem.

The other replies have included some great ideas for using the fabric, too.

Also, while I've never tried this, maybe you could do some decorative stitching to gussy up the gray knit? Or would that just be a mess?

Best of luck,
Liz

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Date: 8/7/12 12:37 PM

I like to order bundles now and then, when they are on sale, just to use the fabric for muslins. The bundles have lots of different weights, some wovens and some knits, which is very helpful for testing patterns, and almost all the fabric is something a bit ugly so it doesn't feel like I have to "save" it. If a piece happens to work for a real garment, it's just a bonus. In fact I am wearing a dress now made as a wearable muslin from bundle fabric, but that's only happened once. Most of what I have gotten so far is nice quality but all in some way weird or ugly.



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Date: 8/7/12 2:32 PM

Yes! That's exactly my fear! I learned I was not a bundle person when I was about 12, when I succumbed to a mystery grab bag temptation for... I don't even remember what now! The money I spent wasn't that much, but the disappointment of getting a bunch of stuff I didn't want was too much for me. I've never been tempted again. :(

(Well, OK, I was briefly tempted when Ducky posted her last bundle--but only briefly!!! :D)

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Date: 8/7/12 2:44 PM

I'm starting to lose hope for the bundle on the way...maybe we should start a swap/donation thread somewhere for all our bundle run-off...

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