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Ugly Fabric
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Date: 6/26/06 9:14 PM

Sarah Jacobs shines again with another wonderful article -- this time on "Ugly Fabric".

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Date: 6/26/06 10:00 PM

How funny to read this article tonight! I literally JUST got done making my son a pair of boxer shorts out of some ugly fabric that my mother-in-law gave me!

Sadly, she gave me so much that I could probably make enough for all the men on my block. I don't know if I can stand to look at it that long!

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Date: 6/26/06 10:09 PM

What a fun article!

One summer that I spent teaching in Hainan, China, we teachers had skirts and dresses made in a kind of "tailor's row" in the market. We purchased our fabrics sold in stalls, then the tailors measured us and discussed (with a lot of arguing and gesturing) the design we wanted. My skirt was a pleated navy blue floral; the waist facing was an odd, ugly brown patterned cotton.

One of my students there gave me a length of a heavy cotton batik which she thought I could use as curtains. Not really my style. I finally used the wrong side of it to make a wrap skirt--still a work in progress. Even inside out, it's a bit funky for me.

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Date: 6/26/06 10:41 PM

OMG, I have the green bacon and egg fabric in the first picture. I'm planning on making it into some pajama bottoms in the "Nick and Nora" style. I thought it was cute, so I guess that means my tastes are irredeemable.

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Date: 6/26/06 10:53 PM

LOL! nanflan, me too!! My first reaction was "Hey - that's not ugly, it's cute!" hehehe. Last summer, I made a cute (or at least I thought so) nightshirt. hehehe.

No hard feelings though - it's certainly not something you'd want to make a jacket out of!

ETA: Another great, amusing article, Sarah!
-- Edited on 6/26/06 10:54 PM --

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Date: 6/26/06 10:56 PM

I love that fabric..actually in my family we all do...We are currently having a big pig moment - ironic because we keep kosher, so there are lots of pigs on the tushies in this house. You may have seen pigs as a recurrent theme in the boxers. One of the unpictured pairs of boxers is made out of a patchwork of three piggy fabrics. ( they were in the wash..or perhaps being worn when I took the photos)

That bacon and egg fabric is so soft. It is a high quailty flannel and has gotten high ratings from the guys.

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Date: 6/26/06 10:58 PM

Bravo, bravo, a wonderful sharing of ideas and true love of fabric - has to be, huh, to have an African fabric/head covering for a dear friend, Indian bedspread/shower curtain SKIRT - bravo for such charm - and ideas!

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Date: 6/26/06 11:10 PM

That's a darling nightshirt!

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Date: 6/26/06 11:13 PM

Thanks

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Date: 6/27/06 0:25 AM

A friend of mine once gave me some fabric that I really didn't like. I made a muslin from it and then I was able to tell him that I had used it.

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