Patterns: Robes, Cloaks....

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Re: Patterns: Robes, Cloaks....

Postby pelmut » Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:02 am

Grok wrote:...BTW, you can buy sheets at thrift stores.  These have a larger surface area than may otherwise be available.

If the colour isn't quite what you want, it is fun to dye them and see what happens.  I tried this with a sheet I wanted to use for making a skirt; the results were 'interesting', but not the colour I intended.

Has anyone tried tie-dying them to produce a pattern?
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Re: Patterns: Robes, Cloaks....

Postby Grok » Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:00 pm

I haven't tried dying a sheet.

BTW, I have noticed online tutorials for making skirts from sheets. Skirts have large surface areas, and so do sheets.
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Re: Patterns: Robes, Cloaks....

Postby Sinned » Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:07 pm

Working for a store that sells housewares, periodically we sell "shop soiled" [0] items [1] at less than a quarter of their display price [2] and I know that some are bought for the material to make into clothing.

[0] This can cover not only an item carrying some dirt, but items without packaging or something missing such as a pillowcase from a duvet set.
[1] Items will generally be bedding or curtains. There's quite an amount of material in both especially duvet covers or 90"x90" curtains with linings.
[2] As an example a pair of mint green patterned 66"x54" lined curtains whose SP was £30 were on sale for £5.60.

And yes I have bought some material in the past ready to make into a dress/skirt.
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Re: Patterns: Robes, Cloaks....

Postby Grok » Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:16 pm

Sinned wrote: 90"x90" curtains with linings.

And yes I have bought some material in the past ready to make into a dress/skirt.
I hadn't thought of curtains. :idea: Large surface area!
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Re: Patterns: Robes, Cloaks....

Postby beachlion » Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:58 am

Checking out sheets and curtains in thrift shops is certainly a good idea. I pay about $5 to $10 for a yard of fabric fit for skirts.
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Re: Patterns: Robes, Cloaks....

Postby Sinned » Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:55 am

Carefully chosen the patterns in curtains and duvet covers could make very interesting skirts or even dresses as there is plenty of material there. Have I piqued the interest in those who enjoy sewing as an alternative source of material?
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Re: Patterns: Robes, Cloaks....

Postby beachlion » Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:53 am

Sinned wrote:Carefully chosen the patterns in curtains and duvet covers could make very interesting skirts or even dresses as there is plenty of material there. Have I piqued the interest in those who enjoy sewing as an alternative source of material?


Using old bed sheets was already done. I made a few skirts from sheets and even a prototype for a dress.
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Checking out thrift shops is maybe an easier way than waiting for a sheet to be worn down or ripped. The thrift shop sheets will be in a better shape I guess.
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