Vintage Sewing

Retro Fabric–Charles Parsons. what would you do?

July 3, 2009

new fabric $5.

I love these colours.

New pattern! this wouldn’t work with this fabric so I was wondering what everyone else would do because I don’t want to make something the looks ridiculous,

and this is the hhmmm….questionable…fabric.

everyone else hates it.
I got it for .20 cents but i really like it…it’s soft cotton.

yep it’s a curtain.

what do you reckon?


  1. Make something glorious with the Charles Parsons–maybe a 70's maxi? The questionable fabric is up to you–it may already have a very happy life as a curtain. For me, fabric is 90 percent of the dress. If I am so-so about the fabric, I probably won't wear the dress, even if I love the style. When you find a good match for the curtain, you'll probably know it.

  2. I see that fabric on the back rest of a couch, or as cushions. To me it is a little overpowering for apparel. maybe a purse. The shapes would look like large abstract shapes. It is very cool fabric, but it could be quite overpowering.

  3. Ohh, I have to go against the grain and say that I love both those prints, and the first thing that sprung to mind was this pattern:
    I think both prints would work perfectly in this skirt with a lovely plain border and trim.

    I don't know if this is your personal style, but I have this pattern in PDF from way back when it was free… I've uploaded it to my box net account if you do like it:

    Skirt instructions:

    Skirt pattern:

    I've set the password as 'sewretro' and anyone's welcome to grab it if they like it! I'll leave it up there for a week or so.

  4. I think the first would look great in the skirt pattern mentioned above, but I'd use the curtain fabric to make a retro bib apron, it would be perfect, and you can never have enough aproms….

  5. I adore that Charles Parsons print – I love it in soft furnishings or as an accent to change decor…table lining, cushions, draped over a couch etc etc. I also like the floral – the bib apron is a fab idea and would look super sweet 🙂

    Great buys!!

  6. I absolutely adore the fabric that "everyone hates". Wow, how can they be so cruel to such a stunning floral print? Mind you, I've always had a thing for large florals involving roses. If there was enough fabric I'd want to whip that into a full skirt in a heartbeat! 🙂

    Wishing you a gorgeous weekend!
    ♥ Jessica

  7. I'd wear both of them!!! Then again, I do like to go for a vintage look and as far as I'm aware, old curtains/bedspreads etc were often refashioned as dresses etc. I particularly like the 'questionable' fabric. I think it would look great as a wiggle dress. No extra bits & pieces as the fabric is so crazy, just a simple shape. Yes!

    I made a dress & jacket out of fabric far more hideous than this so I wouldn't worry at all!!

  8. both fabrics are lovely! the 90%-hate-this-floral would be great as a skirt or wiggle sheath dress to second the ideas above;another idea would be a coat/dress wear open over a cream or peach or brown dress,closed belted as a dress by itself third idea 50's-60's swing jacket/boxy jacket perhaps use butterick 5223 the fabric&style combo look compatible similar to spiegals online/catalog outfits i could see this with walking shorts,short skirt,dress,pants if there was any leftover fabric a soft hobo bag would be pretty too

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