Thursday, November 17, 2011

House and Me

Of course you've heard of Mommy and Me dressing and gorgeous beach scenes with the entire family in matching outfits, but what about matching your clothing to your furniture?

If I like a fabric, I don't care if it is meant for upholstery or clothing.  I spied this gorgeous chair and dress in the most recent Serena and Lily catalog and fell in love. The fabric is gorgeous for upholstery and I can visualize myself wearing the same print in a dress.

Many of the swatches from the Lilly Pulitzer home collection are taken from popular prints used for clothing. I saw the Dirty Shirley print along with many other familiar Lilly prints in the swatch book. The home collection fabrics are usually a more substantial weight than the fabric used for clothing, but it is perfect for a fitted, well constructed dress. I think it would also be wonderful for minnies' clothing because the upholstery fabric would hold up to many washings and lots of time on the playground.

In my mind, fabric is fabric, no matter what the original purpose is.  If the fabric works for what you want it to be, then so be it.  I repurposed some Lilly Pulitzer sheets from Garnet Hill for pillowcase dresses for the Twincesses and have used tablecloths to make tote bags and pouches, but that's the extent of my sewing skills. 

What do you think? Are there certain upholstery fabrics that make gorgeous clothes?



  1. Actually The Amanda in my collection is made from window treatments that my Best Friend's little girl has in her room! I loved it soooo much I turned it into a dress!!!! If it's a beautiful fabric I become inspired no matter what it's originally made for!



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