Urban Burp used to have a store front in San Francisco, near the legendary City Lights bookstore. Rising rents forced them out, and they moved in to a warehouse in Point Richmond, not that far from my house (how thoughtful of them!) I didn't really frequent them a lot, because most of the fabrics are home dec, not to mention pricey for the real stuff! But they had a moving sale a few months ago, which I HAD to go check out, of course. I'm pretty sure I went a tad bit over budget, which was really zero, but hey...you know how it is with fabric..., and of course there were a few pieces I just couldn't resist...
I think this one is a newer fabric, but I love the retro look and colors.
I may use it as cushion covers and machine covers in my sewing room.
This is a linen gauze from the 60's.
No CLUE what I'm going to do with it, but something made me adopt it anyway...
A few smaller mid-century sample cuts that I just couldn't resist-
Memories of Melmac (remember Melmac???):
And my favorite fave - oh how I wish they'd had a bigger cut of this!
Oh yes, and the referenced Chenille Bedspread! (twin size):
I knew immediately that this spread wanted to be on my body as a robe! It has served its time as a bedspread, proven by the worn - almost threadbare in spots - body of the fabric. The chenille was still in excellent shape though. The color wasn't going to work for me - sort of a sickly, faded pale yellow, so off to Dharma Trading I went, and came home with a Wedgewood Blue Dharma Trading Fiber Reactive Dye. It was perfect. :)
Being a vintage bedspread, of course it needed a vintage pattern, and I had just the thing in stash, I think from a pile of patterns that was given to me by a friend who helped clear out the estate of a sweet lil ole lady sewing (don't you just love those sorts of estates?)
I laid the bedspread out on the kitchen floor & played with one of my favorite challenges - trying to fit pattern pieces on a patterned fabric in an attempt to match up all of the bits. I did it, but just barely!
The finished robe, just right for transitional fall/spring coolness:
Because of the thin, worn areas, it really needed a lining,
and I found just the thing at Stonemountain and Daughter :)
It's a nice soft cotton, yummy against the skin - can't say the same for the chenille, which
had that vintage cotton rough feel to it (I do like my fabric to feel really nice against the skin)
I tried and tried to like some of vintage stash buttons with this,
but I just didn't have anything that worked.
I got these cheapies at JoAnn's, but I'll be keeping an eye open for something I like better.
Because, well, Buttons!
Cuddling up in just-right-warmth :)
Do not look at the little stain in front.
Don't look, I said!
|(It's egg yolk - it will wash out!)|
While we're on the subject, I see that Urban Burp will have a booth at the Alameda Antiques by the Bay this Sunday, August 3. I could be maybe possibly talked in to a little visit there, if anyone is interested.... just tossing it out there...