Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Crazy?

I pulled this crazy length of tricot out of the stash because it was long enough to use as a wrap for wearing Duncan, but as I was playing with it, I thought it would make a cool maxi dress. I'm pretty sure it is authentically from the 70s...
Be honest, completely insane or crazy cool?
In case the colors in this photo haven't blinded you, here is the print up close.
Yes, it really is that bright. But I love it. Especially the purple frogs. I'm thinking of making it into Simplicity 3503, the view in gold.
If you saw me in the street in that would you pretend not to know me?

ETA: From my mother, who gave me this fabric : "A note on the authenticity. The fabric is, in fact, Qiana. A DuPont -held trademarked name of Nylon that was wildly popular 1968 - 1975. Qiana, like rayon 80 years previously, was intended to replace silk in the American closet. Hardly!! Your father, and grandfather, briefly (pun intended) wore Qiana undies for a couple of years." 

12 comments:

  1. OK, so my last comment didn't go through. Basically it said,

    "MAKE. DRESS. No wait. SEND. ME. FABRIC."

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  2. I love it so I vote yes! I've not ever worn a maxi dress so I'm not a good judge of that but I love the colorful vibe of that fabric.

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  3. I learnt today that tricot is not only for making underwear:-) so thank you for that!

    And yes, I agree, make dress, I would say hello if I saw you in it:-)

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  4. I think summery maxi dresses in crazy prints look fantastic so go for it although maybe think about the strappier one - the patterned one on the envelope, can't tell which view it is.

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  5. I think that fabric is awesome! Go for it :)

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  6. Love it! And I'd definitely say hello if I saw you wearing it!

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  7. Beautiful! I remember Quiana! My Mama, a Home Ec teacher until 1972, did a sewing unit with her last class using tricot to make undies and nighties. One of her students, a lady who lives in the Carribbean, claims the only things she really needed to learn from high school were in Home Ec and Typing - she works with her typing skills, and makes her own clothes, including undies.

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  8. Given how ugly the clothes most people wear are, I'd be proud to greet someone wearing a pretty dress in a wild pattern!

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  9. That is amazing fabric. This fabric should not be relegated to undies!

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  10. Please note: Qiana is not quite like tricot. It has a much heavier hand, and considerably less stretch. the only undies i ever recall seeing made of Qiana were men's boxers and briefs, and ladies' nightgowns.
    It was mostly used for "disco" shirts.

    Groovy, indeed.

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  11. Love it - haven't seen it finished yet - did I miss it???

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