8.14.2009

the sofa dress: some fallish sewing


It used to be that when one bought a sofa, one bought it to last, for a long, long time. So the fabrics had to be heavy and durable and stain hiding: none of this white twill business. A sofa was a major investment that needed to last and last. My family had pretty much the same four sofas from the time I could remember until the time that I was married. My husband's grandparents resorted to the comfy plastic covers to preserve their sofas.

In fond memory of the ultra-durable sofas of yore, why not use a little oldfashioned-ish sofa fabric for a simple squared-neck dress? A swirl of gold in a heavy velvety brocade: the perfect fabric to last a long, long time. And no plastic covers necessary...

20 comments:

lera said...

Cute. The print kind of reminds me of The Sound of Music.

Eva said...

That is seriously cute. I'm going to keep it in mind for when fall finally arrives in Arizona.

house on hill road said...

goodness gracious, that is fantastic. maybe a sofa coat, too?

mrs boo radley said...

Oooh, I love it, and I'm totally with house on hill road--sofa coats would be fabulous.

allydru said...

my parents' bedspread was an olive green version of that exact material. superb.

dana said...

Awesome awesome awesome. Great fabric, great color.

lynne said...

I love this! Adorable.

My dad's parents always kept their couches covered in plastic too. Very comfy! :)

Kristin Rasmussen said...

Simple & cute. Perfect!

Lauren said...

I would like one for me:)

xo

jackie said...

a d o r a b l e !

Prue said...

My computer was playing silly games when I first looked at this post. So I couldn't see any pics. The next time I could only see the bottom pic. The dress didn't really grab me. The next time I could see both pics and then I liked it more, particularly because of the layering (I love my daughter wearing pants under some of her dresses). This time around, now that I have time to comment I really like it! It's really grown on me!

urban craft said...

wow, you really used this old fabric fabulously! I love the idea. Well done!

cryitout said...

love it!

Jen said...

The dress is fabulous! I love the sofa too... did you get it somewhere local? We're looking for something like it but don't know where to start :)

annamae said...

ooooo I'm so happy to have happened across this I have a few upholstery fabrics my mother just gave me and don't think I would have thought to make clothes for my wee daughter from them. Cant wait to get started on some new additions to her fall wardrobe! :D

jojo-caramel said...

Superbe ! Beau week-end :)

down pillow said...

I'm compelled to climb atop a mountain and sing... hmm

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