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...