Good news, readers: I laundered the cotton velveteen I bought yesterday and it dried considerably softer and drapier -- gorgeous!
Bad news: As correctly predicted by sewing maven Nancy K., laundering had no effect whatsoever on the thickness of the fabric. And this upholstery fabric is simply too thick for pants I intend to wear anywhere outside Siberia. Thick-as-carpeting velveteen pants in increasingly temperate New York City would be a bad investment, I fear.
What am I going to do with this fabric then? I have no idea.
Sadly, it's also not a color I would want to wear anywhere near my face, because earlier today I purchased this vintage men's jacket pattern on Etsy. A little Eighties, I know, but I think it has possibilities. Perhaps navy wool with a fur collar? Plaid? Anyway, definitely not gold velveteen.
Readers, I wish I could offer a happy ending to my velveteen fabric adventure and maybe someday I will. Right now I'm going to cut my losses and move on.
Thank you for your many inspiring stories of upholstery-fabric-into-garments success. If only there were someone I knew who needed something reupholstered -- or wanted to be reupholstered themselves.
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught sewing fanatic! I've been sewing obsessively since 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!