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August 12, 2010

Super Secret Project – Fabric FUN Time!

By Sara In AZ


OK, so I finally have my one armed couch and his little friend.

Maybe I should call the little loveseat ‘Bandido’ or something? 🙂

But now I am on the quest for upholstery fabric, specifically vintage upholstery fabric. Remember when I told y’all about finding the vintage pink upholstery fabric for my swivel chair, well the couches were really what I was looking for fabric for.

I REALLLLLLY wanted Frieze fabric in the worst way. So bad, I could feel it in the pit of my stomach – like little gremlins gnawing away at me ‘Get Frieze, get Frieze’. I searched high. I searched low. I searched in the middle. This stuff is nowhere to be found! I e-mailed fabric stores that have been in business foreverrrr and they did not have it. I contacted fabric people around here – Frieze, What? I contacted  SMS Auto Fabrics in Oregon and they actually did have some teal Frieze, but only 9 yards and at $60 a yard! EEPS! I needed 20 yards, so that would not work. But, hey, if anyone out there needs 9 yards you know where to go!

If anyone out there has bolts of old Frieze – hold onto it for dear life, that stuff is worth more than gold!

I also had very stern warnings from all the upholsterers I was getting quotes from about using old fabric. They said almost all the old Frieze is rubber backed, which could turn very brittle over time. So picture that you have just gotten your couches reupholstered in this lovely old Frieze and you go to sit down on it for the very first time and *********RRRRRRIIIIIIIIIPPPPPPP********!!!! No thanks! I am not saying you could not find vintage fabric to use for your project, I did for my pink swivel chair – but that fabric was not rubber backed. You may want to inquire, before buying old Frieze fabric, how it has been stored. Especially if you are paying a high price for it. So, I gave up my dream of having the old Frieze and sought out something new with a retro twist.

We wound up at Mesa Sales where they not only sell upholstery fabric, but flooring and a bunch of other things too! This place was a wonderland of fabrics! We cruised up and down aisle upon aisle of bolts of fabric that you could buy right then and there. But we did not really see anything on the bolts that would work for our little couches. So we wound up with all the fabric sample books. They only had about 800,000 sample books to go through. No problem right!  I hoped the books  had something that would work for us! So Mike and I hunkered down and went through as many books as we could to try to find our special fabric. We did not emerge for days……they had to send in food and water to us…….but we came out victorious!

My only requirements for the new fabric was that I really wanted some kind of texture to it and I wanted a color that looked 50s! I really wanted to stay with the teal/aqua color, but I also like chartreuse. I knew I was not going to find anything like the old Frieze, so I just had to keep an open mind. 

Here are some of the fabric swatches that we brought home so we could see what the samples looked like against the couches.

This was a sample that SMS sent to me because they thought I would like the pattern, and because it was teal/aqua. But, no that is not gonna work darlins’!

Here is another teal/aqua sample SMS sent to me but this was was more like carpet. So, no again.

Here is the teal Frieze they have 9 yards of. I liked it, but there was not enough fabric for me. Bummer.

Here is a chartreuse fabric, but not quite the right one for me.

I liked the teal/aqua color of this fabric, but the texture was off for me.

This fabric had a pattern, but this just was not right. Not the right color, not the right pattern. 

I kind of liked this ice blue fabric, maybe this one???????

I thought this one could be a possibility???????

This wool boucle had a really nice feel to it! Hmmmmmmm?

Chartreuse again. Me likes Chartreuse!

So, which one did I pick??? Can you stand to wait a whole week to find out???

Stay tuned for the last installment of my couch mini-series on Thursday, August 19th to find out y’all!

And, please remember to vote for Eartha Kitsch in the Kozy Shack Contest! Please spread the word if you can, we need to get Eartha’s votes up! Click HERE for the link. Thanks y’all!

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15 Responses to Super Secret Project – Fabric FUN Time!

  1. sablemable Reply

    August 12, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Saraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!! God, my head would be spinning from all the fabric choices, LOL!

    Chartreuse will look lovely with pink-pink-pink, but then again so would the ice blue.

    Can’t wait for the finale!

  2. Magnarama Reply

    August 12, 2010 at 9:34 am

    I’m voting for the chartreuse with the big “slubs” in it, the third photo up from the bottom, the one marked Fabric7.

    It’s the most MCM looking to me, almost like a dupioni with its irregular slubs, and it’s certainly the one I’d pick! (Me also likee chartreuse.)

  3. Kelly Reply

    August 12, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Thanks Sara! 🙂

    I can’t imagine how bogged down you must have felt looking at all of that fabric! You poor kids! I bet you dreamed about fabric at night.

    I anxiously await your next update!

  4. Andrea Reply

    August 12, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Ooh, lovely choices! I am hoping you went with a chartreuse, but I guess I will have to wait and see …

  5. Sara in AZ Reply

    August 12, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Sable – I think my head is still spinning from all that fabric! 🙂

    Magnarama – I do have to admit chartreuse is one of my very favorite colors!

    Kelly – Oh yeah, I not only dreamed about fabric, I thought about fabric and only fabric for days and days on end……….. 🙂

    Andrea – Can you stand the wait?????

  6. Wanda @ Just Vintage Reply

    August 12, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    I do so love the couches! Really cool. And I’m looking forward to seeing which fabric you chose and the finished product!

  7. Sara in AZ Reply

    August 13, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Thanks Wanda! 🙂 See ya back here next Thursday!

  8. RetroRuth Reply

    August 13, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Sara! Great choices, girl! The Chartreuse with the big slubs in it is VERY similar to the fabric I have on my sofa right now, except in a milk chocolate color. I adore that fabric, and it is very MCM. I heartily endorse it!

  9. Sara in AZ Reply

    August 14, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Thanks Ruth! Wait, why don’t I remember that sofa? Did you have it last summer?

  10. RetroRuth Reply

    August 15, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Yeah, I had it last summer! 🙂 It is new, and not vintage, even though it is a retro peice. The color makes it not as memorable, which is fine because the orange chair and orange print chair are the pieces that stick out in that room. 🙂 But that fabric you might pick is so similar, I think they may be from the same line!!

  11. Annie B. Reply

    August 16, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Oh, I would go raving mad if I had to choose. I know you’ll pick the perfect fabric. Can’t wait for pics!

  12. Sara in AZ Reply

    August 16, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    I think I did go a little crazy picking the fabric Annie! 🙂

  13. Lenore Swartzwelder Reply

    July 1, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Do you have the final pictures of your teal couch? What fabric company did you get it for your teal couch? Thanks.

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