I picked it up cheap at an op-shop in the form of two curtain panels. I’m really not sure about it. It’s sorta late 18th century – but really pushing the accuracy with the pattern.
I’m either going to commit to making something out of it, or de-stash it right away. I don’t want it just sitting around in my stash.
Things that are not historical about it:
- The dark background (most 18th c chintzes have a white background)
- The evenness of the print
- It’s a little too busy
- The pink and blue are a little too modern
- It was super cheap
- I already own it, and finding these types of prints can be a headache
- I want a late 18th c chintz dress
- It isn’t completely out of the bounds of historical accuracy
- It’s 100% cotton, and good quality cotton
- Some of the edges are faded
- There is just enough to make a round gown, if I’m lucky. It will be a squeeze.
So, dear readers, I ask you, what do you think of this fabric?
Does it say late 18th century to you? Or does it say “bad fake late 18th century”?
And is it visually appealing? Do you think it would look good as a robe a la anglaise?
If you saw it made up nicely at a costuming event would you go away saying “wow, did you see that gorgeous wine red chintz dress” or would you forget about it entirely, or would you go away saying “wow, that wine red chintz dress was awful!”
Be brutal with me!