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From: Cindy Lou
Date: 02-11-2007, 10:22 PM (1 of 25)
I have a question...I know that you can make clothing from peach skin...But does anyone have any other Ideas I can use this beautiful heathered purple peach skin for ???? I'm open for Ideas....Cindy Lou
"Life Is A Coin,You Can Spend It Anyway You Like,But You Can Only Spend It Once."
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From: Mom of Six
Date: 02-11-2007, 10:31 PM (2 of 25)
Purse, tote bag, pillow. I'm sure someone will come up with more. How much do you have?
Barb
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User: Mom of Six
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From: Cindy Lou
Date: 02-11-2007, 10:51 PM (3 of 25)
I was able to buy 5 yards for $1.00 a yard...I knew I better snatch this up...because It sells for alot more..
"Life Is A Coin,You Can Spend It Anyway You Like,But You Can Only Spend It Once."
User: Cindy Lou
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Total posts: 16
From: IsabelleB
Date: 02-12-2007, 03:55 AM (4 of 25)
Sorry to sound dumb but... what is peach skin? :whacky:
Isabelle
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From: PaulineG
Date: 02-12-2007, 03:56 AM (5 of 25)
Isabelle - it's obviously one of those quaint Americanisms - I don't get it either. :bg:
Pauline
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From: Sancin
Date: 02-12-2007, 04:53 AM (6 of 25)
If it is what I think it is, it is similar to silk - tight weave and light weight with lovely drape. I made a blouse out of this a number of years ago and loved it as it was very dressy and I felt elegant in it. But I believe it is polyester and it does show any miniscule grease mark that may be anywhere, even in the air. Does wash well after treating. The fabric had a dull finish and a sort of soft surface.

I also made a pair of summer pants out of some fabric that was called airplane cloth which was very similar to the peach skin, but without the slight soft surface to it. I don't know why but they were very comfortable, even in the heat. When I went back for more they were sold out as the sales clerk said everyone was making dresses out of them. Beautiful drape and some even make bridesmaid dresses. The peachskin would be very nice as lingery - sensuous!
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From: PaulineG
Date: 02-12-2007, 05:48 AM (7 of 25)
Funny you should mention the bridesmaid dresses Nancy - my wedding dress was made of something called angelskin - which was some sort of lightly textured polyester satin like fabric. Very nice indeed - I would probably buy some if I saw it in a fabric shop - although not unlike Cindy Lou - with very little idea what I intended to do with it.

Cindy Lou - a photo of whatever you make when it's finished would be nice.
Pauline
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From: Reta J
Date: 02-12-2007, 08:20 AM (8 of 25)
It's not a quaint americanism, lol, I have never heard of it either.

Please post pics when you are done, would like to see it.
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From: Cindy Lou
Date: 02-12-2007, 09:57 AM (9 of 25)
Peach Is a very silky type fabric and yes It drapes very nicely. It's mainly used In clothing. But I think there are other ways of using this beautiful fabric. It is a heathered purple. Just thought somebody would have a few Ideas on different ways of using this other than clothing.Thanks for any Ideas....Blessings,Cindy Lou
"Life Is A Coin,You Can Spend It Anyway You Like,But You Can Only Spend It Once."
User: Cindy Lou
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From: Cindy Lou
Date: 02-12-2007, 10:01 AM (10 of 25)
I have a picture of this beautiful fabric.I know that people make quilts out of silk and suede.....I was wondering If I could make a throw ???
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User: Cindy Lou
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From: plrlegal
Date: 02-12-2007, 10:09 AM (11 of 25)
I've sewn with peachskin and unless the garment is very loose fitting, the seams will pull out like crazy. I have a skirt made of it and the seams have pulled out several times in places where there is stress on it, i.e., where you sit, plus I think it is very warm fabric, especially in the summertime as it is a very tightly woven polyester.

Patsy
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From: Cindy Lou
Date: 02-12-2007, 10:35 AM (12 of 25)
I was wondering about the seams being weak due to the fabric being so wispy compared to the quality cotton that i use In quilting.Did you serge the seams ? Just wondering because If you did,then that discourages me from using It for clothing as I would serge the seams too. Thanks for your Input. I just couldn't pass this Beautiful fabric up at such a cheap price.You know how addicting fabric can be...lol...
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From: IsabelleB
Date: 02-12-2007, 10:39 AM (13 of 25)
OK Cindy Lou... Now I have a better idea of what it is... That fabric sounds really pretty. How about pillows? (trimmed with white lace perhaps?)
A purse?
Lavender sachets?
A table runner?
A throw sounds nice, although I'm not sure I'd dare to sit on it :wink: Maybe backed with flannel?

Just an idea: why not browse the craft/home decor sections of the pattern sites for inspiration? e.g. http://simplicity.com/index.cfm?cat=2
and http://simplicity.com/index.cfm?cat=3

I'm sure you'd reap lots of ideas. Have fun :bluesmile
Isabelle
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From: Cindy Lou
Date: 02-12-2007, 12:04 PM (14 of 25)
Thank you so much for all your Ideas. I think a good quality flannel would do nicely as a backing for a throw. I love the way It feels It's like feeling of a Peach ! I knew this would be the place to come to get quality sewing tips and Ideas....Thank You....Blessings,Cindy Lou
"Life Is A Coin,You Can Spend It Anyway You Like,But You Can Only Spend It Once."
User: Cindy Lou
Member since: 10-13-2006
Total posts: 16
From: plrlegal
Date: 02-12-2007, 12:39 PM (15 of 25)
Cindylou I did serge the seams on the skirt and top I made of peachskin. It does wonderful when laundered, it never has to be ironed or pressed if you take it out of the dryer right away. The top is fine but at least three of the seams in the skirt have pulled out and I've resewn and reserged them and it's a gored flared skirt that isn't close fitting or anything but where I've sat on the seams, they've frayed out and I also have a pair of pants to pantset made of peachskin and the back seam in the pants have done the same thing a couple of times.

Patsy
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From: Cindy Lou
Date: 02-12-2007, 12:50 PM (16 of 25)
I adore fabric......really good fabric.Was It hard to sew..? Meaning, was It slippery or hard to hold onto ? I'm game .....I'll try It to see how It does. I'd love to make a throw to snuggle up with. Of course my 8 yr old. son would probably take off with It...lol...or my cats. I want to thank everyone on all the great Ideas....Blessings To All,Cindy Lou
"Life Is A Coin,You Can Spend It Anyway You Like,But You Can Only Spend It Once."
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From: JustSewCrafty
Date: 02-12-2007, 03:57 PM (17 of 25)
:whacky: I know this sounds nuts, but I was sitting here trying to figure out how peach skin, as in the fruit, would be something you could sew....

Okay, I know...I wouldnt tell that to many people..but I had never heard of it before...
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From: plrlegal
Date: 02-12-2007, 05:38 PM (18 of 25)
Peach skin is simply polyester that has a dull finish that feels almost like flannel but it's not. It actually feels like a silky knit but it's not stretchy like knit. It's just a heavier soft, drapey, polyester.

Patsy
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From: mommydionne
Date: 02-12-2007, 06:29 PM (19 of 25)
My favourite pj's are from peachskin, they feel great and are cozy without being hot, sew with a slightly longer stitch length than usual, I think a microtex sharp needle is the way to go, it is a very tight fibre and you need the sharp needle, I found I was skipping stitches with a universal. It does not press well, so choose something forgiving. I chose pj's b/c the fabric I had is a floral with a yellow orange background and they are not good colours for me but the fabric is beautiful and wears well. And it's dark when I wear them so who cares if I turn a sickly shade of green when I wear yellow:bluewink:
Ps it's a bugger to cut too so go with a single layer layout or a rotary cutter with weights!
Jeanette
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From: Mom of Six
Date: 02-12-2007, 06:45 PM (20 of 25)
I was thinking it was heavier,more like a lightweight suede. But know that you mention it is lighter weight. You can still do the projects I suggested you just might have to interface it. But I think it would make a really nice dress or top.
Barb
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From: DorothyL
Date: 02-12-2007, 09:50 PM (21 of 25)
I was thinking it was heavier,more like a lightweight suede

That's mole skin. Great stuff.
Dorothy
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From: IsabelleB
Date: 02-13-2007, 08:02 AM (22 of 25)
Well, I went to a fabric store this morning and guess what - I found a bolt of "peau de pÍche"!! I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the label. There was just this one bolt, and it was 18 euros a metre, but it was interesting to handle. :bluesmile
That would definitely make lovely cushions and purses!
Isabelle
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From: Cindy Lou
Date: 02-16-2007, 07:08 PM (23 of 25)
Thank You for all the great tips on this Incredibly ultra soft fabric. What color did you find ? But with this silkly fabric who cares, you could make anything that would be next to your body and feel like you're in heaven.I've learned alot from this and will definately use a very fine gauge needle & cut It very gently...Blessings,Cindy Lou
"Life Is A Coin,You Can Spend It Anyway You Like,But You Can Only Spend It Once."
User: Cindy Lou
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From: PaulineG
Date: 02-18-2007, 09:33 PM (24 of 25)
For anybody still in the dark about peachskin - I found this site when I was looking for fabrics called for on a pattern of mine. Whole other long and confusing story.

You'll have to scroll down slightly.

http://www.murphyrobes.com/text.asp?id=fabrics_colors
Pauline
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From: IsabelleB
Date: 02-19-2007, 04:47 AM (25 of 25)
Cindy Lou, it was more or less peach-coloured... Ha! :wink:
Thank you for the link, Pauline :smile:
Isabelle
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