Timothy and I have been working like fiends trying to find the best
possible match for the Waistcoat. Sure, I found the original fabric
from Henry Bertrand, but since they won't sell it it doesn't do us any
good. I also found some possible looking jaqcuards from Anjoorian
Silks, but ran into the same problem: she only wholesales and won't
sell to the public. If you can order through a store or designer, you
might be interested in looking at them. Caveat: not a clue what the
scale is! And again, the fabric would need to be dyed or painted. <http://www.anjoorian.com/new-silk-brocades.html>
The NB-01a and NB-02b are close for pattern.
The Rust (RL Number: LCF13555F) and Riding Coat (RL Number: LCF17782F) are possibilities, but it looks
much like a wall covering. They are apparently sold through Home Depot,
although I didn't see them in the swatches at mine. According to it's
specs it's got a 19" vertical repeat which sounds like a pretty huge
design, might not be suitable for the waistcoat - best to check a
swatch first. It's also cotton with a soil repellent, don't know
whether that would effect the fabric quality or not. Nice color
This fabric, by Richloom (I think it's called Esprit Cardinal?) I found
at my local Joann's in the upholstery section. It should be sku
#7169980. It kept attracting my attention, although it's hard to tell
from this small 2" x 4" swatch. It's a cotton/poly so there is a shine
to it (either the background or the flower pattern depending on which
side out you use) although not a lot. Basically it's a cabbage rose
design. Mostly what it had going for it was that the pattern wasn't
geometric, had a good fill level, and had a nice balance of large and
small design in it.
This had us
very excited until we got the swatch! Turned out to be a chenille
fabric with no shine at all - just a difference between the napped and
un-napped sections. It also seemed more viney than frondy in design.
This was one of my first finds
thought I had found something perfect! It wasn't too bad on the price,
but getting a swatch cost $5 - refundable when you order the same
fabric. So I figured I might as order the fabric. $23 later (shipping
can be expensive on fabric) what looked to be perfect in the swatch, as
you might be able to tell from the measure-tape scan is absolutely
And it looks much more pomegranate design than frondish than the
website seemed. <sigh> It had an interesting color: House of
Fabric calls this Deauville Terracotta, but it's much more of a wine
color. But with the pattern turning out so large, there's way too much
empty space in the design - just not suitable for this waistcoat. What
a shame, it did have nice shine, though.
Fabric.com has some interesting looking jacquards, but they turned out
to be much too large for clothing (always get a swatch). This one at
least they give you an idea of the scale. But as it's a cotton/poly
you'd probably have to paint it to get the red color since there's only
this cream and a green color. <http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=3923f572-4285-4f48-a148-51cd91a81473>
Fonthill in Candy Apple from Lady Ann Fabrics found in sample book
Colorworks Vol III <http://shop.store.yahoo.com/swags-galore/swatches.html>
(scroll down for several colors of Fonthill). The repeat on this is
only 4", so that could work nicely for clothing.
Here's another we found at Joann's: Zenaida Paprika sku#7557960 it comes in another shade that I
thought was a litlte too orange, this is more like a terracotta (which
if you look at the kitchen scene, is one of the colors the waistcoat
shows). This has good shine quality to it, but it is a little more
viney and all one size in the pattern. One friend felt the Richloom was
better than the Zenaida because it had a varied design size rather than
all the same. I thought this might be better because it had better
shine. Depends on the compromise you go for.
when a friend found this at her local Hancock Fabric... the design was
great, nicely filled in, good balance of large and small aspects,
definately shiny (it's polyester), even textured - it's a matelasse so
it is dimensional. She and I got very excited. The only drawback is
that it comes in gold, not red which means you have to change the
color. And since it's polyester the only way to do that is to paint it.
It does loose some of the shine when it's painted, but the matelasse
definately "pops". It's very interesting.
It's called Derby Deocrator fabric in Brush.