Menswear Inspiration

February 9, 2016

By Tab Byrum

I love looking at fabric for design jobs and a while back I saw a picture of a chair someone had reupholstered using men’s suiting fabric and that made me very curious, as much as I love clothes and the beautiful fabrics that men’s suits, jackets, slacks and shirts are made out of could I really buy that fabric and use it in my home to update furniture? I went to the website for Mood Fabrics (made famous by Project Runway) and began looking at their men’s suiting fabrics and there’s a lot to choose from.

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Mood has a sample program where you can order samples of fabric for a dollar and the prices of fashion fabrics are a lot less than many upholstery grade fabrics and they’re just as durable considering they’re made to last for years as we wear them, wash and dry clean them. I was also happy to find out that that the width of fashion fabrics are many times wider than the standard 54-inch wide upholstery fabrics, the bolt of fabric I bought is 62 inches wide.  I bought some gray and brown wool suiting fabric to use in the bedroom to drape a wall and make window treatments but I’m definitely looking at other fabrics to use in upholstering a couple of chairs and a bench in the house. Today we’re going to take a look at what can be accomplished using fashion fabrics and more specifically menswear fabrics, be inspired and Enjoy!!!

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A classic suiting pattern such as Houndstooth looks beautiful used in upholstery, this chair looks very classic and elegant. 

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The classic Glen Plaid fabric looks beautiful on this curvy chaise lounge from Ralph Lauren.

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Pinstripe has been a solid source of inspiration for years.

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This pinstripe wallpaper makes a beautiful backdrop for this room.

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Contemporary chairs covered in a classic pinstripe fabric. 

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The fronts of these dining chairs are done in navy pinstripe and the backs are in a navy window pane fabric.

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Leather has of course been used in men’s coats and jackets for decades and what better way to accessorize a leather sofa than with pillows made of men’s suiting like these pinstripe pillows.

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This image shows what can be done with menswear-inspired fabrics, just like with our clothes you can mix and match fabrics to create both a beautiful outfit and room. 

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Plaid shirts are the inspiration for this beautiful blue wallpaper. 

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Of course,  you can mix and match your fabrics such as this leather and plaid sofa. 

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Mad for plaid in this room and I LOVE it. 

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