|Carolina Herrera 100% Silk Twill|
|Simplicity # 2914|
Since this dress is for the fall I decided I wanted the sleeves from View #2 but I like the "V" back of View #1. I plan to use an invisible zipper on the side since, for me, they are easier to insert than the lapped type. The dress will be lined for modesty and to give it a bit more substance. I haven't yet decided what color I want to use for the lining but I am pretty sure I want to go with the George Kaufman Radiance. I really love that silk/cotton blend, it posses the best qualities of silk and cotton in my opinion. If I lined it in silk the dress would be really flowy and drape really beautifully but it would be extremely fragile and still really translucent, a slip would probably still be required. If I went with a cotton type it would be modest and sturdy but it would loose that drapey, flowy aspect which I really want. With the Radiance I will be able to maintain the liquidity I desire and also have a studier, more modest dress. The only thing I need to decide is what color to go with. The fabric has so many colors to work with and since this is for the fall I want to use one of the darker colors. I think I will end up going with a Rust color. The belt will most likely be made out of whatever I use for the lining....there was a pattern for a Bow Belt included.
I am pretty far a long on the outer shell of the dress at this point. I have cut it out, marked the fabric, assembled most of the bodice and I have complete the darts on the skirt front and half of the skirt back. For the neck interfacing I have used crinoline for rigidity since the fabric pulls and slides in all directions. So far I am really happy with it. The dress is taking me three times longer because I am using the silk than if I used something else....it takes me forever to do anything as the fabric is extremely uncooperative but it'll be worth it.