Wednesday, August 25, 2010

In the Queue Wednesday

Presenting...the fabric I bought in Iceland!

I think the material may be silk shatung (or maybe some type of taffeta?). The black flowers are raised, possibly velvet. The silver flowers appear to be painted on.

I checked Sandra Betzina's More Fabric Savvy, and it's making me nervous. Apparently this material is going to be a bit of a challenge to sew. Looks like I'm going to have to underline it - something I've only done once in my life (on "the" wedding dress).

Between the lack of drape of the material (or its crispness) and the linear nature of the flower stems, I'll look for a relatively straight pattern. Maybe a simple shift dress (sleeveless or short sleeve), with a mandarin-style collar?

What kind of pattern do you think would work well with this fabric?

Cutting into expensive fabric that is going to be difficult to sew is a task that I tend to put off, so I'm not sure when I'll be getting to this.

But, don't worry, I will! It's in the queue...


Lori said...

Gorgeous fabric, it will make a very pretty dress.

Summerset said...

Very pretty. It looks like it might be a flocked taffeta. The "flocked" portion is the raised velvet, flowers in your case. It's actually not bad to sew, but as with all taffetas and most silks, it will fray. I think you're right to pick a simple shape to let the fabric be the star.

Becky said...

Ooh, pretty! I'll be looking forward to seeing what you end up doing with it.