Auditioning Underlay Fabrics

Initially I was planning on using black as an underlay for my dress. I like the idea of black mostly because it’s obvious that it’s there, so people won’t look at me and wonder if I’m wearing anything under my sheer outer dress. But then when I saw the sheer fabric of the skirt over black, it kind of looked like the black sucked the life out of the colors in the fabric. Then I decided to take some other silks from my stash and try them out. I pinned the silk yardage to the dress form, and pinned the silk tulle for the next skirt layer to the silk yardage. Here are the possibilities:

black silk gazar

tan silk charmeuse

the same textured silk that’s used for the trim on the dress

grey silk charmeuse

deep red silk charmeuse

I’m going to sleep on it, but I’m pretty sure I like the red best. The textured silk looks OK too, though.

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11 Comments

  1. akismet-21b053fec805c8711a1f608da8cdd26a
    Posted October 1, 2012 at 2:20 am | Permalink | Reply

    I love the red too!

  2. Sewkiwi
    Posted October 1, 2012 at 6:16 am | Permalink | Reply

    Agree – the red really does bring out the colour. Can’t wait to see it finished.

  3. Posted October 1, 2012 at 6:25 am | Permalink | Reply

    I like the red best too. What a beautiful dress this will be!

  4. Posted October 1, 2012 at 6:43 am | Permalink | Reply

    The red gives it depth and makes the colors so much richer. It’s such a beautiful dress!

  5. monaverdour
    Posted October 1, 2012 at 7:05 am | Permalink | Reply

    I like the textured silk best. It’s looking good!

  6. Posted October 1, 2012 at 7:22 am | Permalink | Reply

    Red, then the first black, that’s my top two votes.

  7. Posted October 1, 2012 at 9:14 am | Permalink | Reply

    I like the red. I think it ties the entire garment together. I agree with you about the black – the bodice details disappear into it – and the lighter colours detract from the skirt. But I think textured silk works second best. It’s going to be stunning, Claudine!

  8. Jeannie Neely
    Posted October 1, 2012 at 11:38 am | Permalink | Reply

    Looks like either the tan or red brings the beautiful fabric to life, I agree with you that the black makes it dull and just ordinary. It is stunning!
    Jeannie

  9. Posted October 1, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I like the textured silk best, red second.

    • Posted October 1, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I agree with Nancy K. The textures silk really lets the top shine.

  10. Posted October 2, 2012 at 5:53 am | Permalink | Reply

    There’s something about the red that really lifts the other colours, at least in the photo. So that is my favourite.

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