Before I run off in a different direction, I will post one more time about my Colonial Williamsburg plans. Since the trip is planned for October, I have quite a long time to work on these pieces, but also several other costumes scheduled in the meantime, which I will be blogging about soon. 🙂
I’ve settled on a plan…y’know, one of those tentative things that usually gets blown to bits when actually starting on it…
Here it is:
|(c) 2012 American Duchess Co.|
This will give me six options to wear throughout the week we are there.
Anyway, desaturate aqua blue-ish and bright-ass yellow are my key colors, with the striped fabric picking up both the blue and the yellow.
I did a little nosing around for fabrics today. You can see all my finds on my 1770-80 Pinterest board, but these are the ones I am seriously considering (click “Read More):
|$15/yard dupioni from decorativesilk.com. This seems to be the closest color match to the museum garments I’ve been looking at|
|$22/yard dupioni from myfashioncenterfabrics.com . This comes in tons of colors, but it’s a little expensive for me|
|$20/yard from renaissancefabrics.net . If I’m going to splurge, it’ll be on this, but it’s quite expensive, and I need enough for a polonaise and petticoat.|
I didn’t find many blues I cared for, and if I’m going to shell out for that gorgeous stripe, I think I could save and have some fun getting crafty with dyeing:
|$10/yard for 10+ yards, silk dupioni from Dharma Trading Company. I could buy tons of this and dye the saffron AND the blue to match the colors in whatever stripe I do find. Leftovers can be used for future projects.|
I admit I love the idea of dyeing, and the price for Dharma’s 100% silk dupioni is quite excellent. They also have a silk twill that looks lovely – has anybody used this? I may need to get a swatch.
As most long-time readers of this blog know, I don’t usually spend so much on fabric. I’m a “get the look” kind of girl, but I really want these pieces for Williamsburg to be spot-on. There is nothing quite like silk (even if the higher-end faux silks make a pretty good stab at it).