27 May 2014

mandie_rw: (literate-cat)
I didn't have lots of sewing time today, so what I did have was dedicated to a few more inches of flannel sewn to the bonnet.

I did get my damask swatches and my bonnet silk in the mail today though! It was all maybe not as exciting as hoped. I think I'll use the yellow-gold silk for my bonnet; the violet-shot-gold doesn't look nearly as nice in person, more of a Victorian-ugly shade! (No insult to Victorian meant...but there are some shades that work better for some eras than others! This is one of them.) I'm sure I'll use it eventually but decidedly not on a Regency bonnet.

As for swatches...The brown damask is no good for a gown - it's quite coarse and relatively loosely-woven. The black and gold is as pretty as I expected, but still not the ideal color if I want to copy the NPG portrait.

BUT! I decided to go back to the website just now to double-check I hadn't missed anything...and I HAD. It somehow didn't come up in my search for damask (ok...), but it's in the silk section - another colorway of that black and gold damask.
damask-61.3_2973-2
O HAI THERE.

It's still not 100% perfect, but I suspect it may be the best compromise between color, fiber content, and price that I can find. I'm going to mull it over for a day or two, just to be sure, but think I'll end up getting it. Unless everyone comments and tells me that would be a Really Horrible Idea. :D

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