I am surprised the fabric store people don't know me by name at this point, but with numerous trips still planned, there's time. "Here comes Shannon," they will say when they spot me with my scribbled list in tow. "Whatever is she looking for today?" They will then proceed to watch me pace the store, grabbing bolts of fabric, putting them back, pulling out swatches, running to notions, trying to estimate the length left of a divine piece of cloth, pouting when there's not enough, and staring blankly in a fabric-induced trance.
Going to the fabric store is much like going to the library or book store. Rows of bolts lean together like volumes on a shelf, each one calling out to be touched, opened, enjoyed. I get lost. I'll enter with a clear image of a project, only to be side swept into possibilities a, b, and c, into projects nine, ten, and eleven. Oh, I shiver just thinking about it.
Without further ado, I present to you The Plan. Each of the below fabrics are in my possession with the exception of the bottom gold brocade (photo taken with my phone in fluorescent light, eck).
From top to bottom:
- A delicate black and gold weave will create the flowing trumpet sleeves and french hood. I'm considering sewing pearl details on, but that would be a project unto itself. I do have to occupy myself during an upcoming nine hour drive in August though. We shall see.
- One inch gold ribbon will trim the neckline, paired with pearls and other trims to be determined.
- Black dupioni silk will make up the body of the gown...
- ...Lined with deep cranberry, a nod to royal purple (it's bluer in hue than pictured).
- Gold brocade will be used for the kirtle and foresleeves. I have it picked out, but will probably not start working on these pieces until September.