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March 2nd, 2006
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I bet someone that reads this will have some answers.


I want to make a silk dress (The Cordelia one I have mentioned). For that I need silk in dark green. However, I am not sure what weave of silk I want. Duponi seems a little stiff for something described as having 'swirling skirts'. Satin would be too shiny (personal preference, there) I am thinking. Velvet is right out (although I do plan to use it for the overvest, like a good little geek girl). The jacquards I saw are tempting, but I don't know how they feel.

Now, assuming you all can help me with the weave choice, does anyone know just how to dye silk a nice dark green? 'Cause the only dark green I have seen in my online searches has so far been a velvet.. How difficult would it be? How messy? Am I better off if I keep looking?

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From:auroraceleste
Date:March 3rd, 2006 12:27 am (UTC)
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Silk is easy to dye. I'll bring over my silk taffeta skirt, you can see if you like that, and I have some rolls of charmeuse and a neat silk crepe I'll bring for your inspection, too. I'll leave them with you, and you can drape and play, and swatch and wash as long as it's not like a half-yard, and we'll make it an even trade for the dummy, I'll get it back when I bring her back. I'll go look now :D
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From:auroraceleste
Date:March 3rd, 2006 12:30 am (UTC)
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Oh, yes, and dying is easy, silk is great and I dye it in the washer. Maybe some evening during spring break I can dye the silk charmeuse for Costume Con and you can come watch and see.
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From:solan_t
Date:March 3rd, 2006 02:00 am (UTC)
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That all sounds good to me.
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From:kijjohnson
Date:March 3rd, 2006 05:05 am (UTC)
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The dress in the art looks like velvet, and velvet's the only way you're going to get that drape, alas.
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From:solan_t
Date:March 3rd, 2006 02:06 pm (UTC)
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True, the dress on the cover has to be velvet, but the dress described in the book is silk. ;) Now, LMB didn't mention if it was silk velvet come to that....
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From:kijjohnson
Date:March 3rd, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC)
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Silk velvet is the most beautiful stuff. I have a forest green silk velvet dress that looks a lot like the one in the cover art, though no sparkles around the neck. Evan Picone, I think, from maybe 20 years ago.

You can find silk velvet, but it's not easy, and it will break your bank.

No prices on this one, custom dying, but you can just buy white and work from there: http://www.anjooriansilks.com/silk-velvet.html

Nice but the wrong colors, $40/: http://www.hyenaproductions.com/store+silkvelvet.htm

And because OMG! 75 yards of black silk velvet!
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=8264382283&fromMakeTrack=true
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From:solan_t
Date:March 3rd, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
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forest green...... *wipes drool*

Okay, back.

I saw that www.thaisilks.com has 18%silk/82%rayon velvet at a resonable price.


I REALLY want to know the prices on the anjoorian silks. And if they are, indeed, 100% silk.


Hyena productions, down at the bottom: 100% silk in amethyst. I thought I was drooling before....

I hope they get their money's worth with that black velvet. But I am not in the least surprised at the shipping price. Velvet is HEAVY. 75 yards... ye gods.... The things I could do with that....
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From:dragonet2
Date:March 3rd, 2006 05:35 am (UTC)

oh and the bedazzler

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it's a similar product (a Brisk-Set) but the instruction book which came with it appears that it does the same thing as a Beadazzler. And I will try and come up with an appropriately green set of jewelry (you have pierced ears?) for your outfit.

I'll bring it to the Sushi thingie. I think I bought it at Pem Day sale on the bag day (everything you can fit in this bag is $1) so if you like it you can keep.
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From:solan_t
Date:March 3rd, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC)

Re: oh and the bedazzler

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Thank you!
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From:the_geoffrey
Date:March 3rd, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC)

I'm quite fond of Dupioni silk...

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(I used it in the Sapphire Cavalier outfit) and I don't have problems with swirling. I'd say try it, but I do recognize that it's a wee bit pricey for experimenting with.

Dyeing's easy; comedy's hard. For best results, find the right fabric first. The Noble Eightfold Path is: right idea, right fabric, right patterning, right cutting, right stitchery, right maintenance, right attitude, right audience.
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From:solan_t
Date:March 3rd, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC)

Re: I'm quite fond of Dupioni silk...

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The Noble Eightfold Path: Now, that's truth, right there. A truth, anyway.


I did learn last night that not all Dupionis are the same. The lavender is quite papery, which was pretty neat. The one I handled last night was much more drapey.
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