I am making Vogue 1556 as part of my SWAP 2016. I mentioned this a few weeks ago and asked your advice on the length I should make – full or knee length. Most of you suggested knee length not least because this would make walking possible. So that is what I have done. I have cut out the shorter length. However – and this is where I need some advice – my fabric is nice both front and back, but comes in two distinct shades.
You can see the cover photograph of a black and white silk dress. And on the back another variation – a red dress with red sequin trim. The second photograph is of Sarah Sheehan of Pattern Vault. Both the red and the black do look great, partly because the light reflecting sequins create a subtle contrast.
This week I made up the yoke in the iridescent pink sequins with white backs. I lined it with a light pink silk to try to bring a bit of colour to it. In the photograph above you can see how in different light the sequins look pink, green, yellow and silvery. And you can see the heavy pink silk I am going to use for the dress and sleeves. The cuffs and hem use the sequin cloth.
So my question is “Which side of the cloth do I use?” I am not sure the photographs are a great help as the light seems different between the two of them. But I have pinned the fabric against the yoke showing alternate sides. The finished article will have sleeves in the dress colour.
For the pink
- a deeper, stronger shade – more to my liking
- has a sheen
- relatively slimming
- maybe the pink is a little bit warmer than the sequin pink
- a fun colour, maybe a bit more 1960s
For the light pink
- a better match (if want it to look monochromatic and deliberately chosen)
- possibly more faithful to the design
- satin weave – much shinier
- reflects more light – makes the wearer appear bigger
- elegant, but maybe a bit like nightwear
- might snag?
When I see the very light shade of pink satin I can’t help but think of the not very flattering shiny, light pink dress Princess Diana wore. But then Audrey looks amazing in the light pink Givenchy dress. I guess I am thinking more of the Twiggy look.
I asked my Instagram followers if I should do the light pink or the deeper pink. Here is their verdict (they only saw pictures – I saved the discussion for you!) 18 for deeper pink, 8 for lighter pink.