Finally I bought some very appropriate material from the Tutu lady in Scotland. Very reasonably priced, with super, personal service Suzanne sent me three metres of lovely deep pink “faux” dupion, with lycra.
I won’t be able to use my vintage turquoise trim, but no worries. The world will provide suitable trim, or I shall make some. I have, at the suggestion of Demented Fairy, had a look at Indian Sari border trims. Also I like silvery, blingy sixties type trims, and am cosidering applique of wedding trimmings and lace excerpts, so I am assembling some useful ideas.
The only problem with this fabric is that the stretch goes down the fabric, rather than across, which isn’t really the point with pants. We need the stretch to go across the body so I will cut the trousers out with the grain going across the pattern pieces. It also looks better this way as the slubs go across the fabric too.
I have to decide on the trim fairly soon. And I have quite a few options.
- Go for silver trim. SIlver and strong pink is a great look. But I already have an example of this in my collection
- Try to introduce the softer pinks and mauves to pull the deep pink back into the sweet pea territory. I bought a piece of vintage sari border trim that might work.
- Use a more brightly coloured piece of lace. I think this is a bit big and dominant
- Create a border using silk sweet peas. I love this idea, again in order to bring the softer colours into the outfit.
This week has been hard – two family members in hospital and another off work long term. We have been visiting, supporting and driving around the country. It has been quite stressful and tiring and I haven’t yet cut out the trousers. But later this weekend I hope to cut into the pink dupion. Exciting.
In the meantime this is a nice pattern that I would love to own, Vogue 1394. In my draping class I may try to create the caped top. Wouldn’t that be fun?