thank you very much marie! your post was extremely helpful. I can do tall strappy shoes, but I'm not a glitter type of girl . I'm aiming for a romantic look. (Maybe I should have mentioned it, but gold is actually a shade off from my 'nude'). So I wanted satin shoes as well as dress and dye them to match.
I forgot to add something very vital... I found this pattern and I think its very close to what I want:
(mccalls 5881). I was thinking to use view D, and I would only have to rework the V in the front. and of course I always rework lengths because I am 5 feet like this:
above all I just really want the neckline. so, is there a nicer alternative to dupioni that is easier to work with? I thought it would be easier to sew than any other type of satin. I don't wear synthetics because they really irritate my skin and make me itch.
I found some great info about working with dupioni http://www.emmaonesock.com/guides/silkdupioni.asp. It suggests "for the strongest construction, underline the garment with silk organza." I would totally do this, either with the organza or simple cotton.
If its really just too out of my league to alter this dress the way I want it, I guess I can be happy with the above pattern view D. I just would have liked the neckline to look like my inspiration dress.