I am actually in disbelief that you painted the fabric yourself..I expected the colors to be much lighter, but they're so...vibrant! It's gorgeous! Congrats! I bought some acrylics a few days ago to paint some xmas presents, so I might just have to give painting chiffon a try myself.
dude that's awesome! I'm always going into wicked expensive stores and inspecting their belts so I can replicate them too (It's ridiculous how they can charge $30 for a strip of fabric and a pair of D-rings...), but I've not seen one like that before. So awesome!
The pattern I've got is New Look # 6371, view B or C, though if anyone knows of a better pattern (perhaps not requiring the interfacing?), the fabric store I use here in Montreal is having a big sale on McCall's patterns so I'm open to suggestions. I've got 3 1/4 yards of the silk.
Ayn- don't worry about being verbose, I'm the same way. I only use my nice yellow-head quilting pins for everything, so I think I'll cut a little corner off and test how those pins work. My scissors are nice and sharp, I think anyway, cuz they don't touch anything except fabric and were shearing through some flannel wonderfully yesterday. They're just those big orange-handled Fiskars though, nothing too fancy. Making a skirt instead is a really good idea- I'm going to try the dress in muslin first, and if that's a disaster, skirt it is. I'd just rather have a dress because I've already got 5 black skirts in different lengths and fabrics, but no dresses. Lately I've actually been forbidding myself to buy black clothing because I have too much already! [as a sidenote- you're totally right about the black not being such a requirement anymore- generally soloists with orchestra do wear a different color. I could go with a colorful dress but I think for now, since I'm still only an undergrad especially, I'm going to stick with the black. Maybe next year, for my big graduation recital...bright red! hah that would be awesome]
Divasew- they have pins for just silk? If my quilting pins are awful, then perhaps I will get some of those...if they're not too expensive.
Polycotton- thanks for the encouragement, and links! I'm bookmarking them to look at after my exams are done. I thought the fusible interfacing sounded kind of wierd, but when I bought the fabric the woman at the store helped me pick one out that she said would work. I think I'll do a test patch with a corner of the silk and a little of the interfacing before I try anything. And as for underlining, I'll do whatever to make this dress come out well...I don't want to have to invest in a nice black performance dress again for a long time.
...2 years ago, with the intention of making a dress out of it. I don't know what possessed me to spend $80 on that silk when I've never sewn with silk in my life, and after buying it, the pattern, another (easier) pattern, the sharp machine needles, the fusible interfacing and silk thread...and I've been afraid to touch it since. Now, I think I ought to make this dress, especially since it's black silk and I'm a music student without a really nice black recital dress, and a recital in March.
And I have absolutely no clue when it comes to sewing with silk. I can't put pins through it because I know it'll puncture the fabric permanently....I have no idea how you cut it, what you can mark it with/shouldn't mark it with, how you actually sew it on a machine or by hand (or if there's no difference?)...
I think I'm going to make the dress out of some cheap muslin or something before I even touch the silk, but can anyone give me some tips on sewing with silk? What should I do? Or more importantly, what should I NOT DO??