Re: LOTR Arwen Gown
- Exotic silks/thai silks has quite a few shades of silk velvet.
Rayon velvet dyes beautifully. I think you can get it PFD from Dharma Trading.
When I did a version of that gown, I used a swimsuit fabric that was a lovely pale green with a gold shimmer. You had to touch it to tell it was not a pile fabric.
--- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com, Cat Devereaux <CatDevereaux@...> wrote:
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> >> http://www.alleycatscratch.com/lotr/Elf/Arwen/Green.htm I am having
> a devil of
> a time coming up with a good fabric for it. The shade of green is
> really weird,
> It's very weird, and not all folks can wear that color. When folks make
> it up, they often make it up in a lighter green w/ more blue vs.
> yellow. Things like sea foam green.
> You'll have a better shot finding another of these light greens. You
> need to check skin tone with these greens, and what the gal "expects"
> I did a really fast check on the scrapbook...
> Here's an ice green: http://aranelonline.bravehost.com/arwencor.html
> (Note pics are only on the bottom of the page)
> Here's a yellower green:
> Note in both cases it works with the ladies, but the colors wouldn't
> work in reverse.
> >> and trying to find it in velvet to boot has been a challenge. I am
> not at all
> experienced with dying. Velvet is preferred, but another fabric could
> do in a
> pinch. Anyone have any ideas?
> IF silk velvet is out of your league, rayon velvet is less expensive.
> There's also that rayon crushed velvet... give you some more chances to
> get a color that works.
> Here's crushed velvet:
> The 2nd links and this:
> http://www.alleycatscratch.com/lotr/scrapbook/Karolina/Arw3a.jpg are
> both made from something other than velvet.
> Remember if you use a shearer fabric, you need to line the body piece.
> The sleeves can be shear, but you want clean lines on the body and
> opagueness. (Is that a word?)
> If you're not doing the silk velvet, is the shine more important, or is
> matte preferred?
> It's all about what's the most important part of the dress for the wearer.