A Diary of a Dress Inspired by a Portrait of Laudomia de' Medici
May 22, 2003
I've received the white habotai silk today. It's been washed
in warm water and hung to dry, then ironed. It's thinner than
I would have liked, but I had planned for this and bought yards
and yards of noil silk in a natural color. I can even apply the
two silks together and flatline, and only then dye. It would make
handling much easier, since the habotail silk is very smooth and
slippery and will be hard to work with. Having it fixed to a layer
of easy to handle noil silk would make me very happy!
January 13, 2004
I have an underskirt! It's made of noil silk with the forepart
made of that cotton/poly brocade I bought about a year ago. The
forepart is flatlined with 7.5 oz linen.
I tried it with the bumroll but it looks very weird. I think
it's too big for me, it stands out too much from my body. I'm
tempted to do without and pad the pleats of the overskirt instead.
I started cutting the panels for the overskirt, but it's taking
forever, because I'm cutting the silk habotai and silk noil together
to be able to flatline and I have to baste everything by hand
once it's cut. I have the two front panels done.