Ooh, ladies. Do I have some glorious swatches to show you! I've been thinking about the wiggle dress/overskirt combo pattern that we discussed last week. I posted a poll to get your opinions on this type of ensemble, and almost half of you felt this style was "cute in concept, but possibly strange sewn up."
I'm ambivalent myself, but also intrigued. So, I've decided the only thing to do at this point is to actually make it up as an experiment. I like the idea that this ensemble is the ultimate "day-to-evening" solution, which a couple of you pointed out in your comments. The dress can be worn with the little jacket during the day - totally work appropriate, as long as you don't make it in satin. And then if you have an "after-five affair" you can slip off the jacket and tie on your little overskirt! (Okay, so I have exactly zero upcoming "after-five affairs" in my life, but I figure I can flounce around the apartment in it or something.)
But I need your opinion on what fabric to best make the overskirt in, since that seems to be the key to the success of this whole operation. I got some swatches from B&J, where they had oodles and oodles of embroidered organza (some for $300 a yard!), flocked tulle, and something very theatrical called "illusion." I've picked the ones I liked best. (Well, the ones I liked best in my price range. I was going to ask for a swatch of the $300 stuff just to show you, but I couldn't bring myself to do it.)
Here are your choices, with handy-dandy numbers below each swatch you can reference in your comments!
1. Embroidered illusion tulle. I love this one; it has a pretty scalloped border. The employee who cut this for me noted how unusual it was. "Look at zee tiny flow-eurs!" (He was French.)
2. Velvet Polka Dot Flocking on Tulle. Isn't this awesome? B&J carries it in a shocking array of colors, with tiny, medium, or large polka dots. I even saw one that was black tulle with hot pink polka dots! The color of this one is a vibrant royal blue, though that didn't translate very well in my photos.
3. Embroidered Illusion. Black embroidery on an ivory illusion background. Lovely scalloped border. 5. Embroidered Polyester Organza. I like the the body of this fabric, but I'm not in love with the swirly design.
So, what say you?