I, in true me style, inspired and fired up to do something new, I went to investigate possible fabrics for this project.
I want to move away from the fabrics I always use, like jersey and poly cotton and try something different. I wandered around Fabricland for a bit, and picked up some samples in suitable colours that I think would work quite nicely.
I've sketched up a design which I'm going to upload a bit later after its scanned when I get home from work.
The basic design is a halter-neck dress, with a large back skirt (about fingertip-to-fingertip length, so it can be held out to make a wing span-esque look). And with chiffon sleeves. I was going to do a bustle, but instead, to get in in the pattern that the wings make when they're folded, I'm going to do something a bit different. And hope it works.
So, originally I considered using silk dupion, because I didn't want something plain, but I didn't want anything garish. And the dupion has a really lovely weave pattern throughout which is pretty.
However, after talking to Scarlett, my friend in Fabricland she thinks the silk dupion might be took stiff to use to achieve the flowiness I'm after.
I might be able to get away with satin backed dupion, which still has the pretty weave pattern, but has a more movement too it.
For the pattern on the back, I'm going to use the silk dupion, because the sections are small and don't require movement.
The back skirt I'm still debating. I would love to use taffetta, but it still quite a stiff material and I might not be able to achieve the flowiness. But as an alternate option there's the possibility of using crepe back satin.
Now I generally hate satin after using it for Sailor fukus and for my Rydia costumes. But I can kind of see it working.
It has a really lovely feel too it, cause it moves. Its not ridgid. And because its shiny is catches more than one colour.
I'm going to do some thinking. I won't be buying the fabric until Suu is finished and I've started on Falsetto. Hopefully that will be this week-ish.