I am working on McCall 5382 and having a dilemma. I am using a gorgeous silk brocade I got from Fabric Mart last year (long sold out, I'm afraid). One of brocade's great features is that it looks good from the front and the back. I'm using the yellow-with-white side for the dress because I'm wearing it to a couple of weddings (must remember to drink white instead of my usual red) and I don't want to commit the faux pas of wearing anything remotely resembling a white dress to a wedding. But, I want to play with the brocade. The inner side of the front bodice "wings" is in the white-with-yellow, but that won't really show. I am trying to decide whether to make the midriff white-with-yellow or stick with the yellow-with-white of the rest of the dress. I think I'll probably end up all yellow, despite my natural instinct to do contrast. (Yes, you may go ahead and be shocked that I am choosing classy over fun.)
I considered making a reversible shrug, one side yellow-with-white and the other white-with-yellow and wearing the white side out, but now I think I want to use the fabric for a skirt. I won't get much wear out of shrug in this fabric, but of course the skirt would be very fancy and perhaps I wouldn't wear it much either. Or maybe I could find some kind of top pattern. I'd be more likely to wear a top because I am bound to sit in something in a skirt but a top is easier to protect. At any rate, either would have more of a fighting chance of being worn more than twice (the number of weddings I have this month) than a shrug. I was given a silk scarf in Vietnam that will work as a wrap for the ceremonies.
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