So now it's just figuring out where to shop. The pattern calls for silk crepe-back satin, silk crepe, or silk jersey. I've found a couple of options so far.
- Fabric.com has a 55% cotton/45% silk poplin, that it describes as lightweight and with a soft hand. So that might have the drape that I need to pull off that ruching. I'll have to get a swatch to see.
- I found a 52% silk/48% cotton satin at Thai Silks. They also have a 60% cotton/40% silk sateen. But the website doesn't say anything about the hand or the weight, and I'm having a little trouble telling if I can buy specific swatches off of them. I'll need to contact them and ask, I suppose
- I tried looking at Gorgeous Fabrics, but all they had was a navy color. Which won't really work for if I needed to wear it for a concert where everyone else is wearing black. So then I checked out Mood and found that they have a 40% cotton/60% silk voile. But according to the fabric guidebook I got back in the spring (also by Claire Schaeffer-- I think I'm a fan), that's kind of a sheerish fabric....not quite what I had in mind.
So now I just need to muslin and figure out how much, exactly, I need. But first order of business is to get back on that jacket and see if I can figure out how the heck to make bound buttonholes...I have a strong feeling that the usual thread-stitched ones are not going to cut it on the textured embroidery. Especially considering that my buttonhole foot is kind of busted. (And then second order of business is going to be a pair of pj pants, because after this jacket, I'm going to need something quick and easy!)