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I have just less than three yards of this really pretty black and silver brocade fabric, and I'm trying to figure out what to do with it.
I've had it for a while now and haven't yet committed to cutting it up yet. I was thinking about making an A-Line skirt or a corset sort of thing but I'm worried about how the patterns on the fabric would look. I'd really like to make some kind of garment out of it but it has to be something that will highlight the fabric's pattern and texture.
Ooo that's gorgeous. I'd like it for a bed throw or an upholstered head board but it would be pretty for clothes too. I think a bustier kinda corseted top would be pretty... I wouldn't worry about the print, I think it can be broken up without looking strange. You could even make a pendulum style top (which is super figure flattering) with a pleated bottom and add some black piping at the seam line and hem
(quick sketch for reference)
Your fabric got me excited for a project :P
In case you haven't done anything with it yet. (it WAS 11 days ago)
I think that fabric would make an excellent corset. Maybe an underbust? Depending on how ambitious your are maybe you could do a corset and only use the brocade for around the bust. In case you were worried about it being to busy. Or possibly with only some of the panels in the brocade? Maybe reversible one, I don't really no much about corsetry (yet!) so I don't know how hard it would actually be.
There this store that used to sell soft corsets "charolette russe" for the longest time it was the only store in town that sold even anything close to an actual corset (aside from of course the local goth in a box, or hot topic if you like. I won't even step foot in there. The clothing quality is sub par at best) I admit corsets aren't practical but I still absolutely adore them.
If the fabric is stretchy you can get away with a soft corset.
Alternately, have you considered a vest. Something tailored and flattering. Maybe something that sits below your bust line. I made that vest a while ago. It's pretty tailored though, I don't know who confident you are with that. Mine isn't that high, but I got lucky (very) winging it. It's a halter top wrap around thing, there's more pictures in the project, You could use satin for the back of it like how they do on normal vests. The one I made isn't stretchy at all. I was just thinking that you could use it for that and pair it with virtually anything. Dress it up or down, that way you'll be able to wear it whenever, it is some really gorgeous fabric. You can always do some paneling with a vest as well. Maybe even go for more of a waistcoat (come to think of it I'm not quite sure if there's a difference between those and a vest....is there?) You could totally add in a pocket, or even a false pocket and add a silver chain to highlight the fabric. And just rock it. You could even use some of the scraps and add them onto some spats or something. Maybe some fabric wrapped buttons even. Geez I don't even know what your style is like but I totally got sidetrack inspired there....believe me it was way worse in thought process form, ha ha.