I realized that I need a dress form to create with this fabric. It is very slithery!!!I am playing around with the dress panels until the dress form arrives, and then I will do some serious design work and create a beautiful dress. Here are some pictures of my musings!
As you can see by my title, the panels are coming alive now, as I take them off the poles and see the spectaular look they are taking on, of their own!!! The arashi shibori process has totally transformed the silk. Remember, these panels are 5 1/2' in length. The following pictures have captured this transformation:
I thought it would be interesting to show the difference in the pleated folds of the Blue Diva dress panels before steaming and after steaming.
Before steaming, the pleats are very soft and rounded at the peaks, and after pleating, they look sharp and defined, and very pointed at the peaks. After steaming, the piece looks darker since it is still wet. I rolled it in a towel for a couple of minutes while still hot to define the pleating more. Before steaming After steaming N