It was lying there folded up, at the front of the remnant table, and it caught my eye. I looked at it, then looked away, then looked back. Wait, was that two pieces of fabric, or one? My eyes were playing tricks on me surely, within the folds of the fabric and the differences of colour each fold showed. I touched it. I unfolded it slightly. Then I unfolded it a lot, and draped it over me. Then I went and found a mirror.
And then I bought it.
I bought this beautiful piece of silk, dyed to grade from a silver beige at the top to a deep dark chocolate at the bottom on a whim, and with a deep need to sew it straight away and perhaps have something beautiful to wear out last night to a dinner party. Elegant. Simple. Stunning I thought. Just the right amount to make a simple shoulder tie dress - so simple to make that it almost feels like cheating to even talk about it. I've made numerous versions of this for my daughter, and a few for myself which I wear a lot. In silk though, this has a very different feel and drape. It feels very grown up. But not so grown up that I couldn't get away with wearing it everyday - which I plan to do. It was worn out on Saturday night and got a lot of great comments. It felt great on, it felt sexy, and comfortable, light and cool, and sophisticated all at once. The silk is soft, and the gradated silk ties worked well against hot shoulders on a balmy night.
And when Tessuti's get more of the black graded to silver colourway, I think I'll be going back and getting some more.
| pattern - front piece of a raglan sleeve dress from Robe Rouge cut out twice and all exposed edges hemmed and a sleeve made for the ties at the top | ties made from same silk, with angled ends, and tied over shoulder | fabric from Tessuti's