After a lot of searching at Gail K's today my friend and I found a beautiful burnout silk to use as an overlay on my velvet dress. It was so helpful to have her along to give her opinion. Once I found a fabric that we both liked, I knew we had a winner! There is another decision to make now, though. So far both the top and the skirt that I sew are always plain, with the fabric being the statement. Now that I have this silk panel on the skirt, I feel I need to add some type of embelishment to the top to tie it all together. Because the silk was so expensive I am experiementing with just tiny scraps cut from the panel (I have enough left for a simple overblouse if I don't get too crazy with my experiments). So the picture shows a sort of awkward bow pinned to the top. I don't plan to wear the dress until the 22nd, so plenty of time to think things through. But it already looks so much better!