Muhahaha...I'm hording it currently (all 30 yards).
Funny story on it:
My sister AND several of her friends came over (originally to help me 'touch test it' to see what they thought about the content of the fabric as two of them sew also) and then they all ended up drooling at the thought of dresses made from it. Two of them wanted gothic or Renaissance 'wedding dresses' made from some of it (but they don't even have boyfriends currently!), and my sister wanted a velvet 'corset' and matching skirt from it AND a pillow for her bed....Some of those dresses can use up to 6+ yards of material so I'll have to think on that!
After some REALLY extensive online searching for 'real' silk velvet and then 'settling' for the best I thought I could get (80/20), I ordered from a foreign designer company that was clearancing out some 'older' unused bolts and some 'designer' (Scalamandre? sp) silk pieces (which I have a few pieces of those as well now for corset making. THICK heavy weight woven silk!). I tried to log on again a few weeks after buying it, but the site was down!!
I guess I lucked out even getting what I did get! I'd also done some ebay searching and landed some other vintage and more scalamandre pieces that will make georgeous corsets!
I actually ordered it thinking I could make me a few Lord of the Rings 'Arwen' dresses (the blood red, the cranberry, and the green coronation gown)http://www.lovelylivtyler.com/galler...icno=20&page=5http://www.warofthering.net/photofor...at=3024&page=1http://www.alleycatscratch.com/lotr/Elf/Arwen/Green.htm
(this site has some instructions and tips for making them)
and then use the left over to make and sell duplicates or velvet corsets and such to help offset the initial cost of my fabrics. But then I got pregnant and haven't wanted to try to 'fit' my body with a bulging belly! So that project is on hold and it's sitting in my sewing 'closet' waiting until next year and some post breastfeeding 'slim down'.
I know that they bought REAL 100% silk velvet for all Arwen's (Live Tylers) dresses (she stated in an interview the material alone cost a small fortune) and that it was super floaty and light...that's what gave me the idea!
Especially now that I've handled the stuff, I'm leaning towards a high (if not the 100%) silk content, as stated on the material and tags. You could layer this stuff and it would still feel etherial and 'cloud' like on your body.
I cut a square and dyed it a lovely shade of purple...AND then it dried beautifully (nap wise)....so I'm thinking if I prewashed it, THEN sewed it, you could actually have a 'washable,' on gentle cycle, and drip dry or lightly air fluff dress made of silk velvet!
I bought some chlorox bleach last night, as I usually don't have that on hand. So I'll do the chlorox test tonight!
If for some reason I can't get around to sewing it or have 'fat quarters' or larger bits left over...I can post here for moms interested as MDC is my FAV site! Would make some lovely evening purses or pillows for your bed or couch!
I also got a 'bolt' of hemp/silk from Darma Fabrics. It's like super fine linen! Thought it would make lovely chemises and under clothing for any dresses. But I have not played with it yet. Would want to wash a large piece first and see what the fabric does...I like doing that as then the finished garmet is usually nicely washable, no matter what the fabric manufacturer suggests!
No, I'm not rich, but I did persuade dH to allow me to use our 'income tax' return from a few years ago to make an initial investment in fabrics for what I'd hoped to start a WAHM business with, making a few custom and 'unique' garments. But THAT is on hold with baby #3 (surprise) on it's way.
BTW you can get some really good deals on EBAY from desigers clearancing out left over pieces of silk from custom work. But you can NOT allow yourself to get caught up in bidding wars!