A lovely jacket in silk velveteen from one of my english suppliers.
Photoshop, anyone? Yes, I’ve tweaked the colours a bit because this is about the most difficult cloth to shoot. I mean, it’s already difficult to take a good photo of a ‘normal’ cloth, but this is just impossible. My uncle Bert, who is a professional photographer, made the photo of the coat a few posts down, and it’s easy to see why he gets paid the way he does. Wish I had his knack for lighting and stuff. If he’d be here right now (instead of being frozen over in Holland) he’d make minced meat out of this little piece of work.
The backing of the velvet is cotton, and the actual pile is pure silk. I don’t know where the maker gets his stuff, but it’s some of the most smooth, and even, kind of velvet I’ve ever seen. It reflects light in a terrific way, it makes it look like it’s changeant, but it’s actually just one solid colour. Truly stupendous and amazing, but very difficult to tailor. It takes about all of a split second to completely destroy it with an iron, so it took me some sweat to get it right. I think the end-result is quite nice though.
Oh, by the way, I’ve been giving some thought lately to what this blog is actually supposed to be about, and I have some ideas about it. Things are going to change. Things are going to become a whole lot more fun, but more about that soon.