When Crickett first showed me the fabric she brought back from one of our favorite New York fabric stores, I immediately thought of Russian Christmas. It is both light and heavy- the sheerest of silk organza with thick jacquard red and green threads making a geometric pattern. Scenes of Dr. Zhivago and those lovely paintings of Russian Folk princesses came to mind.
I needed a sleigh, a hot chocolate, a (faux) fur collar and perhaps a lover of Eastern persuasion. There is something about this fabric that reminds me of the lightness of the snow and the warmth and comfort of an indoor fire. It is stiff enough to hold its shape, but light enough to breathe. We double-lined it for body and so that you can wear your most vibrant of underwear and never have to worry it is showing through.
There was a bit of indecision as to whether to use the right side of the fabric (lighter) or the wrong side (darker). Fortunately, we have enough fabric to do both and even stashed some away for a fabulous dress next holiday season. We offer our holiday skirt in “light and long” and “dark and short.”
They are available at Peony at 2240 Magazine Street in New Orleans and in our webstore at www.libelluleclothing.com