As I was laying out my motorcycle jacket pattern on the velvet, I remembered some black doubleface duchesse satin that I bought at a silk mill in Sudbury, UK. I went there a few years ago when I lived in London. I blogged a little about the trip here. The silk is actually the kind of silk that is meant for use in tuxedo lapels and racing stripes. It is heart-stoppingly gorgeous. I had a lot, but then I made this coat, which used most of the fabric. But anyway, I was thinking about lapels, then about this silk, and thought, why not?
I took a square of the silk and washed it in the machine. It came out with almost the same hand, but with a cool marbled effect that will go well with the design of the jacket. There was very little shrinkage. Now, the plan is to wash a larger piece of the silk, and use it for the lapels and the facings.