Okay, dear readers, I need your help, opinions and expertise!
Yesterday I found the most perfect silk chiffon for my Gatbsy Summer Afternoon dress at Satin Moon Fabrics in SF. At $19.98 a yard, it was certainly a splurge. I bought 2 1/2 yards at a 45" selvage which may or may not be enough. But, I can always buy more.
Here's a look at the fabric:
As much as I despise the thought of working with silk chiffon, it has the most perfect drap for a 1920s/1930s dress. And, it reminds me of another dress I have in my collection.
So I have the beautiful antique dress that is in rather poor shape. Let's examine the damage:
There is a massive hole one one of the shoulders on the cape overlay.
The same thing on the other side, though not nearly as bad. There are a few smaller holes throughout the entire dress.
All of the flare pieces have been mended and stitched poorly.
There is so minor damage to the lace, but just in one spot.
But look at this back detail!
This, readers, is where I need your help!
Do I attempt to mend this dress and venture into unchartered silk chiffon restoration territory? Or, do I take the dress apart, use it for a pattern for a new dress with the new silk chiffon? I'd remove and reuse the lace piece so an original part of the dress will remain intact.
The practical person in me says that I will never wear the antique dress in this condition and it will cost far more to repair than I would be willing to spend. I bought the dress for $35.
The sentimental person in me says not to ruin an antique. Even if I tried to put it back together, I wouldn't have the lace back anymore.
What do you all think?