I am experimenting with a crushed velvet for the applique using a design I worked on last winter. I like it so far.
The bodice pattern is just visible beneath this silk
The applique design resembles the design on the lace.
The silk is turned 45 degrees in order for the piece to fit on, so the lines in the silk will be vertical in reality. I love the textural contrast of the velvet with the silk and lace. It is a rich look. I am excited to see how the velvet makes into piping.