Yep, thats the dress!
a photo of the Parks' Face Character in the dress.
So the velvet is less 'crushed' and more 'wrinkled'. There is a sheen on the velvet that makes me think at minimum it's a silk/rayon velvet to get that luster. Poly/Cotton velvets sometimes look flat when next to Silk/rayon. And it's defiantly NOT a 'plain' velvet it's got some sort of texture on it.
Here's the plan 'A' Fabric I was planning to use until they seemed to be constantly out of stock:
It's a light weight Upholstery, so it's got enough body to it so I can make the bodice with light boneing and minimum flat lineing, but it's still got enough drape for the skirt so it's not a board when gathered at the waist.
I am thinking of trying to get the crushed/wrinkled effect but two things are slowing me down. One I have no idea how to go about getting that effect, let alone on the 6-10 yards of velvet I'll be using for the dress, doubly crazy if I have to dye the silk velvet. And second, I know Velvet embossing effects and while they can be consistant on silk/rayon...it's hit and miss on the poly blends with the pile recovering hours or weeks later.
Seriously I saw it happen on a noble gown we were working on from red velvet, we embossed it all over and were prepping for painting and embellishments when we noted the first areas we embossed, the pile had ALREADY recovered.
I've ordered a few more stacks of samples from various other online shops, in a hunt for a back up plan. I might have to swallow my pride and plan for the silk, but thought I'd hit people up here for other ideas.