Okay, okay...so I finally picked up some lining. I held true to my vow of fun lining and got this!:
It's just going to line the bodice part of the dress, but you'll also see a little flip of it when I use the handy dandy pockets. It reminds me of the roses being painted red in the Disney version of Alice in Wonderland. If that's not fun, I don't know what is. It's not 100% matchy matching with the corduroy (which is REALLY hard to photograph, by the way), but it's close:
My only other kinda of matching fabric option has leaves that looked like they were drawn by children. Cute, maybe, but not my cup of tea.
Why the limited options, fair reader? Shouldn't there be millions upon billions of cotton fabrics that match plum*!? Why yes...yes there are. But I've neglected to tell you something about this fabric. This isn't easy for me to do. It's.....*bites lower lip*.......STRETCH! ARG! AH! I know, I know...while I kept my fun lining vow I broke my oh so much more recent "no more stretch fabric" vow. This little trespass will hurt me more than it hurts you. I'm back to the ballpoint needle, polyester thread, zig zag stitching and swear words. And I have to tell you, I'm not only intimidated by another round of stretch. It's stretch on stretch lining.
The upside: stretch corduroy is a real thing. Hot pants anyone?
*About that little asterisk: I think I'm slowly resigning myself to the fact that I am sewing a brown--maybe you'll give me chestnut?--dress. It's very pretty, but not the purple *umpf* I was hoping for. And I don't have a ton of brown shoes or purses either. Order fabric swatches, people.