I'm thinking of an autumnal dress with leaf appliqué. I reckon this pattern will fit the bill:
I've got some burgundy crepe fabric but I've just found some cognac satin backed crepe:
Beautiful colour but bit expensive what with postage. Cleggs also sell an olive satin backed crepe which is also a potential. A lot of 1940s evening dresses were black so that's also a possibility. Leaves will be gold with a little embroidery to define the shape. Really really sparkly gold! Six weeks to do it in so will need to get things sorted soon. And learn how to appliqué. And embroider. No problem!