As promised, here are the swatches for this potential project.
I wish I could have gotten a better picture of this. With flash, the colors were too bright and not true to how they look, in person. Without, it's fuzzy. Gah.
Clockwise from top left: royal blue duchesse satin, estate blue satin faced organza, estate blue crepe back satin, mazarine blue China silk.
The duchesse satin is GORGEOUS. It's also the most expensive, and seems like it would wrinkle something fierce. The color is good, and the fabric is heavy and expensive looking. Not sure it's the perfect thing for a full pleated skirt though.
The organza is way too stiff for a skirt, but this particular fabric bends like paper. It would be a great underlining or fashion fabric for something that needs a lot of body. It's also too dark for what I'd like to do.
I really like the crepe back satin. It's lighter weight, doesn't seem like it would wrinkle as bad as the duchesse, and is slightly more affordable. It held a crease pretty well when I pressed it. It's a little darker than what I wanted, and the next lighter color is almost too bright.
The China silk is too thin to be a skirt, but it would be a great liner for it.