6.26.2017

The Pink Handheld Steamer: Confusing Non-Sewists Everywhere.

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It's pink, it's oddly shaped, it has one job, and it does it well. 

(But it also has a side hustle of freaking non-sewing people out. Something about it says "1950's vibratory relaxation." I know this, because I asked a friend of mine when I caught her side-eyeing it with a confused, furrowed brow. "I know it isn't what I think it is...but I don't know what it is.")

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What it is is a fantastic companion to my iron. This little pink thing will steam your finished clothes into billowy goodness. You fill the roomy base with water, plug it in and let it heat up while you choose your outfit for the day, then steam away the wrinkles, sans ironing board. I like to hang whatever I'm steaming on our closet's drapery rod, to get it from all angles, but you could easily use your shower rod. 

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Those great big steam holes never drip, they just produce beautiful steam! And the cord is nice and long-- about 97 inches. I suppose, if you had the space, you could even steam out yardage, but I like to do that with my Maytag iron on my ironing board. (Oh yeah...and I'm researching ironing boards next.)

I don't like to recommend any equipment to y'all before I've had it and loved it for several months, and I've actually had my Jiffy Pink E Steam for over two years now! I've just been a slowpoke in sharing it with you. It hovers around 60 bucks, and also comes in black (but really why would you get black when you can haz TECHNICOLOR). My Maytag Smartfill iron (which you can see in the corner edges of these photos, with the water tank removed) is also still going strong, over three years-- I just bought a backup as the price has dropped to 30 bucks. Because OBVIOUSLY I need an iron for civilians who think steamers are...well...not steamers. (Fun fact! The first pleasurable device was powered by... steam! And was electrified only behind the sewing machine, fan, and toaster! I found this out when googling other words for pleasurable devices. Because I'm really looking forward to the weird traffic which will certainly follow my lead-in paragraph.)

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6.21.2017

Vogue 1239 : Wrap me in Rucci

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Welcome, Summer. So glad you're here. A little bummed that I can't wear this maxi wrap dress, made back in Spring, but really, who knows with our new fickle seasons? I keep my closet all temperature now. Like a bottle of Cheer. Do they still make Cheer?

I'm getting too deep.

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | sewing blog | Vogue 1239 : Wrap me in Rucci

You see how my brain flits about. Concentration doesn't come easily to me. To boot, there's very little space in there once something is done. I therefore remember only hints about the making of this pattern, Vogue 1239 by Ralph Rucci. I do recall it was LOADS of fun, super interesting seamwork, lots of topstitching and getting into precise corners...

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | sewing blog | Vogue 1239 : Wrap me in Rucci

Can you see those intersections where the sleeve meets the front & collar? No? It happens on the back too! Here, let me pull my hair up for you...


No? Still hidden? Bit of a busy print, you say? I KNOW!!! ISN'T IT AWESOME?!!! This was another find from the glorious AKN Fabrics (located both here in town and online). At the brick and mortar, this six yard cut of Ankara set me back 22 bucks. 

Ya heard me. Twenty two smackeroos. 

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | sewing blog | Vogue 1239 : Wrap me in Rucci

 CUE SOUND OF MUSIC POSING.

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | sewing blog | Vogue 1239 : Wrap me in Rucci

Even with six yards, I still did a bit of jigsawing with this pattern, especially since I decided to maxify it, lengthening the hem panels to sweep the floor. I gained a little bit of elbow room by reducing the width of the side gussets by 2". Speaking of elbows, I messed with the sleeves too. I think maybe I raised the waist by 1 1/4"? Oh yeah, and I only used one side of the front wrap! And threw a wide horsehair braid in the faced hem...

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | sewing blog | Vogue 1239 : Wrap me in Rucci

OH HELL. You don't come here for the explicit sewing details, right? You come here to maybe laugh and hopefully get inspired to hack into some fabric, yeah? LOOK MAN. THIS IS A FUN PATTERN. GO MAKE IT!

(I know. Sorry. I'll try and dig up my notes on this, if there's interest in that side of my brain. It's wild in there.) 

5.28.2017

Full Floral for Spring

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | Full Floral for Spring

It’s time to play Guess How Many Pattern Pieces Are In This Very Simple Looking Skirt. Ready?

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | Full Floral for Spring

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | Full Floral for Spring

If you guessed 17, you win no prize whatsoever, unless you’d like to laugh at my insanity.


I suppose I could have achieved this sort of swishability with a gathered circle skirt– and gotten to that achievement in a much timelier fashion– but I really had a hankering to play with some godets! I mean seriously...I JUST WANTED TO ATTACH GREAT BIG BUNCHES OF ISOSCELES TRIANGLES TO SOMETHING.

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | Full Floral for Spring

This stretch twill hails from Mood Fabrics (sidebar: it was my May offering for the network, but the post mysteriously vanished from the MSN site, which is partially why I almost always repost! I like to have my stuff over here at my joint. Plus I'm *kind of* a control freak. Moving on.) The fabric is on the thin side, and wrinkles easily. It's a bit translucent in full sun, so I attached a half slip lining to the inner waistband. 


I gathered every other panel, just to incorporate a few more invisible elements into this “simple” skirt. HA. And, because I just can’t seem to stop tinkering with it, I am 100% going back in to that waistband and using a stiffer interfacing! Or maybe some petersham. The soft fusible I used just isn’t enough support, as you can see by the crease line running horizontal. No bueno.

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | Full Floral for Spring

This hasn’t stopped me from wearing it as a floral talisman against the never-ending drizzle that is Spring…and getting some appreciative comments to boot. In fact, I went full head-to-toe floral yesterday, and got smiles all around. If only I'd stumbled onto that combo for these pics...but luckily I made Rob document the floral explosion on Instagram. Poor Rob. He doesn't quite get my reinvigorated passion for wearing ALL OF THE PRINTS. I blame it on Man Repeller (which is living up to its name nicely, considering my husband's bemused demeanor) and the general state of the world. Sometimes, you just need to wear all of the flowers.