July 20, 2012

cheater cheater pumpkin eater

***as my fancy english friend says, STOP PRESS!  there is a delightful giveaway of some truly delicious retro patterns going on right now over at sew essentially.  if you don't know what to make for promaballoona, graca has you covered!  and miss graca... i do believe this puts you waaaay ahead in the running for Most Awesome Party-er.  we now resume our irregularly scheduled post.***

seriously, why pumpkin?  why not something more dishonest... like splenda?


i have many confessions to make about this dress, simplicity 1880 of the project runway line.  first off, speaking of, i did NOT see project runway last night, as we do not have lifetime.  huge boo and hiss.  i won't have a chance to see it online till SUNDAY.  weep for me.


hello slip!  i need a hot pink slip for this dress.  i like how it peeks out at the neckline... but a peek of color is ever so much more flattering than a peek of flesh tone lycra.

second confession.  you're going to be seeing a lot of these around the web today, i bet, as part of sunni's spectacular sewalong party.  i'm joining in, but i did not make this dress along with all the fabulous partygoers. nope, i'm just a brat.  i started this dress in the beginning of june, fueled by a recent viewing of punch drunk love (one of the best movies IN THE KNOWN UNIVERSE.  THE KNOWN AND UNKNOWN UNIVERSE, I TELL YOU).


i used the selvage to finish the sleeves... love the gathering there.  hey, and this is the truth! at the time of stitching i did think sunni would really enjoy the delicate gathering on this bodice.  and BOOM, she picks it for a sewalong.  dr oona von dooma, master of puppets?  maybe....


or maybe i just like to twirl a lot.

actually, i loved making this dress and  i did think about joining up to make another, but i had already stalled on completing this one-- the center front was drooping down and i needed to rip out the waist and add a snapparoo... sunni had some wonderful tips on the finishing of it all, so i used the sewalong to fuel the finish of this make.  


and another truth which is probably completely self evident: i am so. impatient.  i haz no playalong skillz!!!  let me distract you with my contrasting back yoke!  happy about that decision.  not so sure, however, about that center back seam on the skirt.  the skirt has a lovely shape, but if you're like me and you insist on making dresses out of air that need a slip (this is some sort of netting found at levine's loft), and you possess a mount crackatoa of your very own, center back seams on skirts are not your friend.


but this pattern, like every simplicity PR jammie i've tried, is indeed your friend.  don't let the envelope fool you. whenever miss joann has a ten for ten sale, i go in and grab every blue envelope that does not have a child on it. you get so many options with this line, it's like getting three patterns in every joint.  i may just read through sunni's shirtdress version and finally tackle some buttons.  because her white shirtdress is giving me the vapors.

final truth: this house is not purple.  it is a stolid colonial blue.   come on, purple is so much better.

happy weekend!

63 comments:

  1. Firstly I think you can watch Project Runway at Lifetime.com. Secondly, I'm convinced- you just look good in doggone everything that you make!

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    1. ha, i love you! and yes, i'm going to view on lifetime... just won't have time till sunday. they wait till the next day, right?

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  2. Firstly I think you can watch Project Runway at Lifetime.com. Secondly, I'm convinced- you just look good in doggone everything that you make!

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  3. ooo... contrasty yoke is awesome. I'm loving the details on this dress! Beautiful as always Oona.

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  4. Beautiful, as always. I love the floral surprise in the back! What a fab idea.

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  5. You should get some kind of neon, psychedelic, paint splattered ribbon for your pattern mixing Oona. Really loving the floral with that dot. Really reminding to to get around to sewing all that chiffon I've been sitting on... (also couldn't agree more about PDL - Adam Sandler's blue suit is burned on my memory forever).

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    1. oh adam sandler. do more movies like this....

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  6. You look absolut amazing- I love your style and your funny and so refreshing style of writing!
    Best regards from Germany
    Claudia

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  7. Ooooh, I love your chiffon version. Especially with that contrasting back yoke! JEALOUS.

    Also, I've been strongly considering buying some more vintage slips & dying them cray colors. Too many of them come in that weird fake nude that doesn't match ANY skin tone I've ever seen (and if I ever did see someone with that tone... I'd run. That shit is just unnatural).

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    1. oooh... how hard would that be though? wouldn't they need to be cotton slips (HA over skin tone)

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  8. I love it! The fabric is fab, and those little sleeves too cute!

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  9. You are so cute! I love the contrasting fabric on the back! xo

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  10. Gorgeous dress and I agree, purple wall rules

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  11. omg, that contrast back yoke is nothing short of brilliant. i am SO STEALING THAT.

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  12. Your photos are so cute! And I agree with everyone else about mixing the flowers and the dots - it' such a fun detail. How did you decide to do that? Divine (fabric) inspiration!

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    1. i can't remember if i didn't have enough for the back yoke... or i just always wanted to try it...

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  13. Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater
    Had a wife and couldn't keep her
    Put her in a pumpkin shell
    and there he kept her very well...

    And now I'm going to be reciting nursery rhymes to myself ALL DAY. See what you've done? Oona von Dooma strikes again!

    I'd say "cutest dress evah" but that applies to just about everything you make, so I'll just say--WIN. And it looks very wearable.

    Full skirts are yet another reason I detest thong underwear ;).

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    1. ah HAH. duh, i know that rhyme! but does he then cheat on her?

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  14. Aw, I was so happy with mine until I saw yours! Oh- Dr von Dooma whips out her 'envyinator ray gun' and sets it to stun!

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  15. I imagine sewing this netting was not as easy as you made it look. Well done you! Cheers to the contrasting yoke, and yes, purple houses are the bomb.

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    1. i thought it would be tougher than it was!

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  16. This is so pretty. I love the contrasting fabric on the back yoke.

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  17. The last photo is amazing! And this back really cool! I like it!

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  18. Fantastic! The contrasting yoke was a great idea. ::takes note::

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  19. Awesome! I love the print you've used - and the surprise one at the back! You look fantastic, and so does your purple house!

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  20. I always love your pattern mixing, and this is no exception. I just made my first trip to the L.A. garment district to buy fabric in June, but I didn't realize about the Loft. Now I want to get down there again soon to check it out. I wasn't too impressed with the prices in the regular Michael Levine store and I was a bit overwhelmed. I did better in some of the other small shops on 9th. I love chiffon but haven't sewn with it yet. Do you do a rolled hem or narrow hem with a special foot?

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    1. i did NO HEM. teehee. it's actually netting, so the edges didn't fray at all. when i use chiffon, i do that whole stitch a line -fold under- stitch again - trim - fold - stitch again. which i believe is a rolled hem by the long way?

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  21. ha! i love that you changed the house to purple!! this dress was a shocker to me - its so flattering!! who would've thought?? Sunni and Oona (freaking geniuses) thats who! Your dress has me feeling good about my decision to make this up a second time in some floatier fabric... dreamy...

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  22. #1 - Project Runway is on????? I'm living in a cave since I got rid of cable :(. Must search online......
    #2 - You remain the goddess of print marriages - your back yoke is perfection. And inspirational - thank you :)

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  23. Hahaha I love the reminder about Mount Crackatoa!

    This dress is just so... warm! I love it, and it makes me want to spin around in the sunshine. If only we had some.

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    1. well thank you! wishing some sunshine for you...

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  24. Your dress turned out amazing despite the drooping you had to work through and etc! I like your contrasting back yoke piece too, nice choice!

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  25. such a cute dress and the contrast yoke totally makes it.
    sweet!

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  26. Really, really cute! Love the two prints-- they look like they were made to go together! I looooooooove Punch-Drunk Love. LOVE it.

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  27. Beautiful! You've done it again, Oona!

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  28. You know, I wasn't convinced regarding the wrap dress version of Simplicity 1880, but this make changes my mind entirely -- chiffon with an explosion of dots is just perfect for this style! And the contrast back yoke is a great surprise...whenever you go out while wearing this dress, you need to find an excuse to turn around and oh, check to see if wall has changed colors while you weren't looking.

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    1. ha! i love it, my dress is a subtle (?) indicator of my photoshop wall changing powers!

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  29. This dress is made of win! And awesome fabric. But mostly win.

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  30. Agoddamndorable.

    Strugglesewsastraightseam.wordpress.com

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  31. *Droll voice* Daaling, You may not knowingly allude to the unknown universe until the actual discovery of theHiggs Boson has been published on in a peer-reviewed journal with high impact factor. XD

    The dress, however, is all kindsa awe-tastic rockin'.

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  32. I'll admit that I haven't watched Project Runway (with the exception of All Stars which was by far the most amazing run) since season 8 when they decided to make things controversial. Project Runway has just been on this downward spiral where they're focusing more on the drama and less on the process, so I've just been renting the earlier seasons and watching those, and I've been far happier with it. I don't know, just my thoughts on that, not sure if anyone else noticed the same thing, but that's why I haven't even bothered giving recent seasons of that show a chance (but let me know if by some miracle they've brought back the Bravo style of filming and I wasn't aware).

    On a side note, the dress is awesome and I love the styling of it.

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    1. i have to agree. i took a PR break after they added a half hour to the show just so that they could talk more about their feelings. haven't seen the past 2 seasons, i think. i want clothing!!!!! i'm hoping they've somehow switched backed to bravo taping as well... at least watching it online, i can skip over the touchy feely...

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  33. It looks like a nice little breeezy twirly summer piece... and than BAM, you turn your back, and hey, it's Oona! ;D I'm talking about the contrast yoke, of course...

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  34. Love the dress, and look at that contrast yoke! :D You should definitely have a hot pink slip. Everybody should have a hot pink slip! And a purple house!
    PS: your bracelets got here! :D And polka dot fabric! And those labels are so funny! :D Thanks, Oona! *comes running for a hug*

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  35. So into this, and WANT ONE NOW. So totally too lazy to fix the thread tension on my machine and finish mine tonight. So much internal conflict.

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  36. Oonafyinly awesome! Love that back contrasting yoke. I hope this Project Runway is better than the last but in saying that I did love everything Anya made. You should totally enter next season go on, do it!

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  37. You always manage to such special details to your creations! That poppy panel is pure genius. Brava, as always! :D

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  38. It's lovely and really flattering on you! I suppose you'll have to make a pink slip for it. :) othwise you won't get the color you like. Love the shoes too. The whole thing is lovely!

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  39. I adore the contrast yoke, and the main fabric of this dress is just DIVINE. Yes, a hot pink slip would be rocking - but it's pretty amazing regardless. I vote yes. Huzzah!

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  40. good for you for venturing out on your own for this sew-a-long! I love your version and the back yoke is amazing. Such a pop of pizzaz

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  41. Love PDL! Your dress is so cutie and lovely... And a purple house *would* be much more fun. :)

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  42. I've always wanted a purple house.

    I love how this pattern seems to look good in so many different fabrics and peoples. This has such a cool 40s swing dance vibe. I love the yoke and all the watermelon in it. I wonder why the CB seam? Is it hard to get a good swing skirt without one?

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  43. That is a BEAUTIFUL dress!! It look so good!

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  44. I adore this version! Your contrasting yoke is truly, genius! Great fabric choice and I'm totally digging a hot pink slip to go underneath too. Love!

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  45. Have I never seen this color on you? Is that even a slight possibility in this infinite universe? Love. This. Dress. Wear the spots off it.

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  46. LOVE LOVE LOVE this dress. I'm about to start it today and found yours on flickr. The contrast is so pretty. Thanks for posting!

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i thankya truly for taking the time to comment, i love a good conversation-- and hope you know my thanks are always implied if not always written!