Wednesday, August 8, 2012

the after party

so.  many.  beautiful.  peeps.  my head is still spinning from the party.  i have limited words but overflowing cups, of both happiness and rye whiskey...

kissing at prom!!!! EEEEK! where the hell was the chaperone?!  don't sleep on that polyester three piece tigress' beau donned.  and how about vintage clad ruth's steve... the only guest to walk away from the booze long enough to make a yellow corsage.  kelsey doesn't dance, apparently, but she does wear technicolor tulle.


i adore that shot of KC and amity in the middle!  KC finished her dress minutes before her entrance, and amity dyed her houndstooth to a shocking pink.  they are flanked by angela (self drafted lace dress), latrice (HAWT maxi!) and cath (check out that smocking).  i must have had booze on my mind when i put these together, as the bread in this photo sandwich brought me alcohol of three kinds.  YOU KNOW ME SO WELL.

and that lovely gal in white, the other KC, brought me a ring sized pincushion, you're gonna die when i show you! (oh, yes, kelsey does dance, but maybe only with the gals of make shop live).  nhi sported a gorgeous lacy green and was quite helpful in tiara placement.

the lovely ladies of Sew LA.  devon, christine (in another perfect peony), shaerie, and haley.  you freaking goddesses.  the brat in the middle is wearing a christine haynes pattern, dontcha know...

we were able to coax the gods of the party into a little posing.

my forever prom king, who, when asked should we vote for prom queen?  immediately said NO.  EVERYONE should be prom queen.  and so it was decided.  multicolored tiaras for everyone.  i'll say it again.  What.  A.  MAN.


sandra & jill, in white, red and black, rocked the hell out of those glow stick necklaces.  rachel, in the black dress avec white collar, told me her gown was made out of a bomber jacket.  WHAT?! 


princess leah in the house, in three kinds of green silk!   

see that gorgeous gal clad in silk, holding a flame waaaaay too close to my polyester?  that's the heavenly haley. not only did she make her dress... she made the spiked sherbet punch as well.  and she haz some sort of magical powers, as she surprised me with the most perfect oona sized birthday cake in the world: pink snow ball.

miss make and her beau naturally took the best prom pictures, and were immediately crowned the most bitchy popular couple of the night.  nothing could be further from the truth.  THEY WERE SO UNPOPULAR.  i still ate all her m&m chip cookies, though.

what's that?  you came to the party virtually and didn't get a prom picture?  way?  NO way!  you totally did!


never in my wildest dreams would i have imagined inventing a birthday prom and spending the evening with a room full of virtual strangers... and adoring every minute of it.  it bears repeating: thank you again, and again. 

among the party guests: 

the virtual princesses:

picture credits: princess leah, miss make, and many wobbly iphones.hop over to sew LA's facebook page for more photos!

65 comments:

  1. I am so amazingly jealous! What an awesome way to spend a birthday! You looked fabulous and it shows that so many people care about you and your obsessive sewing hobby! Here's to many more!

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  2. Ah, what a great looking party. Loving all the prom dresses.

    Too bad we missed the chance to meet all those peeps IRL, but on our way there we got pulled over and ticketed by les gendarmes, wouldn't you know. (The Obviously Underaged Princess does have a bit of a lead foot .....well, it's not as if I could have driven in my condition, could I officer?!?)

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  3. Glorious. Simply glorious. Thank you for sharing your evening!

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  4. WHAT A FABULOUS EVENT!!! Everyone looks mahvelous, especially you darling!! Congrats on a most amazing event, and happiest of days to you! PS - I am totally coming to next year's event. FO SHO.

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    1. YOU KNOW IT. i'm already thinking it up!

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  5. Look at me in my virtual prom pic! I can hardly STAND the awesomeness of this post!!! What a great time you're all having!! Happy birthday, doll!! I'll buy you a drink, and maybe even have one myself, when you're back on the east side!

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  6. So fun! Everyone looks fabulous! Glad you had a wonderful night! And, your photoshopping skills are unbelievable.

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    1. Oh, and I love how the first post of every blog you linked to as "Promaballoona" as its title!

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    2. i know, right?! i'm such an idiot!

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  7. Awwww!!! I'm so jealous I couldn't attend this party!!!! Looks like you guys had a ball!! Happy Birthday Oona!! xx

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    1. obviously, you rock harder *talk to the hand*

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  9. BUAHAHA! ZOMG I'M IN THE PROM PICTURES! OMG!!!!!!1!!

    ... sorry. Caps lock issue. Oona, you totally made my week there. It *almost* makes up for not being there. But not really. /sniff.

    What an amazing time---you have got to be the luckiest Kalkatroonan on the planet. :)

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    1. ah, the caps lock. I KNOW IT WELL.

      i seriously do feel so lucky and so insanely bratty. it's a delicious combination.

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  10. BEST TIME EVER! I am so happy to have gotten a chance to get to know you Oona and can't wait for our next sewing/dance party/prom/bar/etc adventure! And what a great post! Those are some mad photoshop skills!

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  11. Fabulous! Fabulous! Fabulous!

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  12. This post makes me happy and jealous... Halous? I'm so fucking halous right now. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! X

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    1. hoh, no, don't be halous... well actually you know i love made up words.

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  13. I'm late to the party. AGAIN. I'm still working on the dress, though; I just did not finish it in time, because I was doing other things.

    Happy belated birthday!

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    1. thanks hana! you can always be fashionable late :)

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  14. damn it, oona, why don't you live 10000 km closer :) your dress is a complete fabulousity, you look like a dream.. so jealous i couldn't join you (we partied here, though, i was so hangovered next morning, i dunno how i ever menage to survive the day)..

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    1. i've looked quite hard at maps and distances to my sis, lemme tell you.

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  15. SO. FREAKING. AWESOME!!! I love the virtual pics!! How surprised was I to see I was actually there after all? Fabulous!!

    Everyone looks amazing, but you're definitely the princess; that dress is stunning!!! And you and your prom king couldnt be cuter together - LOVE it!! ^__^

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    1. :)thank you! i felt bratty throwing three up of me and ruggy, but whaadaygonnado, i AM a brat...

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  16. I CAN'T WAIT FOR NEXT YEAR'S PARTY

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  17. You should do this every year. Looks likes fun!

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    1. oh, definitely. i think i already have the theme.

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  18. What an awesome real and virtual party!

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  19. Looks like it was an awesome time IRL but I just LOVE that you made all of u virtual-goers pictures as well. Looks amazing!

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    1. my eyes were a bit bleary at the end of that photoshopping session... but worth it :)

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  20. How fun!! Everyone certainly looks like they had a blast! Love your birthday dress :-) Now, about my jealously... this is to be an annual event, yes? And, next time, on the other side of the country? ;-)

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  21. This was probably the funnest virtual prom I've ever been to! Okay, okay, the only virtual prom I've ever been to, but hey, future virtual proms have A LOT to live up to!

    Thank you so, so, so, much for both hosting the prom and for photoshopping all the pictures! I love that I have a virtual prom favor to take home :)

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    1. and i love your DRESS. i don't care what you say.

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  22. What a fun night to geek out with everybody over sewing! And I'm pretty sure, but great parties cancel out brattiness, it's science.

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    1. that's the kinda science i like. i an SO glad you could make it!

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  23. Sewing people are the BEST people, bar none. Sorry, knitters....

    You all look so gorgeous and just swell!

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    1. oh, those knitters. i feel sorry for them sometimes. six months for a sweater......

      thanks colleen!

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  24. It was the raddest evening chock full of the most awesome people around! You captured the night brilliantly, virtual party as well!! I was so impressed by what everyone made- Your dress being my favorite, I love the flowers you added, a dress worthy of a prom queen! I agree with Jill, it was great fun to geek out about sewing with everyone!

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    1. i added those flowers because of your prom remakes!

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  25. Oh my gosh, fabulous, Happy Belated! Loved the series and the fantastic frocks!

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  26. ohh im so gutted i was grounded from prom with an unfinished dress. You had such a fun birthday, you deserve it. sending lots of well wished!!!! Feliz aniversario (Happy Birthday)

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    1. ah, but you were doing such wondrous things.... and you can always go to prom :)

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  27. Here are the pics from the Sydney party!!! Happy Birthday http://www.renaissancebombshell.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/promaballoona-how-it-happened.html

    If you're free the week of 27 Aug, maybe we can have a birthdaymonth drink? I'll be in lalaland for a few days.

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    1. ah, we'll be vacating the premises before then!!!

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  28. Holy shit, what a shindig! Bummed I missed it! Glad you party people hit it and hit it hard!

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    1. we'll have our own shindig soon. BELIEVE IT.

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  29. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I'm so sad I don't get to participate in anything sewing-wise this year :(

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  30. Looks like one helluva party! And everyone looks fabulous. Happy Birthday!

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    1. thankya! it was surely a room fulla beauty.

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  31. This is too much fun! I wish I could have been there in my real physical self!:)

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  32. You are SO inspiring. Can I ask you about the way you re-mixed that pattern?!!?! Loved the lower half. How much extra did you alot for that long, um, "ruffle"? It doesn't look like you did a straight up A-line, but more of a gathered panel.

    Sorry to reply with a technical question, everyone before me only talked about getting drunk with you. That would be cool too. Love your blog, and you.

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    1. just laughing out loud.

      yes! i will expound here later today, and a full on post to come...

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    2. well this is taking longer than i thought... the short version is: i used the ruffle view, just elongating the ruffle panel to floor length. easy peasy! but i've also done one where i lengthened the panels of the dress to floor length, omitting the ruffle. it came out as a super flowy brezzy maxi dress, i LOVE it and must get pics before it's too cold outside!

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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!