Friday, November 30, 2012

of feathers and frankensteined frocks

 
the feathers, they are done.
 
DONE! i scream from the mountaintop. i am Captain of Mount Accomplishment! never has ruggy been so inundated with my trumpeting!
 
on occasion, i know if i begin a hairbrained project, it will turn out the way i expect it to. in this case, i had a completely botched muslin of a wiggle dress, made from a stashed medium weight satin, i believe. this thing was overworked to death. for weeks, i thought i could wrangle it into a skirt and get something out of all that work, but the idea of measuring and slicing was leaving me cold. then, the ever inventive adri suggested that I make the feathered bombshell dress as a skirt instead, to get more mileage out of the whole shebang. eureka. last weekend, i woke up and decided to marry the botched wiggle dress and feathers in a frankenstein bill. i would do it. hack across the waist, and see what happened. cut into five yards of mood feathers. i'd had them for over three months. JUST DO IT ALREADY.
 
 
after slicing the dress in half, i removed the center back zipper, and laid it out flat on my table. marking a line all the way across at natural waist, i then measured down four inches from that line. and again, to get four loooong horizontal lines in all. working from the bottom up, i folded the skirt fabric around the feather trim edge, enclosing it. as i finished each line, and it began to take shape, i started to get excited.
 
 
and then there comes that point when you get a little too excited. things are working out, and you keep going even though you've been crazyface tunnel vision on a saturday for eight hours straight and you know you shouldn't attach a pleather waist band over sazeracs. but you do anyway. y'all, i ripped this waistband out countless times. i knew the self-made bias tape was not wide enough, but icouldn't be bothered to cut more. no, no, fifteen minutes of cutting more bias tape is MUCH more irritating than sixty minutes of seam ripping and reattaching. and once i caved in and cut more tape, did i decide to fix all of my errors in judgement and figure out a lining first? nope. i decided the guts were pretty enough and i would leave them as is.
 
 
guess who has a seam ripper and some lace lining in her future.
 
 
although it was meant to be paired with a bustier top, upon accessorizing, i found ruggy's dress shirt to be the best match. i love that it dresses down the absolute audacity of the thing. it is a delicate flower, this birdy skirt, made for standing-only events. you know the kind: where your hand is never without a glass of champagne. the kind of event i always seem to be beleaguered by, the life of a kalkatroonaan: it is fabulous.
 
 

80 comments:

  1. This is FABULOUS! YOU ARE FABULOUS! I just love it!

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  2. That's scandalously awesome!!! Love it

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    1. what a wonderful descriptor. i may call it the scandalous skirt.

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  3. i LOVE this. Is it wrong that I want one that is made out of glittery feathers?

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  4. oooh.. insanely cool.. i want one too.. in green-blue-peacockish feathers..

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    1. they have it in that very colorway!! your hair would look just stunning with that...

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  5. Utterly fantastical!! I adore this!! Scandalously awesome, indeed! (see above). Nix the lining frustration and wear a sexy half slip ;)

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    1. ha! yes, i may... but it's that i want to hide the guts. maybe i'll just grin and bear them.

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  6. I was about to say "I cannot believe you made a feather skirt" but that's ridiculous. OF COURSE YOU MADE A FEATHER SKIRT YOU MAD BIRD YOU! It's so over the top awesome... and totally spot on with the white shirt. Perfect high low mix. Oh Oona, you never cease to astound us.

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    1. lou bird, right back atcha. birds of a feather :)))

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  7. I have to use Donna's word to describe this - epic. Your finest work to date. Yes, I wish my suggestions could have helped with the wiggle dress but I'm so glad it didn't!

    Also, you touched upon something that ALWAYS happens to me. I always have in mind what I will wear with a project before I take the photos but once I start styling, I usually end up wearing something completely different!

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    1. i struggled with that wiggle dress!!

      usually i end up in the very first thing i wanted to style with (after many changes) but this one took awhile. i thought i wasn't going to be able to photograph it. but you, my friend, are a styling goddess.

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  8. Superbalistic! Love, love, love. Hope you get to show it off at many superfantastic stand-with-champagne-and-steal-the-show events.

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  9. it is fabulous! and ruggy’s dress shirt is the perfect dress-down accessory. but still…i want to see it with the bustier top. and maybe a boa. surely the fabulous life of a fabulous kalkatroonan can use a boa accessory, n’est-ce pas?

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    1. to be sure... i just so happen to have a marvelous feather boa that's been waiting to play...

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  10. For real, I don't use this word often because I think it's overused to the point of being obnoxious - but that skirt is seriously EPIC. It also further solidifies just how much I want to be you.

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    1. girl i gotz me three epics so far!! i'll tell you what, we'll meet halfway and be each other.

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  11. Wow, [enthuastic applause] that is brilliant!

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  12. OMG... that skirt is FABULOUS! I would wear it to death! Love it to bits!

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    1. i fear a couple of wears is all that would take! i'm striving to treat it with kid gloves.

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  13. I insist that while you wear this skirt, holding your glass of champagne you simply MUST speak in a hoighty-toighty accent. It just seems right.

    Fabulous skirt lady.

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    1. i needz coaching in this accent. come on over, bring your most sparkly dress, i mean, you're not like busy having a wee bobbin or anything, right?

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  14. You are so fantastic can I just marry you??

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    1. i think ruggy will allow an interwebz sewist arrangement! especially if it means his chances of getting something sewn improve,

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  15. Oh I hope that this amazing skirts gets to see lots of soirees, and I agree with Julia you simply must raise your voice an octave and call everybody sweetie and darling.

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    1. ah, it's in the octave... that i can do.

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  16. Did you ever read the YA novel "Island of the Blue Dolphins"by Scott O'Dell? There is a scene where the young woman fashions a skirt out of feathers (I belive it was cormorant feathers). My pre-teen self lusted over the idea of a shimmery blue/black/green feathered skirt. Hell, my 42-year old self still lusts after that idea. And now I know it's possible.

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    1. Oh man, I loved that book, too!

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    2. That was exactly my thought when I saw this skirt!!! That book, that feathered skirt, totally grabbed my imagination when I was little. And now, Oona, you've made my dreams come true with this make, except that this skirt lives in your closet, not mine. But that's just a minor detail, right?

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    3. i must read this book! who knew a feathered skirt would prompt This American Life and YA novels?

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    4. Dude I hated that book so much. It was sad. (Probably very well written, though ;) )

      The skirt. She is FAB. You are Fab. Feathers are one of those things I don't allow myself to consider, because I can't imagine a scenario in my life where they wouldn't be destroyed in fifteen minutes. So nice. :)

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    5. Yes! Sad book that one is. But what a skirt!

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    6. That's EXACTLY where my brain went. Great book.
      And now I want a feathered skirt of my own.

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  17. I'd like to see you wear this on the red carpet Oona! Amazing :)

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    1. after seeing your sticks, i want to dip this in gold.

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  19. All I have to say is this:

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    That skirt is flippin awesome!

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  20. May we call you Papagoona from Kalkatroona when you wear this skirt, after the bird lady Papagena in The Magic Flute?

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    1. um YEAH you can!! i played papagena, how did i not make that connection?!

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  21. I love all your makes but this is not one I can root for. The fact that it doesn't say cruelty-free anywhere on that listing amplified by the number of comments from readers that now want feathered stuff is disturbing. I'm not going to list the reasons why here because I'm not trying to rain on your parade but no. Just no. Sorry.

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    1. no need to apologize, you are totally entitled to your opinion!

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  22. Fan-freakin-tastic! I love how you turned a failed project into a triumph!

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    1. it diesn't always happen, but when it does, it's almost better than doing it right in the first place (almost...).

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  23. I love it! Also, I have never been to one of these standing-only-champagne events. I am curious.

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    1. they are wonderful things, usually occurring at office parties and wedding receptions with open bars. just be sure to make friends with the staff and let them know champagne is your choice for the evening. one day i'm going to throw a champagne only event ...

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  24. I love it with the tied shirt. Because it oomphs it up by being stealthy... I'm all breezy in my white shirt and YEAH I GOT ON A BIRD SKIRT!... but I'm chill about it. Have a drink.

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  25. Fan-bloody-tastic! If there is one person who can get away with wearing a feather skirt, that would be you. Love it. :-)

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  26. this takes "put a bird on it" to a whole new level. seriously though, i hope you have lots of standing drinking champagne parties to show off that lovely. it does look delicate but you'll know when it starts molting it's time to hang it up (and unless there's a flock nearby you will know when it starts haha)

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    1. oh how i wish i could be at a party in portland when it DOES start molting...

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  27. Only you could make a skirt out of feathers and have it look totally "every day wear". Now I need to get a feather skirt. Damn.

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  28. Ahhh!!! You DID it!! Congratulations! Only you could make a feather skirt work like a dream come true. Also, I totally feel your pain about all those standing-only-champagne-in-hand events to attend... I mean... come on, can't a girl get a Saturday night to just turn into a lump on the couch??!! ;)

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  29. Beauooty! I love that you made a feather pencil skirt. It all came together, didn't it? Great idea on the white shirt, totally unexpected.

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  30. Fabulous. Obviously. Along with the champagne and bustier, I think a foot long cigarette holder would be just the thing as well. If one doesn't smoke, it would still make a fabulous prop. You could so pull it off.

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  31. Love the white men's shirt with it. It's the perfect match - it says "yes, my derriere is covered in feathers, what of it?" with just enough insouciance.

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  32. Wow, this is really amazing. And you're right, the men's shirt is the perfect pairing for it.

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  33. A feathered Oonaballoona! This one could fly you to the moon - I LOVE IT !!!

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  34. SO AMAZING OMG OMG OMG. This is the kind of thing that dreams are made of!! It's positively brilliant - I LOVE LOVE LOVE how it turned out!!! So very well done, my friend!

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  35. Meant to comment on this earlier. This is fantastic. I could see it with a black (I know!) leather bustier!

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  36. I would have never made a feather skirt, because *I'd* look ridiculous in it. But you, my dear, look chic. And your explanation about why this white shirt works ("i love that it dresses down the absolute audacity of the thing.") was awesome because it put into words EXACTLY why I think it works.

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  37. you never cease to be amazing, this is seriously one of the coolest things i've ever seen anyone make!

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  38. OMG! You look fantastic. Love, love your feather skirt.

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  39. The most perfect skirt EVER!! you are such a talent Oona. LOVE this so hard.

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