July 4, 2013

kick off your shoes and jump around like a firecracker


extra boozy points for anyone who can name that song.

this fourth of july, i decided to go a bit less literal.  i’ve tried the red, white ‘n blue route before, but the outfit usually ends up doomed to the costume section of my closet (there’s also a cow print skirt in there for when i have to audition for the role of Hooker With A Heart Of Gold).  however, italian fireworks are very much my friend.  so when i saw this symphony of italian stretch cotton color online at mood fabrics, i gleefully jumped into four yards of starburst.


i had previously pounced on a double face neoprene as well, found in-store before my dash to dallas.  when the two met in my hotel room, sparks flew.  one can never stand in the way of true love, especially when one of the star crossed lovers possesses the overpowering personality of neon.  i put the Do Not Disturb sign on the door and left them alone for awhile.  


i must tell you now that this neoprene has the smoothest of touch.  absolutely slippery against the skin.  barry white, stand back.  the front desk received several complaints that day.

chastised, Neon decided to show its demure side.  the grey tone brought the noise level down just enough to make everyone happy (including those debating with me on facebook & instagram).  this split personality yardage was the perfect candidate for by hand london’s newest (fabulous amazing holy cow get in nownownow) pattern, the victoria blazer, the third lover in this threesome.   how amazing are those style lines?!  i adore that neckline dart! and once again, a perfect right-out-of-the-envelope stunner.  not a SINGLE adjustment.  unless you count the fact that i took advantage of the schizophrenic fabric to go for lining and shell all-in-one...  i will most definitely be making another with full on lining.

lemme just gush screamtype for a couple sentences more: THE DELECTABLE LADIES OF BY HAND LONDON ROCK MY WORLD.  THEIR BRILLIANT HANDS SHOULD BE DIPPED IN GOLD.  GOLD, I TELL YOU.



okay, let’s chat about the stretch cotton, we don’t want it to get jealous.  this italian can confirm, jealousy in a relationship is a killer.  i’d snagged simplicity 2212 on a joann’s grab-every-blue-envelope-sale-run, and the stretch was perfect for its figure hugging curves.  it's a medium weight, and it feels substantial on the skin (read: no underoo lines).  not a single little bit of color bleed in the prewash!  i spent a good five hours laying out my pattern pieces–although i knew i didn’t have enough to match up the print on this 14 piece pattern, i didn’t want any twinning going on.


or any firecrackers exploding in the wrong areas.  mount crackatoa is dangerous.  safety first, yo.


 happy fourth to those stateside!  may you be covered in color!

105 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh! That is one firecracker of a dress! I wish I had the ego to go along whit this dress... Maybe somewhere else, like.....NYC?! :D
    You make it rock!

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    1. sometimes the dress will give you the ego you might need... go for it!!!

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  2. Go Girrrrrl https://www.facebook.com/SassySewingBees

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  3. damn! now i need that blazer! and i don't even like neon colors.. and the dress is amazing too! you are the queen of maxi dresses, sis

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    1. i'm kind of amazed you don't go for neon, sis! and i must share that crown with you, as i'm STILL jonesing your triangle halter maxi amazer...

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  4. I second Mokosha! I am in love with this dress, almost as much as the Anna Sui panel dress. Happy Independence Day - and oh, could you be riffin' on Naked City?

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    1. YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSS like my favorite summer song EVER!

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  5. I was chuckling all through the hotel scenario, but..."or any firecrackers exploding in the wrong areas"....cuppa joe currently extruded through nostrils, LOL - awesome dress!

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    1. i was sore afraid of crackatoa explosions!

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  6. That jacket-- amazing! Neoprene?! You are so cool. I'm searching online for double faced neoprene now. Is it hot?

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    1. surprisingly no. it feels cool even-- i guess we use it to keep hot stuff hot & cold stuff cold, so maybe if i heated it up it would be a different story!

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  7. Love this dress! The shaping and fit is really flattering, and the print is really mod and cool, and for some reason it reminds me of the Sesame Street pinball numbers song. I know, weird association, but it's a good one for me!

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    1. i totally get that. i'll probably make it the theme song for this dress!

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  8. That outfit is stunning, nice job!

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  9. I already commented on your mood post but you are one of my favourite humans. That is all. xoxo

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    1. lady, you're the best. and now i think of you when i do my 'do.

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  10. Your dress looks amazing! I also love your blazer, I really like the double faced neoprene.. Hope you have an awesome fouth of july!

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    1. thank you kim, hope yours was great!

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  11. Love the dress and THAT blazer! A match made in heaven :-)

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  12. Wow, that blazer is so brilliant. I have too much in my queue right now but I really must pick up that pattern. I love the pop of neon :)

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    1. the pattern is an absolute must have. thank you!

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  13. I'm not sure where to start.... but both of these are AMAZING!! Looking at the line drawings on the Simplicity pattern, I'm left feeling pretty uninspired, but in true fashion you've nailed the fabric choice and it's brilliant! And the grey and neon... you have vision!

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    1. oh yeah, i hated the line & real life shots... but those blue envelopes hold gold so long as it's not a child or an accessory!

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  14. OH MY GOSH. I must have that cotton...

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  15. all i can think of when i see this dress is that you need to be cast as dorothy (diana ross) in a remake of the wiz and wear this creation. i mean that as a good thing of course :)

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  16. Oh yeah, this is a cool dress....I like, I like....

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  17. That dress is stunning. Award-show-worthy. No, scratch that. It's too good for an award show. Wow.

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  18. You look stunning as always and to make a victoria in this perfect neopren is just brilliant (while I'm still on the hunt for the right fabric for that girl)

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  19. Oh, Oooona!! You look like a Rock Star!! Love the dress so much, I may travel Stateside and steal it...(shhhhh). And, you jacket came out just beautifully! (The song is Naked City, Love to See it Shine, btw). Happy 4th of July!

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  20. I cannot recognise the song, but I do recognise the feeling.
    Great dress. Celebratory without being too costume-y - and, well, I just love that empire line and maxi skirt, simple as that.

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    1. i was thinking you'd like the empire line!!

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  21. This dress is totally amazing, but you knew that already!

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    1. i had an inkling...but to be honest i'm never convinced till i wear it out the first time!!

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  22. This is blinking AMAZING dress, and an AWESOME jacket. I love your style, I need some more colourful patterns in my life :)

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    1. GO GET THEM! they want to be in your life!

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  23. Gorgeous, loving the jacketttt so much. GAHH need the patternnn

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    1. getitgetitgetit you will NEVER regret it :)

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  24. Safety first? You look dangerous Oona! Great holiday ensemble !

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    1. aah, i love it! i look dangerous! i guess you know i am (...camera killer...)

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    1. thank you, especially for that combo of descriptors!

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  26. I love your fashion sense! I could not pull it off but you always look AMAZING!
    Truly great fabrics and love the little jacket!

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    1. uh uh linda, i've seen your technicolor laurel, not true! :)

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  27. that outfit is killer! i've loved all the victoria blazers, definitely on the list! love the neon contrast. also, great job with pattern placement on the dress--that could have gone very wrong very quickly!

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    1. thank you! by the time i was done cutting i needed a back massage :)

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  28. Fabulous - as always!!! You look like a firecracker in that dress! Also, love your twist on the Victoria blazer - two-sided neoprene?? You saucy minx, you...

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  29. Look at that hair! Beautiful! And love the ensemble:)

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    1. going natural, yo! new york ain't ready!

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  30. Looking terrif, dahlink - and from one "krackatowa" to another, I totally agree about the fireworks in the wrong places *LOL*

    Hope your day was amazing! Oh, I got my copy of that amazing patternmaking book you mentioned in an earlier post - it is incredible! So in love right now :)

    Love,
    Mugsy

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    1. ooooh lemme know what you make from it!

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  31. neoprene jacket - that's a winner! Neon is awesome. Your hair is awesome.

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  32. DUDE!!!! I have no words. Except I LOVE YOU. Done us more than proud, yet again. I mean, neon-prene???!! YES.

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    1. one day i shall meet you wearing full on BHL...one day...

      amazing, ferocious, fantastic work, yet again!!

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  33. How Do you make these crazy fabrics work? This one is right up there with the Anna Sui Maxi Dress. Fab-U.

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    1. ah thank you! speaking of, i believe i'm wearing miss anna tonight :)

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  34. i love the neon contrasting on the jacket. ugh, i've got to get off my bum and sew up that victoria blazer. and i love the flare on the dress. so dramatic!

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    1. thanks dixie! the victoria, she will not let you down...

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  35. that neoprene is genius. loving it!

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  36. OK, the blazer is as adorable as I thought it would be, but I LOVE THAT DRESS! ERMAGERD!!!!!

    /sigh.

    Also, your hair. Is so. Amazing. I think I'm going to worship it. Would it mind a little altar, maybe a bit of incense?

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    1. girl, this pattern is RIGHT up your alley. drop waist to the max.

      you have me rolling on the floor with the shrine. YES.

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  37. Oona, that dress. Ermahgerd! Stunner.

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  38. So I was thinking more about this Neoprene jacket, how the hell did you make a fabric that is used for rubber gloves, lunchboxes, and wetsuits, work? Amazing!

    Is it hot? Just curious?

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    1. not at all! especially if i put it on in an AC'd room first. it sort of keeps the properties of the climate it starts out in.

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  39. ERMEGERD OOOOOOONNNNAAAAAA. You look incredible! The dress is just unbelievable with those AHMAHZING colors, and the jacket? DIVINE. Sheer perfection, my darling friend!

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  40. love that yu did the version with the godets....completely stunning.

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  41. The dress, the jacket.. Deeevine! I love that firecracker print and I know how hard neoprene is to work with- so hats off to you for making such a lovely structured jacket. Well done!!

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    1. it was actually crazy easy-- in fact i think one side is maybe sweatshirt ish? who knows!

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  42. You look fabulous!! I love the look, and your hair tops it off perfectly. Oona, you are so talented!!!

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    1. thank you! i'm beginning to think of my hair as another piece of clothing:))

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  43. Holy crap that's fabulous with three snaps in Z FORMATION. You amaze me, every time.

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    1. YOU amaze ME pink lady!! i loved your supermarket outfit!!

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  44. I can't put it any better than ladykatza. Love, love, LOVE this combo.

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  45. I can't put it any better than ladykatza. Love, love, LOVE this combo.

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  46. I really like that combo. And your such a good writer man I was reading some of your history and now I feel drunk and I wasn't drinking at all,I swear.
    Natalie

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    1. so i basically made you a virtual cocktail?!

      AWESOME.

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  47. wowee hello you! :) just popped over for a looksy after byhandlondon shared your awesomeness on their page. I am so pleased to find a fellow funky colour happy sewer in this blogland yahoo!!!!!! ..now off to peruse the rest of your blog :)

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    1. well hello YOU! i love your capelet, and your blog!!!

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  48. Wow, love, love love this dress. Looks kind of psychadelic and African at the same time! I usually only use organic fabrics like www.organiccottonplus.com but I'll definitely check out Mood fabrics.

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    1. mood has some organic stuff too. i haven't tried it yet...

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  49. Love, love, love this dress! I recently made a skirt with a great stretch cotton and now it's all I want to sew with. Also, wanted to say that after reading your RAVE about Patternmaking, I impulse bought it and I'm in love. So, thanks!

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  50. Just dropping by to say gorgeous fabric! Fabulous fit! A dress that requires much swirling. :) Join me for pattern making adventures - http://studiofaro-wellsuited.blogspot.com.au/

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  51. Wow. The jacket, the dress, the FABRIC! Amazing! I totally want to go and make my own/almost identical versions of both of those right now!

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  52. Stop the press! That jacket! I know it's a By Hand London Victoria Blazer (moves up wish list ever so slightly)...but this lining caper is wicked. Does the pattern come so you can completely inside-out the whole thing? I've been eyeing that pattern off for ages, but it never occurred to me that it was (potentially) fully reversible. And at this particular moment in time I really feel like inside-outable is a much better term.

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    1. thank you! you *can* make it reversible--i believe the ladies at BHL explained how in a sewalong! but this is a doubleface material, so it inside-outabled itself:)

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