Saturday, November 9, 2013

a blast in black

draping contest, in anything but black

after madly blindstitching the hem on my little black dress, i raced out the door at 5:55 to pick up my date for the evening.  carolyn looked scrumptious in black, green and pearls.  as she changed from work to party shoes, i lamented my motorcycle boots. no black pumps in my closet, but whaddayagonnado.  the fact that i made a black dress was earth shattering enough.

our absolute gentleman of a host

we headed to elliott berman textiles to celebrate pattern review day, and were immediately and warmly greeted with wine, goodies, and a STUNNING view of some of the most gorgeous fabric i've ever seen. although we were encouraged to roam the aisles with glass in hand, i did not trust myself (dropsies, much?).  

to wit: the only runway shot i got of clio.  approximately three glasses in.

although i'm a member of pattern review, i wouldn't call myself active.  no, i think i fall more into the leech category.  there's no other way to describe it, i suck all the information i can out of countless reviews and give zilch back.  that needs fixing, though to be honest, i'm not sure what information i can provide that will actually be helpful.  really, it would just make me feel better about the balance of things.  no matter, i was all too thrilled to escort my girl carolyn!

draping winners nabbed beautiful 2014 yardage...  and YES THAT IS YOU KNOW WHO, THE MYTHICAL SHARON!!!!

in honor of PR, i thoroughly combed reviews for a cynthia rowley pattern, and made a mashup LBD with by hand london's elisalex bodice.  do i have any pictures to show you?  no.  will i be taking it apart this weekend?  YES. dress: check. black: check. I TOOK THE WORD LITTLE WAY TOO SERIOUSLY.  good god, after three glasses of vino, burgers, fries, and a salted carmel milkshake, i felt like a twinkie with too much cream filling.

hostess eugenia, mistress of the fabric guessing game: HOW CUTE ARE THESE CUTIES

my bandage of a dress was not a winner, but i did manage to snag one of the extremely generous and exceedingly beautiful prizes in the Fashion Intelligence Game portion of the evening, courtesy of elliott berman: a huge cut (maybe 6 yards?  it's morning, i'm on the floor with coffee, and the tape measure is oh so far away) of jersey that feels like magic water.  i know because it's draped over my lap.  another reason to not get up.

thanks for the help melanie! GO PR!!!

like the leech i am, i did not snag this bag legitimately.  i simply repeated (BARKED, WITHOUT SHAME) the right answer upon learning that a prizewinner could not win twice.  this did not work the first time; i earned a raised eyebrow from our game hostess, and intelligentsia melanie earned an extra bag.  the second time around, however, there was no refusing my brattiness.  i could only hear does anyone else know the right answer? for so long.  one second, to be exact.  y'all i don't even remember what the question was, let alone the right answer 

hopefully, i sufficiently embarrassed my date, since SHE DIDN'T VOTE FOR ME IN THE LBD RUNWAY SHOW.
WHATEVER CAROLYN.  I VOTED FOR CLAUDINE.

no, the winner of the little back dress contest wore purple.  oh, you know who she is. THAT CATHY. 
winners circle, style me mary in gold almost didn't even walk...

i just... i don't... i can't.  that collar.  those notches.  i believe i greeted her with you bitch.  the delicious michael, however, was met with glee, i'm not sure how peter lets him out of the house alone with a dame like cathy. WHO, BY THE WAY, WAS MY "DATE'S" CANDIDATE .

she treats me badly, she wins missoni fabric...but i just can't quit her...

what a raucous, awesome evening.  thank you deepika (pictured throughout in knockout red dress) and elliott berman for a wonderful time (i'll be back at a more sober hour of the day...y'all, it is ever so pretty up there), and please do holler if you were at the shindig last night, i'd love to know where to find such lovely company online as well!

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  1. Um, excuse me, Oona: the color of my dress was BLACK cherry, not purple.

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    1. OH GOOD LORD WHO GAVE THAT WOMAN A PROFILE.

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    2. Bwah ha ha! You just got burned by Miss Cathy Lane! ;P

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    3. That Cathy Lane. She's such a minx!

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  2. what a fantastic day. Oh how I wish I had a time machine to just drop by all the fab meet us. wait for my next NY trip! Where is your black dress.. wanna kill me of curiosity???

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    1. it is lying on my ironing board awaiting dissection! there's no WAY i'm wiggling into that again!!

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  3. I thought your dress was gorgeous and that you were gorgeous in it. I might have even voted for you if Cathy wouldn't have MURDERED me if she ever found out.

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    1. and she'd prolly do it slowly, and with much pleausre. i don't blame you one bit.

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  4. Hey, pics of your dress, Miss Oona, are required!!!

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    1. she's getting better (as in LOOSER). they're comin!

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  5. Okay she be lying, Oona's dress was beautiful and didn't look tight at all. And I know the truth hurts but there was no denying Miss Cathy the prize! Btw, I did have a good time last night and would accompany you again any time!

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    1. And when did you take that picture of me and the Missoni?

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    2. don't try to butter me up now, that dress was saran wrapped!!!

      you were too entranced by yardage to notice me snapping away right next to you :)).

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  6. Ahhh, what fun!! I love that you and Carolyn went as dates!

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  7. Love the picture of Carolyn receiving fabric!

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  8. I'm probably going to regret pointing this out, but Peter's got a shot of my catwalk on his slideshow that totally shows off my ass-ets. Oy!

    Your dress was awesome and beautiful on you!

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    1. well, lemme join ya sister, my booty is in full effect as well. we shall rock the ass brigade together.

      as was yours, sexy mama!

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  9. Gah, what a shindig! Heartbroken that I missed it!!!!!

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  10. I had to go on Carolyn's blog to see a glimpse of your LBD! Everyone's dresses looked awesome. Good job all!

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    1. yeeeeeaaaaah...,, she snuck a couple in on me! i promise to have a full reveal soon, in a less revealing fashion :)

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  11. Thanks for your vote! It was so nice meeting you yesterday.

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    1. lovely lady, you are welcome. your dress AND coat were the definition of elegance!

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  12. If you'd let ME go as your date, I'd have totally voted for you. Just sayin...

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    1. you know i'm all into a sewists threesome.

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  13. Oh how I wish I was there! Sounds amazing!

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    1. ah julia, how i'd love to hang with you in a party setting!!

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  14. Super fun! Thanks for bringing us (virtually) along! Out of pure curiosity, what color was the jersey fabric you won?

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    1. shockingly, it is predominately BLACK! with primary red, yellow, and blue abstract shapes... i'm going to feature it soon, just have to decide if i should wait for warmer weather (when i'll actually sew with it).

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  15. HAAhahaha!!! This looks like too good of a time!

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  16. Looks like such a fun time!! You all look great and I bet your dress was amazing. Plus, your reply to Cathy's comment above just made my day. Priceless.

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    1. i mean really. i thought she had people who did her commenting for her.

      i wish you could have come!!

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  17. Sounds like so much fun, but where at the pictures of you? You always look so incredible!

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    1. lori, i love ya! pictures to come, now that i've given myself a little breathing room :)

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  18. I'm hollering because I wasn't there. Man, I hate missing out on the fun! Cathy needs to quit stealing the show if you ask me....... ;) Look forward to seeing your dress!

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    1. had you been there, i would have demanded a walk off between the two of you!!!

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  19. I can only express my frustration at having to work that night in the words of Charlie Brown: AUGH! I even had an LBD I'd made!

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    1. GIRL!! i went to the FB page to find the address that afternoon, and saw that you'd invited me. I HATE FACEBOOK. i never saw it!!

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  20. Drinking and fabric--sounds like trouble for me, too! Such beautiful dresses on everyone, a sewing circus heaven.

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  21. Ha!!! Your post was hysterical! Looks like you had lotsa fun at the event! Nice work scoring a goody bag prize, illegally.

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  22. I do want to see your little black number! What fun and cocktails you NY peops seem to have!

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  23. So lovely to meet you! We need many more cocktail parties in awesome fabric stores, right? And your black dress was absolutely darling! Can't wait to see what you make with your new fabric.

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  24. i wanted to go, but i had a date with a moving truck and my father's basement! followed by a date with time warner cable, which, of course, they had to cancel (typical) glad all y'all had a good time, now i can live vicariously. and i totally don't blame you for being jealous of cathy. dame's got style for sure.

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  25. this looks like a perfect messy drunken good time!

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  26. Blerg!!! I was teaching all weekend and missed this. It looks like it was a great time.

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