11.12.2013

seductive sleeves


ooooh aren't i pretty.  i think soooo much of myself.  i am the most beeyootiful girl in the whole wide world!  you love me!  you want to marry me!  YOU KNOW IT!


just look at my cute little sleeves, they are so coy, so flirtatious, they tempt you with their unexpected pleats, you didn't even see them coming and now you can think of nothing else!!!


never mind the fact that i probably put them in backwards which resulted in an armsyce (that's armhole for you laypeople) that's lower than the dead sea.  just never you mind that, lovey!


wooooeeeee and wider than the grand canyon.  avert your burning hot gaze!  look, instead, upon the pleats!  the delicious pleats!  THEY ARE EXQUISITE!  aaaaaah, le sigh, you are too entranced by the sight of unintended flesh: is that an arm bulge?  is that her back?  armpit cleavage?  that is SO hot.

I SAID I KNOW YOU LOVE IT!!!


now, i made this about two weeks ago, and i do wish i could remember if the extreme dip is the fault of the pattern or the fault of the gin...so maybe y'all can tell me.  anyone out there tried this diddy?  don't get me wrong, i lurve it, i'm keeping it, i've rocked it not once, but twice in public now, leaving people lying in my stunning wake because I AM AWESOME I THOUGHT WE ALREADY ESTABLISHED THAT, but maybe i'll just raise that curve a li'l bit next time we dance.

(although it is a little snug. i may have dried it on hot while i was on vacation.  i guess i could wear it soaking wet and try to stretch it out again--)

I'VE GONE TOO FAR.  STOP DROOLING.  GO TAKE A COLD SHOWER.

notes of notish notiness:

pattern: simplicity 2337, of the project runway line
fabric: medium weight sweaterey jerseyish knit from the ever janky, ever closing It's A Material World
notions: twin needle, jersey needle
tips: don't dry sweater knit on hot. 

110 comments:

  1. You look amazing! Love the color, and yes, I am totally seduced by those sleeves. Swoooooon!

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  2. AHHHH!! Love this!!!!!!!! It's ridiculously gorgeous! What low armscyes?! I'm too blinded by your beauty to see anything else! ;)

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    1. i am soooooooooo beautiful to meeeeeeeeeeeeee

      really, if you replace any "you" song with "i", and sing at the top of your lungs, it's an instant attitude adjuster.

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  3. those sleeves are fantastic! as is the whole dress, armpit cleavage (i don't see any) or not. and wait... is this a solid color? loving it!

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    1. thanks lisa! it's sort of like looking at a word over and over, the word becomes funny...as i looked at these pictures all i could see was strange cleavage!

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  4. This is gorgeous, just like you in it! The sleeves are spectacular!

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  5. oh that color is amazing.. and sleeves are really cool ones, i might steal you that idea.. also, the dress fits perfect, if you ask me, and you look hot!

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    1. i almost didn't go for the sleeves, and now i think they make the dress. steal away sis, one day we'll meet up in all our stolen outfits :)

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  6. Oh my!
    Pleated sleeves take center stage, everyone just watch out!
    (A collective moan of envy rises from the long-sleeves, the 3/4 sleeves, not to mention the sleeveless...)
    Oona, you look fabulous and I bet not a head remains unturned as you swish by in this number... Wowsa!

    Sabine

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    1. :) especially as i'm yanking the skirt down!!!!

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  7. gorgeous lady!!!! that color is amazing on you!

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  8. You're right, let's get married! This is so pretty and the colour is gorgeous. I'm seduced!

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    1. i shall put you on the list. i mighthave to become a mormon.

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  9. You're right, let's get married! This is so pretty and the colour is gorgeous. I'm seduced!

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  10. Yep I sure do love it, colour, sleeves everything! And if you keep quiet about the sleeve cleavage no one will ever know because those pleats steal the show. Gorgeous!

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    1. thank you sarah-- this disease we all have where we set up spotlights and blaring alarms around our mistakes, it must be cured!!!

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  11. lol u are hilarious. Iove everything about this dress. The color is my fav and those sleeves are to die for. great job and thanks for sharing

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  12. Ooooh and on top of all that it's just one colour too!

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    1. I KNOW. i got so wrapped up in the armsyce, i forgot how earthshattering the solid was!

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  13. Oh yeah I love it!! How could anyone not?! Girl crush alert!

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  14. No, the drool cannot stop. Those sleeves are the best!

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    1. okay, okay, drool if you must. i will allow it.

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  15. I'm with LisaG - is that you rockin' a SOLID color?! No prints, stripes, sparkles of any kind?! Whoa earth shift moment! *LOL* And you know I just think you are AWESOMENESS personified!

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    1. FOR REAL!!!! i think i'm on my fifth solid project now!

      and in terms of awesomeness, i'm rubber and you're glue :)))

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  16. By jove, those ARE lurrrvely sleeves, mademoiselle xx

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    1. thanks tilly! they truly make me do a happy dance. i just don't raise my arms, cause that armsyce. she's terrifying.

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  17. You literally had me in "stitches" reading this blog entry, hilarious stuff!! Love the dress, love the sleeves...we're all seduced! :)

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    1. ha, thank you! i always hope to be funny :)

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  18. What a cute dress - and such a fabulous color on you!

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  19. You already know I have a crush on you, don't know why you gotta keep pointing it out. ;)
    You do realize that you did it, right? No, it's not a blue dress. but it is one color and I am cheese-ball smiling for you.
    Yup, I do love the dress, the sleeves. And I don't need to mention how Hawt you are, but I guess I just did.

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    1. i seriously forgot it was a solid. WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME?!

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  20. I'm so excited!!! I literally just arrived home from buying that pattern today ;) It is beautiful on you!!! Love to see it made up and it really is a very pretty dress. So glad I decided to purchase that pattern today!!! Thank you so much for the funny post too. You always make me laugh and I needed it today after the snow and all the mean people out today. I literally saw a woman next to me leave her shopping cart behind the car next to her and the poor girl almost backed into the cart before I caught her. I did not notice her in the car so I was finishing up packing my car before moving the cart. People are crazy...Thanks for making my day a little lighter and making me laugh :)

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    1. i'm so glad to have given you a laugh! i laugh at myself all the time, it;s nice to hear others do too :)

      there's a metric ton of mean people out in NY lately. it's the cold & the loss of an hour's worth of daylight, methinks.

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  21. I made that pattern, and the extreme dip is part of the pattern. I was really excited about the sleeves, but the dip was more than I wanted (and more than the pattern envelope showed), so I adjusted my placement some to try to mitigate it. Still pretty dipped, though, but I'm happy with how it turned out.

    Love your version! Great color!

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    1. AH! thank you!! i really want to make this one again, i'll adjust the pattern next time (instead of repeating the same exact mistake, which i would have done had you not shared...)

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  22. It is indeed BEAUTIFUL and AWESOME just like YOU. I die for those sleeves and I think it's snug in the best of ways. Now... if only you would finish your turquoise, you would have some serious Palm Beach sheath dress action.

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    1. THAT DAMN TURQUOISE DRESS. it's still in purgatory. the sheath, it seems, has little hope of accommodating my ass.

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  23. Gorgeous! The color is fabulous and those sleeves are great!

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    1. thanks erica! i think i've been on a sleeve kick lately after seeing all your lovely sleeves :)

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  24. You always crack me up. Yes lovey, you look delicious...arm cleavage and all.

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    1. and YOU look delicious in that maxi, lovey! i'd love to see more, hint hint....

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  25. Great dress and colour - perfect for you! Ah, sleeves... fabulous addition!

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    1. thank you! i'm really getting into sleeves, apparently they're a thing :)

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  26. Didn't even notice it until you went and pointed it out! Way to go, geeze louise! LOVE IT :)

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    1. seriously man, i stop strangers on the street and point out my sewing flaws. it's weird.

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  27. Oh my goodness! I love, love this dress! It looks amazing on you. The pleats on the sleeves, Ah-mazing! I am surprised that you made a solid colored dress, which looks amazing and allows the sleeves to shine. I love the texture of the fabric as well. Well done! I think I might have to give this pattern a try.

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    1. something hit me (i think it was the lack of cocktails) but i'm loving this solid kick. 2 more solids waiting on my table!

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  28. It's divine, you're divine...all round divine-ness! And a solid colour too, excellent work missus!

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    1. thank you sweet marie!! can't wait to see your dakota...

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  29. Wonderful dress, wonderful shade of Pink. Love it, you did a great job and outdid the pattern.

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  30. I think that is some of the best pattern commentary I've read, Lady! You look fantastic to back it up!

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    1. heheee! i felt like a total brat writing it, i'm glad the humor came across!

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  31. Babe-a-licious!!!! And you're right!! WE DO WANT TO MARRY YOU!! lol

    You look awesome, dude!! Solid (though pink and eye catching and TOTALLY workin' with your complexion) colors look sooooo good on you!

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    1. i totally thought it was purple.

      dammit, i AM colorblind!

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  32. A few things...

    1. Didjah hear that? That's the sound of you giving life to eve-r-y-body!

    2. Thank you for explaining what an armsyce is. I heard it the other day and was like, "What did you call me?!?"

    3. Forget décolletage. The sexiest skin to show is now arm cleavage!

    Now excuse me while I call your father to ask for your hand in marriage...

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    1. i have alerted him to your presence, and i LOVE your blog!

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  33. I love this and I usually don't like pleats or big shoulders (mostly because I have big shoulders). Is that a sweater knit, it looks so much more polished - love that too!

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    1. i was against the sleeves for that very same reason, mine are pretty square (shoulderpads are not my friend) so this was a surprise! also a surprise: the sweater knit, because of course i'm guessing there....

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    2. Well, then I might just have to try this pattern since shoulder pads are also not my friend.

      I don't comment often but I have been reading all your posts - it's so fun to watch your evolution as a seamstress. Sometimes I even look at fabric and think, Oonaballoona would love this fabric.

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  34. Such a beautiful dress even if the pleats are not correct. That's the fun of making it yourself. It probably looks better. Great spirit!

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    1. thank you! i'm loving her even with her faults. if it's something i could accept in RTW, it stays!

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  35. I can't take my eyes off of you...not because of the pleated sleeves (which are wonderful, by the by), or the armscye (which seems a bit low, but not absurdly so), but because you are wearing a solid color. I don't think I've ever seen that before!

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    1. and in further mindblowing occurrences, i just bought 8 more yards of solids...

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  36. Totally gorgeous! Love the colour and even the sleeves, although with my shoulders I'm not sure I could pull those off without looking like a linebacker.

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    1. i felt the same way, i was shocked i didn't feel like tackling ruggy when i tried it on :)

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  37. You look A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. The colour is awesome on you. I want those sleeves,so cute. Your version is a millions better than the one on the envelope.

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    1. ah, thank you! i've learned that those PR patterns are the bomb 90% of the time and i just have to go for it, no matter the , ahem , envelope styling.....

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  38. Love the dress, love the attitude

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  39. What a saucy seductress you are in this dress!! I say ALWAYS dry sweater knits on HOT... yowza!

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    1. and, never eat anything more than a salad in it.

      i'm a meat and EVERYTHING kinda girl...

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  40. Who cares about the pattern directions when you come up with a delectable dress such as this! You, dear Oona, are a knockout. Wear that baby to auditions!!!

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  41. I love this pink beauty!! Clearly you are some damn good marriage material, especially if you take into consideration your cocktail and baking skillz. Fo sho.

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  42. Knockout dress with truly awesome sleeves.

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    1. thank you crystal! sleeves after your own name :)

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  43. OMG I wants it, nay I needs it!! This dress is all kinds of amazing and you are most certainly amazing, Oona. Woah, fan girl gush over...

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    1. right back actcha, maker of sexy sheer polka dotty anna goodness....

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  44. That color is scrumptious!!! Gorgeous, gorgeous dress. You called it: I want to marry the sleeves!

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  45. Love it! This pattern is so pretty--flattering too! Be careful not to scare away Material World though. One salesman told me the owner plans to stop selling to the public, which would be devastating because that's where I get a lot of my linen, wool suiting, silk, denim, oh yeah, almost everything!

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    1. ah, but janky is a compliment! they are endearing in their jankiness! i'm even able to get a smile fro the owner nowadays.

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  46. This is a *jersey knit*??? OMGoodness! Awesome!
    And it looks like I could manage to copy it by lengthening Sewaholic's Pendrell blouse... *evil laugh*

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    1. oh my god, you TOTALLY could. and to think i stayed away from that pattern because of the sleeves!!

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  47. If you marry Clare, I'll never forgive you. Just saying.

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    1. but karen, you would totally be first wife.....

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  48. Wow, that is some serious FABULOSITY! Both you and the dress (and the sleeves, they deserve their own praise)!

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  49. It's fabulous and the colour is spot on. It's exhausting how fabulous you are. Stop it.

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  50. Holy wow! That dress is STUNNING. You should have a work with the people at Simplicity though, about their stylings - they should be paying you to model instead.

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  51. Yes! It's all true! I must break my lurker's silence to publicly pay obeisance to your awesomeness! -Sandra

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  52. Oh my word, I so totally want to marry those sleeves. They're hot pink, for crying out loud. I'm IN LOVE!

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  53. You're right, this one is pretty hot. It has the whole package. I love those sleeves! Now what does Ruggy think about all these marriage proposals...

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    1. he's good with it. as long as i promise lots of pillow fights.

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  54. SMOKING.....girrrrl...i must say...you fill that dress out nicely!
    couldn't get that off the rack and m&s.....lovely! is this the same dress in that fab orangy- red, you're wearing with the cotton mexican print short jacket? like the pink....but love the orange-red!

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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!