Tuesday, January 21, 2014

if i could turn back time


i've been desperate for color, but all of my dreamcoat items are completely unseasonal.  so when the temperature climbed to a balmy 47 degrees yesterday, i raced outside like a ray bradbury story in my rayon linen tunic dress.  


photographeur extraordinaire ruggy is currently on sabbatical, as he's about to be overworked and underpaid BIG TIME for project sewn shots, so i hope you can forgive the slightly out of focus workings of me racing against the timer.  also i didn't iron.  did i mention all-summer-in-a-day?


look!  THE PORTALS TO MY BOOBIES!  apparently they reside in a technicolor land of fun and adventure!


you even get a roadmap to my extremely big mouth, which is uncharacteristically 70% shut here.


the land of my gams is treacherous.  cross them and they will cut you.  warning, sew speak ahead: i "fringed" the bottom of the dress by applying a wide strip of soft weft interfacing to the reverse, then i cut away the design around the orange spikey bits.  it's holding up nicely.  

and it makes me feel like vintage cher, so that's always a bonus.


pattern: burdastyle's contrast tunic dress
fabric: rayon linen from It's A Material World, $5/yd
notions: thread, y'all.  THREAD.

i actually banged this one out months ago, in a much needed break from my battle with the turquoise snoozer (which is ongoing and neverending.  it's the AI of UFOs).  if you want a quick fun make, jump on it like cher doing the pony: two darts in the back, simple sleeve seams, instant gratification.   

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  1. WOW. Loving the colour! And send some of that warmth up here to Toronto, eh? *lol*

    Looking fabu as usual! :)

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    1. ah mugsy, i would if i could, but you don't want what we got up in here now. been snowing ALL DAY and no signs of stopping....

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  2. That hem is a friggin work of art, chook!

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    1. CHOOK! iloveit! i just urban dictionary-ed it. thank you love :)

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  3. lol! This line "portal to my boobies". Classic. Rock it, chica!

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    1. heheh. i was pretty proud of that line.

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  4. Love this!! I need to take lessons from you and persevere when boyfriend/photographer is away. It was a perfect day to crank out some blog pics and you nailed it. Beautiful colors.
    Shelley

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    1. i had a spare 15 minutes and suddenly it was game on. a tripod taller then 12 inches would also help.

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  5. Fun! You always amaze me with your use of prints!

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    1. ah, you don't fool me! i've seen you in safety cone stripes!

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  6. portal to my boobies! oh lady, you always slay me. and yeah, that is totally a cher dress! awesome!

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    1. teeheeeheeeHAAA i slayed myself with that one.

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  7. I opened the link to your blog and my first reaction was a loud and ecstatic "OMG!". It's back to the Oona we know and love! I bet Cher would be so jealous but she could never have as much fun as you do in your pictures since her facial expressions are limited nowadays to those of a ventriloquist dummy (ouch...sorry Cher!)

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    1. oh cher. so true, david, so true.

      i LOVE your reaction :)

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  8. WOW -- That is the most brilliant pattern placement I've ever seen in my life. Great dress!

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    1. thanks peter! there were so many choices... arrow to booty?

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  9. OMG, you make me laugh! The portals, and the roadmap...fun, fun, and more fun! xo

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  10. Love the "portal to my boobies" comment, perfect description for some pretty amazing pattern placement. :-D Such a fun dress, some days I wish I lived in a technicolor dreamworld. Alas I live in the frigid and winter-stricken midwest, where all color is sucked out until there is nothing but greys and deathly yellows--resisting it is futile.

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    1. ah no, that's when YOU have to be the technicolor in the landscape! consider yourself fabulous scenery.

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  11. Love those fringe-y bits at the bottom! The technicolor fabulousness is wonderful...and I would totally throw some tights on and wear it out all winter long!

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    1. i do have some hot pink tights....oh daffys, why did you have to go bankrupt. they were my tights jam!

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  12. This is soooooo you! The dress made me smile alongwith the line "a balmy 47 degrees outside" especially since it's snowing to beat the band today and tomorrow it will be a negative something! What a great dress!

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    1. Oh and do you recognize the pic?!!! Thanks Girl!

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    2. um YEAH i do, i saw it on your blog yesterday and yelped :)!!

      and the snow is supposed to continue through tomorrow night...maybe a certain someone will get an unexpected day in the sewing cave?

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  13. That print is spectacular! I love it almost as much as your (new to me) blog. Here's to some much-needed winter cheer!

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    1. more cheer please....especially since it snowed. again. today. love your blog!

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  14. I feel like I can never come up with a compliment good enough for your kickass sewing projects and hilarious posts. Je les aime!!!!

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    1. french is ALWAYS good enough, mon amie.

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  15. OH and regarding the "turquoise snoozer"
    *SIDE EYE*

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    1. IT IS SO BORING!!!!

      (also maybe erm two sizes too small.)

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  16. Love the print, you've got a great idea for placement!

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    1. thank you! it was a brain twister, those portals.

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  17. That arrow and all of its potential commentary is priceless. Great dress!

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    1. heehee. i'm surprised ruggy hasn't come up with a comedy routine yet.

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  18. looks fabulous to me, sis.. planning to make this dress for months (as well as other 362 dresses, some of which i'm planning to make for years, without success.. why there is no more time? and why am i so lazy? and do i really need these 363 new dresses? too many questions, i know).. anyways, you look gorgeous as usual, and love what you did with skirt hemming!

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    1. i can answer one question in all sincerity, YES YOU NEED ALL OF THE DRESSES.

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  19. It is the dawwwwning of the age of aquarius! Age of aquarius! Ahhhhh!" (Go rent the movie "Hair" which is notable for dresses like these and really fab choreography and dancing by Twyla Tharp and her dance company). Sorry, I'm having a flashback.

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    1. flashbacks welcomed! i've seen hair twice, actually, for auditions, but really for pleasure because that movie is. just. GREAT. and pretty much nothing like the musical.

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  20. You rock and so does your tunic!

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  21. You are a visionary! I never would have imagined something amazing coming from that pattern based on the ho-hum line drawing and frump-a-dump sample. Love the print, the placement, the fringe, the snark (though the snark isn't technically part of the dress).

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    1. ooo i LIKES being a visionary. and i'm sure some could find snark in those pointy arrows :)

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  22. Freakin' brilliant. Oona, you rip me from my grey world and make me like colour. All. The. Time.

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  23. Luv, luv, luv...you are so clever! The pattern placement and fringe are brilliant!!

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  24. I love that colour - wish I could wear orange but it just doesn't work for me! SIgns of summer here too and it stays lghter longer now ....

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    1. oh for another hour of light. we still have holiday lights up on our building and i yell at the window for them to click on every evening. and what is this? i could see you in orange...

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  25. Wowsers … that's some dress! I love it, especially the lovely "dual tunnel of delight" over your assets! This is why I love colour and pattern so much … it cheers even the bleakest of winter days. Glad to hear I'm not alone in my current instant sewing gratification sewing. Keep 'em coming!

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    1. ah, tunnel of delight, much better than portals! i'll tell ruggy it's my tunnel of love dress.

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  26. This is you 100% ! It's a compliment :)

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  27. love it! what a genius move on the cutaway hem. it's a balmy 5 F where i'm at... i'll be indoors until march.

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    1. thanks lisa! and for real. we should all have to stay indoors til march, except for an hour a day where everyone has to meet over hot chocolate.

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  28. portals to your boobies!!!! teeheheeehehe!! this is awesome, and your zig-zaggy bottom is genius!

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    1. aaaaah missed opportunity i should yelled about a zizaggy bottom!

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  29. Can we call this Oona and the amazing technicolor dress? You have turned a simple sheath into a jazzy sensation! Considering your polar vortex I think I may wait awhile to visit NYC!

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    1. yes pleas, we can, and i shall. yeah. snow has arrived again. let's see what that groundhog thinks.

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  30. great dress and my favorite part is the awesome print placement. so fun!

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  31. I'm a new reader, and you know what I love about you? You don't pose in that demure, looking down at nothing, legs crossed like you have to pee way that most girls do when showing off something that they should rightfully be proud of. Nope, you're all WHAM POW WHEE and I LOVE it. If I ever get to the point when I can show off a garment I've made, I'll try to remember to follow your example. - Jo

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    1. um, I LOVE THAT DESCRIPTION. i think you just described my inner monologue when i romp back and forth with the camera! come on now, let's see some self stitched posing.....

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  32. A fantastic dress for a gorgeous and witty lady. Looking at you reminded me of a song....
    Viens petite fille dans mon comic strip Viens faire des bull's, viens faire des WIP !
    Des CLIP ! BANG ! des VLOP ! et des ZIP ! SHEBAM ! POW ! BLOP ! WIZZ ! (comic strip song from S. Gainsbourg)

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    1. well hello ms vamp! i just googled that song, which is perfection, and i love that we'll be hearing more from you....

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  33. Ummmmmm, this is FABULOUS! It's so happy and bright and you! I love love love it! And I CANNOT WAIT for your Project Sewn reveals-- CANNOT. WAIT.

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  34. You gorgeous thing and your cheeky circle placements. I love love love this print and I love you all 70s style any time you do it. Tell me you wore this out and made people very happy!

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  35. O M G you are so cute and awesome--I want to be your BFF. :D :D :D puuuurrrdy please? LOL Rock it out girl!

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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!