February 25, 2014

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oona by marcy harriell oonaballoona

the last week of project sewn, y'all.  THE LAST WEEK!   HOLY TOLEDO!!!  for the final challenge, we were asked to showcase our signature style, specifically: make something that is your strength as a seamstress and is unique to your style.  

stylewise, i'd brand meself wild, with a side order of classic.  or maybe it's class.  that's classy.  in that case it's a soupçon‬ of class.  a condiment sized portion?  YESSSSS.  I'M CLASSY LIKE DIJON MUSTARD

what lies screaming beneath the coat is definitely the wild side.

oona by marcy harriell oonaballoona

now, if we're talking about my strengths as a seamstress, i'd say my willingness to throw fabric at my dressform and hack away, sans pattern, is a strong point for me.  though others might say this reckless, self taught, no-net abandon is a weakness.  ah, but give me my adventurous delusion!  cause that's what i did with this here sunny hue-d land of oz gal.  

tuesday evening found me with two yards of cotton pinned to my dressform, and the following three eves transfigured the hancocks yardage into this...

oona by marcy harriell oonaballoona

TEEHEE AND TRA LAAAAAA!!!  every time i look at this dress, i laugh loud and heartily at myself!  that's usually a sign that i like what i'm doing.  there's an industrial-strength-sized sense of self deprecating humor in my style.  is it self deprecation if you decree it so yourself?  it should be, right?   after all, you're calling yourself out.

speaking of talking to yourself, those same three nights found ruggy sadly alone on the couch.  i gots some remedy'ing ta do, for real.  I LOVES YOU RUGGY.  I LOVES YOU MORE THAN SEWING.

TRUTH.


this dress went from maxi to midi to mini... hell, in the beginning, the bust cups were actually angled 90 degrees clockwise, so that the piping ran vertical along the girls.  iffn ya turn your head sideways you can kinda see what they used to look like!  go ahead, no one's watching!

thursday eve i turned them around and did a little no, let's be real, A VERY LOUD AND EXTREMELY BRATTY HAPPY DANCE.  might have caught some side eye from the sofa.  upon making the shift, i cut along my side seams to morph the cups into this angular strapless dealio.  the darts that used to lie at center lower bust swung perfectly into side bust darts.  MAGIC.  


well no.  not a perfect spell at first, i did rip them out no less than eight times to get them there, cause i'm a type A kinda sewist.  (you just hush about them lil wrinkles. like the lladybird says, that'll steam out.)  the cups are padded, bodice is boned, and they're piped till the cows come home in self made piping... neon pink elastic cord encased in SUPER SLIPPERY bias strips of gold chiffon.  as you do, when you decide to drape a dress from scratch in four nights' time.
  
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gold metal zipper...

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and bien sûr, horsehaired satin bias blindstitched hem for twirling!  i haz more twirling shots, but my healthily libido'ed photographer, my distant couch lover, was low on the ground for these.  dance pants, anyone?

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GODSAKES COVER UP WOMAN.  alrighty!  now for the condiment sized dollop of classy.  le coat.  i went with this scrumptious, loverly boiled gray wool to balance out the wild, retina searing color of the dress.  jekyll n hyde.

like my split personali-tied style, shears to my head, i'd say my strengths as a sewist are also dual.  i love to fly by the seat of my pants, but i also love, love, LOVE to fly through beautifully drafted indie patterns.  i know i can make them quickly, even when i veer off the path, because i trust the pattern, and the pattern maker.  i started this whole shebang with beloved by hand london's victoria blazer, and i'm finishing with ralph pink's cocoon coat.

this coat was made on saturday night in three hours.  THREE.  HOURS.  YO.

oona by marcy harriell oonaballoona

all of her seams are topstitched in neon pink, which you can see a hint of here.  the neckline is where i decided to take a left turn.  rather than encase the edges of the coat in facing, i went raw, and highlighted the sharp corners of the neckline with a plastic placemat.

GOTS TA HAVE A PLACEMAT FOR THE MUSTARD.  CLASS.

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the bits of placemat are handstitched to wool underlining....


and the little gold sew-on studs make a double appearance at the neckline corners-- like those earrings you see on the younguns, where both sides of the ears are pointy.   MY NECKLINE IS A HIPSTER SPOCK!
   
oona by marcy harriell oonaballoona

speaking of hip, the ever TRULY classy Nat King Cole's utterly wild "orange colored sky" blared in my skull nonstop throughout my hammerings...and i swear y'all, i think the soundtrack in my head COMMANDED the sun to come out on sunday.  it was almost like spring.

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...i even fell asleep, happily, with the tune roaring full blast between my ears.

like the song says, FLASH! BAM! AAAAAAAAA LA CA ZAM! and goodbye to four weeks of insanity stitching! woooooeeeee!  cannot believe this is the final round, and cannot believe i'm part of it!  thank you so much for suffering through this endless post, clearly i haz no editing brain left after this month of sewing.  it has been a wild rollercoaster ride, and a supercharged inspirational blast from all of the wonderfully talented dames, and i'm thrilled to say... i kind of can't wait to start my next sewing project.  that must be love, no?

head on over to project sewn and view the final three, see which one knocks your socks off!  

172 comments:

  1. BAMMMM woman! You just bring it. Thanks for being my sewing partner in crime in this competition. its been so fun! Luv a!!!! Ps Time to get the house cleaned and give attention to my fellow because he was also a trooper.

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    1. parrrrrtnerrrr, we need a shot of whiskey together post haste to celebrate!

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  2. you are a creative whirlwind - I love it! the contrast between your two fabrics is perfect. I adore all your PS creations.

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    1. thank you so much lovely caroline! i really though the shade of the coat made the dress :).

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  3. its so amazing! great job. i bet you are ready for a break after all of this awesomeness.

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    1. i totally am, and i'm also 100% totally itching to hack into some fabric. i think i have a problem.

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  4. Holy Sheaaat Crazee Lady! Just when I think you can't possibly come up with an outfit with any more 'tude' you pull it out of the bag! You Project Sewn Gals have really pulled out all the stops for this last challenge and made it almost impossible to decide how to vote – ultimate sewing respect to you all. It's been inspirational.

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    1. MWUUAAAAHAHAHAHAAA!!!! it's hard, right?! i labored over my "designer vote" for an entire day!!!

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  5. Marcy, in a very simple, inarticulate place in my heart there is a little girl with wild hair who jumps up and down with glee when she sees this, screaming and laughing and tripping over her own feet with excitement. I love your style sooo much - your bravery and vision is always an inspiration. You deserve the trophy. xoxoxo

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    1. heather lou, i love you. love, love, love. i wish i could articulate that as beautifully as you just did.

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  6. This is just phenomenal. That dress is a work of art and you look SPECTACULAR. Lady, you win everything in this outfit. Every damn thing.

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    1. elle, thank you!!!! can i win your fabulous georgia dress? I'M COMING TO CLAIM MY PRIZE!!!

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  7. Holy shit! This outfit is just absobloodyamazing! Good luck!

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  8. When I say the almost-strapped strappless bodice on the project sewn sight i almost screamed!
    Genius girl!!
    Love everything about it!

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    1. teeeheee!

      by the way, can i say how much i love your blog header? CRACKS ME UP EVERY TIME.

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  9. i bow down to you, sis! you killed it! i'm totally digging this outfit (and look at those legs! you should wear minis all the time)

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    1. eeek! the heels help, sis. THE HEELS HELP.

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  10. I just-- I can't even--

    This whole outfit is too perfect! That bodice is freaking amazing--love those wings like crazy--and the placemats on the coat are genius. I would have had no idea that was their origin! They make that piece, Oona! I'm bowled over. You rocked this challenge.

    Also, you keep making me miss Hancock's so badly. I have moved to a town with only a JoAnn's and it's just not the same. This fabric is fabulous!

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    1. mary, you come on out to NY and wear that oscar de la renta. we'll bowl each other over and pick ourselves back up with a cocktail.

      isn't hancock's genius?! ah i'm so sorry they aren't in your new hood! i don't know how they do it, but they really are on a different vibe. i get worried that the joann superstore will run them out of ruggy's hometown every time we visit, but so far they're holding their ground.

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  11. Wow. WOW!! Everything here is just amazing. You used a placemat?! It looks awesome. And the photos are great, you look beautiful! Nicely done, I'm off to vote :)

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    1. if memory serves, the placemat was a gift from daughter fish! and i have another fringy one, who knows where THAT will end up. and thank you :)

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  12. W.O.W.Z.A. Love love love love love this- it's so you, and so fabulous, and so unique, and again, SO YOU! I'm so proud of you gals! You did such amazing work, and you were all so true to yourselves. I feel like a proud mama even though I have literally nothing to do with this, hahaha!

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    1. HA!!! you can totally be a proud mama, a proud hot mama.

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  13. wow! your best yet. I found your blog right at the beginning of this competition and have fallen in love with your crazy enthusiasm. My studio is in boxes right now, moving to a new home, & I can't wait to unpack and get back to sewing! thanks for lighting a fire under me.

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    1. well thank you, and thank you for visiting! i know moving is stressful (did it like 6 times in 2 years once) but i *kind* of miss the unpacking boxes part. it always felt a little like a mix of christmas and treasure hunt to me. BUT GET THAT SEWING ROOM UNPACKED FIRST!!!

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  14. Oona!!! ...five minutes later...OONA!!! I'm still trying to get my brain calm enough to type. You completely nailed it every week, and this week you nailed it with the most uber cool studs! You are so YOU, you're are you-er than you!!! Oh, that is so true!!! The dress! The coat! Your sewing! Your writing! Thank you so very much for being such an ah-mazing inspiration...your creativity knows no bounds, and your technical skills always impress me. What a wonderful, wild world we share!!!! xox

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    1. heeheee, my colorful friend, thank you, SO much!!

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  15. You've done it again! It's incredible!

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  16. Oh great - I've been working on a coat for WEEKS now. Granted it's my first and I made two muslins but seriously your focus is inspiring!! Great dress, love love love the colours!

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    1. oh but believe me, i'm sure yours is more labor intensive! the boiled wool made it acceptable to go unlined, and the raglan sleeves were painless. by the way, i just peeked at your blog-- GORGEOUS! will be back to devour later!!!

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  17. amazing job! those wings on your boobies are amazing! and the placemats!

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  18. Dijon had my attention but 'hipster spock' sold me for.evs. You make us all proud to be sewcialists. x

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    1. ha! thank you! wasn't sure if i was loopy at that point...

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  19. Just stunning! Like a 21st century version of Moulin Rouge, I LOVE IT!!!

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    1. ooo, i always love your assessments! and by the way, ruggy thinks i'm CRAZY for not taking you up on your vodka offer. especially as i was sipping vodka whilst eating caramels last night.

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  20. And this is indeed pure Oona, both sides of her.
    I think the plastic placemat with spikes is a crowning Oona glory: you come up with such unbelievable things.

    It also occurred to me that you have space hair. If you're a Whovian, you know this is a reference to River Song (who can also rock some killer heels, so I guess you do have more than one thing in common.) If you're not a Whovian - well, space hair is still a nice phrase. ;-)

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    1. so, i'm not a Whovian, but after that explanation, I WANT TO BE.

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  21. For some reason 'my neckline is a hipster Spock' sounds like it's applicable in lots of situations.

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    1. depending on the tone of voice, it could even be fighting words.

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  22. That's one saucy dress and killer coat!

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  23. (But she's much less technicolour than you. You're sunnier that way.)

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  24. You got me at those bust cups! Gosh this dress is........hmmm not sure if the word I am itching to say is appropriate. It is LOVELY, and WILD, and BEAUTIFUL and JUST RIGHT and .....ORGASMIC, OK I said the O word, couldn't help myself. Sorry.What you come up with when you sew is always such pure delight! VERY WELL DONE! and VOTED!!!!

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    1. hey! i'll take the O word ANY DAY OF THE WEEK!!!! ;))) thank you naan, very much.

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  25. I love everything about this look! That dress fabric is gorgeous, and what you did with the bust cups is inspired and awesome! The coat looks amazing with it, and the whole outfit just suits you perfectly. I'm totally in awe of your skill and style.

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    1. thank you chantal! to be honest i wasn't sure of the dress till i made the coat-- i think they're meant to be together :)

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  26. I am so in awe of what you've made these last four weeks! I think every piece speaks to your personality and your sewing ability. I thought the Pinky and the Brain dress was a high point but this one has blasted that one out of the water! I love everything about this outfit because it is so you! Good luck with the contest - you know I'm rooting for you!

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  27. Damn girl!! That bodice draping is just insane. This outfit is coordinated, classy maximalism at its best!

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    1. MAXIMALISM. THAT IS MY NEW FAVORITE WORD!!!

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  28. hot damn that bodice!!!
    i feel like i shouldn't even bother commenting on your makes anymore because every time I'm like "that is some hot shit and i want to steal it from you!"
    kinda makes for an uninteresting conversation when that's all i can say!!!

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    1. WELL. i think it is sparkling, fascinating conversation. LET'S TALK ABOUT ME.

      just kidding. kind of.

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  29. Aaammaazzinng!!! This dress is smoking... not the cancerous stuff.. the good kind of smoking.

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  30. Oh girl, both pieces are so damn good.

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  31. The coat is amazing too but OH GOODNESS THAT DRESS! It's gorgeous! And suits you so well! The fabric you used is so beautiful, sometimes when people start with a really great print I'm worried the finished garment won't have done it justice, but your dress has just added to it. The piping looks so awesome and the shape and everything make the fabric really shine! Such an amazing outfit!

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    1. thank you polly, i must admit i was a little worried about that print, after all of the print placement kick i was on!

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  32. Pardon me for being an old fart and probably using the term wrong...but...yo, that dress is THE shizzle! (Hope that's a good thing as it's meant that way! *LOL*)

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    1. i do believe the shizzle can be shizzed in any way you see fit. thank you, my shizzle.

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  33. YOU.
    DRAPED.
    THAT?!

    AND SELFMADE PIPING WITH PINK ELASTIC WRAPPED IN GOLD CHIFFON WTTTFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

    I think I need a tutorial for that, stat. And then you had to tell us that a placemat went into the making of your coat!! You're like the pinterest image that makes people think if they cut up household items, they, too, can have something as incredible as this.

    My head exploded. I think I'm in love at you. (If there's any way for that not to be creepy, then that's how I mean it. Otherwise, whatevs.)

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    1. haha! thank you!! i think being in love at someone totally makes it uncreepy.

      as for the piping.... yeesh. GO SLOW. i'll try and put a little tutorial up...

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  34. Wow, this is spectacular! I am in awe that you designed that dress yourself, I LOVE the neckline and the bodice. And, so well sewn to boot! It really is a stunner and looks terrific on you. I had no idea that you also made the coat, too fabulous and very wearable!

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    1. thank you! now if only the polar vortex would let up a bit...

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  35. I love it all Oona!!! That dress is absoLUTELY you!!

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful and talented multi-colored world with us!!!!

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    1. you are WELCOME and thank you for wanting to see it!!!

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  36. The outfit truly represents you! The color works so well with your skin tone.

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    1. oh thank you for noticing--- the right side of the fabric had a tanner yellow tinge, and i purposefully went the wrong way for my skin tone!

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  37. And you look HOT, like a really spicy dijon mustard! Love the bust of this!!! And the orangeness of it! And the studs of the jacket! And... and...

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  38. Absolutely gorgeous! Love both the items and all your outfits for project sewn.

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  39. Absolutely stunning! You never cease to amaze me, You are so talented.
    I would love to vote for however I do have issue accessing the page... Please advise!

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    1. eek! i hope it's not still acting up for you, link seems to be okay here-- i wonder if the Great IOS Hack of Tuesday threw a wrench in for a minute?

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  40. This is just out of this world fabulous!

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  41. SELF MADE PIPING?? OMG. Gf--you are the bees knees--genius! And i thought i was a good seamstress. That dress is unbelievable. I didnt even get to the coat. Wow. Xoxo

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  42. You are a winner in my heart. That outfit is joyous and amazing!!!!

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    1. i was hoping for joyous :) thank you sweet gillian!

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  43. AMAZING! Love those placemats to bits!

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  44. Wowsa!! This dress is dope! And I love the coat even more (if that's even possible!) The placemat details are killer!

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    1. That's a gorgeous neckline, I would love to know more details.. how did u learn to drape?

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    2. thanks y'all!

      rebecca, well..... i wouldn't say i *know* how to drape, in technical terms---- i taught myself to do, erm, whatever it is that i did here :) but "fashion draping" (laurence king pub) is a GREAT book. also, try googling how to make a sloper on a dressform, that's eye opening!

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  45. Just wow. That coat is amazing, as are you!

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  46. I mean this as a compliment when I say that I'm picturing you in a past era wearing that dress, cast in the last episode of the Star Trek TV show, as some exotic goddess who has lured Captain Kirk to your planet, while Scotty and Spock looked on agog. Then you could put on the awesome coat and go to the wrap party.

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    1. i TAKE that as a compliment!! a HUGE compliment!

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  47. that bodice!!! i can't believe you draped that. oh wait, i totally can since you're amazing! your creations are always so inspired--i love the happiness and excitement so evident in your sewing. well done, lady!

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    1. thank you lisa! i swear, the day sewing doesn't make me happy, well, i just don't know.

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  48. Why are you not on Project Runway/Under the Gun? Or have you been, and I missed it...

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    1. teeheeee..... believe me, i've considered those application pages.....

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  49. Oh man. I love that dress SO HARD. Can I be you when I grow up?

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    1. you can be me when you grow young :))) let's hover at right around, oh, 27.

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  50. OMG... You've outdone yourself and that's saying something! This is BEYOND amazing!! I absolutely love your style!!

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  51. ARGH! It's just amazing! All of it! I was looking at the bust panels, thinking 'You didn't? You Couldn't, what what what?'!

    LOVE you OONZ! xoxoxo

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  52. This outfit is brilliant. Love the way the cups are positioned!

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    1. i seriously danced a jig when that switch happened. matching up that piping at center bust was NOT fun!

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  53. I love this! I've followed your blog for a while but don't think I've ever commented. Your sewing is top notch and inspirational! I love your writing style also. ;-)

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    1. thank you so much! i'm striving to get better at it all.

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  54. Love it. Especially the coat. How cute. Probably love the coat more because with this weather I can't even think of wearing that beautiful dress right now :)

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    1. oh, this weather. this weather makes me sigh. it's like a child that won't do what it's told.

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  55. You are crazy - but I love it ;) Didn't know your blog before Project Sewn, but so am going to follow you in the future. I would never have the guts to wear your outfits - neither my more introverted nature nor the fact that I live in a small village in Germany encourage me to wear something crazy ;)
    But I'm really in love with your clothes (on you), your pics and your writing style! So looking forward to what you come up with in the future...

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    1. thank you for such thoughtful words, annika! i think your town would smile on your style, so long as it's YOUR style :)

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  56. This is just so so you and great. I adore the placemat on the coat. Inspired!

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    1. i hollered at ruggy when the placemat idea popped up :)

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  57. I hate you. Really. Two ridiculously fabulous creations, it's not fair! That ikat fabric is just amazing, those bust cups are sculpturally fantastic, and the coat is just funky classy. Also I feel that MY NECKLINE IS A HIPSTER SPOCK is something that needs to be yelled from the rooftops so all can see that collar and agree that yes, it truly is hipster Spock, and it is a sight to behold.

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    1. HAHAHAHA that's like my favorite compliment ever, ruggy never understands the "hate" part, i always have to explain it to him.

      thank you!

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  58. PHWOAR. THAT DRESS. Those I'm-not-a-strap-honest-but-I'm-going-to-fool-you-into-thinking-I'm-a-straps... Insane. You DRAPED THAT? Wow. Just. Wow.
    ALSO THREE HOURS FOR A COAT... I JUST FINISHED A COAT THAT TOOK ME NNIE MONTHS (it's my baby of a coat... took the same time to make as a baby, but largely because I kept falling out with it and putting it in a corner... obviously that doesn't happen with baby-making)

    You deserve to win this more than a deservey person deserves something... um... I've had no sleep. I love your outfit. The End.

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    1. "obviously that doesn't happen with baby-making"

      Because nobody puts Baby in the corner!

      Sorry. Had to.

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    2. ALL OF THIS. train of thought to awesometown.

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    3. LOL, I was thinking that as I typed. BUT I felt I was already rambling a LITTLE TOO MUCH. So THANK YOU. For, um, finishing my head-thoughts?

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    4. RAMBLE AWAY. that shit cracked me up!

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  59. I love that the dress pattern is an Oona original and that coat is just divine! Totally taking it to another level!! Crazy mad piping skills, and studs? !! Cheers!

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    1. thank you angela!! i half considered getting a little label for it:)

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  60. I love wild and retina searing and it looks great on you.

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  61. Wow! Mind. Blown. Period. Love everything.

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    1. lovely sunni!!! I STILL WANT YOUR BLAZERS!!

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  62. You are amongst the most creative sewists I've come across, M. It's so impressive to see your truly original garments. There is joy in every project. (And really gorgeous construction.)

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    1. i was truly so happy to read this. thank you, sincerely.

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  63. You look sensational, the bodice of this dress is a dream. I'm rooting for you girl.

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  64. You're a classy, drinking, hipster wearing, ghetto swearing, Jekyll and Hyde type of sewer. On the one hand, you are Miss Chaos, but on the other, you're Mrs. Order. Perfect exempt of harmonious balance.

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    1. HAHAAH i'm a slightly bad prince album! (the little known "chaos and dis-order")

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  65. Not only did this outfit knock my socks clean off... it perfectly embodies your style. It's mind-blowingly utterly fabulous!!! You DEFINITELY had my vote this week, hands down!! :) Crossing my fingers for you!!! :)

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    1. thank you rockstar! i've got my toes crossed too.

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  66. stunning - I've been following you all this season on Project Sewn - your style and love for life is effervescent and makes me smile!

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    1. thank you suzanne! i do have fun, i'm glad it shows :). your photography is BEAUTIFUL.

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  67. The top part of that dress is just freaking awesome! I mean it, freaking awesomeeeeeeee!!!!

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  68. Holy 4th of July weinie roast! That outfit is FREAKING AWESOME!! You blow my mind, Miz Oona!!

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    1. hahahaah!!!! and a happy thanks-giving pumpkin pie to YOU!

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  69. You are a glorious vision of orange, purple, draping, and studs. I am in constant awe of your divine talent, and I admire everything you make, but this - this is a masterpiece and wins a special place in my heart above all the others! Beautiful work, my friend!!

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    1. thank you, most awesome and glorious meg.

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  70. ohmigosh you are amazing! This is incredible, love it so much!

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  71. That color is wonderful on you and the dress is such a great design. I'm cheering for you!

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    1. thank you faye-- though your coat puts mine to SHAME!

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  72. oona, you did an amazing job! my heartiest congratulations on your beautiful outfit. I've silently ogled your blog and creations for a long time now, but you definitely got my vote!

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    1. i'll take silent ogling, but hollering is always most welcome :) thank you!

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  73. Beautiful, amazing, you have my vote! Such style! such skill! Love your blog and your dress sense and fun... Anne-Marie

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  74. Oona, I have no words, I can only pick my jaw off the floor and tip my hat back to you! Well done!

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    1. yosami, thank you. i can't WAIT for happy hour, yo.

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  75. oh my lord, that dress and jacket are spectacular. You are a very, very talented woman. I love your style!

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    1. thank you farah! now if only the warmth would come back out so's i could wear it...

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  76. Okay, "I'M CLASSY LIKE DIJON MUSTARD." is one of the greatest quotes ever.

    But THIS DRESS!!!!!! I was so blown away I knocked over my laptop. You look positively stunning! A few tears were shed. You look gorgeous, my dear. Gorgeous!

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    1. HAHAHAHAA. i almost went with mayonnaise, but the dijon, she is classier. obviously.

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  77. MY GOOD GAWD GIRL
    You're never ever less than stunning, but this is out of this world! I'd be jealous of your skills if I could get my jaw up off the floor. Seriously. Bravo!

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  78. This entire outfit is AMAZING! And that jacket! I want one. Love the details on all of it!

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  79. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this outfit! I just discovered your blog and I'm totally digging it! Will for sure come back and check out what you're up too!

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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!