3.24.2014

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oona by marcy harriell oonaballoona

it's weird, but there's a specific time of day, in each specific season, when i can't get enough of the skewed view from our apartment.  it's well into cocktail hour as i type this, and the light hitting the buildings that fill our windows can't be described as sun, more as afterglow.  indeed, even the use of "building" as plural is going a bit far.  there are two beasts that eat our glass rectangles onto the world, both of different brick, different perspective even, blonde diagonal on the left and straight ahead redhead on the right, and when you stare at the view for too long you believe you're looking at some strange faux hollywood backdrop.  this scene lasts for about three minutes before it disappears.  golden hour in one hundred and eighty seconds.

apparently the close beverage and the distant view make me wax poetic, but one must always focus on a bit of breadth when toiling at the computer, to save one's peepers.  and thus endeth your PSA for the day.  lest i fall back into old habits and talk about everything but the sewing (and o believe me, I WILL) let's get down to the garment.

oona by marcy harriell oonaballoona

this skirt was made for my mood fabrics march MSN allowance.  she was supposed to have a mate, but in the end, i decided it was better to just make her as well as i could, rather than hammer through two singles as fast as i could.  why hastily introduce separates before they're mature enough to handle a relationship??  i don't want one night stands in my closet anymore.    

really though, it's not the fault of the intended couple, i shot myself in the pied (my high school french comes back to me the more i imbibe, thank you Madame Minor for passing me with a C grade)... i could have made a match, had i been able to concentrate on the lovers.  but when the MSNers wanted to play group challenge again, the awesome lori came up with "designer inspiration," and i was lost in a sea of sexy choices. like a speed dater, i flitted happily between so many runways, i can't remember half of them anymore. i got all the way through minute 8 with an anna sui dress, but then altazurra whispered sweetly to my right, and i was off to the next table.

harlot.


YUMMMM.  come sit at my table, if indeed you can sit in your skirt, m'ladies.  i hope you can, cause i can full on lounge in mine!  oh, excuse me, i haven't even mentioned the third player in this love triangle-- or is it a foursome now?  EGADS.  the charlotte skirt, from...you know them, i do so hope you love them....my favorite indie gals...the ladies at by hand london!  how i've not made this pattern yet is beyond me.  

sometimes i'm not the brightest bulb in the box.

oona by marcy harriell oonaballoona

BUT I'LL SHINE IN ORANGE N GOLD BOUCLE LIKE A HUNDRED WATT MOTHA YO

i took 4 inches off the length, from above the hemline, and that's the one adjustment i made.  uno.  un. c'est tout.  and i went ruffle.  because given the choice WHY WOULD YOU EVER NOT HAVE THE RUFFLE. RUFFLES ARE GLORIOUS ALWAYS AND FOREVER. ALWAYS AND FOREVER LIKE A 70'S PROM.  

oona by marcy harriell oonaballoona

party in the front, and even more party in the back, because that's the way uhhuh uhhuh i like it.

(ssssssssh oona you don't say things like that on a first date)


here's a shot of me passive aggressively "advising" ruggy to get the shot right.  bonus side effect, LOOKIT THAT SIDE SEAM!  straight as an arrow!!  on a hiphugging skirt for godsakes!   BHL FOREVER. 


it's hard to photograph just how gorgeous this fabric is in real life.  yes, that's radiant orchid in there, and the gold is almost watery in its iridescence.  she's underlined in a melony pink poly blend.  her intended mate is a plaid chartreuse shot through with silver.  i like mixed marriages.

oona by marcy harriell oonaballoona

yeah, i know, there are some draglines on the left, that seam allowance suffered from overhandling of boucle.  it was highly pettable stuff, there was fondling, whaddaygonnado.

since its debut on MSN, sonja has dubbed it the Happy Sexy Koi Skirt, which i QUITE LIKE. also since then, the BHL ladies have reached 12k in their kickstarter effort for their next adventure: on demand digital fabric printing for you and me.  GO LADIES!  i really, really, REALLY want them to make it. like if any family members are wondering what to get me for my birthday, go kick in a little somethin' in the name of oona.

(yes, i know my birthday is in august.  i begin preparations at least a full six months in advance.  and since it's back to 22 degrees here, i refuse to think of anything else but summer.  golden hour actually lasts for fifteen minutes in summer, yo.  THAT'S INSANE.)

this mermaidesque skirt was made using my monthly fabric "allowance" as part of the Mood Sewing Network.

76 comments:

  1. B.E.A.UTIFUL. Seriously. Phwoar. That fabric, and RUFFLES. And the way it shimmers - like some crazy land dwelling mermaid. Good work!

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    1. thanks katy! i never saw the mermaid connection till sonja said it. HA.

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  2. I really-really like the fabric! And that's weird. Because usually I'm not a shiny fabric kind of girl. But that is just glorious!
    Lord have mercy! Cause if that is lust I'm feeling towards that mesmerizing hunk of gorgeousnes, I'll gladly go to hell for sinning.

    LOVE IT! And the skirt! It's so you and you did a really good job. *applause*

    Fooniks
    http://needleforthoughts.blogspot.com/

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  3. i actually think what i love best here is the styling - i love the super cazh tied-off T with the length and the shimmer and the ruffle of the skirt.

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    1. ruggy kind of feels actual pain when i do this...we went out last week, in my first charlotte, with a grey t-shirt, and he was all GREAT SKIRT GLAD YOU ACCESSORIZED IT WITH A GYM TOP.

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  4. Stunning. You sexy mama, you. That skirt is ass-kickingly fabulous!

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  5. Now I see why you stomp around the top floor of Mood so much, that fabric is to die for!! What a fabulous skirt.

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    1. oh seriously, it's the best. we must stomp there more.

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  6. Now you *mentioned* the koi-mermaid effect, I can't unsee it.

    This is gorgeous, and the high waist (especially combined with the shorter tee) makes you look really tall. It's pretty spectacular.

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    1. thankya! i raised an eyebrow at myself when i decided on this length combo, but i do feel tall in it!

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  7. That is such a stunning skirt and you just look fabulous (as you do in everything you make). Thanks so much for the plug, I do not believe I have ever read my name with awesome in front of it! For that you have my deepest gratitude! :) Now I am off to tell my girls I am awesome, if they don't believe me just read Oona's post!

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    1. well THAT needs to be rectified because you ARE awesome. tell your girls i'll tell them personally :)!

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  8. WOW. So, I just made this skirt, but sans ruffle, sans spectacular boucle, sans Happy Sexy Koi golden hour Oona fabulousity, in other words. Damn. I got schooled. I love it.

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    1. um, your skirt is DELICIOUS. it's making me want my third.

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  9. That fabric! Another beautiful tweed choice by Mrs. Marce!

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    1. did you even get up to the top floor??? you were enveloped in feathers!

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    2. I did but I turned around since I was not shopping for my body. I was shopping for class, which fell apart the next day. No school shopping for Sunday.

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  11. This fabric is like you're dressed in sunset!

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  12. Awesome fabric. Those ruffles addition made you look like a mermaid! =)

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    1. now i'm thinking i should underline the ruffle in ocean blue :)

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  13. well there you have it - BOUCLE: it's not just for a French Cardigan Jacket anymore.
    mais, non.
    amazing fabric!

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    1. haha! i wonder if i'll ever use boucle for its most popular use...

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  14. A fellow Leo? :) Mine is August 5th. That fabric is damn gorgeous and makes you shimmer in every possible direction - not that you need the fabric anyway, you look stunning in everything you wear girl!

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    1. august 6, my man! i knew i liked you.

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    2. Leo: David, my sister and now you Oona... No wonder I love your Style.

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  15. Oh MY god! You's a beautiful lass! And the skirt... ... ... (where as the intended commenter faints.)

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  16. That fabric. That skirt. Mighty amazing!

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  17. Seriously lustworthy. Seriously.

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  18. Reminds me of Lena Horne singing Stormy Weather in that mermaid skirt! You need to wiggle yourself over to the Plaza to have a drink in that thing.

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    1. oooooh i LOVE that. i think i may belt that out the next time i don this.

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  19. I call that hour the witching hour. Before kids I just had a drink and relaxed. Now, I still have a drink but it's punctuated by the kids refusing to eat while claiming they're hungry. Because clearly, they've been bewitched. (Meh, we relax anyway, it's just noisier.)

    But more importantly, gorgeous skirt! Stunning, actually!

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    1. HAHAHA! put a spell on those kids! maybe they need a little nip.

      who said that.

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    1. thankya nat! the fabric is droolworthy IRL.

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  21. Oh Oona how gorgeous. If I had read your post without pics, this skirt is exactly what I would have imagined. The fabric OMG no words for that. You go girl this is awesome. The style and the fit you are spot on once again

    Cynthia

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    1. thank you, i love that! maybe i should do a picless post and then put the garment up the next day...

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  22. that fabric is insane! and you, my dear, look absolutely fabulous in your new skirt

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  23. That fabric is making me textile lusty!

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    1. i *think* they're putting it up online, should you want to grab some :))

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  24. Wow, that is some SERIOUS FUNKINESS going on there! I love the combi of that amazing fabric with that glam pattern, what a coup!

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    1. thank you sarah! the pattern is truly tadiefor.

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  25. Yowza! That fabric is AMAZING! And that straight side seam - yum! I've not made the Charlotte skirt either - mainly because I don't think I'd be able to walk it in (I have loooooong strides!), but your skirt looks awesome!

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    1. thankya! my first charlotte is in a stretch cotton, and walking is easy peasy. this one demands a wiggle... but sometimes ya just gotta wiggle.

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  26. YOU TOTALLY LOOK LIKE A SEXY KOI! Love the fabric. The fit is amazing,

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  27. STUNNING. The ruffle is glorious!!! And I also love that you are preparing for your birthday already :) Are you hosting yet another online soiree, lovely Ms. Oona?

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    1. ooooo i think i need to! i missed last year!

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  28. Girl, all I can say is that you knocked that skirt out of the ballpark. That is a bad azz skirt!!! Nothing else needs to be said!!!

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  29. Great skirt, that fabric looks totally amazing. And yay for on demand fabric printing!!!

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    1. god i hope they make it. have you seen the little paper cutout section of the video???

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  30. Koi is quite correct. It kept reminding me of something. Ah, that fabric! That ruffle! Those seams!

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    1. she totally nailed it with koi. can't believe i didn't see it!

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  31. Absolutely fabulous! And loving the 'afterglow'!

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    1. thankya yosami! a good afterglow is always nice.

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  32. Love it! it is definitely you.

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  33. I have been following your blog for about a year now and I LOVE EVERYTHING you sew! I was so happy for you that you won the project sewn! I LOVE your courage, brilliance, colors, fabric choices, and most of all your making and wearing BEAUTY!!! Thank you!!!

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  34. Love this, you happy sexy koi! That fabric is so killer- I love it!!!!!!!! Can you please make 8 more of these skirts?! It fits you perfectly and you owe it to yourself to add even more wiggle to your wardrobe!

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  35. Gorgeous! You look fabulous. Loving the orange!

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  36. Absolutely, positively GORGEOUS!

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  37. stunnnning colour! and what a gorj neighbourhood

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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!