3.13.2014

of flora and fauna and also some monsters


this dress, she is a figment of your imagination.  she is not the droid you are looking for.  this fantasy frock was stitched when i was fortunate enough to be asked to test by hand london's floaty flora dress. and insane enough to accept, as i only had about eighty helpings of stitching work already heaped on my plate.  but really y'all, it's my beautiful ladies of BHL, there was never an option of saying no.  I LURVE them.

the linen you see above, from mood fabrics, was done up in a straight size 10 , and fit perfectly at the time, but of course that was post holidays and such.  she needs a little nip tuck now, dontcha know. fortunately, my RAGE of jealousy fueled by all the wrappy floras wafting in the blogging breeze took hold of me one night last week... 


i raided my stash for something wide enough to accommodate the circle skirt (seriously y'all, my stash is depleted) and came up with the last bits of my bombshell fabric.


the gals are not lying when they say you can do this up in just about anything. this cotton voile makes it drapey and romantic.  (and the kicks make it ridiculous.  heeled cork sandals sorely needed, all applicants enquire ASAP.)


she's in my reg'lar sze 8/12.  i didn't *quite* have enough for the skirt, she's a bit slimmer than intended, but still, proper amounts of twirl factor.


you've heard errrrrythang there is to hear about this pattern, n'est-ce pas?  here's the bodice-- i've been doing some detective work on my upper body, turns out i'm a bit shorter & narrower  shouldered than the reg.  i always knew this, actually.  i just didn't want to know it.  so i took 5/8 off the back shoulder seam, 5/8 off of upper CB by the zip, and 5/8 off the waist of the entire bodice.

it's my 5/8ths rule. 


HI PUKEY CONTRAST LINING!!!!  I LOVE YOU!!!



speaking of crazy yardage...if you haven't already heard, the ladies of london have just embarked on their next superheroine adventure: FABRIC.  a flora dress in monster toothed flowers ?!!!! WHAT?!?    YES!!   PLEASE. you could name it the Ferocious Flora.  if i don't first.

OH HEY OH HEY OH HEY HUUUUUUGE UPDATE!!!!

the gals have just announced, mere minutes ago, their kickstarter campaign to fund the Big For Real All The Way Adventure: DESIGN AND PRINT YOUR OWN FABRIC!!! click here to see an insanely cute video of paper BHL girls making kitten fabric (and a few video shout outs from heather lou, rosin & me as well :).   let's kickstart these amazing ladies!!!

this pattern, and the original stripey ill-fated linen, was provided to me in exchange for testing another great BHL pattern.

61 comments:

  1. I love it! Its perfect for spring...

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  2. Cute dress. Nice flowy design.

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  3. stunning dress! I was asked and said no. You are my hero.. you tested and won project sewn!

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  4. All kinds of awesome in every direction! I loved hearing you on the BHL video and I've stuck my hand in my wallet for those girls. Too many kinds of awesome!

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    1. i had no idea roisin's voice was so low! :))

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  5. LOOKING FABULOUS! Also can't wait to see that striped one after it's been nipped & tucked!

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    1. ooo i gotta get on that one. i refuse to let it slip away.

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  6. Your first version is just awesome! Great use of fabric and the straps are way cool!

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    1. i lurve those straps.... i must save it...

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  7. Beautiful! Both of them. I really love what you did with the dress in the first photo. It looks amazing with those contrast straps and I could totally see myself wearing that version of the pattern to the office this summer (or just out and about)!

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    1. i could easily see it going from day to night too, especially in a solid color (whatever that is)

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  8. Gorgeousness! I'd especially love to see more of the first dress - it looks amazing. And I'm currently sat in my (mostly finished) 2nd BHL garment & I'm so in love with those ladies I want to support their every genius move.

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    1. aren't they genius? i'm in a new charlotte as i type!

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  9. "Ferocious Flora" is a fantastic name for your 2nd dress which is gorgeous. Love the first one too, you should light up the whole town at night with those "fluorescent-ish" orange stripes/chevrons.

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    1. i'm soooo digging fluorescent right now. i may have bought three yards of neon orange yesterday.

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  10. I love both! But the florescent linen stripe has got to be my fav. Twirly summer voile dress will be perfect for your NY spring! Let's start a kickstarter for your new shoe collection!

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    1. YES PLEASE. ever since daffy's went bankrupt, my shoe collection got sad.

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  11. You make me love dresses. I actually do love dresses, I just don't look too good in them but I am tempted to give them another go, maybe my older body will hold them better.

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    1. i could seriously live in dresses. instant outfit, and in the summer, instant AC. :)

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  12. Nice dress, as always!!!!! I just preordered my Flora, and am going through fabric choices in my head..

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    1. pick a couple choices, girl, you're gonna want them.

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  13. This is exactly the formula I have found for my sewing style - simple silhouette and stand out fabric (killer shoes as well). Well done, Marce! Excited to see you Saturday!

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    1. it was SO good to see you!! my silk thread is shining on my shelf:)

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  14. Gorgeous! And what IS that strap fabric you used on the linen one? I'm squinting trying to figure it out.

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  15. gorgeous!!!! I'm LOVING both and think you're the one that put me over the edge with this pattern… I officially need it! and oh yes! I backed the BHL ladies and recommend everyone else does too!

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    1. oh this dress is right up your alley!!

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  16. Beautiful dress! I love both versions, and the contrast lining is terrific!

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  17. omnomnom beautiful! I totally desired this pattern as soon as I saw it flash up on my facebook feed. IT LOOKS SO DELICIOUS. And romantic. Mayhap I shall purchase myself a birthday present!

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    1. well, obviously, you should purchase yourself a birthday prize. for real that's a no brainer. go do it now.

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  18. Love the bright red/purple dress!

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    1. thankyou slauditory (and may i say, EXCELLENT handle).

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  19. Absolutely gorgeous! I love both of these fabric choices- you look fantastic, my friend!

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    1. we need to rock our floras the second it's warm enough. and just like, screamyell down the street. people will understand.

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  20. Gorgeous dress!! Love the length!
    But I'm sorry, I'm completely sidetracked by that monster floral print those BHL girls came up with and their kickstarter campaign!!!!!! EEEEE!!! Such a cool idea! Totally zoomed right over there to pledge! I WANT THIS TO HAPPEN! Thanks for sharing Oona!!!!

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    1. I KNOW RIGHT!!! that is indeed the highpoint of this post, yo!!!!!

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  21. Love the dress! It turned out great, thanks for sharing :)

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  22. That's an awesome dress with that fabulous fabric! And look at those wedges! Fantastic!

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    1. they're killer.tho they may be relegated to photo shoots :).

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  23. I love your pukey awesome pattern mixing. And I'm jealous of the fit on this bodice. I fudged min up royally and am just making a skirt version since the wrap does not want to cooperate. xo

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    1. try what lladybird did-- some twill tape, i think? helps that my girls are not so, erm, girly.

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  24. The fabric, with the lining next to it, is excellent! Love that pattern mix.

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    1. i'm thinking of making a contrast slip so you can see it.

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  25. Oh good god, I loved that fabric in your bombshell dress but it looks AH- mazing as a Flora!

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    1. thank you stevie! i swear, i must've bought like 8 yards!!

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  26. Such a pretty dress, great job.

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  27. That is an awesome dress! And I absolutely adore the first version too!

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    1. michelle, thank you-- and good to "see" you!

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  28. I want that orange stripey linen! I am looking for that droid. These are such lovely dresses. they really look fab on everyone.

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