Tuesday, April 1, 2014

in a draper world, it's always cocktail hour

oona by marcy harriell oonaballoona

happy april fool's day!  i'll tell you right now, i'm not good at this day.  i fall for everything, and my jokes are stupendously lame.  i give to you my april fool's: i made a mad men dress for julia bobbin's mad men challenge!

oona by marcy harriell oonaballoona

hahahaHAhahahAaaaAAAAaaa APRIL FOOL'S!!! I MADE THIS LIKE TWO YEARS AGO!!! 

i told you. lame.

oona by marcy harriell oonaballoona

actually, she was made for miss bobbin's challenge, circa 2012, as you can probably tell by the style. a self drafted pattern in the form of betty draper.  she was just never photographed.  (obviously not current day bets.  i'm not wholly sure what current day bets looks like, as i have some major mad men catching up to do.)  

once upon a time, 6 inches of a dotty white cotton lived 'round that hem, and though it made the look properly betty, it annoyed the bejesus out of me.  after a swift hacking on a gin fueled night, it became one of my very favorite dresses.

alcohol infused impetuousness.  how very betty of me!

oona by marcy harriell oonaballoona

i applaud oona-past for her choice of stretch mesh bias binding 'round the neck and arms...


but i cry foul on the "invisible" zip insertion and the complete absence of hook and eye.  SERIOUSLY OONA HOW ARE YOU EVEN SMILING IN THIS SHOT.  ARE YOU TRYING TO DISTRACT THE JUDGES.


however, sewing-poolside-oona did a pretty good job on the guts.  blindstitched bias tape and faced hem, enclosed edges, teeny gathers... let's face it, the poor lass was equipped with only a straight stitch. she didn't even have the will to clip a stray thread.  THAT'S A TWO YEAR OLD DANGLING CHAD, YO.  i decided, that very summer, that no one should ever have to sew each seam three times, Every.  Time.  yes, that madness is sometimes necessary, but give this heathen a serged edge once in a while.
  
oona by marcy harriell oonaballoona

has betty's hemline walked north yet?  is she embracing the trend?  i'd rather like her to be collapsed on the floor of her walk-in closet, in a mountain of her floral frocks, several half empty choice bottles within arm's reach, refusing to accept the micro mini, swearing like a banshee.


and doing it all like a lady, of course.

108 comments:

  1. OMG!!!! (me screaming behind my screen)...You've done it again, making me scream till my neighbours go deaf! Your fault! You look so pretty and so sexy in that dress...absolutely love the colours. That ain't an April Fools' joke but that sure acted like one on me :)

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  2. FANTASTIC! I want this dress, like, NOW! Adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. LOOOOOOOOOVE. Very Betty, very fabulous!

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  4. Gorge and pretty pretty fabric!!

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    1. thank ya... i miss this fabric so. i mean, i have it, so you know, but i miss having MORE of it :)

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  5. that gorgeous fabric is totally Betty! Beautiful dress Oona--I'm glad it finally made the blog :)

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  6. Blue floral is DEFINITELY a Betty Draper trademark. Very cute.

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    1. glad you can see the connection-- really when i made it i had a clear visual of her in this exact print. but i think i made that up.

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  7. I don't care how old this is, I frigging love it! Such a beautiful dress and you look a picture in it!!!

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  8. I'm personally taking from this post that drinking excessive amounts of gin leads to excellent decision making...we even have photographic evidence! Not that an excuse was really needed but it does make one feel better...Oh waiter...G & T post haste, I gots some sewing to do!

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    1. AS WELL YOU SHOULD.*

      (*as long as you are of legal age.)

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  9. Gaaah my jaw just dropped at how much I love this dress. I think a pickled liver is quite in keeping with the show and sounds like it cured the dress of its hem pox.

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    1. you got pickled liver and hem pox in the same sentence? you win, my friend.

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  10. {{Sigh}} Clearly, I'm not over Betty yet...this dress...the fabric!, the silhouette!...pure pretty Betty! Yep, I'm melting a little inside, and the wheels are turning...'Just one more Betty dress', says me!

    I'm a little confused about the stretch mesh bias binding...now say that three times fast. It looks exactly like the fabric. Is it just a magical coincidence that you found bias binding to go with, or did you make?

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    1. ooooh you are so a betty girl. and YES, magic coincidence, that mesh! both were found at michael levine's loft in LA, a joint where you literally dive into 5 foot tall boxes of remnants and pay by the pound. OH HOW I MISS IT.

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    2. Really?!! What a great find! If I had a bucket list, that store would be on it....haha, lame sounding, isn't it? Bucket List: Item #4 Shop at fabric store. :)

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    3. oh, this one is worthy. there's a feeling that you might not make it out alive.

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    4. Then I'd better make it the last item on the bucket list.

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  11. Amazing dress - I tip my Gimlet in your honour! :)

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    1. don't tip it too far girl! SAVE THE DRINK!

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  12. Love this! The shorter hem line is super flattering, and the fabric is beautiful.

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    1. thank you marrie! i think the fuller skirt lets me get away with the shorter hem.

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  13. Ah! I love it when you can whip out a handmade years later and still wear it - true testament of the power of me-made!

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    1. right?!! i'm so thrilled this one passed the test!

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  14. Happy April fools! Love your mad men of yesteryear make. I am a sucker for a floral frock! Are those black pumps I see or is this yet another April 1rst hoax?

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    1. ah, no, tho they have been 'shopped once or twice to appear black :) they are midnight blue, and one of the heels is painted gold! gotta do the other, methinks.

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  15. My Mad Men dress is trying to beat me up! *cries* I AM GOING TO FINISH IT TONIGHT!!

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  16. Definitely the prettiest, springiest April Fool's joke I've ever been thrown! I don't think Betty's embraced the short hem yet, but season 7 is just around the corner so...

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    1. you must tell me if she does. girl's got gams.

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  17. Absolutely one of my favourite dress shapes. Boat neck, lowback, fitted waist and full skirt. Top marks@

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    1. thankya!! boat neck is my all time favorite-- and low back means i don't have to deal with any gaping issues :)

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  18. You're gorgeous, this dress is beautiful, and the world is smiling at all that lovely leg. I always love your pretty guts but I can admit that I'm a serger almost exclusively. I HAVE TOO MUCH TOO MAKE AND TOO LITTLE TIME!

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    1. AIN'T IT THE TRUTH. and my serger, she is dying a slow death. what will i do?!!!!!

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  19. Fantastic! I love the low back neckline.

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    1. thanks laura! your april fool's post made me laugh like hell:)

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  20. Love, love, love this! That fabric is perfect!

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  21. Don't you just love it when you go back to old projects and find that, "Wow, I did a really awesome job!" Sometimes I even question if it was my work....
    Yours is a true success and definitely cocktail party worthy! I love the blue floral.

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    1. i seriously did not know what to expect when i turned her inside out! she really does need a cocktail...

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  22. i love this! april fools or not, this dress is so gorgeous on you. it's always scary to look back at my pre-serger sewing... some are beautifully finished, others not so much...

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    1. oooh i have some terrors too. not sure i saved the evidence :)

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  23. Oh, what a cute dress. Two years ago never felt so NOW! :) Love it!

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    1. hahaaaa, i love the way you put that!!

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  24. Soooo cute Oona! Love the style and the print.

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    1. hiya faye! thankya. i'm glad to still be happy with her :)

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  25. Oona, you minx! I love this dress and you have fantastic legs! Yay you!

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  26. Fabulous dress and you look fabulous all the time and that is no April's Fool!

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  27. This is fabulous! I love the short length. So flirty and girlie!! Bravo!!

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    1. thank you! the length seemed an insane choice, but i think the fullness makes it flirty:)

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    1. thank you shanni! i kind of wished they'd stayed in this era, sooooo much pretty to look at...

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  29. "alcohol infused impetuousness. how very betty of me!" I bet Betty would hike her skirts, ditch the hubby and hang out with you if you two were ever able to exist in the same dimension : )

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    1. that would be AWESOME. i would want front lawn rifle wielding betty.

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  30. Whether you made it two years or two days ago this is a real beauty! Love the fabric choice and fits you perfectly. Absolutely adorable!

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  31. Gorgeous
    Featured on SSB https://facebook.com/sassysewingbees ❀

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  32. Well I really love it! :)

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  33. Gin and legs out and proud. What's not to love?! Gorgeous xxx

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    1. giiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin. i should name it the gin & gams dress...

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  34. i love it! it's a little bit different than the usual oona, more twee and less bold (damn, i need to expand my english vocabulary, to be able to explain exactly what i mean.. or should i find me some gin, it kind of expands my vocabulary in all the languages).. anyways, my point is, it's a bit different oona, but ridiculously cute one! and i wanna go have some cocktails with you this.very.moment!

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    1. right? i think this was in my vintage phase... comes back every once in awhile...

      gin is the great translator. come over and we'll have some.

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  35. WooHoo!! Happy April Fool's (well that was yesterday... but I'm only getting to this now...) I too am the WORST at April Fool's - far too gullible and extremely lame in my own jokes. BUT this dress - there is nothing funny about this dress! It is sweet gorgeousness! I love that vintage-y blue floral print, and the scooped back (incredibly drafted, btw!). I'm also not sure what Betty's up to these days, but this look (minus the sexy show of gams perhaps) will forever be a Betty for me!

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    1. betty would shock in this once. and then she'd scream at people and take a pill. and then scream some more. it would be AWESOME.

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  36. I love this fabric... watercolor flowers any day. That's a great start to April! I really want to come over and watch you drape.

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    1. oooh now how fun would THAT be. altho, i should come to your hood, because your sewing space is dreeeeeamy....

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  37. Love it!!! A whole different take on the cupcake dress with a mini!

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  38. This is beautiful, and the post really made me laugh. And I've not even started drinking for the day yet (which, for shame, woman). And her guts (the dress, that is) are a thing of beauty. So much loveliness here.

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    1. thankya elle, i do love to elicit a giggle. it's pretty much my favorite thing.

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  39. I love the fabric, patter, and all!

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    1. thankya dorothy! i need a hat to finish it off:)

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  40. Very lovely dress. I think you need a drink in hand.

    I wanna see a close up of your hair. I am digging it.

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    1. so. many. bobby. pins. i just kept twisting till it was semi tamed :)

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  41. I'm drooling at my computer screen! The colours of this are so awesome on you and that binding is so yummy looking!

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    1. ooh fiona i would love to see you in a shorty like this!

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  42. Wait, has it really been two years since you lived in LA?!?! I love your dress so much, I want it!

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    1. isn't it crazy?! i had to look back thru the blog to figure it out.

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  43. Love it especially the fabric. Fabulous.

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  44. The back is so fab! The textile is Betty but the hem is modern day Oona! Perfect!

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    1. that's exactly what i wanted! thankya :))

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  45. We're twinsies when it comes to channeling Betty: http://vintageorbust.blogspot.com/2013/05/mmm-13-day-1-4.html
    I made the almost identical dress for a Sew Weekly Mad Men challenge. But I think I like yours better!

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    1. oh my god we so are. one of these days we'll have to go out in the GD in our frocks!

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    2. Yes please! Let's have a Betty Draper day!

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  46. I KNOW THAT BINDING!
    And I feel you on sewing each seam three times. I'm only doing it two times on my sister's kathak skirt, but there are at least 32 of those seams.
    But such great results!

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    1. AH YES!!! i sent some of that to you, right??

      currently i'm handsewing 8 60 inch long seams, so i'm missing the three timer....

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    2. You did. I decided it has to be a dress overlay, and now it's waiting for the right dress to come along. Maybe I'll have to change the initial plan.

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  47. Super cute! I am not good at April fools either, so don't worry, you're not alone! Btw, your page randomly started playing a rather loud advertisement and I couldn't find the ad to mute it. Thought you might like to know.

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    1. UGH! there are zero ads on my site, so i'm hoping it was a fluke... please tell me if it happens again, i will go to war, yo!

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  48. Totally behind on my blog reading, as you can tell, but I love the way you interpreted Betty's fabulous style and merged it with your own!! I, too, admire her style (and yours!) but in real life Symon-world, I would look an absolute IDIOT wearing her poofy skirts, so I am very inspired by your take! :) Note, I am also WAY behind on my Mad Men watching so I am really glad you're with me there! haha! ^__^

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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!