4.15.2014

so sexy, except when it's not.


last week, both of my machines broke.  called it quits.  my ricky was serious, and that hateful elna was semi-serious (she will now move at a snail's pace under fear of decapitation.  mine, not hers).  many sewists came to my aid, there was a trip to the amazing sew-right in queens (with an equally amazing sale going on RIGHT NOW, get thee to the magnificent harvey & co if you've got the urge)... but i remain machineless. more on alllllla that, including that terrific trip, later this week.  but for now, let's talk about sewing sexy, shall we?  OH YES LET'S DO.


this ensemble is the one that broke my ricky.  maybe it was too sexy for him.  or maybe, like most men, he does not find crop tops and baggy pants sexy and called it quits in protest?  ah, but ricky!  ALL WOMEN LOVE A LOOSE CROP TOP AND BAGGY PANTS!

especially when it makes them feel like MC hammer.


OONA CLEAN YOUR LENS PERIODICALLY.  IT'S POLLEN SEASON.

this outfit was totally inspired, ripped off, stolen, from one of the co-hosts of this bootylicious blog party, nettie. completely.  not even gonna sugarcoat that.  the pants are simplicity 2477, and the top is the (free!) polly top from my girlfriends at by hand london.  


are you beginning to think i sew exclusively BHL?  you would be beginning to think right.  i just can't get enough of them.  i can do whatever the hell i want to their patterns, and they just.  don't.  crack.  for my polly, i did away with the front insert and made the side seamline on the front a little less angled to compensate for my hackery... instant swingy crop top.


but you know i love my blue envelopes too.  cuffs!  pleats!  totally disguised by the crazyface rayon print from chic fabrics!  these guys are way too much fun to be paired with anything other than yellow suede wedge sneakers, dontcha think?

this was a quick make, meant to be carefree and casual, which in my book is super sexy.  as it was my first go at a true fly-front zip (i did okay, i'd give myself, oh, a b+) i sort of treated it like a wearable muslin.  so, yeah, i wasn't as obsessive as i usually am about pattern placement.  what could go wrong? 

oh here, would you like to see all of the angles?


from left to right:

side view: pretty good! 

front view: that stem across the fly, unexpected bonus!

back view:

OH MY GOD WOMAN JUST BECAUSE IT'S A WEARABLE MUSLIN DOESN'T MEAN YOU HAVE TO GO COMATOSE ON PATTERN PLACEMENT.  IT LOOKS LIKE THERE'S A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX ACROSS YOUR ASS.  NO WONDER YOUR MACHINES BROKE.  YOU DESERVED IT.  

still happy with it though.  no really, i'm not beating myself up about it or anything like that.  that's a different kind of sexy.

62 comments:

  1. I think this is totally hot. It's definitely something that'll have people looking at you -- and in a good way! I'm in awe of your ability to make those pants work, too. I'd never have guessed those cuffs would work, but they're cute! Fun and different. :)

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  2. Those glitches look to be perfectly aligned. Nice outfit! I'll have to say those shoes really open one's eyes. Yellow is my choice.

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    1. they almost open one's eye by force :))

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  3. LOL. You are hilarious. This is like an updated 90s b-girl look. You wear it well!

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  4. LOVE IT and those FABULOUS shoes!!

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  5. Okay....so perhaps it is now safe to ask.....(gulp).... Have you gotten closer to choosing a Bernina..?..?..?

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    1. DUCK!!!

      no, sadly, i'm bernina-less. i'm sort of stuck in confusion, to be honest!

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  6. Oona! You know I'm your biggest fan, but...but, well...it's true, the pattern matching gods played ya this time. Moving quickly on, can I give you a big Wahoo on acing, or B+ing, a fly zipper! That's a big deal and deserves a lot more attention than the rear view!

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    1. HAHAH! preach sue! it bit me for real in the ass!

      gonna try for an A on my next zip.

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  7. Oh man, I love this outfit! It's fantastic! I want those yellow shoes.

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  8. The things you manage to pull off never cease to amaze me. And if it's any comfort: I recently had the same 'glitch in the matrix' situation with a dress (massive print and NOT ENOUGH FABRIC TO GET IT RIGHT) and my boyfriend just said 'why is that a bad thing?' so maybe we just care too much.

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    1. i do wonder that. i'll have to casually walk past ruggy in these and see if he notices!

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  9. Oh you bad bad woman...the Boss phoned...he's in a bad because he's just read this blog post 10 times over and scalded himself. I could fry an egg on his sweaty, beating chest. But, anyway, back to your post. I LOVE THIS! I'm coming back to New York with my jumpsuit and we're gonna find Dr McGee all over again xxx

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    1. i don't think dr mcgee could handle you in that jumpsuit. i'm just saying.

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  10. You are awesome! I have glitches in my matrix all the time...usually due to me scimpling on fabric purchases. Hats off to a woman who can pull off the MC Hammer look!

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  11. girl, bye! i was about to compliment the back before you started YELLING at me! LOL
    sn: your pic angles make you look super tall lol

    anyway lol bye, sexy *waves*

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    1. shoot from the ground up :)! or rather, macgyver your camera with whatever bricks are floating around and shoot from the ground up.

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  12. This looks amazing. And I actually kind of love the ass-glitch?

    Also, it seems everyone and their mother has been pushing you on the Bernina. They are amazing machines but I'm afraid you pay a lot extra just for the brand name. I am completely and totally obsessed with my Juki F600 that has swoon-worthy features most Berninas do not (automatic thread trimmer! knee lift!) and it won't entirely break the bank. Okay, fangirl out.

    May you find the machine of your dreams!

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    1. i am honestly rethinking my bernina hunt. i certainly should at least open my search up to everything and get a rounded decision!

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  13. If I end up with yellow sneaker wedges on my next shopping trip, I'm blaming you.

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  14. that's one totally sexy outfit! and i dig that glitch!

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  15. HAHAHAHA I love your ass glitch. Totally perfect.

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  16. Sexy outfit. Ghetto Oona rules!

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  17. You are just the bee's knees girl! :)

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  18. its awesome. i say if you can sport a crop top go for it. and you totally can rock it.

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  19. The ass glitch concept is HILARIOUS.

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  20. Seriously you make me laugh every. time.

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  21. To quote that annoying 80s song "Hey Ricky": "Oh Ricky, what a pity you don't understand..." (And that outfit looks kind of 80s MTV video with the yellow Reebok high-top homage shoes.) Time to kick those machines to the curb and go Bernina.

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  22. Although hard to find, there are new Riccar machines. I think they have six in the new line.
    http://www.sewingmachineoutlet.com/rictn.htm

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    1. i had no idea they made machines still!!!

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  23. Echo ass! Love it! You will start a new trend! Lol

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  24. Awesome! You look super cool. And don't stress the glitch. I did that on a recent dress I made and was all worked up about it until I realized that no one would ever notice if I didn't point it out.

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  25. The pants could not miss the chance of highlighting the magnificence of your ass!! I am totally re-stealing (is it like re-gifting, but better-er?) this look and making a swingy crop top AND pants!! We're going to need a blogger mid-riff group photo, or at the very least an artfully Photoshopped composition, STAT!

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  26. "a glitch in the matrix across your ass" made my day. I think you and Roisin are the queens of BHL! I need to borrow some of your poses. I just have "look at camera," "look at wall," and the freebie of "back to camera/no need to worry about what to do with face." Maybe I just need a drink before a photoshoot. ;)

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  27. Ass glitch and MC Hammer reference. Just effin awesome. If you mentioned the day you bought that fabric that it was for the sew sexy challenge, I think I missed it... But it totally works for this getup! THE YELLOW WEDGE SNEAKS MAKE THE OUTFIT. And look, no matchy matchy. ;)

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    1. i think i yelled about making this a maxi, right? and then nettie's midriff stole my heart!

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    2. Riiiight, that's what you said, I remembers now. This is more special, tho!

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  28. The "ass glitch" seriously made me laugh out loud. (Still giggling...) It's great outfit - not sure what Ricky complained about. Any chance you can revive him?

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    1. his timing is ever so off. i can't even think about it....

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  29. I keep trying to phrase a comment that conveys a hearty appreciation of your mad design / color skills, enthusiasm for your fabulous photography and captioning, recognition of your pretty-damn-great sewing ability but also says, "ummmmm…. not totally sure about this one" in the nicest possible way!

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    1. i think you totally phrased it, hahahaaaaaaaaaaa! and i love your honesty! honesty makes compliments real :)

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  30. A glitch in the Matrix. You are too funny.

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  31. Is this, perhaps, a cosmic push to go ahead and buy that new machine that you were gifted at Xmas? I wish I had the gumption to wear those pants! (though maybe tropical isn't my jam)

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  32. I'm totes having some 90's b-girl flashbacks and I LOVE IT. Picturing you strut around Manhattan in this floral hammer time suit is making me me very, very happy. Those. Shoes.

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  33. Thanks for the laugh out loud moment - when describing the "glitch in the Matrix"!!! It's a terrific pattern, and a wonderful material - and if BHL are your fave patterns, then to hell with the rest! :) Gimlet tipping once again, my dear!

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  34. Oona, you look fantastic as always :) Love this outfit, sexy and comfortable!! And the yellow shoes, ohhh....

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  35. Sorry about your machine situation, as I sadly know how that goes. Everyone needs a good repair guy to be their BFF. If it is beyond that then I defer to the great Kenny Rogers: You've got to know when to hold 'em, Know when to fold 'em, Know when to walk away.

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    1. oh kenny. i even named a machine after him... one i eventually did have to fold on :(

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  36. So cool! With shoes like these, who cares about pattern placement?

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  37. LOOOOOOOVE THIS!!! And I totally feel your pain on machines quitting - all of mine quit at the same time too! I finally (after THREE MONTHS!) got the first one back from the shop.

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  38. Oooooh. Yes, that back view is definitely deja-vu. Still cute outfit though and the yellow sneaks add an extra !

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  39. Nothing wrong with the glitch in the Matrix. I see it as the fabric equivalent of Homer's drunken postcard to Marge about her butt that won't quit - might not be approved of by polite company but still an oddly great compliment.

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  40. I love it! And an ass like that SHOULD cause glitches in the matrix!

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  41. I love Chic Fabrics! The guy there is so nice, whenever I come in he says "Hello my friend!" and asks about what I made with the fabric I bought the time before. I am seriously tempted to take your pic in there and ask for that fabric and make a similar combo with a skirt instead of pants!

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  42. You are hilarious lol I wasnt expecting the yellow sneakers at the end post.. But only you could pull that off. ;-)

    http://www.curvygirlsarechic.com

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  43. Bahaha! I didn't even notice your Matrix glitch - there's so much swingy casual awesome going on here - but it is kind of hilarious, like an obvious photoshop cloning job LOL! I hope your machine crisis has been rectified by this point - how DARE they both crap out at once!! Isn't that the point of having two?? What kind of Elna do you have? Is she salvageable?

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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!