4.06.2014

your love is like bad medicine


i've hyperventilated over this sequined silk more times than i care to count.  it was purchased, under extreme pressure, whilst romping round the garment district with compadres in couture.  throughout the course of the sunniest, loveliest day of last week, i would occasionally remember what was in my plastic bag (it seems a crime that something this exquisite would be placed in a plastic bag, but i don't bring tote bags to meetups, in the hopes that I WON'T BUY ANYTHING TO PUT IN THEM. this theory was discussed at length and disproved by the sheer amount of plastic bags in our mitts).

our gorgeous guest of honor told me i needed to chillax on the buyer's remorse.  she was right.  after all, she'd dropped the same amount of dough in chic fabrics, and her faaaaancy zippers coulda bought the sequined sexiness alone.  however, i was unable to swallow the pill at the time.  

returning home, after a cocktail or two, i came upon karen's beautiful post on spelling out sewing to civilians.  i was the one who needed justification, and karen was happy to enable provide it.  as the best of sewist friends do. this fabric was totally worth it!  REGRET NOT THE EMPTINESS OF YOUR WALLET!  it will be a material reminder of a very full, very awesome day spent with friends.  it won't be drunk away, or eaten and remembered wistfully.  i'll be able to put it on and smile, every time.  
  

THAT IS IF I DON'T RUINABALLOONA IT.  (thanks again ruggy for coining that gem.)  after counting my dollars, i went with one and a quarter yards, intending a bomber jacket.  some pale denim stretch had already been cut, and the peer pressure of how delicious a sequined bomber would look paired with 70s style high waist jeans sealed the deal.  

and now it's sunday, it's sunday funday, and the day is full of yardage and blue skies and everything one needs to rejuvenate and reset and awake on monday morning happy.  yeah.  worth it.  

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    1. bomber jacket??? i'm thinking if i make the jeans first, they will pine for a mate loudly enough that i'll have to.

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    2. I cannot wait to see what you do with this....I'm with Ginger and her sentiments....please hurry...LOL

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  2. OK, that is some fabulous sequin goodness! I could pick that as perfect Oona embellishment from Seattle. Oh, and I saw you on TV. I got so excited! Then they killed off your character. Boo.

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    1. ooooo, who died?? i can't remember dying in anything. that said, i so wanted my character in death proof to die, because OH MY GOD did you see the deaths in that? they were AWESOME.

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    2. Ooooo, my mistake! I mistook Kelly McCreary on Scandal for you. I just double checked imdb. Should have checked before I commented, but convinced as I was that it was you I was so excited. Her death was off camera but her dead body was gruesome. :) I have never seen death proof. But since you are in it I will go look for it.

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  3. Very wise people say that people are more satisfied with money spent on experiences rather than stuff. Those wise people totally failed to account for sewing people who acquire things while having experiences and then spend more time experiencing the beauty as we sew, and yet more experiential interaction when we share what we've made. The funnest part of all is that it's your wallet that takes the hit, but we all get to enjoy the beauteousness once it's done. hehee Now hurry up and bring the beauty :)

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  4. If anyone is going to sew such fabulous fabric i believe that would be you! I look forward to seeing that beauty walking my bloglovin thread soon :-)

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    1. let's hope she's not stumbling drunkenly along that thread :)

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  5. Lordy, Oona, that is gorgeous. Sew like the wind!

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  6. This ginger would sew the jeans AND take over ruggy's bathroom remodeling before tackling this gorgeous piece of fabric. hahaha. But seriously, life's short, sew the good stuff!

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    1. daydreamed yesterday that i finished the job myself while ruggy was out of town....it is SO CLOSE...unfortunately Delusional Friend must come to help ruggy finish the job. (note his title.)

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  7. Glad there are no regrets! You and those sequins were made for each other. Also, I think that fabric has many more cocktails in its future! \(^_−)/ ps, please tell me that I'm not the only one ignoring the 60 beautiful degrees outside and instead am sprawled on the floor with fabric lint...

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    1. you are absolved. i didn't go out once yesterday. it was that trickery weather anyway!

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  8. This is gorgeous! I was thinking it would make a great kimono type jacket thing (technical term). You could layer it over a little (insert whatever colours are your black here) dress. However, maybe that's too obvious - the bomber jacket is much more interesting and I cannot wait to see it.

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    1. i had that thought too! i'm sure i'll think on it at least another week :)

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  9. Oooooooh I loved that day so much!! This outfit is going to be everything, I can't wait. I vote for doing the pants first, I think...the gorgeousness of that fabric is going to provide ALL the momentum to make sure the jacket gets made...

    And I've been pondering a blog post... y'all inspired me so much. I can't have that "sporadic" descriptor dogging me!! MWAH!

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    1. LET IT HAUNT YOU! let it haunt you till you post!!!!

      i think the pants first are the way to go. i have the pattern already fitted....

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  10. Now I'm going to have mental (in every sense) images of you playing Rizzo in Grease. Make the jacket, there really are worse things you could do, Rizzo says so!

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    1. aw hell now i gotta act like rizzo in this jammie. done.

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    2. You would make an AWESOME Rizzo. GO make it happen!! xo

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  11. This is beautiful. I could never ever sew with it, such would be my fear of wasting it. I have complete faith that you will so something suitably fabulous with it though!

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    1. i'm going to tell myself "it's just fabric" (in otherwords, i'm going to lie to myself.)

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  12. Oh, that fabric is so beautiful and it is so you and I would so never have forgiven you if you hadn't bought it. It will make a fantastic bomber jacket - or whatever you decide to do. I still have the scarab beetle silk I bought when I was with you. I wonder what that will become?

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    1. isn't it great to wait till the perfect moment? delayed gratification at its best.

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  13. OMG I completely understand the hyperventilating!

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  14. That would make one hell of a bomber jacket. Go for it!

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  15. It sure will look stunning as a bomber jacket! I'm drooling all the way from Down Here to Up There where you are! Can't wait to see it finished!!!!

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  16. Will a sewing machine handle that fabric?!

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    1. totally! i'll remove any sequins from the SA, though.

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  18. So you forgive me then? I cannot wait to see whatever it is you make with this.

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    1. kind of. but i will remember your "good" when i'm snipping sequins.

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  19. This is going to be so stunning and so you! My girls are NCIS fans, saw you on that, right?

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  20. I just meandered over to this blog from where I can't remember and I love reading your posts. So much so, that I will be following via Bloglovin so that I can read more. . .

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  21. My first thought? Will Couturier Oona remove the sequins from the seams so that she doesn't sew over them? If you do, I'm giving you a crown!

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    1. funny i had this thought as well :-)

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    2. MAIS OUI, LADIES! especially if there is the promise of a crown. i mean, come on.

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  22. Totally. Worth. It. This fabric was made for you.

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  23. So looking forward to your blog post about the finished garment! This is a-ma-zing!

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  24. Sew this first! Sew this first! Leave the jeans til later. Oh and thanks for the bon jovi tune in my head. All. Day. x

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    1. you are most welcome. i cackled when i did that.

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  25. Absolutely gorgeous! Sew it right now! It'll be the most amazing colour dream coat bomber jacket!
    I may have just unwittingly forfeited a small family holiday for what I've just spent on some fabrics from Italy and I'll most definitely 'ruinathebejeezezoutofthem' and none of them are as fab as this! So Oona, do me a favour, I don't care what you paid for this, just sew it please asap!

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    1. hahahaaaaaaaa! let's sew our transgressions together!

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  26. any time i see you in that fabric it will remind me of the first really nice day of the year and the fact that we got to spend it all together enjoying the afternoon. :-) tell ruggy: no ruinaballoona on the special sequin souvenir fabric! 8-)

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    1. EXACTLY. and ruggy is not allowed to look at me when i sew this.

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  27. Wow that is a gorgeous bit of loveliness, you cannot regret such beauty! Even better that you bought it with excellent company. Happy memories, now you can make more happy memories by couturaballoonaing it!

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  28. Love those colors! Reminds me of a sunset. Maybe with a little tequila.

    And thanks for bringing a smile to my face this Monday morning. :)

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  29. I wish I had the same fearlessness with patterns as you do. I have this gorgeous 3 yards of patterned fabric that I've been dying to make an outfit with, but always hesitate on what to make with it because of worry over pattern placement....

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  30. *gasp* BOMBER JACKET?! Make this. Make this right now, please.

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  31. If anyone can make something fabulous out of that fabric, it's YOU!!!

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  32. It's like they said "What is the most Oonafantastic fabric we can come up with?" You. Must. Sew. This. Can't wait to see it. No pressure, or anything.

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  33. The justification is a beautiful garment full of great memories. :)

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  34. Ha! You know I have some sewing friends that give me some words about not buy fabric for myself and then I come home with a crap load. *side-eye*

    Are you making the Rigel?

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  35. Love your coat!
    I know you are looking at machines. Gertie recently had a sewing retreat, Necchie supplied the machines and Gertie was impressed with the new model they set up! She recommends it here. http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2014/04/my-inaugural-beacon-sewing-retreat.html

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  36. My mind is blown... sequined bomber jacket - I cannot WAIT to see it!! And even if you RUINABALLOONA it (which is the best word ever, btw), you will somehow manage to resurrect it and bring it back to life - you're good like that ;)

    When in doubt.... buy the fabric!! :D

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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!