5.06.2014

put her in a pumpkin shell

oona by marcy harriell cotton voile pants oonaballoona

do i look skeptical?  i had one eyebrow permanently raised to skyscraper height the entire time i was stitching up these wrap pants.

oona by marcy harriell cotton voile pants oonaballoona

BUT I LOVE DEM CRAZYFACE BRITCHES!  i actually prepped this pattern (simplicity 4192) last summer in a hotel room in dallas, and never tried it out.  then, fellow MSN'er peter went on a streak of menswear that gave me haute couture hives each week.  suddenly, I HAD to have a pair of wrap pants.  it was like i had never seen a pair of wrap pants before.


i stalked mood fabric's shelves of voile, the same shelves Herr Peter frequents.  there sat the bolt of fireworks cotton!  there, the plaid!  i was inches away from a full on copy, but in a rare instance of appropriate behavior, i snagged this cotton voile instead.


AN' I LOVE THE WAY THOSE LEGS FLARE OUT!!  my left eyebrow settled back into its normal position once i put this outfit on for pics, and then lifted again in glee when the wind started picking up the voile.  i see more of these in my future (though i'll probably deduct the added waist height i so ...intriguingly inserted back in dallas.)


obviously, you can't have a House Of Boldness knockoff without a jacket.  in fact, one really has to go whole hog and make the whole dang outfit.  but i totally cheated & reworked my neoprene doubleface by hand london blazer... lapels & cuffs eighty-sixed.  now the neon flashes like a surprise! i love it when my clothes warn peeps to mooooooooooooooooove  G E T  O U T  T H E  WAY!

(intended black eyelet tank top never materialized.  again, cheater cheater pumpkin eater.  we can't all be peter.)


however... i did get some kalkatoonaan bling into the mix, in the form of another michal golan creation. when i couldn't decide between hamsas and hearts they surprised me with both picks!  OONABRATOONA!  ain't she pretty?  i knew she was meant for this voile, and she inspired me to add a little embellishment to the knickers...


glass beads from my trio of grandmothers' costume jewelry stash.  i truly no longer know what belonged to whom, i just love it all.


so, that's my may contribution to ye olde mood sewing network.  (y'all, doesn't may feel like a non stop me made party?  CAUSE A SEWIST PARTY LAST ALL MONTH.)

this ensemble, sans tank top, was made using my monthly fabric "allowance" as part of the Mood Sewing Network. the necklace was gifted to me by Michal Golan Studios.

81 comments:

  1. These look stunning and comfortable. But aren´t you afraid to flash a whole lotta leg if the wind blows the right way? ;-)

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    1. YEP. but when it gets super hot here, and i'm finally in a nettie, i won't care :)!

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  2. I recognized that heart necklace right off the bat! It's one I'm salivating over! Those pants?! Hellz, yes! The entire outfit is fabulousness!

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  3. THEY'RE BACK!!! I am so pleased - having regretted somehow losing my wraparound pants pattern that my mother made herself in the 70s (teal velour), and I made myself in college in the 90s (pansy voile and a tribal striped cotton). My navy mega-polkadot Bombshell needs beach pyjamaz! And that clever new Nettie bodysuit would work so well with these!

    @Milan - I don't think I flashed anybody above the knee. But being a college girl, I probably didn't care much. :)

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    1. oh yeah, i was DYIN for a nettie to go with these!! but my serger wasn't (isn't) having it, and my straight stitch will only handle 2 way stretch under massive coaxing. MACHINESMACHINESMACHINES

      these would suit a bomshell perfectly!

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  4. Love em! And the pop of color from the jacket is just perfect.

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  5. Such a cute outfit and when it's sweltering here in NYC this summer, you're really going to be glad you made these! Love them!

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  6. I luvs your fabric and the neon flash in the jacket is screaming genius!!

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    1. now i want a band called The Screaming Genius...

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  7. These are so fabulous! They're sassy, fun, and unique! LOVE the detail of the beads- fantastic!

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    1. those beads took like twenty minutes to thread.

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  8. Clouds! It's cloud pants... I love the shit outta these. The colors, the light voile, the beads the all of it. Ooooh, you know, this pants silhouette would look rad with the Nettie. And that Golan beauty is just radiant...he is insanely talented.

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    1. I now see I'm not even the first one with the Nettie idea here today, HA!

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    2. i need ALL OF THE NETTIES!!!!!!

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  9. They look like such fun. I love the light floatiness of the voile.

    Did you line the voile to prevent see-through?

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    1. nope :). in fact, wanett was with me when i grabbed this & suggested a nice lining and i was all UGH I DON'WANNA. at that point, it was to be a maxi dress. i just wear them with full coverage bottoms, like a beach coverup.

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  10. i love these trousers and now i must have some. also, i picked out something special for myself from michel golan. it was hard not to order everything! only the fact that i have a go-to everyday necklace, from my mom, kept me from ordering one for every day of the week.

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    1. i bet it'll be a lovely compliment to mom's necklace.

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  11. Too cute. The fabric works well with the design.

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  12. I seem to remember you picking up this very fabric and asking, "Can I wear this? Does it wash me out?" And then boom: you put it on your legs. Problem solved.

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  13. I love this style of pants! They're so comfortable and versatile. I used to live near the beach, and I'd wear my similar pair all the time because they work for so many occasions (from beach coverup to running errands to dinner...). You really took it to the next level with that gorgeous print, I have to say.

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    1. now, i just need to live by that beach and have the all occasion day you've described...

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  14. Just found your blog and I am enjoying catching up with your sewing antics.

    I have a vintage wrap pants pattern, didn't know they still made them. Going to have to try it out as you make them look fabulous (or should I say "Fabuloona!". Am dying for the necklace too.

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    1. fabuloona. adding it to the lexicon.

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  15. Lets just call those Oona pants. Love them! You made me want a pair. You picked just the right fabric - color and all!

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    1. interestingly enough, oonapants became a hashtag for a minute last year! delighted me to no end. these would be fabulous on you, tho i kinda want you to make them in silk....

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  16. Uh this fabric is AMAZING. I'm insanely curious about how these pants are constructed. Like, two wrap skirts on the sides of your legs but with a connective crotch seam? I guess I gotta make my own.

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    1. imagine regular pants, but the side seams are completely open and extend out further than your normal side seam would. you wrap front side seams to back, and then back side seams to front. voila!

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  17. I love those! I mean, they're not for everyone but you wear them very chicly!

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    1. it's a thin line, i'll tell ya. they don't go with much.

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  18. I love how it flows! Perfect for stifling simmer weather. And, is that a home depot shopping cart rolling around randomly in the background?

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    1. i think it is...that's a long way from home...

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  19. i had no idea there was such a thing as wrap pants! these are insanely cool. love the fabric!

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    1. ?! they are all the rage! they are right up there with culottes ;)!

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  20. Oh man oh man oh man. I want these! I mean, they had these in the 70s, so I MUST have a pair.

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    1. these have your name written in a 70s font all over it.

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  21. VERY cute! I wore these in the 70's, still think I have an original pair around here somewhere...

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  22. They're lovely, pretty print!

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  23. Oona! You did it again. I love your wrapped pants. They're gorgeous! In voile, to die for! I would make one for myself if I had the courage to wear it. I like that you eight six the lapel and the cuffs, so you can catch glimpses of the neoprene. I love, love your whole outfit!

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    1. thankya kathy! if you're hesitant, making them as "a beach cover up" makes them pyschologically less daring :)

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  24. these are some fun pants! and print is spectacular.. and i love how that neon peeks when you move

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    1. i need more fun pants. i'm getting terribly sick of RTW jeans.

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  25. I love them! Extra points for orange shopping cart placement!

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  26. Beautiful outfit! Do you use a sloper for/on your patterns?

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    1. i tried for a bit, but now i just know my measurements and use a tape against the pattern. which obviously works out SO well, as the crotch on these is like 2 inches too long....

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  27. Your style is delightful and those pants are fantastic!! Love your MMMay outfits so far!

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  28. I love them! How does the fastening work? Do you think these would work with an expanding waistline?

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    1. these would be fabulous with an expanding wasitline, as the panels are open at side seams!

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  29. This outfit is so cool and comfy. Super looove it. :)

    americanfashionfox

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  30. I love the way you put together colour, it's so effortless.

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    1. well thank you so much! some days are more effort than others :)

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  31. This must be my favourite outfit of yours this May! But why pick favourites, I love 'em all!

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  32. LOVE the pants! BRAVO. Fabric choice is off the charts good!

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    1. thanks! this fabric sat and sat when it was intended for a dress. the instant it thought PANTS it was cut into in five minutes.

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  33. Huh. Usually I see wrap pants and go 'nope'. But these? These are fabulous!! How'd you manage that?!??

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  34. These should be crazy and not work at all but they look fantastic on you, great fabric choice for the pattern and your accessorising is awesome

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    1. the crazy part was my thought the whole time i was stitching:)

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  35. I really love these pants. such a cool cut.

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    1. approval from the lady of chic!!! YES!

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  36. Ohhh now that's interesting…..I bought this pattern for the trousers and the cover wrap blouse in a sale a couple of year's back thinking they'd be great dealing with Phoenix AZ's 110+ heat days but have never had the confidence or found the fabric right to make them. Also the other versions (a very scant few) didn't inspire me that a small round person should be wearing such an exotic design. You're in no way small or round but you are inspiring, perhaps I should pull that pattern out again. Yours look awesome. You inspiration you.

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  37. Love these pants--such a cute outfit! Well-done!

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  38. Nice work on reinventing your blazer! And as for the trews I'm sure Peter is very proud :-)

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  39. Oh my gosh I was this close to buying that fabric but now I won't be able to imagine it any other way! Please make this something you wear just out and about... because they look really rad and dramatic on you.

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  40. Oona, you are incredible! What a gorgeous outfit. Perfectly styled, as always. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  41. Just beautiful, so light an summery! The jacket pairing is divine! You are so NYC stylish!

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  42. OH MY GOD THESE ARE AMAZING! I didn't even know I needed wrap trousers in my life, but I REALLY DO.

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  43. The pants are awesome, for sure. But that jacket is just fantastic! Gah. I want one. Love the whole outfit.

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  44. Whoa these are amaaaazing. I've considered wrap pants before, and like you, I was sceptical but now you've made it perfectly ACCeptable!

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  45. Cute necklace!
    Ariel
    Michal Golan Jewelry

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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!