5.14.2014

twofer tuesday

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tuesday was belated items day: a dress made two years ago, worn for a two day late celebration du mommaballoona.  pizza!  wine!  treats!  torte!  YELLING! 


i get excited when we have people over, and i get insanely excited when the people are my parents.  i go into hyperdrive, rocketing around the house, driving the cat into hiding.  

barreling into whole foods for last minute supplies, i was chastised for being TOO SPEEDY! apparently the sweep of my maxi dress brushed the hem of someone's jeans.  this someone was juggling two backpacks, arm in a splint, finagling self serve coffee one handed, sandwiched between two double wide strollers, wo-manned by two blinking ladies who could not figure out how to wo-maneuver around each other.


i dropped my basket, wo-manhandled the open stock boxes out of the way, cut though Double Wides, and made for the cheese.  Double Wide One found her legs and rolled her children into my cart.  TOO SPEEDY!  came the cry from the coffee kiosk, revealing The Juggler.  actually Double Wide hit me sooooooo super sorry for HER, i yelled happily over my shoulder, instantly reminded that i am a total hypocrite and loose all sense of The Gunn when i am in whole foods.  every time.  must not go Kors in Foods.  

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in line with my treasures, i calmed myself down and greeted the cashier.  i love your dress.  there went the zen. THANKSIMADEIT!!! cashier to the right joined in, eyeing the goods maniacally.  lefty caught the stare.  damn girl you gonna steal that off her back or what?!


we all cackled our goodbyes.  i looked around for The Juggler, hoping to apologize--who knows? maybe i was too speedy!  but she was racing off with her multiple wares, faster than a speeding oona.

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this is a perfect summer dress, and a great eatin' dress, especially when the eatin' is of kalkatroonaan proportions. made of super soft stretch jersey from michael levine's loft.  if you go for this pattern, make note: the armsyce is a bit low (you can spy my bra in the side close up) and the draped front panel is a bit too bulky-- i used one layer instead of the recommended double, and took about 2 inches of length off.  if i remember correctly, she has quite a bit of ease as well.

and the whole shebang was made on a straight stitch!  yep!  it can be done, especially on a frock like this that has a bit of added elastic in the back (to attach the elastic, i stitched a long double row of machine basting.  actually, i "twin needled" a lot of it).  i have no idea why it hasn't made an appearance on the blog before now, but it's lasted me over two years.  proof is in the pudding, non?  


just be careful if you're whizzing around pretentious supermarkets.  that hem is dangerous.

84 comments:

  1. Oh, c'est une tres belle jupe, Mme Balloona! Belated felicitations to Mama Balloona!

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  2. Love this dress! But Whole Foods gives me hives.

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    1. we should all be allergic to whole foods.

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  3. I saw that dress and was like hey that looks like a dress I just made, only fewer dinosaurs. And then I realized that you used the same pattern so it makes sense that it looks like my dress, only fewer dinosaurs. I'll get it up on my blog soon and you can see what it looks like with more dinosaurs.
    p.s. I like your version. Lovely on you lovely lady!

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    1. OK I *have* to see your dinosaur dress. And then copy it. Or perhaps just steal it.

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    2. yep, need dinosaurs. a true sewasaurus rex frock.

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  4. I saw an article recently about how rude Whole Foods shoppers are. Entitled, I guess. Sad but true. NOT sad but very true is how gorgeous that dress is! Me loves it!

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    1. it's like going in there gives you a hall pass for asshole. and i've been guilty of snagging that pass as well!

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  5. That is a pretty dress; I love how the front is softly gathered under the front panel! But see...here's the thing. It's not yet 9:00am here and you've got me thinking of Whole Foods and cheese, and the aroma of coffee and croissants...none of which seems to be happening in my kitchen. I must remedy that now. Hope you had a lovely Momma Day Celebration!

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    1. did you go for it? did you haveta kill anybody?

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  6. I love it! And, bonus for me, I've had this pattern and the fabric for it for ages, so I don't have to be so covetous of yours muahaha. I just have to make it...what size did you make? I've been trying on all of Megan's me-mades to figure out sizes of patterns I want to make. It's brilliant.

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    1. oo lemme dig it out and see-- i believe whichever size i made, i shoulda went one smaller, as i ended up taking it in after cutting...

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  7. I want a dress like this now! I see where my mother's day money is going now. :) Thanks!

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  8. Looking bombastic in blue! Do you have any idea how long I've wanted to use the word "bombastic" like that?? And yes, I agree, the proof really is in the pudding! The butler hides it there all the time!

    Seriously, though...you look fantastic in that dress! I mean, wow! Super job done with super material for you! :)

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  9. I swore off of Whole Foods when they got caught selling frozen vegetables, which were labeled organic, but grown and packaged in China. Remember when China poisoned our dogs? They have no organic food standards, and their own citizens import baby food from us. Also, how could it be financially feasible to import frozen, organic food from China? Hint: it could not. Whole Foods is lovely, but I don't trust them.

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    1. whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat? and now they're selling PBR. because pabst is the definition of "whole" "food."

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  10. The dress is lovely! And I can see how it makes a great summer frock!

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  11. Even though you made it two years ago, it's gorgeous! I love it! I also loved that you wo-manhandled everyone!

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  12. Oooh, speedily delicious! I like it very much!

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  13. Beautiful dress!!! It is the ideal dress to home entertain, and when running errands. You look lovely in it. Girl, I just love your sense of humor! I am still laughing!!!

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    1. haha! thank you, i do like to play the comic!

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  14. lol. Whole foods is a trip. Mine is pretty laid back. I must admit though - when I have a swishy dress/skirt, I subconsciously walk in a way that maximises said swishiness.

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  15. I am too distracted by the awesomeness that is your hair to comment on your cute dress.

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  16. Love the colors! and I love your hair in apuff everytime lol

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  17. This is such a pretty dress, love the color of the background and it looks so pretty on you.

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  18. Super duper gorgeous! I just got on your blog and got a really cool electro sound singing "This is what you waaaant, this is what you geeeet"...I think I already got it in the past but it's quite random. If I'm going batty, just ignore it...did I comment on how gorgeous your dress was by the way?

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    1. this is so weird. maybe my site has decided you're special (i have told it so, actually).

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  19. That dress is stunning - feel free to whirl around in it (I totally would i it was mine!) :D

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  20. Fantastic! I love this on you! I avoid Whole Foods like the plague... everyone is so serious in there all the time!

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  22. That is SO cute, but I am so sad that you made it two years ago. Why? because I want to rush right out and buy some of that fabric! Loooove!!

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    1. and it was by the pound remnant too :(

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  23. You look fabulous in this! And what is it about Whole Foods, I always feel a bit light headed in there.

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  24. That dress is awesomesauce! You go lady! x

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  25. Oooh, I had my first whole foods experience last week. The fools had left some cheese samples, out. The fools obviously didn't realise me and my pals were in town. Ha! Seriously though, excellent cheese - and if you push hard enough, you can get two chunks on one cocktail stick.

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    1. you can have dinner on samples in there on the weekend.

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    2. Was I drunk when I wrote that comment? It's so poorly worded!

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  26. I ONLY have straight stitch so the knowledge that I too could make something fantastic and knit on my little machine is very exciting!

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    1. just go slow, stretch your fabric gently as you sew and don't go picking something like a bathing suit ;)

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  27. Love the dress and the fabric, such a fun and vibrant print. So funny about whole foods, that place. I love it but you have to watch your back there! Too many pretentious " peeps". (-:

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  28. Too speedy! Gotta love New York. In my day there was only Gristede's and no such thing as a double-wide. Same attitude, though.
    That dress looks like a 1940s Claire McCardell "Hostess Dress" made of knit wool jersey and designed for harried young things like you who were having people over: http://fashionmuseum.fitnyc.edu/view/objects/asitem/search$0040/12/dynasty-desc?t:state:flow=469dbc64-36fd-4cb6-817b-021ee55df085

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    1. the link, she is broken! we still have a gristede's in our hood, and the employees in there are always, ALWAYS happier, friendlier people.

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  29. I love how you tell stories. Even your grocery shopping tales are gripping.

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  30. it's definitely a tres belle jupe!! Love reading your stories!!

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  31. Love the dress SO much I just ordered the pattern :) Looks Beautiful on you!

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  32. Beautiful dress!! I could live in something like that :) And your stories are always THE BEST! :)

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  33. Has to be the most fab maxi dress ever. And I am not a maxi fan. It would join my Anna hanging in my wardrobe and get worn!;-)

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  34. Such a cute dress! No such thing as too speedy- Michal Golan team

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  35. I love this dress. Maxi dresses are my favourite and this one is gorgeous.

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  36. The perfect maxi dress! I love your energy and enthusiasm, it shows in your great personal style, much like it seems to do in your life :)! I get super excited when I have visitors too :D!

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    1. i tell ya i had crazyeyes! it's super hard for me to not wear whatever i'm feeling like a billboard on my face.

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  37. I hear you. I live in maxi dresses as much of the year as I can, and I sweeo around our store knocking random items off the low lying shelves with gay abandon. Meh, the customers can pick them up, or the staff. I am Queen. ;-)

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  38. i'll steal that off your back! oh, wait! i kind of did! have the exact same oona made dress, and love it to pieces (also - never in my life i've got so many compliments for any other dress, oona dress is everyone's favorite for sure).. i agree, it is a dangerous hem, and i love it for that! looking gorgeous, sis (wish we can walk our twin dresses together, endanger bunch of peeps with our flowy hems

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    1. how could i forget this is the pattern i made you?!!!! when are we wearing our dresses together. i always write One Day.

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  39. Oh so fantastic and dramatic! Flaunt that hem!

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  40. This is, indeed the perfect summer dress, which I need in my wardrobe now! Glad there were no fatalities
    in your Whole Foods tale, certainly Gunn would have done the same, if he was wearing such a fab dress!

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  41. This is the perfect pattern for a jersey maxi. Swish away lady, gorgeous dress.

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  42. Really, you can never be too speedy. Especially as a New Yorker. Step aside double-wides

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  43. Super cute dress...love the bow front!

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  44. Gorgeous dress! Love the pattern, love the fabric, and you make it look fabulous! The whole Foods complainers are just grumpy because they don't have the awesome dress.

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  45. Oona, thanks you always make me smile! Love your dress and your grocery shopping story! You've inspired me to wear my maxi skirt tomorrow for MMMay14 and swoosh about town Oona-style!

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  46. Loving this dress! Wearing this dress you can speed as much as you want, really!

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  47. Keep whirling in your beautiful dress.

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  48. You hot thing, you. I made this exact dress several years ago but in a Kermit green. Don't know what I was thinking but it was at the beginning of my "hey I can sew knits!" thing.

    Agh Whole Foods. The headquarter flagship is here but it's my ultimate shopping nightmare. All physical awareness of others seems to disappear, with everyone swerving and blocking each other. I've had more shopping cart accidents there than any other store. But I have a dark Detroit side- "get it done fast and get out of my way and if you're talking on your cell phone I'm going to blast you"... which doesn't serve me well in driving or Ikea, either.

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    1. KERMIT GREEN. that would be FABULOUS.

      the cell phones really get me. i have physically moved people who wander aimlessly glued to their devices in that store. and then instantly berate myself.

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  49. Love this dress. It looks great on you and I bet it's very comfortable.

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  50. It's beautiful! I love the fabric!

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  51. Cute dress, Oona! Mary

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  52. It is an amazing dress - may be the perfect for a wedding I am going to attend in the summer where I am sure to be eating a hell of a lot (the groom did at my wedding - only fair I do it at his!)

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    1. oh yes, it really would work well for that! we were gearing up to eat 4 pizzas and a torte which made this dress the Obvious Choice.

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  54. I so completely adore this. Now I'm thinking that the maxi dress I'm working on (forever until it gets too cold since I can't completely ANYTHING anymore) does not have a full enough skirt. And it needs sleeve. This is so perfect!

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  56. I am making this dress right now. Thanks for your notes on sizing. Yours looks great on you.

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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!