June 9, 2014

can you really dye my eyes to match my gown?


i stomped into trumart discount fabrics with a scant five minutes to shop, eyeing the clock like a maniac. grinning frantically at the shopkeep, i yammered I WOULD LIKE THE CHEAPEST LYCRA SWIMWEAR YOU HAVE, fully expecting something appropriately ridiculous.  when you prefer an oz closet, "cheap" and "colorful" are two birds easily annihilated with one stone.

ten seconds later, my man pulled a bolt of black.  it took the remaining four minutes and fifty seconds to say yes.


and two hours to make the backdrop match the shoes.

by now, you know her well... she is heather lou's bombshell swimsuit, and as myriad shapes and sizes have said before: she is perfection.  they're not lying, and neither am i.  this is not gushing, this is not hyping a designer who i am so lucky to call a friend in real life, this is simple truth: i followed my measurements, cut my size, and tipped around the bedroom like i was a 1940s version of beyonce. 

Y'ALL, I HAVE NEVER FELT SO SUPPORTED IN A BATHING SUIT IN ALL MY LIFE.


support.  what a wonderful word.  to be honest, there isn't a day that goes by that i'm not sewing, or thinking about sewing, and those days are more often than not filled with designs from indie women who i am so stoked to support.   kati of kate and rose patterns left a beautiful comment on a recent post by heather lou, likening my testing feedback to a kind professor who teaches you something truly helpful.  that blew me clean away.  there also isn't a day that goes by that i don't remember some teacher's words, from my concert choir director who supported me every single day, including weekends, to a substitute teacher's passing words of encouragement, only met once.  we effect each other with our words, our actions, our support or our judgement, and those effects can reach farther than we know.  i've waxed poetic on it before, and i'll probably do it again.  it's worth repeating, no?

speaking of repeating, as you may have guessed, miss bombshell is my stop on the blog tour currently filling up your reader of choice: perfect pattern parcel numero 3.  yep!  another blog tour!  egads!!!  does that make you roll an eye or two?  does supporting a charitable endeavor that strengthens the relationship between teacher and student make you roll an eye or two?  do pink trees make you roll an eye or two?  i don't know the answers to these questions.  (well, i can probably make an educated guess on the answer to that last one.*)  

Buy Pattern Parcel #3

i do know that i am thrilled to be a part of getting the word out on this effort.  jill and danny dorsey have thought up a way for us to use the dollars we would already spend on digital indie patterns, and have our wallets support our kids, and those who take on the great and admirable task of teaching them. you choose a price for a bundle of patterns, and a chunk of that change goes to charity.

supporting designers.  supporting teachers.  supporting kids.  WIN, WIN, WIN.

*not gonna lie, those couple sentences were a bit snarkaroo, and as they've been weighing on me since i posted it, i'll admit: it stemmed from me being more than sick of the clique talk going around.  makes me crazy, especially as i've never been part of a clique.  i suspect that most of us haven't, which probably has everything to do with our corner of the internet being the wonderful anomaly it is.  what's lovely, and inspiring, is that we are all now part of a giant, supportive, amazing clique, where i can have pink trees, and you can have pink hair, and we can all forgive each other a little snark, non?

101 comments:

  1. Is that the yellow brick road you pinked out to match your shoes. Lovely trees by the way, and a very lovely bathing suit too.

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    1. i was *this* close to turning the gravel yellow. yellow like a certain someone's mindblowing kimono!

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  2. cute suit. definitely a bombshell!

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  3. "I would like the cheapest lycra swimwear you have" got you black? I sense that the Kalkatroonans have been invading Trumart, and have driven down the cost of basic black, with all of their snatching up of prints and textures. It's the only explanation, really.

    You look great, per usual. I especially enjoy this weird acid trip high I'm getting from the pink trees. Would that we all had a forest of pink!

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    1. um, I KNOW RIGHT?! i literally looked at the guys like he was nuts, anyone else would have bought the whole bolt. i think it was an evil plan to get me in black.

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  4. Diggin the suit, diggin the shoes, diggin the trees. :-)

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  5. You do have your way with Photoshop, you Bombshell you!!

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  6. YES. I was kinda hoping it was gonna be a Bombshell Bong number with the maryjane print you "accidentally" bought but I suppose I can take Oona in chic black against a psychedelic backdrop.

    Speaking of which, I'm dying inside that I wasn't there. NEXT TIME.

    ps. Nice job on the follow buttons, baby!

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    1. bombshell bong. you do know that i have to do that now, right? especially as i was apparently ahead of the trend-- a friend just spotted a couture MJ bather in a magazine.

      haha and thank you! your link was fabulous. it was totally greek to me at first and i was all I WILL CONQUER YOU, BUTTONS.

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  7. Oona you are epic!! That is all. P.S dying over the shoes too.

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    1. i so wanted the print you used!! and i'm totally borrowing some epic from the kicks.

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  8. Love the suit! How surprising that you got black, but it looks fabulous of course. Love the pink background #gottahavesomecolor!

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    1. if i can't dye my hair pink, the trees are fair game :)

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  9. Oona you are marvelous in the glam swimsuit. Great job and beautiful backdrop! This is one time I read the find print and agree totally, this is a marvelous and amazing community and I am so happy to have it.

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    1. i'm so glad someone read the fine print, it was major stressing me out-- and leave it to my lovely lori to be the one to do it :)

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  10. Looks like you fell down a rabbit hole, Oon! I love love it. You look fabuloso. Thank you for helping us promote PPP, even if it makes it clique -y and tourish. For the record, we'd love anyone on our tour. Shoot us an email, yo.

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    1. you are SO. WELCOME. if supporting your wonderful venture is being clique-y and tour-ish, then count me in. and i hope you get an inbox of additions to the band!

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  11. how do you think pink trees would look in my garden? and where can i get some? i think we all need a little more color in our lives :-)

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    1. i suspect you could find every hue you'd want at your local michaels.........

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  12. I'm so glad I already bought this pp3 because your swimmie would have put me over the freaking edge! Love that on you. I will now have to make this and take my wonderbread colored self out to the beach to splish splash. All your fault. Damiana margaritas anyone?

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    1. make that swimmie and get yo margarita on!!! (and wear sunblock.)

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  13. Boooooooooooombshell! You're looking EXTRA sassy today! Love this on you!!!

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  14. No rolling of eyes over here, my friend. You do your thing!

    I will be purchasing this particular pattern parcel, not only because I want to make a bombshell but also because I highly approve of supporting donor's choose. Great cause!

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    1. it's one of those genius ideas that you wish you'd thought of but you can't be jealous because you're just so damn glad it's out there! i do hope you show us your bombshell, hot mama....

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  15. You are gorgeous in this swimsuit! Find yourself a pool, stat.

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  16. You are way hotter than Beyonce in your Bombshell. Way hotter, Marce.

    What a heartfelt comment by Kati. I share her sentiments exactly, and I can't thank everyone out there who supports, inspires and pushes me to be a better sewer.

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    1. mwah, maddie. we're such a pusher community, in the best way.

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  17. Just fabulous! I will have to check out the indie sites more often!

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  18. Apparently, the recurring problem with a black dress wasn't the *black*, it was the DRESS. Now you know. (I'm sure you can manage the Bombshell regardless of occasion or venue.)

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  19. so fabulous i have no words!! i have been blown away by the bombshells featured by pattern parcels... yours in the bomb~digity!!!

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    1. thank you beth! i am so stoked i finally got the courage to make one!

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  20. How the hell did you get the trees pink?!?! LOL! You're looking mighty fine in your Bombshell! And the convo must have been off the chain this weekend....

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    1. heeheeeeeeeeee! a little color balance, a little hue saturation....not gonna lie, a little softening of skin....

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  21. You rock this swimsuit! AND....... I swear I just saw you in a Lazy Boy commercial. Did my eyes deceive me???? I smacked my husband and showed him your blog and swore it was you.

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    1. that is completely the appropriate reaction, ruggy's arm is quite often the target of surprise. yep, that was me fluffing pillows ;)

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    2. AWESOME! That totally made my night! :)

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  22. The suit is THE BOMB on you and YOU are the most supportive person of everyone that I can think of!!

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    1. thank you so much sweet gorgeous angela, i feel the same about you!

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  23. Ooooooona....you are most definitely making a splash with this suit! Yep...I'm feeling a Palm Springs, martini by the pool, wearing my heels, and a large floppy hat kinda vibe! The suit does look ever so flattering, but I admit...I am wondering if the Bombshell suit would be up to the task of perking up my over fifty girls. {{{sigh}}} For me personally, I can not wear halter ties. Oddly, anything halter, feels like an anchor on my neck. Even heavy necklaces are a no-go for me. Is there an option for a different neckline perchance?

    Okay, I've typed, backspaced, and typed again. And again. I guess I shall remain wordless, at least for now, on the Indie pattern discussion. Just like old days, I want everyone on the playground to get along. I like hanging out with you Oona...you strike me as both genuine and generous! xo

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    1. how i wish i could rock a floppy hat! and yes, there's a another neckline with more coverage & straps (and i think a strapless option in the sewalong). i know what you mean about halter ties, this is the only situation in which i give them a pass, since it's so easy to untie that li'l know whilst sunsoaking.

      we would rock the playground together! i have been typing and backspacing myself in several places round the net. i finally decided i'll just stick to my swingset.

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  24. I feel like there was some drama I missed that I've indirectly read about around 4 times now. I guess I have a hard time following cliquey business.

    That aside, you look like you were born to wear that, it came out amazing and I love the color choice.

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    1. it's refreshing to hear someone has missed the drama, please continue to be cliqueclick free, and your tumblr is beautiful!

      i can't believe it, but i do like it in black :)

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    2. Thanks for following! That's super cool of you, glad you like it!

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  25. oh wow!!! I just love your version of the bombshell, Professor Balloona :-)

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    1. HAHA. i should have mentioned it floored me because i'd be more akin to kindergarten teacher.

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  26. Wahou, you rock in this swimmsuit !!!
    Chapeau bas !!!

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  27. Beyonce got nothin on you, gurl. *three snaps*

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  28. NAILED IT! You are a total MINX in the bombshell. Congratulations!

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  29. Love the bombshell, also love the snarky comments haha ;)

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    1. wading around in the muck, you're bound to get dirty.... mmm.... dirty martini....

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  30. Snark away. It's your blog and you personally give me a lot of joy with your makes and words and hilarious pink trees OMG WHERE DID YOU FIND THE PINK FOREST!! Also that bombshell is THE BOMB. eah I didn't see that one coming either.

    Xxx

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    1. thankya, michelle. it's my aim to make peeps smile. that forest went though several iterations before landing on pink, really, all roads lead to pink.

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  31. Great suit! Someday, perhaps after I learn how to actually take pictures, I need to learn how to Photoshop...or maybe I should learn the Photoshop first to make my shitty pictures look *less* shitty?

    And there is always room for more sarcasm, IMO. ;-)

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    1. hey, that's why i learned photoshop! well, when i say learned, i mean clicked on tools till something happened, but you know. pink trees will distract from fuzzy photos every time.

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  32. So sexy. So, so, sexy. And the pink trees make it sexier! Love it!

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  33. STFU

    this is a few blocks from where I work. Now I know what ill be doing for my lunch break.

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    1. i'd be very interested to hear the price. i swear he was possessed by some alien life force who saw a chance to get me in black.

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  34. Why am I not surprised that the forest in Kalkatroona is pink? You are gorgeous - inside and out and especially in your Bombshell!

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  35. Well said and well suited in that cute little number. Support.., that word caused me to raise an eyebrow.

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    1. teehee, thankya cennetta. i'm assuming you mean my lack of need up top? there's always the bottom to consider ;)

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  36. Love the classic black... love!!!!! I've made this pattern 2x's, and actually wear it. I love the look. You, saucy pinup girl, you!

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    1. i can't wait to wear this out! i just peeked over at your awesome suits, now i have to make another.

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  37. love it! this suit is perfection in a solid color. you look amazing!

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    1. i never woulda went for a solid, all thanks to the trumart man. evil genius.

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  38. Love your swimsuit but it is ok if I love your shoes even more?! And I think you can be as snarky as you like on your own blog, just like you can support your friends/designers as much as you like.

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    1. it is, as you say, all 100% okay! they were a dallas department store sale find.

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  39. you are just freakingly awesome!

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  40. Great suit! Love the shopping story and the testing story. You are so cute.

    Please share on my linky party!!

    http://handmadedresshaven.blogspot.com/2014/06/sew4me-guidelines-1.html

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    1. i kinda blow at linky parties, i gotta admit :) but thank you for the love!

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  41. I've just made up this variation in black too and I feel flippin amazing in it! I want to make about a hundred of the things in every colour of the rainbow and wear them ALL the time!

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    1. dudette i just searched your blog and OHMYGAH your emerald bombshell!!! i must see you in it!

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  42. I'm trying to figure out how I ended up here, attempting to retrace my steps to no avail... And happily! I'm a decent crocheter, a meh knitter, and have had a hankering for sewing for some time. I think I tumbled down exactly the right rabbit hole. So much so that I followed the link to Pattern Parcel and purchased straight away. I think I need to find myself a fabric store stat.

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    1. ah, samantha, that's awesome! i do like to dive into things, how else are you gonna learn? if you decide to go bombshell first, i HIGHLY suggest following along with heather lou's amazing sewalong as well as the instructions. soooo much great info. happy sewing!

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    2. Thanks! I just bookmarked it. I think I'm going to pretend to be realistic and try one of the simpler ones first but the swimsuit makes me swoon.

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    3. Thanks! I just bookmarked it. I think I'm going to pretend to be realistic and try one of the simpler ones first but the swimsuit makes me swoon.

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  43. I love the swimsuit, you look so classy! Thanks to you, I have purchased my first Indie patterns from perfect patterns, parcel #3. I can't wait to sew my swimsuit

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    1. oh sharon, i hope you like it! definitely check out heather's sewalong.

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  44. Really nice! Good job!

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  45. if we were in the forest together wearing bathsuits, awesome shoes and fros, do we see the first the same color trees?
    Loving your Bombshell, you are a bombshell.
    Regarding the cliquey drama, I feel like a lot of it it's just BHP!

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    1. A QUESTION FOR THE AGES. tho i do think our afros might block out the sun.

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  46. Genial. No sé si me gusta más el bañador o el fondo con ese color :-)

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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!