June 30, 2014

have darts will travel

Oonaballoona | An Indie love affair: Sewing up By Hand London's Charlotte Skirt and Closet Case Files' Nettie bodysuit

I seem to really really really like to place flowers smack dab on my belly button, but you for damn sure can tell the fabric is on grain.

Oonaballoona | An Indie love affair: Sewing up By Hand London's Charlotte Skirt and Closet Case Files' Nettie bodysuit

Hi Nettie and Charlotte!  How cool is it to be able to wear two of my favorite ladies, created by more of my favorite ladies, bought with fabric found during meetups with MORE favorite ladies and won "competing" with MORE favorite ladies?!!  I NEED A LIKE BUTTON FOR ALL OF THE LIKES!!!

Oonaballoona | An Indie love affair: Sewing up By Hand London's Charlotte Skirt and Closet Case Files' Nettie bodysuit

This was actually made over a month ago, so I can't speak too thoughtfully about construction.  I like to immediately create space in my brain for new information.  But let me try and dig into the corners of my mind...

Oonaballoona | An Indie love affair: Sewing up By Hand London's Charlotte Skirt and Closet Case Files' Nettie bodysuit

can tell you that these are some of the prettiest insides I've got in my closet.  The lining is a stretch-ish poly that feels like spun sugar.  Butter would be more appropriate, but it's nice to have a balanced diet.

Oonaballoona | An Indie love affair: Sewing up By Hand London's Charlotte Skirt and Closet Case Files' Nettie bodysuit

And a balanced waistline.  The eight darts in this skirt fill my dietary needs whilst allowing me to, erm, fill all my dietary needs.  She's been worn out to brunch with kalkatroonaans (always a bender) and three jazz concerts avec burgers and fries. 

Plus, RUFFLE.  

Oonaballoona | An Indie love affair: Sewing up By Hand London's Charlotte Skirt and Closet Case Files' Nettie bodysuit

I went sleeveless with my Nettie-- this was an attempt at some adjustments for my wider shoulders. Since then I've achieved a better fit in the land of no-shoulder-pads-needed, but she covers south of the equator right out of the package, even when doing grand pliés in ballet.  

And she plié-s ever so nicely with a pencil skirt, no sneaky diva coming undone here.

Speaking of coming undone, as this ensemble was made pre-pfaff, I haz no buttonhole.  But I DO haz a fabric pin Ruggy gave to me over ten birthdays ago, can you spot it in the flowerflage?  I'm hesitant to add an actual button, I love the way this little treasure looks with it!

Oonaballoona | An Indie love affair: Sewing up By Hand London's Charlotte Skirt and Closet Case Files' Nettie bodysuit

It's hard to blog about a make so far after the creating, isn't it?  Part of the stalling for me is the inward groan I feel when I look at yet another set of pictures in The Alleyway.  My part of manhattan does not lend itself to any semblance of privacy, especially during self directed weirdo photo shoots. Are you as tired of this alleyway as I am?

fabrics: denim 4 way stretch, janky store
floral cotton sateen, michael levine
pink poly lining, mood fabrics

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  1. Good Morning Oona! I am the lady that said "No wonder you can pull it all off"!!! Lady, you sew good. Beautiful skirt inside and out. Mary

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    1. well good evening mary! i am the woman that likes the things you say :)

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  2. Wow, this looks amazing. Love it!!

    Naw, not tired of the alleyway photo shoots, tho I do love seeing bits of your home.

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    1. thanks girl! and "bits" is the perfect word for our little abode.

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  3. Lush! Skirt fabric is soooo pretty! I quite like alleyway photo's but they say change is good!!

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    1. thanks sarah! i'm in love with the skirt fabric, first cotton sateen i ever fell for. i twisted ruggy's arm into some street shots today.

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  4. You look great. And by all means, leave the fabric pin!

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    1. thanks denise! it seems an appropriate pin, being fabric and all...

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  5. As always, you look amazing! That skirt is truly fabulous. Like the others, I like the alleyway photos.

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    1. ah thankya sam! and i loved your minerva dress!

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  6. Am NOT tired of the alleyway. I live in a "town" that never had alleys, just lots of tobacco fields; and near a city that eliminated most alleyways in its haste to modernize. The painted bricks and iron stairs are exotic to mine eyes. Square-shouldered persons can usually eliminate shoulder pads, without having to do any pattern adjustment at all. How lucky to be one of those non-sloping-shouldered persons!

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    1. i have counted myself blessed in the shoulder department :). and now i'll look at the crumbly brick with new eyes.

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  7. Loves it!!! We need to make a Janky Store date, soon!

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    1. My comment just got eaten I think...

      You DO need to go soon b/c I was walking by the other day and there were new closing signs. I know they've been threatening to close since forever, but these seemed like they meant business!

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    2. COME ON. he ain't closin! unless he is. he really really really does not enjoy the business of fabric. sometime this week??

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  8. Fabulous skirt and Nettie. I love the fabric and the fit of the skirt, perfect. I always like your alleyway pics, the bricks are just a nice back drop.

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    1. such maneuvering to get a full on shot tho!! i'm always envious of your porch :)

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  9. You pull this look off so effortlessly. And I'm not tired of your alleyway at all. In fact, I'm jealous of it! Wish I had a private space to take photos for sure.

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    1. thnakya!! well, the privacy is indeed nice. except for the occasional tourist peering into the alley. one smiled and waved maniacally at me once.

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    2. Maybe they just were excited to see a celebrity! :)

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  10. That is my new all time favorite Charlotte!

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    1. maybe this is what you need to make that yellow shirt sing!

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  11. What an amazing skirt! I have got to check out the pattern you used... :)

    Hoping all is swimmingly well...

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    1. Doh! Forgot to comment on the alleyway...love it! It's got a really great light all of it's own...

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    2. as i hope for you, mugs, i saw your post a few days ago before my browser crashed and i had to do a whole computer cleanup...

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  12. I knew you'd look great in a nettie, and the skirts a winner too.

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    1. thank you faye! i hope you're getting some sewing time...

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  13. Sensational skirt and I'd say perfect placement of those flowers. I would have probably placed one CB for a bunny tail. And I like your alleyway photos.

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    1. HAHAAAAAAA! i can't believe i didn't end up with a tail!

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  14. What a great outfit! And if you want to keep the pin, keep it!

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  15. Beautiful outfit! I love a good floral and of course the ruffle is amazing. The nettie looks cute without sleeves too! I just finished a black nettie and floral skirt combo that looks totally different, sewing rocks. It's my first nettie and now I don't know how I did not have a bodysuit before. I showed my husband the nettie without pants for a good laugh and he said " is that one of those spanks things? Hahah". And I love all your photos wherever they are taken

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    1. ruggy laughed like hell when i took my skirt off and he realized i'd been wearing a bodysuit all night!

      i love your brick wall too:)

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  16. Don't worry about the alley, red bricks do wonder for the complexion, your skirt is really really lovely and fits you perfectly, sounds like the kalkatroonans are a right bunch of fun for brunch...are they edible?

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    1. i'd call them drinkable.

      now if those bricks were whitewashed, imagine the light fill!

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  17. So is the nettie a jegging material? How cool!

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    1. HA. never thought of it that way...but yep. i went and made myself a jeggings leotard. a legotard?

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  18. Oona darling you are so enchanting, we never notice the background of your photos xo

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  19. Looks sensational, and no not sick of the alley! I've got a floral Charlotte too (wish I'd lined mine) and a Nettie to go with sounds like a smashing idea.

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    1. you can always go back and add lining... especially with the ammunition in your avatar...

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  20. no one is looking at the alley, just you rockin' another outfit :)

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    1. i gotta fish for compliments more often! who knew?!

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  21. I think it's actually a very picturesque alley. Love the brick and the stairs. Very urban chic. :) Perfect frame for the rockin curves!

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    1. i should show y'all the other half of The Alley sometime ...;)

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  22. Looks effing beautiful!!!
    I'm pretty sure I have that same cotton sateen :)

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  23. What a gorgeous outfit- both pieces are perfectly 'you' & make for a killer combo!

    I can totally sympathise with you on your boredom of your backdrop. I take about 95% of my photos against the same white wall in my apartment. The funny thing is through that I don't get bored with other people who do the same. It's difficult finding a spot that ticks all the boxes so don't feel the need to make apologies!

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  24. Nettie and Charlotte make a dynamic duo, you look great! I like the allyway too, you always seem to have good light there.

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  25. I love that skirt! The insides look as good as the outside.

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  26. Gorgeous! As always, the skirt is beautiful- inside and out. I love the fabric and the placement of the flowers are perfect :)

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  27. Love this! The lining is totally fab! What inspiration to make the inside just as pretty as the outside!

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  28. I'm as tired as you are dealing with nosy neighbors whilst shooting things...

    The skirt fits you like a lovely little glove. They really should rename that skirt the Oona

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  29. Gawd, what a beautiful skirt! I love the print and the red lining and the ruffle and the perfect fit....I want a skirt like this!

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  30. The inside of that skirt is freaking amazing. Fabulous fabrics. I should never go shopping in the NY fabric district.

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  31. I'll tell ya what I never get tired of - seeing your smiling face IN that alleyway!! Particularly whilst sporting the most lovely floral skirt I ever did see, and that curve hugging show-off of a pattern, Nettie! That flowery fabric is, erm, dreamy. I'd like to fill my life with it.

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  32. I like the button, she just joins right in on the flower party! Lovely sewing, and the bodysuit goes with it perfectly. As for maybe being tired of the alley, well, at least they aren't tin boxes (otherwise known as "mobile homes")! And those bricks make a great backdrop. Your blogs always make me grin, if not laugh out loud. Thanks!

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  33. Another fabulous skirt. The flower pin is perfect. As for the *other* flower, better over your belly-button than over your lady garden, no?

    And I love your alleyway. I'm already scouting Toronto alleyways for my Oonapalooza photos... and I haven't even figured out what I'm going to sew yet!

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  34. gorrrrrrrrgeous! so elegant!
    I love love love. wish I could get my hands on all these fabric.... all of it. you look yummy, oona.
    and I am not tired of your alley, in fact I think of it as a location to visit whenever I can get to NYC. nothing stalker-like, just a special-oona-place.
    :)

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  35. Dude, this outfit... I can't even. It's too fab! And I love your alley! It's such a warm, flattering red! It's definitely better than my Queens prison-y alleys (why is there so much barbed wire?! WHY?!)!

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  36. Lovely, this is all kinds of tops! I seriously dig the ruffle- it is rather smashing!

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  37. I'm not really tired of the alleyway. It's just the you of the blogosphere. I'm similarly limited in my photographing backdrops in our teeny tiny garden - anywhere else is rather out of the question in our even teenier tinier furniture-filled house and little town where running around self-timing oneself would be really weird.
    And we're always distracted from the alley by the gorgeous sewing, anyway!

    Wait, that top is denim?! :O

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    1. just think of the sewing room we'd have.

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  39. Little lady, we NEVER tire of your alleyway, as long as your gorgeous self is modelling gorgeous makes that strike us green with envy - if anyone is even LOOKING at the alleyway, they are missing out on so much fabulousness, we feel sorry for them XO

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  40. You look awesome, that skirt is fabulous!
    Nice Work

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  41. I love your no buttonhole button, I would never have noticed unless you said. Your fit of both is crazy perfect! Your alleyway is unique to you and it is so interesting - I think always a great back-drop for your sewing.

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  42. These look great together. I don't mind the alleyway; I always try and take photos in different interesting locations, but I just end up feeling embarrassed by all the staring people, and frustrated that Ben can't read my mind with regards to what I want.

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  43. Love the outfit. I have that same floral fabric... intended for a spring jacket that may become a fall jacket since i haven't cut into it a bit.

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  44. The alleyway is the perfect backdrop for shooting your fabulous collection. Love this outfit and you look as gorgeous as ever. I had to chuckle when you asked the question about your shooting location. I have a similar issue. It's hard to concentrate when folks stop and stare trying to figure out the meaning of all the pictures every week. Sigh, sigh.

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  45. That dress is GORGEOUS!! It reminds me of a Marc Jacobs skirt I used to have. I felt totally sassy when I ore it. It looks amazing on you!

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  46. Hello Oona, what a beautiful skirt, and the lining, just wonderful. I love the flower motif. It is just soooo girly. Thanks beautiful lady.

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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!