8.18.2014

oonapalooza winners!

Do you know how hard it was to choose from 70 oonapalooza makes? NOT HARD AT ALL! BECAUSE I SICCED MY FAMILY ON THE JUDGING, YO!

If that doesn't say brat, I don't know what does. And brat is synonymous with oonapalooza.

Furthering my spoiled ways, I asked some of my favorite people to supply some prizes! AND THEY SAID YES TOO!!! Do you think perhaps I should just ask whoever is behind the table at the next audition to never mind the actual booty shaking, just go ahead and hire me? And they'll say yes? It stands to reason, rule of three and all...

But for now let's focus on the six peeps that The Family found the most Kalkatroonaan. Let me say, I thought this would be a quick thing for them-- that their picks would just pop out, their eyes well trained to spot a technicolor relative in a room full of strangers, but no! To a person, they each spent several hours scouring blogs, instagram, flickr, and deliberating. They had the exact same problem I did: EVERYONE IS AWESOME. Thank you family. I owe you a great big pitcher of drinks.

Let's get on with it! The bombtastic Heather Lou of Closet Case Files has offered up her carnival ride of a pattern, the Bombshell swimsuit (really, it's just that fun to make). For her death defying posing on jungle gyms in eye searing print, the swimmie goes to...


Penny Librarian! Girl, that dress is TOO MUCH FUN!!! And too much is never enough.

Whoop! My gals at By Hand London donated four bookshelf worthy patterns (holy shiznet thank you gals!). For her tapalicous Katy & Laney Tap Shorts, the structural and chic Elisalex goes to...


Sew Stylist! I swear, I'd wear those shorts into the ground. ESPECIALLY WITH DEM SHOES.

One of my favorites of the BHL collection-- but let's face it, they're all up there in my book-- the Victoria Blazer, goes to...


Cari Homemaker! Again. Y'all. Really. I want this dress. All of my cocktail glasses want this dress.

For her maiden journey into maxi land (and not near her last, I believe she has half a closet full of full lengths now), the Anna (of which I have infinite versions) goes to...



The Sewing Diet! YOU LOOK BRILLIANT IN MAXIS, FELLOW SHORTY!

And lastly in the By Hand London Bounty, the wiggly Charlotte skirt goes to...


The Quirky Peach! Oh please make it with the ruffle, my swirly friend!

And finally, I asked my friends at Mood Fabrics to join the prize party. I've grown so fond of so many people there, it feels like a party every time I walk in the store. Oh yeah, AND THE FABRIC.  With the most votes out of The Family deliberations, a fifty dollar gift card is on its merry way to...


Cut Cut Sew! DO NOT EVER WEAR THIS NEAR ME! YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF NEKKID!!!


I can't say enough how amazed I am by all of the vibrant, beautiful, out-of-the-comfort-zone creations that came out of this crazy scheme. And how much I learned about the way that I sew through what y'all made! My mind is literally blown. And I haven't had a drop today. Sewcialists, you merry band, and ringleaders Gillian and Lady Katza, I salute you.

I wish I could send each and every one of you somethin' somethin' (and my stressed out family feels the same. Again, thanks for doing the hard part, family).  For now, a virtual clink of my glass and a face splitting grin are what I can give. I hope you are all stitching something INSANE!

33 comments:

  1. Those winners are awesome possum. Congrats to your family to winnowing it down! I knew from the start it wouldn't be easy, but I never expected the number of contributions we got - and everyone of them great. Thanks for being our muse in July - You were gracious and encouraging and all the good stuff!

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    1. thank YOU for the opportunity to be such a happy brat! i really never expected this either :)

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  2. Congratulations to the family for a job well done albeit hard. Great job to everyone that participated and congrats to the winners.

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  3. Happy birthday again Marce! You deserve every ounce of sewing love people gave to you this month!

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  4. Gorgeous gorgeous Kalkatroonaans, all of them! Congratulations to all!

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  5. Wowza, these are all so amazing! Good picks, Family Balloona!!!

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  6. WHAAAAAT!!! This is the shiz!!! I am so excited :) Happy back to school sweet sewing pattern to me! I will totally make the ruffle version - you know it! ;) THANKS LADY!

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    1. family say WELCOME!! and i should have said to shoot me an email!

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  7. OH, WELL DONE FAMILY!!!! Everyone did such fantastic pieces, but the minute I saw The Sewing Diet on flickr, I kinda had a moment, LOL! LOVE that dress! I want it too!!! And she's short? Well, dang...I may have to try a maxi myself!

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    1. oh, sue, i cannot believe you haven't done a mxi yet. SUE. YOU MUST.

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  8. Your family basically had an impossible task, but they chose well! Yay to all the fab winners (but especially my real life friend Kelly, woohoooooooo girl!).

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  9. Very amazing winners. Good job family

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  10. Wow!! I am having all the feelings right now :) Thank you so much!! And thank your sweet family for me too. Oonapalooza was so much fun and I loved seeing everyone's colorful and happy creations. And of course I LOVE Mood, what an amazing prize! Thank you thank you thank you!!

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    1. woot! shoot me an email if you see this, i'm a dork & forgot to add that!

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  11. These are all sooo amazing, but I am in love with Cut Cut Sew's swimsuit - I might have to fight you for it :-)

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  12. Yipeeeeee!!!!! *pauses happy dance to write comment* I had so much fun chunneling my way to Kalkatroona. It changed me for the better, as good travel always does. A doff of the hat to you, Ms. Oona, for being awesome. And to Family Balloona, thank you so much for appreciating all our efforts! Hope you had as much fun as I did reviewing the parade of cool, colorful, gorgeousness all these talented sewcialists whipped up.

    I've had this BHL dress in my sights for months. MONTHS! Will enjoy making it up all the more now, as part of my brat pack spoils!

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    1. YES! it was my job to match pattern to my family's picks, so hooray! shoot me an email when you get a chance...

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  13. One of the first things that I did when I woke up this morning was to check my blog reader: Wonderful, talented, inspirational crafty community what have you been up to this week? Oh, my goodness, gracious me! That I did not expect. Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my stitch-y heart x.

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    1. family is happy & says you're welcome, i'm sure!! if i don't find you first, shoot me an email:)

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  14. OMG! I can't believe it! I never win anything. This is amazing! I am ready for my maxi! Thanks Oona, you're the best!!!!!!!

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  15. All are wonderful! I would like one of each in my closet please :)

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  16. WooHoo!! Congrats Winners!! What a lovely bunch!

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  17. There can never be another Oona, but these ladies sure did a fabulous job of emulating your awesome style! Congrats!

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    1. weren't they all fabulous?! i never could have picked, myself!

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  18. Oona, these are totally amazing! Do you feel thoroughly inspired now? Wow, so many new leads on fabric, pattern, and approaches that it thrills me!! Thanks for hosting, sharing and I look forward to participating next year!

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    1. i DO!!!! and i guess we haveta have another go, it was too much fun to do only once :))

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  19. So blown away by the beauty of what everyone made!! Soo inspiring!

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  20. Congratulations to you all, to us all! This was a boatload of fun!

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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!