9.17.2014

Eyelet Without A Face


oonaballoona vintage simplicity 2222

My outdated camera refused to allow Ruggy to focus on the live girl. It wanted the hottie in the poster. Literally kept zeroing in on her face. Though I'm sure she's charming, I had to give her the hand.

oonaballoona vintage simplicity 2222

Despite the impressive size of my mouth, I’m a bit at a loss for words…could be that this marks the end of summer sewing, could be the casual vibe...

oonaballoona vintage simplicity 2222 rayon binding

oonaballoona vintage simplicity 2222 rayon binding

Could be that at one point I wanted to set fire to this dress, since I decided to use rayon binding on all TWO HUNDRED AND TWELVE SEAMS (I might be off by about two hundred). Although this project was involved, it went together simply... just a bit... mind numbingly

oonaballoona vintage simplicity 2222

In an effort to get some everyday wear into my extremely gussied-up closet, I snagged this warm reversible cotton eyelet at Mood Fabrics online, for my MSN September project. I found the lavender snaps at Vardhman Trims on 39th, which really pair nicely with the print IRL, camera be damned-- the owner and I both let out an audible sigh when I held up the swatch. I love that lady.

 oonaballoona vintage simplicity 2222

As you can see, she's a holy girl, the reason for the rayon. Serged seams would get ugly, and french or flat felled seams would've been too bulky with the embroidered aspect.  Couldn't bear to line it, as the eyelet provides the opportunity for all manner of technicolor slips peeking through...


Unfortunately my technicolor slips stop at a demure pecan tone. Must fix that. Wouldn't Sky Blue be amazing under this?  Safety Cone Orange! Or that old chestnut, Radiant Orchid?!

Next time I’d throw some pleats in the back skirt too. The pattern (vintage Simplicity 2222) only provides for the front. Helps with the casual vibe, I suppose? And as Amy pointed out, it's a flattering effect, which makes sense-- this pattern is one of the "Slenderette" line. C'est vrai! BUT I WANTS MORE VOLUME. Willows are for Buffy.


I'd also love it if Ruggy would occasionally hop up off the ground.


Ah, that's better. Thanks Ruggy!

(Really, I'm sure she's charming.)

this ever so conservative dress was made using my monthly fabric "allowance" as part of the Mood Sewing Network.

49 comments:

  1. omg this fabric is amazing! i love it!

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  2. Wow that fabric is amazing!! And so is your work! <3

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  3. So cute! That fabric is gorgeous, I may just need to buy some myself and copy you...!

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  4. That is fabulous and the inside is so beautiful, too. Fabulous job.

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  5. hahaha...my grade school sense of humour appreciates the finger up the nose...sometimes I feel I never matured past age eleven. I just finished a dress, and the universe whispered in my ear...that's it, the last of the summer sewing...I don't dislike sewing fall and winter clothing; I actually love the challenge that comes with outerwear. It's just that I have trouble finding the colours that I love.

    More than enough about me! I adore this fabric, and it is truly reversible. The side you used is fabulous, and I can totally see it being awesome flip side out too! The rear view is flattering, but I love a full skirt...for it's twirl factor, true...but I also think a fuller skirt looks less 'grown up' for lack of a better word.

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    1. i just might wear this for inside out day next year!

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  6. Three awesome things about this post. First, the fabric choice could not be better. Who says eyelet is for summer. The colors are amazing and it is perfect for this time of year. Two - the rayon binding on all 212 seams. Perfect. I'm getting into making the inside of my garments as pretty as the outside. Three - Willows are for Buffy. Priceless. Bravo ... as usual ... Bravo!

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    1. you know, i keep forgetting eyelet is not considered a fall fabric, but this screamed fall to me when i saw it! (and i was pretty stoked about the buffy line.)

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  7. How you manage to make an interesting post out of a make that you have nothing to say about...it is impressive. (Please ignore that horribly awful sentence structure and glob on to the sentiment instead. ;) ) I have recently decided that it's time I delved into the rayon seam binding world, and I have some en route. Yours looks beautifully applied, natch!

    And I completely agree with the call about adding pleats in the back, yes...

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    1. i am a fan of horrible sentence structure! i mean, COME ON! rules for a modpodge appropriated nonsensical language? english, for real, you crazy. but i love you.

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  8. Ruggy got low, low, low for that first pic, and it makes you look a million feet tall! This dress is awesome, and that rayon binding is just the thing. Per usual, you rocked it. Such a little creative vixen!!!

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    1. i was laughing and him and begging him to get up. no dice...

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  9. This dress turned out soooooo pretty! I love the fabric and the snaps (PEARL SNAPS ALLLL DAAAYYYYY) and the fact that all manner of technicolor slips will indeed look amazing under it all. Cute boots to boot!

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  10. Bound seams... yeah.... always a better idea on paper - before faced with sewing them all! Fun dress!

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  11. Beautiful! Gorgeous fabric, gorgeous dress.

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  12. crazy fabric!!1 love the way it turned out.
    that's the thing, 212 seams but it sure is worth it!
    beautiful!
    (and I like the pattern, too!)

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  13. Fantastic! I was in love after the first snap....

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  14. Love this dress! The fabric reminds me of fall with a summer twist(eyelets). Looks amazing inside and out

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  15. You had me at amazingly beautiful fabric (it's *almost* as beautiful as you are. Almost.) - and then... THOSE SEAMS. Omg! GIRL! That shit is freaking gorgeous from the inside-out!

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  16. that fabric is so ridiculously beautiful, and so your fabric! looking damn cute in this dress, girl!

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  17. Fantastic job, the fabric is really beautiful and I love that song from Billy Idol too.

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  18. It's beeeeuuuuuutiful! After all that work, it's almost like those seams should be on the outside!

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  19. Well, the girl is not super hot for our standards! She's in black & white!

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  20. I remember seeing this fabric on the site - looks even more fabulous made up. Love the snaps and the styling with the boots and seriously heart the purple belt ;o)

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  21. Gorgeous! I can tell those snaps look killer in real life!

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  22. Wow! That is very pretty! I am rather envious of how you look nice when wearing EVERY COLOUR. Lovely make :)

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  23. Fun fabric!! Eyelet and print... you would.

    Also, just want to say that I'm lovin the Aziz Ansari poster feature, which coincidentally has my b-day on it! :)

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  24. Can you believe the cold weather is coming back!? No!!! I see you already have your boots ready for the fall and winter.

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  25. How did you apply the rayon to the seams? By the way - it could not be more lovely. Where did you get the fabric?

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  26. Yes yes sky blue underneath! So glad you didn't burn it with fire :D
    I love your boots!!

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  27. Wow...that's terrific! The insides of this dress look so good you could wear this inside out!

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  28. Truely amazing work you've done!! And "she" might be really nice, but you're far better looking!! *LOL*

    Love the Billy Idol reference in your title, too - I say he still rocks! :D

    Be well...

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  29. These insides are giving me heart palpitations! Please wear with any and ALL technicolor slips underneath. And I agree that those lavender snaps are a color match made in heaven.

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  30. I'm so sorry it was a pain the ass to make but WORTH IT! So autumnally awesome.

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  31. Love the snaps, and thanks for the tip on where to get them! Do you have a yoga mat for Ruggy when he's on the ground? Because then at the end of the shoot, he could do Savasana to get his chakras in alignment. Or you could just make a garter flask and give him a shot.

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  32. So gorgeous!! I love the colours and I love that you left it to go with technicolored slips! So glad that you didn't set fire to this bad boy!

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  33. Wow. Printed eyelet. So gorgeous; and despite the craziness of it, binding all the seams was definitely a wise decision! And coloured slips, yes. Somehow, I'm imagining teal.
    I find it's often the case with modern and vintage patterns that all the interest is in the front. I think it's one of the many reasons I love historical clothing - so much back interest going on in many of the eras!

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  34. Very cute! and the skirt from McCall's 6745 has double pleats in the front and pleats in the back :-)

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  35. Haha! That lady's got nothing on you! Love the dress!

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  36. I absolutely love this dress ! And for binding all the seams, chapeau bas ! You did great job with dress !

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  37. Is Ruggy actually ON THE STREET, like, below the curb? Seriously, dude. You look great. If I hadn't met you, I would think you were 5'6" at least.

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  38. Great dress from a fabulous piece of fabric! So lovely on you!

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  39. You are undeniably my favorite blogger, for your amazing skills & fashion sense as well as your wit, humor, and je n'est ce quoi.

    Wow! on the dress. Would I had your design eye and talent. Sigh...

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  40. I realize I'm late to this party, but that's the best post title I've heard all month.

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