12.29.2014

the view from up here

oonaballoona | new year's eve dress | zac posen silk brocade | simplicity 1803 
MY GOODNESS WHERE ARE MY MANNERS. SHOWING YOU MY SKIVVIES RIGHT OFF THE BAT LIKE SOME CHEAP FLOOZIE. GODSAKES COVER UP WOMAN.

oonaballoona | john roberts coat | new year's eve dress | zac posen silk brocade | simplicity 1803

That's better. Oh so classy, oona, with your John-Baldwin-Made-Of-Magic-Coat, found at a favorite vintage haunt hidden in the southern hills! Seriously, there's no content label, so I'm assuming magic. Or a silk wool blend. Which has a sub-definition of Magic, obviously.

oonaballoona | john roberts coat | new year's eve dress | zac posen silk brocade | simplicity 1803

I mean check out that center back seam! On the coat, not so much on my dress-- although in real life, it lies nice and flat. You know, when I'm not shivering in a field hopping across cow patties in four inches of heels and three yards of silk brocade, cackling as Mama Ruggy shrieks in delight over silly poses, angling the camera a lá Baby Boy. 

Similar shooting style, Mama and Boy, but very different volume control. Actually, the ladies in this equation are both Quite Loud.

oonaballoona | new year's eve dress | zac posen silk brocade | simplicity 1803 
EYYYY RUDOLPH! Where did you really get that red nose?

Before we went all country, I set out to stitch up a New Year's Eve dress for another positively luscious lady. It suddenly dawned on me: I too would need a new dress! Neveryoumind that I haven't worn this one, this one, or, if you can believe it, this one out yet. Criminal! Tee hee, and tra la.

I spent 60 marvelously maniacal minutes refashioning this circle skirt, adding a (hacked) Simplicity 1803 bodice with the help of every precious scrap I saved, before returning to the task at hand. When we get back to The City That Never Shuts Its Face, I'll have a few scant hours to finish m'lady's party dress (almost done, I swear!) and fix the droopy neckline on this bad boy. 

Zacky Poo's bodice is lined in the same eye searing orange poly as the skirt. I think it might be fun to tack those right angles down with a couple of vintage buttons and have that pop of orange. Or, open up the handstitching and throw some horsehair in there? What say you, sewists? Possibly try out some embroidery stitches on my Pfaff?

oonaballoona | new year's eve dress | zac posen silk brocade | simplicity 1803

I just got a li'l homesick for the view from my Pfaff! But I'll tell you what. It's ever so nice to see sky...

What are you wearing New Year's Eve?

45 comments:

  1. Beautiful dress and Happy New Year! What am I wearing? Well, truthfully all RTW for New Year's Eve. I will go hang my head in shame.

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    1. hey now, chefs don't only eat homecooked meals, you wear that RTW with pride!

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  2. This dress is beautiful!. I don't know what I'm wearing for NYE and I'm kind of upset about that lol

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  3. Beautiful Oona, both the dress and the coat!

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  4. Gorgeous dress Oona. Amazing coat and such cool photos too. I didn't get round to a NYE dress but I'm doing well on using my Georgia (http://ooobop.com/georgia-the-party-squeeze/) for just about every festive party so far this year!

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    1. oooooo BOP that's beautiful! love that gold!!

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  5. The light is amazing in your photos Oona. You look sublime! I just made a pretty dress, and I might wear it New Year's Eve. Never mind that it's a wee gathering of six at a friend's home. It's either the knockout dress, or comfy jeans, LOL. Time and temperature will tell.

    I think I would try turning back the corners and pinning a button or brooch on just to see how it would look. The other, maybe crazy, idea I have is to sew one {or even more} of those frog closures on it...the fabric has an almost Asian look to it. I dunno...it could look all wrong too. That's where pins and dress forms come in very handy.

    Happy New Year Beautiful You!

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    1. we were RACING to catch the light!

      considering i still have to finish m'lady's dress, i'm probably going the brooch route. excellent idea-- then i can change my mind later! and happy new year to you, sue!

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  6. Whoa, Mama Ruggy has a gift for photography! I love these shots.

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    1. she's seriously amazing, i have some of her scene/still lifes hanging here in NY!

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  7. I have no idea what to do about those right angles. I'm mostly admiring the skirt. My sister has been lusting after full 50s skirts recently, with my assistance, so I'm in the mood for that. Go skirt!

    I don't have time to make anything new for New Years Eve, at least I don't think I do. Finish something, maybe. We'll see. I'll be staying home, anyway, so I could just don my trusty "old" LBD if I felt like it, like I did on Christmas. :-)

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    1. i like to make the party happen where ever i am :) i think i'd wear this even if we were staying in tonight! happy new year, dear hana.

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    2. Happy new year, Oona! It was nightgown and watching Ratatouille with my sister, and it was great. :-)

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  8. I love, love this dress! I prefer it over the circle skirt. The dress just screams elegance. I want to make a new years dress, but I wonder if it's too much to go to a friend's house and if it's too late to make one. Once again, the pictures are amazing. I love yore lighting!

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    1. i think i just regretted not having that brocade up by my face! and it's never too much, if you love the way you feel. you have soooooo many pretty dresses that want to go out!

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  9. I think you have a hidden army of mini oona's churning out this shit 24/7. There is no other explanation for your incredible stamina and output. I want to steal this dress and sleep in. Every day.

    I was planning on wearing the gold dres son NYE but it just creases like crazy and I will be sweaty and dancey so I'm gonna pull something tried and true out of storage... so the chevron sequin number. Again.

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    1. HAHAHAAAA. my sloth cat does it! i would pull that sequin number out so many time it'd have no sequins by now.

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  10. Yes to corner flashes of orange! And thanks for the link to Sarah--inspiring woman.

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    1. she is the definition of amazing. i'm so lucky to know her. and happy new year elle!

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  11. The dress look so yummy! I love the fun colour of the lining. I would totally tack those right angles down to show off the colour.

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  13. Stunning! As usual. Happy New Year!

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    1. thank you margo, and happy happy to you too!

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  14. I love this dress. It looks gorgeous on you.

    For NYE I will probably be rocking my pj's. The only party I have planned is the work party mid-Jan that I working on, but don't want to go.

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    1. as long as you like your PJs, rock the hell out of them! happy new year, girl!

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  15. I so wish that I had an occasion in which to wear an awesome frock. Maybe some silk PJs on New Year's Eve. Now, to sew silk PJs!

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    1. now THAT is on my list. loungewear needs to be fabulous, yo.

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  16. Positively GORGEOUS. I love that swooping back bodice on you. Stunning. Lovely golden hour lighting too!

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    1. thanks girl! we were sweating (shivering) to get that light!

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  17. Happy New Year, Oona! You'll be the shining star in the dress at the NYE party. Pretty!

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    1. oh lovely yoshimi thank you! and happy new year!

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  18. love the shots and golden hour colors.. the dress is gorgeous, and that coat is a great find, i wish i can steal it! i'll wear me made leggings and oversized top, and wool socks, as i'll spend new year's eve in mountain cabin, with nikola and few friends (no dresses this year, as it's going to be arctic cold)

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    1. sis, you would LOVE this coat. mama ruggy did not see the genius of it till i put it on. hope you're got some technicolor faux fur for tonight!

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  19. Another gorgeous dress! I can just imagine you and Mama Ruggy in paroxysms of laughter whilst shooting this!

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  20. Belle of the Ball is what you will be on N Y E in that gorgeous dress (and coat). Happy New Sewing Year!

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  21. Gorgeous dress and THAT. COAT. So good!!! I really want to make something sparkly and fun for NYE, but as my plans mainly involve a snack buffet and board games, maybe sparkly pajamas are more appropriate! Sparkly sweatpants, perhaps?

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    1. you are totally going to want this coat.

      did you see erica's sparkly joggers up today? i think she has your NYE outfit... they're on my list...

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  22. Gorgeous as always! And what a beautiful back drop! Happy New Year Oona!

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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!