8.13.2015

now THAT'S class.

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | BHL Kim dress and fascinator| a sewing blog

I have decided that we need to bring parasols, fans, and fascinators back. This is a lot to bring back all at once. As the golden rule of accessorizing clearly states you should remove one object before walking out the door, I have abandoned the fan for this ensemble.

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | BHL Kim dress and fascinator| a sewing blog

Brilliant Chica and I are actually the co-authors of this movement. During an early summer visit, I was showing her some beautiful fascinator supplies, sent to me by Vibes and Scribes, and that set us on our adventure. We always have some sort of crafty and/or treasure hunt adventure when we're together, that involves hours of yelling and searching and hypothesizing. And always accompanied by fist shaking! Why have we abandoned the parasol?! PARASOLS ARE WONDERFUL! Why are fascinators not part of our daily ensemble?! WHY IS EVERYONE ON THEIR CELLPHONE?!!!! WHO ARE THESE CLASSLESS PLEBES SURROUNDING US?!

I, without a bra or accompanying bra stays, am clearly the definition of class.


I could use a little boning as well.

The dress dates back to 2005. Not, not really. But I made it so long ago I can't remember! It's the BHL Kim dress, so we can chart its birth from sometime around that release. As you can see, the back bodice would benefit from the recent steel boning kick I've been on. So sad. I should remedy that.


But I'm loathe to rip out that handstitching! This poly was treated with such care! Well above its station! 


Cinderell-y flowers are underlined in some mystery blend with a delicious hand, both are from Janky store, hence the mystery. 

You know, I think I should add that to the Classy List: A Sense Of Mystery.


AND SPARKLY BUTTERFLIES. SPARKLY BUTTERFLIES ARE EVER SO CLASSY.

I really enjoyed knocking this fascinator out, and wouldn't have went near the idea had Vibes and Scribes, a small indie shop in Ireland (and online too), not reached out to me. When they asked if I'd like to try a few goodies my eyes immediately went to millinery. MILLINERY! A whole new level of class, itching to be learned! I positively devoured the screen!

Oooooorrrr...... maybe I could just go with a fascinator, which seems to be the scrappy, slightly tipsy chick of the millinery world, where the only rule is more is more.


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oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | BHL Kim dress and fascinator| a sewing blog

I'm totally serious about the Call to Class. In fact, three gorgeous gals donned handmade fascinators for some birthday festivities last week, all created in a mere sixty minutes, and mostly by Brilliant Chica. She has an EYE for this stuff, yo!

(I'm sorry, "yo" should probably be off my list. At least for this post.)

I'd like to thank Vibes and Scribes for sending me down this classy path. Really, these goodies have sparked a whole new section of accessories. Expect more fascinators, and fans. Oh yes, there will be fans...

What's your favorite classy accoutrement? Have I missed something? GLOVES!!! A LADY NEEDS GLOVES!

the supplies for this fascinator were sent to me by Vibes And Scribes, who have unwittingly opened a new door of horror for Ruggy. 

78 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! Love the parasol in combination with this lovely dress.

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    1. thank you dorothy! that parasol was all of 6 dollars.

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  2. You've done it again. This pattern was not on my list until I saw your rendition. I love it! Now I want one!!!

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    1. i adore this pattern! i've talked about it before-- but i do peg the skirt a little (too much and that tulip will show of ALL your goodies ;).

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  3. That totally is classy! I love the combo yo! ;)

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    1. and your blog is delicious, i'm a new follower!

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    2. :)) Awesome!! You flatter me darling! ;)

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  4. Class is back! I love gloves, we should all start wearing them again -- now that I have my gran's vintage gloves I'm a fan...oh yes, fans...those too -- they are mysterious and also quite useful at a certain age ;)

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    1. Yes. Gloves. I was going to ask about gloves - especially the ones that almost go to the elbows. Those are very nice indeed.

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    2. haha!! maybe we get classier as we get older. like a fine wine.

      all season gloves would be so useful, too, a force field for city subways and door handles and whatnot.

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  5. Claaaaaaaassy! Quite often I'm the over dressed one in the group so I'm all for everyone stepping it up! Lead the way classy lady, let me go grab my pearls!

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    1. PEARLS!!! i have so many pearls, how did i not don my pearls?!!!

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  6. Well, whatever the flaws you may see, that dress has a lovely tulip shape and great pattern placement. And who sees flaws with a parasol and fascinator to distract?

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    1. the accessories do hide all manner of problems. brilliant chica & i were explaining to our men, the point of the fascinator is to fascinate and mesmerize...surely that's true...

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  7. Soooo beautiful Oona. You make the prettiest dresses.

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    1. thank you lovely faye! happy monday to you...

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  8. Gish golly, but you're a vision of loveliness! Bee-yoooo-tee-fulll is you!

    A blogger that came to our 40+ blogger meet-up bought the most amazing fascinator on one of the planned outings! It's felted, and has little sproingy things at the tip-top, and altogether dahling. When I saw it....wheels started turning. Now that I see yours, wheels are not only turning, but I've put things into second gear. Now. Do I dare peak at that website?

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    1. Oops....did it. Straw fascinator bases? Oh, be still my heart!

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    2. aren't they so cool?! and did you see the little top hats? i think you would do very well with a small army of colorful confections.

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  9. Wow! I love this look on you. I wear Fascinators and parasols all the time. So I'm helping you bring them back. Hehe. It's a beautiful dress and parasol.

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    1. i'll keep an eye out for you ;) though surely we'll scream, having spotted a fellow fascinatrix, and ruin all sense of class...

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  10. Oh yes. This whole get up is gorgeous. I love the dress!!!

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    1. thank you! can't believe it took me this long to wear it...

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  11. Simply stunning, as always!

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  12. Outstanding! Love the fascinator, love the dress, and love the parasol!

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    1. HEY! is that a fascinator i spy in your avatar?

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  13. Yum!!! I was first drawn to the dress and how you've used the pattern- it's so beautiful and of course recognisable as a good Kim. However I have to say I usually detest fascinates with their curled pieces of quill and ridiculous use of feathers.....but yours? Now that's my kind of fascinator- it's more of a hair bouquet, ok with butterflies. Adore the Oonanator

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    1. HAHAHA oonanator... it's like i'm a transformer made of technicolor butterflies.... actually, when i googled for inspiration halfway through, i got kind of disappointed in my lack of fascinator volume and had to let it lie for a bit. i think hair bouquet is the perfect description!

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  14. my dear, you are born to wear fascinators! and what a gorgeous dress too (funny thing - just last night, i've finished a dress that has pretty much the same skirt)

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    1. of course you did, sis. one day we'll meet and our suitcases will be like opening a shared closet...

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  15. The parasol. Always the parasol! Plus a lovely flower crown.Non negotiable for me now!

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  16. Beautiful! Devine! I wish people wore more accessories on a daily basis; life would be more fun! Thanks for introducing Vibes and Scribes, since I live in Ireland, the shipping cost won't be so crazy expensive! hehehehe Oh, and the tulip skirt!!!! What can be sexier?

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    1. ooo if you're close i hope you get to see their brick & mortar, it looks so pretty!

      i would LOVE to see you do an accessorized out the wazoo outfit. the things your beautiful brain would come up with...

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  17. I so agree!!!! My friend and I bought parasols to keep the sun off us while walking round Rome a few years ago but my poor parasol has been resigned to the top of my wardrobe ever since (it probably would disintegrate if I took it outside the rain we're having a the moment though!) Definitely think they're due a comeback.
    Also, love your gorgeous dress!

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    1. thank you amanda! yeah, my parasol already has a few little holes in it and would melt in the rain...i bought a supercute frilly rain-appropriate umbrella, but of course it doesn't fold up so you're walking into building with a long wet stick. PROBLEMS.

      oh but those words..."parasols to keep the sun off us while walking round Rome"... i might just repeat that in my head like a mantra...

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  18. Ooh, fascinators! I made one recently to wear to a 1920s event, I love it! And what about muffs? Bring back the muff too.

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    1. YES!! a friend bought me a powder blue faux fur muff, and i adored it... then someone stole it the first time i wore it out-- it disappeared from my dressing room at a one-night-only concert, so i couldn't even return to the scene of the crime and suss out whodunit.

      and you're the second avatar that comes with a fascinator!

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  19. I've just moved to Ireland and vibes and scribes is now my local craft shop! Lovely to see them mentioned here :)

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    1. that's awesome! i love the shot of their storefront. saw howdy for me :))))

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  20. So so beautiful! The Kim Dress has to be one of my favourite bodices, especially that back!

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    1. i agree, i love that low back. been pondering doing one with like, just an inch of back bodice...

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  21. Gloves, to be sure. I have a startlingly large glove collection considering the number of hands I have. I love the idea of parasols because the sun doesn't love me, but I need to figure out how to transport them on the bike.

    That dress is fabulous. That print + the tulip skirt is terrific, and I love the way the print flows across the back.

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    1. i had only 2 yards and i agonized over that large print placement... of course, at janky store prices i could have bought enough yardage to make my cutting simple...must remember that...

      how about a wicker parasol holder? something fashioned slightly diagonally across the front of the bike? adorned with flowers, of course... or you could sling it across your back in a parasol bag, like a yoga mat bag...

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  22. New follower to your blog :-) Your dress has a nice sophisticated air to it, I especially like the hand stitching you did in the inside bodice, wonderful job!

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    1. welcome! and thank you, i actually ripped out that handstitching several times and did a hand overcast on the seams. i don't know why i went so hand crazy on this dress!

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  23. Google - Hampshire Regency Dancers! Fans, parasols, sewing and class out your ears!!! And much dancing and picnics.

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    1. ON MY LIST. and classy picnics! this must happen!

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  24. Gorgeous!! May Oona live and rule FOREVER!! :)

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    1. thanks tanielle! (and what a pretty name!)

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  26. Pretty as a picture! Definitely the parasol and the fascinator are the perfect accompaniment to the graceful lines of this dress. I wish I could wear fascinators as I adore the concept, but my baby fine hair, curly though it may be requires hair spray in nothing less than 80s teen flick proportions to not be flattened by anything I bolt on my head. I do have a lovely pair of blush Ponte gloves and a faux fur collar that I made to go with a sleeveless blush Ponte sheath dress I wear when I go to the Opera. It's a super classy combo, and I love the gloves. They aren't terribly practical for daily life, but they look fantastic.

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    1. oh, that combination sounds divine. faux fur collar is now on the list. the second set of fascinators involved small headbands with giant (like, head sized) flowers right on top... it kind of created a giant flower afro for the gals with straight hair. you might like it, i'll post those soon!

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  27. You look so pretty in this ensemble, just beautiful.

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  28. Hats. And pearl necklaces.
    This post made me giggle. You have class AND humour: the best combination.

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    1. thank you lovely hana. i'm a firm believer in laughing at oneself ;)

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  29. Gloves are definitely fabulous. And during some summer events or at, say, the Viva Las Vegas car show, I have to have a parasol or else I will simply melt!

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    1. oh desiree, i love your ensembles. i keep thinking i'll catch you in a drop dead dress around town!

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  30. Oh, lovely! Parasols and fascinators (new word for me) and fans and all kinds of lovely, old-fashioned feminine things. In fact, just this morning I was saying we should bring back chatelaines but that would probably only work if you were into steampunk.

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    1. WHOAH, i totally want one!!! it's like a dangerous sexy version of a pocketbook!

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  31. Your photos are awesome and your personality shines brightly! I love the idea of bringing back class! I love hats and fascinators. Now if we could get a jump on gloves that would be awesome! I would love a darling pair of gloves to wear with an ensemble. I do have a pattern or two to try so why not! Let's see what we come up with!

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    1. DIVE IN! and holler when you're in the water ;)

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  32. This is so pretty! You have such fabulous projects! :) I am itching to try to sew a hem like that too! ;)

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  33. I've been to Vibes and Scribes on vacation, how funny is that! Rock on with your accessories self, we should def bring back the wearing of hats and fans and such.

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  34. This dress is soooo pretty! I love it!
    I'm not big on head pieces but you are playing the role well :-)

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