January 4, 2016

The Diana Dress

oonaballoona | a blog by marcy harriell | sewing mccalls 6884, the diana dress

If Diana Ross circa 1970s lived in the woods, I'm pretty sure she'd wear wrap maxi dresses twenty-four-seven.

oonaballoona | a blog by marcy harriell | sewing mccalls 6884, the diana dress

She would never be caught in a pose that did not show off the vented sleeves with curved cuffs.

oonaballoona | a blog by marcy harriell | sewing mccalls 6884, the diana dress

She would know at all times how she looked from every angle.

oonaballoona | a blog by marcy harriell | sewing mccalls 6884, the diana dress

What's that you're gazing at, Diana? The mist on the mountains? The sun casting its glow on all your gold records? The murderous peacock inching ever closer? Who can tell?

oonaballoona | a blog by marcy harriell | sewing mccalls 6884, the diana dress

Here's what gives me away. Diana would never show her chompers in a high fashion photo shoot.

oonaballoona | a blog by marcy harriell | sewing mccalls 6884, the diana dress

SO HAUGHTY. THAT'S BETTER. 

Faux Diana is wearing a Faux Wrap Maxi dress, McCalls 6884, with a few modifications and some hefty sleeve changes. Great pattern! Speaking of sewing, hey guess what! I made a couple of bloggish New Year's resolutions! I have an idea brewing for a new series in 2016, having to do with construction shots, and probably liquid shots (that's a lie, one should always sip, never shoot). It's going to have its very own blog button and everything, should you wish to join in. Details to come. 

And that's about as far as I've gotten with bloggish resolutions and wrap ups and the like. Listen, I spent several hours trying to make a 2015 collage of the 43 things I managed to document, here & on Instagram, and it just made me mad. So to close out the year, I give you my uber hot husband...

oonaballoona | rob & marcy harriell

OOOOOOOOOOH BABY LOVE! TOUCH ME IN THE MORNING! FORGET THE NEW YEAR'S EVE DRINKIN, I GOT A LOVE HANGOVER!

The hottie to the left is wearing a hand tied, hand made bow tie (ETA: pattern here), the better to rock it unfurled at the end of the evening... and the secret pajamas felt delicious all the way till sunrise.

Happy first Monday of the New Year, y'all. May it be supreme!

59 comments:

  1. Happy New Year, gorgeous Oona!

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  2. Swoon you look amazing in the dress. Those sleeves are gorgeous. Happy new year.

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  3. Oh my gah, I literally can't even imagine what Diana Ross would do in the woods. Think of her on a camping trip! You can't! It's a brain-breaking image!

    ANYWAY. The dress is gorgeous and suits you to a t!

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    1. Okay I can actually hear you saying that and see your facial expressions! And you're so right! The dress is stunning and fits Miss Oonaballoona to the T! Happy New Year ladies!

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  4. You both look delish! Yay 2016!

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  5. Ok, so. awesome. I've lurked your blog for ages, and this is my favorite of your creations so far. Great look! Happy 2016!

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    1. well thank you! welcome out of the shadows :)

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  6. Wow, if I hadn't seen this with my own eyes, I never would have imagined Diana in the woods. Happy New Year - you both look great!

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  7. Hmmmmm.....Hmmmm..... Hmmmmm...... That is a slow head shake with a closed mouthed knowing smile. Beautiful dress, love the blue, grey & gold coloring.
    THE HAIR!!!! Out on the town in its full curly glory - and glorious it is!!

    Ummmm.....so about this murderous peacock...... Is it just jealous or is there a real concern about it becoming some type of colorful and exotic dish when no one's looking?

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    1. it is real. and his mate, juliet, ran away on that very fear when we we barbecuing. for real.

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  8. Looking oh-so-fabulous, as usual! I can only imagine the kinds of swanky parties you and Ruggy attend. I'm really looking forward to your new series whenever it goes up!

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    1. lately i can only imagine them too!!! HA!

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  9. Gorgeous! I want your sleeves. Very pose-worthy.

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  10. Super glam! Don't know how you envisioned such high glam from that pattern. Happy New Year!

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  11. Stunning dress and stunning couple!

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  12. Ooo those sleeves...Happy New Year!

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  13. Absolutely stunning! Happy 2016!

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  14. SPEC.TAC.U.LAR! Happy happy new year lovely lady xx

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  15. Happy new year to you! I love those sleeves. Although, I can't picture Diana Ross in the woods at all. I'm with Sonja. That would be the definition of glamping. Fabulous dress!

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    1. she would OWN glamping!!! probably be carried in by studly men, her feet would never touch actual earth.

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  16. Ahhh, so gorgeous! Wonderful dress and a Happy new year to you all too! :-)

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  17. You both look gorgeous ... Your hubby has a look of the young Ralph Fiennes!

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  18. This is everything!!! I passed out and had to rush for my smelling salts with every photo!

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    1. hahaha!!!! sallie, your compliments are just the best.

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  20. That's a breathtaking dress ... and, A Breathtaking Guy!!!
    All Gorgeous,
    ALL LOVE
    baci Sxx

    sarsaparillasal.blogspot.com

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  21. Gorgeous dress, beautiful couple. :-)

    I wish you happiness in the New Year!

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  22. Having survived the 70s & a big fan of Ms. Ross, you got the vibe & the look down pat. Good Morning Heartache!

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    1. ooooo, you ole gloomy sight! actually, what's currently on my dressform is a real heartache, and i'm not talking the good diana kind...

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  23. Eep...I'm weak at the knees...what is it about unfurled bow ties? You both look gorgeous by the way.

    Ooh...a new series to look forward to...with a button and all. Can't wait to see what's up and coming...'course I always look forward to anything Oonaballoona.

    And, oh my goodness...the dress is sublime! I can well imagine Mr. Peacock feeling a bit miffed that there's another beauty in the garden.

    Happy New Year!

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    1. the series was inspired by something YOU said, m'lady! coming soon.

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  24. You both are so gorgeous! And, what a dress! Looks like you had a great welcome to 2016. Can't wait to see what your resolution is all about...

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  25. Ooooh! Gorgeous! Love the sleeves. Did you just draft them by hand?

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    1. sort of... i drew a curve on the fabric i had left and crossed my fingers ;)

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  26. If I could use an emoji right here in this comment it would be the heart eyed one x 1000.

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    1. ;). when will our qwerty keyboards include emojis?

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    1. elegant is exactly what i yelled to ruggy when i tried it on! heheheheeeee.

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  28. You nailed the Diana Ross look from the seventies. Love it.

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  29. Your beauty and style SLAY ME! gah!

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  30. Great dress! Stunning really. Love that print....absolutely amazing.

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  31. Need that dress!!! Why are you so amazing?

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  32. Gorgeous couple ♡ - and that dress...swoon

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  33. Just the most beautiful dress! And those sleeves! I have a love affair with those sleeves and have used them on two dresses, but most lovingly on my Quirky Diva dress (oh yes I name my dresses). You both look ridiculously hot :)

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  34. Oh my gorgeousness! That dress is freaking amazing. Diana would be proud!

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  35. You are both looking gorgeous in that final photo - and I LOVE your big hair, looks fantastic!

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  36. this is fantastic--did you use a pattern for the bow tie or did you just make it up?

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    1. ack!!!! yes, i meant to put that link in! it's a great (free) pattern from "sew like my mom," you can download it at craftsy: http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/sewing/accessory/mens-bow-tie/118582

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