10.31.2017

A Kalkatroonaan Kalle

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | A Kalkatroonaan Kalle

GET A LOAD OF MY HALLOWEEN COSTUME. I mean, seriously, right?! WHO IS THAT?! 

I don't know who it is, but it is most certainly not the person usually stomping around these parts. This chick is so...so chic. So SOLID.

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | A Kalkatroonaan Kalle

 SO WRINKLY.

Maybe I had everyone else's fabulous, in-progress Halloween costumes in mind when the overwhelming urge to first choose, and then sew this neutral cotton hit me. Maybe I was bedazzled by the parade of beautiful Kalles out there in the blogisphere. Maybe, specificallyLauren & Sallie's denim hued versions in linen & chambray made that trendy little edison lightbulb go off for me: I had the power to make the costume for the ever-present role of "Woman; Chic; Yet Not Overdressed For This Audition."


AND MAYBE I ALREADY PLAYED THIS ROLE A COUPLA TIMES BUT HAVEN'T ACTUALLY FINISHED THE DRESS YET.
All of those Maybes are true; especially the last one. As I pinned it for button placement, I realized I preferred the clean look of it. However, I didn't think ahead, and went for the exposed button placket, so...I'm sewn in here. Those wrinkles in the front are from mine own hands! (Yeah. I personally steam myself when auditioning, but apparently y'all don't rate.) In my October post over at Mood Sewing Network, I asked for a better option than stitching myself closed whenever I have to lawyer up, and got some wonderful suggestions: a strip of buttonholes, a small hidden zip near the neckline (essentially making it a pullover), and invisible snaps-- G of Lin3arossa suggested adding a single exposed snap at the neck. Which sounds super chic!


I REALLY TRULY DO NOT KNOW WHO THIS WOMAN IS ALL UP IN THIS JOINT THROWING AROUND WORDS LIKE SUPER CHIC.

But I can tell you who I hope I am; from ogling my peers in casting offices...a well heeled attorney on insert popular edgy tv show here. For real, this neckline & shape is everywhere in NY! Specifically, calls for lawyers. 

I changed up the curve at the side seam to conceal the leg a bit more--though too much leg is really not a problem; TV lawyers have different rules, dontcha know. I once played a high powered attorney in an insanely fun David E Kelley show, whose closet consisted of candy colored, teeny jersey swingy dresses that barely concealed my rear. The show never made it to the light of day, sadly. The fantastic costume designer and I had a BALL trying on dozens of outfits and picking our favorites--teeny dress was tops on the list. Ah, wardrobe! My Disneyland.

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | A Kalkatroonaan Kalle

Sewing had firmly set up shop in my heart by the time I shot that pilot, and I devoured that rack of beautifully curated clothing like a carnivore digs into a porterhouse. If this had been on offer, I would have exclaimed over the shoulder cuffs. They slope so beautifully. They make me want to rip back into this silky artsy McCalls jammie and redo those wings...

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | A Kalkatroonaan Kalle

But I'll save that for another day, as right now I want to sew about 80 other things. Happy Halloween, hope you're in costume today! (But you know me. I hope you're in costume EVERY day.)

16 comments:

  1. Hey There Oona! That is a beautiful piece. Seems to me to be quite versatile like with some crazy patterned wide legs or some other juxtapositioning that you will no doubt come up with if and when you decide that you want more. And by the way, the top puff gives me life. Thank you for that.

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    1. ooooh, I love the wide patterned legs combo! and a crazy necklace...in fact, I think I have just the thing in my closet. With a top puff, of course 😁

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  2. I love your Kalle! this has jumped to the top of my sewing queue after seeing yours, and also because there’s a sleeve available now, because winter.
    If you just slipstitch the placket closed inside and out, and leave the top unstitched enough to get your noggin through, could you wiggle into it? I like the clean look of no buttons too.
    Krista

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    1. Krista, I literally hit my head in a V8 moment with your suggestion. OF COURSE. So simple!!

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  3. as someone with aspirations of great dressmaking, I must say this is truly inspiring..!

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    1. Well thank you! This is a lovely pattern to hone your skills, if you're so inclined!

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  4. WHO ARE YOU?!?! Ah haha. I am loving you in a solid (still bright so its not like an alien took over or anything). And such a cute hem mod!

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    1. I KNOW THIS IS MY BEST COSTUME EVER!!!! 😂

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  5. I have been loving that exact color for a couple of years now but, strangely, I haven't sewn myself anything in that color yet.

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    1. It's that perfect shade of blue that looks beautiful on everyone... that's got to be why it came home with me! (although I did fight the impulse all the way to the cutting table.)

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  6. Yup. I'm in costume everyday-masquerading as a responsible adult while the kid inside is saying, "You are NeVer going to pull this off. Stop before you get caught!".

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  7. Ohmigoodness. This looks so chic on you. Nice change to the leg too.

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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!