6.21.2017

Vogue 1239 : Wrap me in Rucci

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | sewing blog | Vogue 1239 : Wrap me in Rucci

Welcome, Summer. So glad you're here. A little bummed that I can't wear this maxi wrap dress, made back in Spring, but really, who knows with our new fickle seasons? I keep my closet all temperature now. Like a bottle of Cheer. Do they still make Cheer?

I'm getting too deep.

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | sewing blog | Vogue 1239 : Wrap me in Rucci

You see how my brain flits about. Concentration doesn't come easily to me. To boot, there's very little space in there once something is done. I therefore remember only hints about the making of this pattern, Vogue 1239 by Ralph Rucci. I do recall it was LOADS of fun, super interesting seamwork, lots of topstitching and getting into precise corners...

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | sewing blog | Vogue 1239 : Wrap me in Rucci

Can you see those intersections where the sleeve meets the front & collar? No? It happens on the back too! Here, let me pull my hair up for you...


No? Still hidden? Bit of a busy print, you say? I KNOW!!! ISN'T IT AWESOME?!!! This was another find from the glorious AKN Fabrics (located both here in town and online). At the brick and mortar, this six yard cut of Ankara set me back 22 bucks. 

Ya heard me. Twenty two smackeroos. 

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | sewing blog | Vogue 1239 : Wrap me in Rucci

 CUE SOUND OF MUSIC POSING.

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | sewing blog | Vogue 1239 : Wrap me in Rucci

Even with six yards, I still did a bit of jigsawing with this pattern, especially since I decided to maxify it, lengthening the hem panels to sweep the floor. I gained a little bit of elbow room by reducing the width of the side gussets by 2". Speaking of elbows, I messed with the sleeves too. I think maybe I raised the waist by 1 1/4"? Oh yeah, and I only used one side of the front wrap! And threw a wide horsehair braid in the faced hem...

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | sewing blog | Vogue 1239 : Wrap me in Rucci

OH HELL. You don't come here for the explicit sewing details, right? You come here to maybe laugh and hopefully get inspired to hack into some fabric, yeah? LOOK MAN. THIS IS A FUN PATTERN. GO MAKE IT!

(I know. Sorry. I'll try and dig up my notes on this, if there's interest in that side of my brain. It's wild in there.) 

5.28.2017

Full Floral for Spring

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | Full Floral for Spring

It’s time to play Guess How Many Pattern Pieces Are In This Very Simple Looking Skirt. Ready?

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | Full Floral for Spring

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | Full Floral for Spring

If you guessed 17, you win no prize whatsoever, unless you’d like to laugh at my insanity.


I suppose I could have achieved this sort of swishability with a gathered circle skirt– and gotten to that achievement in a much timelier fashion– but I really had a hankering to play with some godets! I mean seriously...I JUST WANTED TO ATTACH GREAT BIG BUNCHES OF ISOSCELES TRIANGLES TO SOMETHING.

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | Full Floral for Spring

This stretch twill hails from Mood Fabrics (sidebar: it was my May offering for the network, but the post mysteriously vanished from the MSN site, which is partially why I almost always repost! I like to have my stuff over here at my joint. Plus I'm *kind of* a control freak. Moving on.) The fabric is on the thin side, and wrinkles easily. It's a bit translucent in full sun, so I attached a half slip lining to the inner waistband. 


I gathered every other panel, just to incorporate a few more invisible elements into this “simple” skirt. HA. And, because I just can’t seem to stop tinkering with it, I am 100% going back in to that waistband and using a stiffer interfacing! Or maybe some petersham. The soft fusible I used just isn’t enough support, as you can see by the crease line running horizontal. No bueno.

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | Full Floral for Spring

This hasn’t stopped me from wearing it as a floral talisman against the never-ending drizzle that is Spring…and getting some appreciative comments to boot. In fact, I went full head-to-toe floral yesterday, and got smiles all around. If only I'd stumbled onto that combo for these pics...but luckily I made Rob document the floral explosion on Instagram. Poor Rob. He doesn't quite get my reinvigorated passion for wearing ALL OF THE PRINTS. I blame it on Man Repeller (which is living up to its name nicely, considering my husband's bemused demeanor) and the general state of the world. Sometimes, you just need to wear all of the flowers.

5.11.2017

Simplicity 8013: Sanity Sewing!

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | Simplicity 8013: Sanity Sewing!

YOWZA. I'm back from a shoot in Pittsburgh and playing catch up! I've been rabid to show you this dress since I finished it a month ago, so I'm going to give myself a pass on creating my usual, slightly incoherent paragraphs to go along with it.

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | Simplicity 8013: Sanity Sewing!

Or maybe I have a couple of things to say.

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | Simplicity 8013: Sanity Sewing!

I DO NOT DO WELL AWAY FROM ROB. That would be the first and main thing. Although I had a wonderful time with the people of Pittsburgh (the phrase "salt of the earth" is not only applicable but proven there), don't let my wackadoo grin fool you: when apart, we simply wilt like plants that need sunlight. 

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | Simplicity 8013: Sanity Sewing!

Also, we make questionable choices. Anyone around here remember Rob's One Man DIY Bathroom Renovation of 2013?*  Well, a month ago, when I careened through this dress, it was Rob who was out of town, and me making bad choices. While none of them involved a sledgehammer, I got drunk on a heady mixture of power and loneliness, and rearranged the entire apartment into my sewing domain. 

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | Simplicity 8013: Sanity Sewing!

The kitchen table was shoved out into the middle of the room, fully extended, covered in rulers and blades! Rob's desk was commandeered, all flat surfaces held a sewing machine! Small mountains of Ankara were piled on sofa and chairs! Lamps, railings, drawer pulls, ANYTHING HOOKABLE was repurposed as hanging racks for a dozen or more projects! Stitch centric podcasts blared! (with the occasional break for King of The Hill and Jill Scott.) It was a creative war zone, made to keep my sad brain occupied. But in the end, my war zone only reminded me that I was filling up all the space that Rob wasn't using, which just made me miss him more.


I've got three finished Ankara maxi dresses from that week to show you, and all of them are evidence of questionable choices made when apart. On this diddy, ooooo, take a gander at that back view! That's not just twinning, that's quadrupleting! The passerby might not mind it, but it makes my right eye do the boogie woogie--and not in a good way. 

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | Simplicity 8013: Sanity Sewing!

Nevertheless, I obviously feel good in it! (And I did make the very good choice of packing up some dresses to shoot during my downtime in Pittsburgh, as evidenced by the ever present remote in my right hand.) I'm happy to be back home and together, and happy to give myself a pass on a happy dress sewn to ease a state of sad brain!

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | Simplicity 8013: Sanity Sewing!

details:
Pattern: Simplicity 8013
Fabric: Anakara from AKN Fabrics --a VERY early birthday gift from my girl, Carolyn!!💕❤️
Changes: 
Reduced the width in each skirt panel, eliminating the gathers at the waistline. 
Used only the "flat" side of the bodice
Straightened the front bodice side seam by adding 1/2" width, tapering to nothing at armsyce
Shortened the sleeves, and added a 1/2" horsehair in the sleeve hem
Added a box pleat to the back skirt panels
Cut the CF panel in 2 to make the faux wrap appear less faux
Cut a deep V back 
Added twill tape to the V neck , front and back

*Rob: I LOVE THE BATHROOM.