2.23.2019

Slow Fashion, I Guess.

Slow Fashion, I Guess.

According to my neglected blog, this dress has been in progress since May of 2018. Which is not to say it's been under the knife for ten months. The bodice, OOP Vogue 1806, was completed up to a point and then left to languish for nine or so while it waited for its other half to come into the stash. 

Slow Fashion, I Guess.

This is the pile of fancy options I kept going, but nothing worked until I paired remnants of two fabrics, from our latest bluprint shoots. You KNOW I can't leave a remnant behind! Someone literally has to pry a scrap out of my hands and save me from myself when I'm packing up at the end of the day. That someone is usually *not* Rob. Though he knows when to tell me to put the scissors down, I don't think he'd ever take an inch of fabric out of my possession. Unless he's replacing it with a cocktail. #mightygoodman

Slow Fashion, I Guess.

Sewing on a whim (which is how I do most of my sewing) means surprises--which I like, because it means I have to solve a problem. Going off-pattern for the skirt makes it springy, but surprise, now that I've found the mate for the fuller shape, I gotta figure out what to do about that join between skirt and bodice. The 3D embroidered fabric would've looked great with a cascade of guipure flowers flowing across the seam, but, they're already severed. I'm thinking about appliqueing guipure flowers...maybe just the royal blue ones? Or go obsessive, and match the flowers exactly, as if I'd thought ahead in the first place? I do love a good obsession. Then 3D pink flowers trailing up? OOOO MAYBE BEADING...

And then I'm thinking this dress might be languishing another ten months. WE SHALL SEE. What's the longest sew you've ever worked on (excluding the WIPs we all have in a bag somewhere...)?

12.30.2018

The 24 Hour Gown.

The 24 Hour Gown.

Don't you hate it when sewing bloggers take super wide shots that make it impossible to see any details? 

The 24 Hour Gown.

So aggravating.

The 24 Hour Gown.

This riot of poinsettias is just over a year old, according to Instagram, and has actually been worn on multiple occasions, the first of which was the NY Sewcial last January. I actually made her the day before that fête! The evening was billed as a fancy affair, but it was terrible outside--mounds of city beaten snow piled high on the streets, the kind of winter weather where one taps out on dressing up...but, you know me. AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH TO KEEP ME FROM A GOWN. I threw on my knee-high harness boots, and got to stomping. 


This dress was made for boots, actually...in these woodsy southern shots, there's fringed cowboy boots under that thar skirt.


Not that you can see the boots. Or any details, as aforementioned. Fa la la la la, lemme get you a close-up.


There she is! She's draped, dontcha know. When you want to make something in 24 hours, you drape. At least, you drape if you're pigheaded like me. It's quicker in my world, because in my world, I am the Supreme Ruler Of Everything, and am therefore the Supreme Authority On EVERYTHING, and as such, spend so much time tweaking someone else's pattern, that I run out of time. (The pattern is usually just fine in the first place, see: pigheaded.)

So, draping! Less delusion, more doing. 


The only seam on this pleated skirt is at center back. The pleats made it possible to do away with side seams, which made me absolutely giddy!! I hollered about it to any sewist within earshot. 


CB is where the exposed zip lives. The zip is a super cool lace edged jammy, which of course you can't see. Mea culpa. Perhaps you can make out the godet under the zipper? I threw her in for walking ease, and lemme tell you, after navigating those snowy streets, I can say for sure she WORKS.


I also used my new favorite boning: Rigilene (affiliate link, google if that's not your jam!).  

Ok you spiral steel purists! I KNOW, I KNOW. This plastic stuff is ridiculously pedestrian when compared to its richer sister! But I've always leaned towards a mix of high and low 😬This stuff is cuttable with regular scissors, sealable with a little bit of fire, sewable without the need for a separate cover, and inexpensive. Ticks all my boxes. I even threw a small horizontal length of it up at the top of the bodice (just between the princess seams), and ooooooeeeee, does she ever stay where she's supposed to! I could use a couple more lengths right over the vertical princess seams-- I've always been hesitant to use boning over a bust curve, but I did a test of it over the weekend, and it worked an absolute treat. I'll be adding some to all my fancy things!


And you, my friends? Did you make anything fancy for the end of the year? Did I miss it? Do tell, and share...

...and Happy New Year!

12.03.2018

Deck the Halls with Yards of Fabric

Deck the Halls with Yards of Fabric | oonaballoona by marcy harriell

Wouldn't it be great if we could bathe our houses in jacquard and brocade and taffeta...

Deck the Halls with Yards of Fabric | oonaballoona by marcy harriell

and have those lovely yards serve as holiday decorating?

Deck the Halls with Yards of Fabric | oonaballoona by marcy harriell

We could include lacy neon exposed zippers...

Deck the Halls with Yards of Fabric | oonaballoona by marcy harriell

and giant statement earrings...


and we'd pleat fabric all around corners, and stairs, and windows...

Deck the Halls with Yards of Fabric | oonaballoona by marcy harriell

and use EVERY INCH OF IT to decorate our BODIES when the holidays are over.

Deck the Halls with Yards of Fabric | oonaballoona by marcy harriell

NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL SUSTAINABLE SEWING.

The deets:

She's a simple, lined, princess seamed bodice (self-drafted, but you could use a pattern like this or this). Although the vertical seams are boned with rigeline, there's pulling across the front, either due to Thanksgiving Feasting (no regrets), or, maybe a darted foundation is the key to erasing those lines? I'm in the middle of Vogue 1426, which uses just that, so we shall see. WE SHALL SEE! 

The skirt is a giant rectangle of fabric, pleated and draped to fit the waist circumference, sans side seam. Sort of a column dress! There's no vent action, so you're not running any marathons in this. But you are going to walk a red carpet in it, nice and slow. And if you're like me, after you're done, you'll drape it over your bedside chair, like a decoration...to gaze at All. Year. Long.