A Bright Winter Ensemble

oonaballoona | mood fabrics sewing network | boucle pencil skirt & sweater

Yeah, I know. I kind of went Sgt Pepper’s on these photos. January will do that to me. Lack of light, lack of warmth, lack of photographer. The trifecta. But let’s play Where’s Waldo and find my garment in this riotous, ham handed, amateur photoshopped collage!

oonaballoona | mood fabrics sewing network | boucle skirt & sweater

Can you find the rectangle of sweater knit above? That’s my “self drafted” H&M knockoff, made with some famous designer novelty knit (similar here). I succumbed to Black Friday and bought a couple of drapey sweaters at The Beast, and upon further perusal, found they were really two large rectangles with two small rectangles attached at midarm for sleeves. Four rectangles. I CAN SELF DRAFT THAT.

oonaballoona | mood fabrics sewing network sweater tunic

The RTW sweater has ribbing, but my neckline is self faced, hems & such turned under and carefully catchstitched.

Oddly enough, the color of the sweater is washed out here. In this field of neon flowers, GO FIGURE.

oonaballoona | mood fabrics sewing network | boucle skirt

But the skirt is literally this bright in real life! (I also walk in fields of giant moss under a sun made of godzilla sized petals IRL, it’s pretty awesome.)

This super nubbly tweedy tactile boucle was swooped up at Mood Fabrics NY, top floor. (Similar here.) I obsessed over it for several weeks before deciding to give it a try with a virgin pattern, Vogue 8773. No muslin no waiting. Luckily for me & my boucle, an instant TNT!

oonaballoona | mood fabrics sewing network | boucle skirt  & sweater tunic

Let’s go find Waldo again! Can you find the flowers inside my skirt? No, that’s not a clone stamped flower petal*, that’s some Oscar De La Renta silk organza underlining! Plays nicely with the inside of my brain though, doesn’t it? It also gives the skirt a wonderful weight, and helps the loose weave hold the shape of this six paneled pencil skirt.

oonaballoona | mood fabrics sewing network | boucle skirt  & sweater tunic

*no fabrics were harmed in the ‘shopping of these photos.  Some psyches may be harmed by the viewing of them.

 

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Comments


  • Mary Beth
    January 12, 2015

    The peek-a-boo Oscar De La Renta silk underlining is clever. Does it make the skirt less scratchy, warmer or none of the above?

    • oonaballoona
      January 12, 2015

      all of the above! and it makes my eyes happy 🙂

  • Ginger
    January 12, 2015

    Oooooooh love all the colors! The fuchsia in the sweater is particularly great on you! Now I want to make myself a knockoff, although me + rectangles= Fuglytown!

    • oonaballoona
      January 14, 2015

      this color reminds me of your FABULOUS coat. and i’m pretty sure fugly is a town that doesn’t exist on your map.

  • Angela
    January 12, 2015

    Perfect weather appropriate outfit!! Your sweater is amaze balls.. Must make one of those…

    • oonaballoona
      January 14, 2015

      it’s sooooo comfortable, and really, it’s just rectangles!

  • Carol S
    January 12, 2015

    WOW. That really did come together…..

    • oonaballoona
      January 14, 2015

      better than audition black, yes ;)?

  • Sallieoh
    January 13, 2015

    Glorious!! Loving that thigh high split… hello legggzzz!!! You look simultaneously cozy, sultry, and technicolor-dreamcoat-y. Perfect.

    • oonaballoona
      January 14, 2015

      thankya sallie! i was hoping for that exact combo! though, if it dips under 37 degrees, i’m wearing tights 🙂

  • Lori
    January 14, 2015

    Oh, wow, these two garments are stunning. I love everything about them and you wear/style them perfectly.

  • Fiona
    January 15, 2015

    Umm using that gorgeous silk organza for interlining was a stroke of genius! I have been eyeing up that stuff online for what feels like ever but didn’t know what to do with it. It looks so great peeking out from that textured dreaminess! Also may have to work out that series of 4 rectangles for myself…

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    January 25, 2015

    I always shudder at the thought of underlining… and then you go and make it look like such fun!