A Casual Bug

 

mood sewing network | simplicity terry and sateen combo |  oonaballoona

Well, I guess that settles it, I’m on a separates kick.

mood sewing network | simplicity terry and sateen combo |  oonaballoona

I had a lightbulb moment while making a top for my last pair of jeans (because it seems I can’t make a pair of Birkin flares without something to go with it–like a Liberty of London blouse). There’s a whole new learning curve for separates. I can get behind throwing all manner of yardage at my fancy dresses, including stuff meant for a casual t-shirt, but I’m finding the same isn’t so easily done with casual wear. Just ask my bag of February UFOs.

mood sewing network | simplicity terry and sateen combo |  oonaballoona

And proportion! I gotta learn proportion for separates! This little crop top is almost right, it hits where I want for the waist of the skirt, but I think the width of the gathering at the waistband is a bit much. I could maybe taper the side seam a bit, if I have the strength to get into this terry again.

mood sewing network | simplicity terry and sateen combo |  oonaballoona

Y’all, the color and feel of this neon coral french terry is magnificent, and the price is right at 10/yd, but do not fall in love with it unless you’re okay with a few pulls and snags. I used the smooth side for the main body, and the loopy terry side for cuffs and bands. A breath of air will catch a teeny loop on this! I’m thinking of it as an easy way to get a deconstructed look, because the rayon/poly blend really does feel delicious against the skin, and I want it in a full length slinky dress ever so badly

mood sewing network | simplicity terry and sateen combo |  oonaballoona

As for the skirt, I went with cotton sateen, although I’m pretty sure at this point in my sewing career: I do not like cotton sateen. I’d rather work with a loosely woven metallic boucle that frays on me by the second than this most-easiest-to-sew cotton! WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?! It does, however, make for a good clean skirt. (I may have come to loathe cotton sateen when I decided to use 8 yards of it for a strapless maxi dress. There’s an excellent example of wrong fabric/pattern combo! If you like a workout when you go out, don a strapless cotton sateen maxi dress.)

mood sewing network | simplicity terry and sateen combo |  oonaballoona

You can’t tell by lookin’, though. I do appear to be pretty happy with this combo! I think that separates are like taking medicine for me: I wince through the whole thing, but in the end I feel better about my closet. And I was deliberate about the technique on this jammie: instead of a waistband, I used a wide petersham ribbon, steam curving it on one side and attaching it as a facing. Makes a really clean finish, and though I’ve done it before, this is the first time I’m pleased with it! It sits nicely and doesn’t ride up.

mood sewing network | simplicity terry and sateen combo |  oonaballoona

That’s all she wrote on this one. I’d like to tell you I’ll be back next month with a brocade space alien dress, but who knows how long this separates sickness will last!

Patterns used: McCalls 7217 (vintage, neckline changed) and Simplicity 1803 (skirt portion only, changed gathered waist to pleats)

 

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Comments


  • Manju
    February 28, 2016

    I am loving this casual oona. The colours and shapes and fabrics – super cute outfit.

  • Peter
    February 28, 2016

    Lovely — and a great (and unusual) color/pattern combo!

  • Kelly
    February 28, 2016

    Love the look.

  • Debbie Iles
    February 28, 2016

    Completely utterly fantastic. Love the colours on you. Just so fun and spring-y.

  • sallie
    February 29, 2016

    This is a great outfit! And, please, you make ‘casual wear’ look like a party. In this case a party that includes umbrella drinks and I want to go there! Also, is that purple in your hair?!!? You beautiful unicorn…

    • oonaballoona
      February 29, 2016

      there’s neon coral pink in my hair! i chalked it in for an audition :).

  • Sarah Gunn
    February 29, 2016

    Well I’m glad to see you’ve joined the gang! You’ll take separates to a whole new level – you already have – these are great 🙂

  • Lauren Durr
    February 29, 2016

    Even your “casual wear” is fun. I love the little sweater top and am now on the hunt for one to whip up. Great outfit.

  • Logan
    March 1, 2016

    It’s fun to see the separates side of you. You make separates as exciting as formal wear.

  • Leah Kabaker
    March 1, 2016

    There is nothing casual about that outfit.

  • Mary Beth
    March 1, 2016

    Really lovely, Oona. I’m not into separates myself these days. Just dresses and winter leggings.

  • Amy
    March 9, 2016

    What a fun skirt and top! Great colors, too. Exactly the colors and patterns I think of when I think “Oona”! And, your definition of casual is making me rethink my wardrobe. I need to start thinking of my skirts as casual pieces!

  • Mamacharm
    March 22, 2016

    Looks lovely! For the top, have you tried Seamwork Magazine’s Astoria top? Might be the silhouette you’re looking for!