A Mountain Of Jersey

 

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There are clothes that women love on women, there are clothes that men love on women, and never the twain shall meet. Well, the fairer sex can usually go both ways, but the harder sex, if you will forgive the pun, can’t get behind certain styles: High waisted jeans. Bubble skirts.  Gathered waists. Drop crotch.

So obviously, being away from Ruggy, I am consoling myself by making the things he will undoubtedly dislike, and reaping the praise of the female company I’m keeping at work. Is this to spite him? No! Never! Look, if my man’s not here to compliment me, what good is it wearing the curve hugging styles he adores? Am I going for appraising looks from strangers at bars? No! Never! I’m going for chic comfort, I am, says I!  (And a nice Bourbon.)

printed cotton jersey dress

This heavenly soft cotton jersey from Mood Fabrics online actually began its life with me as a self draped maxi dress. And when I say draped, I mean hacked and pinned and thrown on and off for want of my dress form, half a country away. It’s actually a panel print, with a dusky purple mountain scene.  (Therefore, it does not count in my self-imposed ban on jersey, cause well OBVIOUSLY it’s a panel print.  It’s my birthday week, all bets are off.) The initial dress was far slinkier, and by the time it was fitted it hugged my curves in ALL. The wrong places. One seam actually landed right across the horizon line of Mount Crackatoa, creating the stunning illusion that my waist, hip and abdomen was a single redwood forest. At this point I actually should have gifted it to any number of long legged dancers at the workplace, but instead, I hacked off the bodice, turned the skirt upside down, decided not to fight the flow, and draped a pear shaped number.

Right now, Ruggy is looking at this concoction and seeing this:

printed cotton jersey dress

MOUNT SAINT OONABALLOONA

Meanwhile, out for drinks with Tinkerbell, she sees this:

printed cotton jersey dress

WILL YOU MAKE ME A SEXY COMFY NUMBER LIKE THAT PLEASE

Me, I’m in the middle. I don’t really shy away from shapes that might not, erm, accentuate my shape…but I do think this gives my trunk a bit more junk than necessary. Ah well. It feels delicious, and looks dressy when paired with the right kicks.

printed cotton jersey dress

No, these are not the right kicks. These are neon yellow wedge sneakers that Ruggy will hate even more than this dress. When the cat’s away…

Will such items journey back with me to New York, or will they end up on a Tinkerbell? Only time will tell.

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Comments


  • Amy
    August 7, 2013

    I’ve seen that print on Mood’s site, and I’ve always wondered what it looked like in real life as a garment. I like the simple style to complement the mountains, but then again, I fall into the group that appreciates this type of dress. It’s hard to imagine this dress began life upside down, if I read your story correctly. Crazy…

    • oonaballoona
      August 8, 2013

      yep, upside down! it’s a last resort that sometimes works. sometimes…

  • Sarah Gunn
    August 7, 2013

    Oh, you look divine! I think Ruggy will like it 😉

    • oonaballoona
      August 8, 2013

      ah, sarah, i think you would lose that bet!!! now, your plaid ruffles, he would like.

  • Debi
    August 7, 2013

    Happy birthday week m’dear! Love the dress with the sneakers!!

    • oonaballoona
      August 8, 2013

      thank you debi! the kicks are quite comfortable 🙂

  • Kim
    August 7, 2013

    Very cool dress. I like your male vs female points of view, definitely true if I ask my sister and then my boyfriend on their opinions..

  • Andrea
    August 7, 2013

    Beautiful fabric, love that shade of purple on you. The dress is really pretty, and looks great on you!

    • oonaballoona
      August 8, 2013

      thank you andrea! i do love the colors.

  • Gaiana Bagdasaryan
    August 7, 2013

    I’ve seen this print at moodfabrics.com and scrolled passed it because I could never imagine it as a garment. That’s how it starts with me. I love prints, I love jersey and I need to see a print to image a dress, a skirt, a top, etc. and then I find or draft the perfect pattern. I LOVE WHAT YOU DID WITH IT! It’s relaxed, yet sexy, cool. Perfect easy and chic summer dress. I’d wear this with lots of layered necklaces. Actually, if you through on a cardigan, tights and boots this could be worn in the fall as well. Great job!

    • oonaballoona
      August 8, 2013

      ooooh, i love your styling options! your comment alone may keep this in my closet and not tink’s!

  • Cissie
    August 7, 2013

    I think the dress is adorable! But I know what you mean about styles that women like and styles that men just can’t understand!

    • oonaballoona
      August 8, 2013

      maybe THIS is what gals wear to girls night out!

  • Lori
    August 8, 2013

    Such a cute dress and the story of the dress and male/femaie views was so entertaining. This dress just is so you, great job once again.

  • Ginger
    August 8, 2013

    This is too fab! I love it! My dude is the same way– if it doesn’t have a defined waist, he HATES it. I think girls often appreciate unique garments and bros just don’t… lame!

  • Alyce Ferguson
    August 12, 2013

    I always enjoy seeing your creations. This is no exception. It is different and flattering. I guess I just have been seeing too many ruched numbers. Thanks for something refreshing.