A Quilted Party Dress!

 

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | quilted party dress boucle bodice

This is the dress that Ruggy made.

No really, though he didn’t stitch an inch of it, it wouldn’t have happened without him. (And by the way, he has sewn, I’m talking wooly welt pockets and silk skirts, but that’s a subject for another time.)

When I came home with this riot of peach and black batting-filled quilted poly organza, I laid it out on the floor and laughed and laughed. RUGGY! I guffawed. THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BEST WINTER PROM DRESS EVER!

I took his bemused silence as total acceptance.

However, as things progressed, he found his voice.

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | quilted party dress boucle bodice

The bodice for this dress, Vogue 8874, came together in quick fashion…the first time around. Ruggy eyed the peachy, puffy bodice on my dressform and finally spoke up. Is that really what you want? 

IS IT? You decide. Mmmm. LUMPY. One lump or two? My lovely Lady lumps! I could go all day.

The first bodice was scrapped, and the pattern altered to allow for black boucle on top, quilty goodness on bottom. Now, I snagged an armload of this peachy stuff for a ballgown, with no additional yardage in mind, so I had to get creative on the top. Articles of clothing had to be sacrificed. I took two old MSN projects that suffered from maniacal overfitting (here, and here) and turned them into something wearable.

At least, in a Kalkatroonaan closet.

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | quilted party dress boucle bodice

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | quilted party dress boucle bodice

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | quilted party dress boucle bodice

In a shocking turn of events, Ruggy requested MOAR BOTTOM, “to really allow for that classic line,” and was I ever happy to oblige. I had more than enough yardage to add a drop waist crinoline of sorts…even after I had to recut the front skirt.

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | quilted party dress boucle bodice

Oh yes, the pattern calls for a seam right down center front. I did as I was told and carefully gathered the giant five piece skirt to the new, underlined bodice, pressed and bound and catchstitched my seams…and once again Ruggy Gunn gave my dressform the side eye. Do you really want a seam down the front?

No. But the pattern calls for it.

You’re better than a pattern, babe.

CHARMER. HAND ME MY SEAM RIPPER.

(Want one of your own? THE DRESS NOT THE GUY. HE’S MINE, YO. Here’s a lovely quilted choice that’s more class and less Prince circa 1987.)

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Comments


  • Peter
    December 23, 2014

    High glam for the holidays — love it! (Those pics are terrific, too.)

    • oonaballoona
      December 24, 2014

      thanks peter! my camera is behaving badly so i’m having extra fun in photoshop.

  • Sue @ A Colourful Canvas
    December 23, 2014

    OH, this is spectacular!!! I just watched White Christmas for the eleventy hundredth time and Vera Ellen’s black and white check skirt is dancing in my head. I love, no LOVE, the quilted fabric, and your idea to use it as a crinoline is pretty genius!

    • oonaballoona
      December 24, 2014

      this is going to come as a surprise, but i’ve NEVER seen white christmas. i think i have to remedy that this year.

  • True Bias
    December 23, 2014

    you look beautiful. i love your style and creativity. even better in person!

  • Debbie
    December 23, 2014

    Love it!

  • Elle
    December 23, 2014

    and yet another reason to love Ruggy!

  • Becky
    December 23, 2014

    Gorgeous!!

  • The Nerdy Seamstress
    December 23, 2014

    How stinkin’ adorable are you?! I love, love the whole outfit! I’m glad Ruggy helped you make the dress because I can’t imagine it any other way. The outfit is perfection! The pictures, freaking amazing!

    • oonaballoona
      December 24, 2014

      i’m glad too– this is a dress i’ll wear again, rather than the stunt dress i envisioned!

  • Lori
    December 24, 2014

    Fabulous and it is over the top glamorous.

    • oonaballoona
      December 24, 2014

      thank you, you know “over the top” is one of my favorite compliments ;)

  • Mary Beth
    December 24, 2014

    Nice…pink for Christmas? Why not? Go for it!

    • oonaballoona
      December 24, 2014

      ALL of the colors for christmas! and this has a sort of iridescence to it, really hard to capture the shade.

  • Fiona
    December 24, 2014

    I love your posts Marcy! Brilliant story, brilliant dress. The black fitted boucle bodice really balances the volume of that stunning skirt. What a wonderful way to use a fabric that I would have stared at and wished I knew what to do with!

    • oonaballoona
      December 24, 2014

      thank you fiona! that balance was truly all ruggy.