A Trio of Wool, Fringe + Leather

 

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | fringe, wool + leather

This outfit took longer to make than it’s taking for Spring to decide to show her face. Mostly because I spent two days agonizing over how to place this wooly, almost blanket like, large scale print on a long sleeved Burdastyle balloon coat pattern. Had to hack oodles of length off the bodice to get away with my yard and a quarter…was left with whispers of fabric and a somewhat satisfactory placement…

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | fringe, wool + leather

AND IN THE END I CUT THE DANG SLEEVES OFF THE THING ANYWAY.

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | fringe, wool + leather

Then it was necessary to go to crazytown and zigzag topstitch over several yards of crafter’s lacing cord. Really, I had no choice. The yellow lines you see running along the seams are chock full of plasticky goodness!

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | fringe, wool + leather

Matter of fact this getup is all about going gaga for lines, miles and miles of them, in the form of metallic boucle and silky slinky fringe. FRINGE! I about fell over when I saw this trim at Mood’s NY location. And they have it in EVERY. COLOR.

(Bonus for us shorties, it’s already perfect knee length. GO TEAM VERTICALLY CHALLENGED.)

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | fringe, wool + leather

I attached it to some woven leather trim and added a buckle for a removable belt, in case I want to wear it over something other than this pencil skirt. And I do. Oh yes, I do. I might make another in Green and Hay and call it my hula belt.

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | fringe, wool + leather

I snapped everything up at Mood’s NY store, but there’s fringe galore to be had online, if you’re feeling like shaking and shimmy-ing.

And really, one should always feel like shaking and shimmy-ing.

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Comments


  • debbie
    March 16, 2015

    Oh you really are a little ray of sunshine in my blog roll. I love everything about EVERYTHING in this post. SO on trend with short arms, so it was providence chopping them off for you. And the hula layer is genius.

    • oonaballoona
      March 16, 2015

      the unaware trendster!! i love it! thank you. and really, i want a hula belt skirt in every color now….

  • sallie
    March 16, 2015

    Yay! Thank you for bringing a smile to my face on this Monday morning! Love that short sleeved jacket, and the removable fringe skirt is genius! Such a fun ensemble!!

    • oonaballoona
      March 16, 2015

      i’m glad to repay the favor, my sunbeamed friend!

  • Ann T.
    March 16, 2015

    I believe you may start a new trend with your fringed hula skirt. I saw the fringes on the Mood website, and said no. Now that I have seen you and yours, I say YES, please! I also love the coat, and would have liked to have seen a closeup shot of the cord, as stitched in place. Thank you for your continuing inspiration.

    • oonaballoona
      March 16, 2015

      thanks ann! i will definitely put some close up shots of the cord on my blog later this week. it was really fun to do! there’s also a leather embellishment at the bottom of the coat that deserves a close up ;)

  • Fiona
    March 16, 2015

    I LOVE that you’ve used fringing! I so admire the way that you take all different kinds of materials and find the perfect imaginative use for them. This is a cracking outfit!

  • Cennetta
    March 16, 2015

    Love, love this fun outfit. I need so more fringe. :-)

  • Liza jane
    March 16, 2015

    Hula belt!!! Ahhhh! Awesome! Love the happy orange coat, too. I can’t imagine it with anything but short sleeves. It’s perfect.

  • Amy
    March 17, 2015

    What a fun ensemble. I think you’re a Steelers fan, so I could also imagine a black and gold fringe belt, which could do double duty as fashion flare and team spirit. Ha!

  • Kimberly
    March 17, 2015

    LOLOLOL!!!!! When I saw the title FRINGE in my email from Moods last week I thought of immediately of you OONA!! I KNEW you were about to fall over flat dead!!!!! Glad to see you got quick relief. Love the choice of colors and proportions of this outfit….not to mention the fringe. :-)

    • oonaballoona
      March 25, 2015

      it’s like they were in my brain!!!

  • Ginger
    March 18, 2015

    I love you in orange! It beams out happiness just like you do! And THAT FRINGE STOPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!

  • Lori
    March 18, 2015

    Love the trim and how you used it. The jacket is perfect with the chopped off sleeves, in fact I love those chopped off sleeves. Fabulous job.

  • Sarah Wilson
    March 18, 2015

    You have such a great sense of colour mixing. Love your style.

  • Sarah Gunn
    March 22, 2015

    Love it with the cut sleeves!

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    March 24, 2015

    This is so very Oona! Love the combination and the fringed skirt is fabulous and fun!