An Alien Fabric

silk and wool organza top

And here endeth the outdoor shots for this particular post.  IT IS FRIGID OUTSIDE, even for my snow foolery behind.  And although there’s a lovely amount of wool in this Caroline Herrera yardage (similar here), it’s not the sort meant to keep you cozy.

silk and wool organza top

Que moody shots!  I had no idea we could get such extraterrestrial light in our bedroom in the middle of the day.  Weird, man.  The alien landscape must have affected me, think I could crack a smile?  Inside I’m positively gleeful, I love this crazy dress tunic top thingamajig!

Let me start at the beginning. I was in the far left end of Mood by the windows, the back corner.  It seems to be inhabited by many designer bolts, and by Denis, a much sought after, soft spoken breath of a gentleman.  I was hugging this bolt of Caroline Herrera silk organza and wool cacophony when he caught my eye.  Isn’t it beautiful?  Two women behind him fluttered and tittered to each other like groupies, seeking his attention.  Yeeessssss.  How did they make that?? How would you work with it?  I whispered.  He nodded sagely.  Many have walked away from this bolt.

silk and wool organza top

I should have been one of the many, having tried my best to ruin the small amount of yardage I walked away with.  My first thought  was: maxi length skirt, which morphed into a circle skirt, which was poorly drafted (truly, y’all, circle skirts are my Achilles heel) and ended badly.  Leave aside the fact that I underlined silk organza with two layers of polyester organza I had in my stash.  I looked like a Holly Hobby paper doll trying desperately to play designer dress up.

The Herrera was amputated from the poly, bits and bobs and two fairly large bias portions in the shape of drunken skirt panels were all that was left behind.  Sadly, I said to Ruggy I don’t think I can save this without a dress form.  Lofty statement with no basis in reality.  Let me remind you, I have only the very basic idea of how to drape. As in, I know my ABCs up to about D. But there were too many puzzle pieces in amoebic shapes to use for a pattern, and I thought if I could lay those pieces out on another (pinnable) body, I could save it.

silk and wool organza top

Again, here’s where I ought to wish out loud for things more often, as a Craigslist form landed in my lap that very weekend (more on that to come). The two skirt panels were turned upside down, becoming the main bodice piece and collar, and the other remnants became the long triangular sections at the sides.  Zip up the back.

Note to self: get a cami that doesn’t wrinkle. That’s the jersey cami fabric you see wrinkling like a pug puppy, not the sheer organza, she lays nice and flat.

I also used up all the remnants from my woeful wool novelty skirt!  The edges don’t fray, not one little bit, so they were perfect for enclosing the silk organza seams.

silk and wool organza top

HI CRAZYEYE!  I don’t know what different eyes of different beholders will call it, but I’m in love with it.  I think the aliens will like it too.

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Comments


  • Lauren
    February 22, 2013

    I would have never guessed how to save a bunch of mangled pieces like that, but dang girl you must be some kind of sewing wizard magic worker because THAT is pretty amazing. Bowing at your feet right now.

    • oonaballoona
      February 22, 2013

      i just bowed at YOUR feet on your snazzy pants, though spellcheck thwarted me.

  • Breyan
    February 22, 2013

    That is an awesome tunic/shirtdress!! I love, love, love it!!! Fantastic.

  • Carolyn
    February 22, 2013

    Okay I’m sure some would look at you and wonder a myriad of things but honestly if you know you, you would understand that this tunic is so totally you! It’s funky and kewl, a little different but overall appealing and then when you’re not looking it sneaks up and makes you love it. I love this! I love that you saved it and then used the scraps from the skirt but mostly I love it because it truly expresses you. How many of us are able to accomplish that in a garment? Fantastic!

    • oonaballoona
      February 26, 2013

      i love every syllable of this!

  • Lori
    February 24, 2013

    This garment looks wonderful, great job transforming it into something fantastic and I agree with Carolyn, matches your personality.

    • oonaballoona
      February 26, 2013

      thanks lori! i think my personality may have multiple sides…

  • mender56
    February 24, 2013

    What a beautiful & very creative garment:) Don’t be surprised when you see this tunic as one of the big 4 sometime in the near future.

    • oonaballoona
      February 26, 2013

      aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah i would be shocked and probably do a geeky dance, including some rage…it would be AWESOME.

  • Steph
    February 25, 2013

    Tres cool, Oona! And what a save! If this is how you “fail” at a plan, we should all take a lesson.

    • oonaballoona
      February 26, 2013

      hehe, the lesson would be, if at first you don’t succeed, pour something nice and try again (lather, rinse, repeat)…

  • Amy
    February 25, 2013

    That fabric… It’s just amazing. And, I love how creative it made you become! What a fun piece to wear!

  • Sarah Gunn
    February 28, 2013

    Surely this is the way the great designers work! It belongs on the runway, Oona!

    • oonaballoona
      March 1, 2013

      yes, all the great designers frantically piece together inches of remnants!! 🙂

  • Amanda S.
    March 1, 2013

    Oona, this is so you! I am glad you love it so much and I can totally see you strutting down the street, wearing it with pride.

  • Julia
    March 4, 2013

    You’re a genius. I don’t suppose you sketched out a tiny pencil drawing of the pieces eh? Anything to go on? So friggin groovy.

  • Ginger
    March 5, 2013

    Whoa! This is SO COOL. Well done, good miss!