Bereft From Brocade

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Hands down one of the best things about temperatures dropping: brocade.

A few short years ago I would have laughed like hell if you toldĀ me I’d say that. Now Fall hits and just about all I can think of is brocade.

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I walked into Mood Fabrics for something, I really don’t remember what, but I do clearly recall I had a list, a gameplan, and all carefully laid out thoughts left my head at a full tilt boogie when I saw this Zac Posen Floral Silk Brocade.

SILK Brocade. Gaaaaaaaaaah. I can haz SILK Brocade?! I squeezed the pathetic list in my hand, the paper crumpling…then more silk in the form of this hammered metallic Pinkness whispered to me from a low shelf, and my allowance was gone.

I have since lost the list. I am 100% okay with that.

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That said, I’m only 50% happy with this ensemble. The top, she does not fit well. (Cynthia Rowley 1873). I knew those bust and waist darts were too angular (especially considering the weight of the fabric), I knew I should have taken a little more care around the neck curve… but I didn’t.

oonaballoona mood fabrics zac posen silk brocade

BUT THE SKIRT!!! I LOVE THE SKIRT!!! I WANT TO MARRY IT AND HAVE WELL QUAFFED ZAC POSEN SILK BABIES!!

oonaballoona mood fabrics zac posen silk brocade

SHE HAS SELF-SET ANORAK SNAPS IN THE PERFECT MATCHING SHADE FOR THE LACKLUSTER TOP!!

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Sigh. That top. It’s like a tragic romance. I’m sad about it in the most wistful way. You can barely see the seven anorak snaps up the back, they match so well, but you can surely see the pulling occurring. Gonna have to do some surgery there. I’m okay with that too. It means I get to revisit that relationship.

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After all, I do think they deserve to be together.

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Comments


  • Deb Michael
    October 21, 2014

    This is so beautiful! And you are beautiful in it. I love brocade too and this inspires me. Well done!

    • oonaballoona
      October 21, 2014

      thank you deb! it’s really one of my favorite fabrics.

  • Peter
    October 21, 2014

    The skirt is gorgeous and I think the top is sweet; if you can tweek it to your liking, it would be worth the effort.

    • oonaballoona
      October 21, 2014

      i just have to figure out what to do with seven anorak snap holes….

  • Debbie Iles
    October 21, 2014

    I wanna see you spin in that skirt! What a skirt. Truly sensational fabric. And the top…it is still pretty cute. I feel your angst though. This is my sewing…Push through those misgivings, whip it up, oh the excitement….oh I’m just too excited about what this could be, faster faster, oh dear, that doesn’t work – a little bit of surgery and finessing design features, then whammo, perfecto! That top may still have some perfecto left in it. It IS beautifully paired to that skirt.

    • oonaballoona
      October 21, 2014

      i tried!!! the alleyway, she is not big enough! the skirt is lined with a heavy satin as well. how did i not get that in?

      that’s usually what i do too, i just skipped over some of the finessing :) HA.

  • The Nerdy Seamstress
    October 21, 2014

    The skirt is glorious! The shirt, I like it too, but I see what you’re talking about. I didn’t realize it was a crop top, I like your length because you can’t tell. It’s a pleasant surprise. I have a wedding to go to next month. I was going yo make something similar to this, but of course yours is much, much better!

    • oonaballoona
      October 21, 2014

      yes, that’s what i wanted with the crop top/waistband, just a peek of skin. now i’m thinking it’s too long in the back?

      and i don’t believe you. i’m certain i’ll be drooling over your upcoming ensemble!

  • Lauren
    October 21, 2014

    Omg Marce. Marry that skirt, make babies, and let me adopt half of them to call my own. I LOVES IT AND I NEEDS IT.

  • Mary Beth
    October 21, 2014

    Oh, this brocade skirt is very Project Sewn worthy, anyhow, loving this skirt make a red tulle slip if you want your buttons noticed maybe? Admirers will notice all that is red about your ensemble, therefore, buttons will get attention.

    • oonaballoona
      October 21, 2014

      thank you mary beth! i hope zac would like it :) . i do wonder what he did with it, will have to research that…

      it actually has a heavy bright orange satin lining, which i completely forgot to photograph… will have to get that up on my blog tomorrow. i’ve been wanting tulle petticoats though!

  • Ginger
    October 21, 2014

    My, what a sassy combo! Love both of these! Hope you can work something out with the top cause the colors are killer!

  • CatDoesIt
    October 22, 2014

    Amaaaaahzingh!

  • Sallie
    October 22, 2014

    *Drooooool*
    You look like a gorgeous, precious jewel in that getup! You’re sparkling!!! Love that skirt!! And, seriously, those two fabrics are a stunning match. They MUST end up together!! I honestly don’t think the top looks bad at all, but then again, I’m no eagle eyes with these things. The cropped length and little puffed sleeve and those matching snaps are just darling! Surely she can be rescued?!!

  • Lori
    October 22, 2014

    So gorgeous is that skirt, it is simply stunning. You always do such a great job of finding such fabulous fabric and then pairing it with the perfect pattern. Sorry about the top but I think it looks perfect, give it some time and maybe you will want to marry it too! I think of sewing like golf, just when you think you have golf mastered you hit a bad shot or have a bad round (no I don’t play but hubby does), that is sewing – just when you think you have it mastered and figured out, then you have a garment you don’t like.

  • Fiona
    October 23, 2014

    WOW! That is a stunning bit of brocade right there! I can see why your list was forgotten! A full skirt like that is the perfect use for it too. I definitely think that top is workable with some minor tweaking…and definitely worth doing because it is such a perfect pairing with the skirt!

  • Cissie
    October 23, 2014

    Your skirt is stunning. Just gorgeous. Perfect pairing of fabric and pattern. Like you, not so crazy about that particular top with it but I’m guessing you’ll figure out a way to make it all work!

  • Carol S,
    October 23, 2014

    I covet that skirt. It makes me disappointed that my Mood brocade skirt is a pencil.

    My first thought for the top was to suggest a false placket or ribbon trim down the back, but then I had another thought; how about cutting out the center and putting in a satin ribbon corset lacing?

  • Ramona Walter
    October 26, 2014

    I’m an old sewer of many years just returning to my first love of designing. This is one of the greatest little skirts made from such gorgeous fabric. Many years ago using brocade and light weight drapery fabric was used in many clothing items and always looked good. This skirt brings back memories. Great job!

  • justine
    October 27, 2014

    Pretty! That brocade is to die for!! And the top looks perfect to me! I like the mixture of casual snap with fancy shmance.

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    October 29, 2014

    That fabric – is FABULOUS.