Candy Colored Lace

Pink Lace Skirt

When Carolyn and I set up camp in the lace shelves at Mood Fabrics NYC over a month ago, I couldn’t help but pull every technicolor bolt out for a snapshot.  Carolyn quite rightly reminded me: Oooooooooona. We’re here for everyone else.

I am not the best listener.  She had to remind me of this repeatedly.

But I abstained! I did not walk out with my own lace that day!  (The promise of Lazzara’s pizza helped.)  Instead, I let the bolts simmer in my head for a week, and returned to find this crazy pink and orange diddy hanging out in the fancy lace section.  Putting on airs, for sure.  This poly assault on the senses did not belong in the Fancy Lace section. I carted her lovingly over to Silk Prints, and found her mate in this jungle boogie cacophony.  (Did you click the link?  Oh, do.  Please do.  Otherwise how will you see the folly of my ways? That’s a zebra colored cheetah with butterfly wings.  For realz.)

After I made my drunken picks, I emailed Carolyn with utter joy: I’m going to look like Willy Wonka!  Three weeks later, still eyeing my intended match folded on my sewing desk, I realized with utter dread: I’M GOING TO LOOK LIKE WILLY WONKA.

Pink Lace Skirt

Yeah. Well.  Something had to be done, obviously. I had set myself the goal of two lace posts, and a Kalkatroonaan does not like to accept defeat.  Enter six iterations of this lace.  At one point it was attached in flatlocked pleats to this pale-as-ice blue ponte knit (meant, bien sur, for leggings).  It was the definition of overworked.  One could even call it underpaid.  Then a memory of  Janine’s excellent comment on my feathery skirt came floating back to me: “Note to self: KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid).”

Pink Lace Skirt

Simple!  My kingdom for simple! Yes, the built in columns in this candy hued lace wanted to fall into pleats.  But they didn’t have to be hammered into submission position.  You would have thought I’d used a saws-all and cement mixer to make this dress.  I wish I’d snapped a photo before coming to my senses and severing the parts, but alas, a Kalkatroonaan also does not care for incriminating evidence.  After amputation, I attached a soft lavender lining to the skirt, and folded over a waist band, inserting a nice wide flat elastic.  The gathered waistband relaxed into instant pleats, with no work whatsoever.  Oh, the hours of cursing wasted.

Pink Lace Skirt

Although some of those hours were not for naught.  This lace pattern runs vertically to the selvedge, with selvedge edges being nothing special.  I say this because I heard fairy godmother Susan Khalje in my head, her teachings at a Mood Lace Seminar echoing back: pay attention to the pretty bits and include them in the garment.  Before the amputation, I spent several sessions handstitching the side seams together into a disappearing act, and I carefully trimmed a long column of leaf motif and handstitched it to the hem of the dress.  Of course it’s a beginner’s crack at it, but I think it kind of looks like the edges were made that way, non?  I AM EXCEEDINGLY PROUD OF IT, YO!

Pink Lace Skirt

I cropped the top just enough to  show off the waistband.  I find that, on me,  if you can’t see the waistband on gathered skirts, I suddenly have no waist.  Ooooh hey, guess what else I don’t have? A C CUP.  Tell that to my new bra. This Burda tank top fits, I swear.  But not when I’m having delusions of grandeur.

Speaking of grandeur, I got so caught up in the lace aspect of this March challenge, wanting to make something spectacular with a fabric I’ve always adored playing with, I forgot to listen to the yardage in hand.  It was amazing how it fell into place when I stopped trying to make it extravagant.  Now I’ve got a great staple in my closet!

(Yes.  In Kalkatroona, this is indeed a neutral staple.  See: Willy Wonka. And see this online lace for your own sugary treat.)

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Comments


  • Jaime
    March 27, 2013

    First- LOVE IT! what burda pattern is the top?

    Second- Love your shoes so so much!

    • oonaballoona
      March 27, 2013

      thanks jamie! the tank pattern is burda mag, 6/2009, number 116. meant to be a dress, i cut it off at the waist. and the shoes are by pink (not the singer). i got them at the now-bankrupt daffy’s 🙁

  • Lori
    March 27, 2013

    Great skirt, it looks great and really showcases the lace.

  • oonaballoona
    March 27, 2013

    thanks lori! i felt sort of slacker when i realized the fix, but it’s waaaaaay better than the previous versions 🙂

  • Carolyn
    March 27, 2013

    Let me tell you, I was worried about your previous Willy Wonka comments and I was so thrilled to see this very pretty, very wearable and very you skirt! You did a great job and I especially love the lace on the hem!

    • oonaballoona
      March 28, 2013

      i’m so glad i didn’t go willy wonka. i have plans though… your gifted lace and jungle craze is coming…

  • Ginger
    March 27, 2013

    LOOOOOVE this! I’m so glad you fought this lace and won! Those colors are amazing, and this looks super cool!

    • oonaballoona
      March 28, 2013

      thanks girl! we should rock our lacies with some cucumber gimlets!

  • Heather Lou
    March 27, 2013

    IT’S TOTALLY A BASIC. Pink goes with everything. Happy you managed to salvage this loveliness into something you can wear on the daily. Now… PLEASE MAKE A CAFTAN OUT OF THAT CHIFFON!!!

    (ps. so jealz you can just stroll over to Mood any ol’ time you please.)

    • oonaballoona
      March 28, 2013

      BASIC. that’s the word i was looking for!! a mumu is ever so tempting… but i’d have to rock full length to get the total effect, of course.

  • Sarah Gunn
    March 27, 2013

    L o v e ………. w a n t ……… It’s better than something extravagant for sure!

    • oonaballoona
      March 28, 2013

      thanks sarah! this color would be brilliant on you 🙂

  • Janine Whisler
    March 27, 2013

    Funny thing about advice is you have to remember to apply it to yourself, I’m thinking as I cut out my own lace project. Thanks for reminding me Oona! KISS and kisses to you darlin’!

    • oonaballoona
      March 28, 2013

      and a hug n a kiss right back atcha! i hope your lace is behaving 🙂

  • liza jane
    March 27, 2013

    So, so pretty. The simple gathered skirt is just perfect for that gorgeous pink and orange lace. And I love how you added a strip of the lace to the hem. Genius!

    • oonaballoona
      March 28, 2013

      thanks colorful mama! when i get love from you, i know i’ve picked the right hue 🙂

  • crystalpleats
    March 28, 2013

    The skirt is fantastic. And I am coming around to the barely cropped top style as long as its paired with an at or high waist piece. Very summery.

    • oonaballoona
      March 28, 2013

      yes, the crop top is great for high waisted jammies. i have to admit i’m also over the belly baring style… there are too many wonderful things to eat out there…

  • Kay
    March 28, 2013

    You look so pretty in the skirt and top, but you are just pretty anyhow.

    The skirt is beautiful.

    • oonaballoona
      March 28, 2013

      oh, thank you kay! you make me smile…

  • gMarie
    March 28, 2013

    Love that lace and I’m glad you heard the KISS! It’s perfect. Love the added leaves to the bottom, just the perfect touch. Stunning – you glow in that skirt. g

    • oonaballoona
      March 30, 2013

      thank you! i’m thrilled to have a wearable separate… i don’t succeed in many of those…

  • Amanda S.
    March 28, 2013

    What a fun skirt! It looks way more complex then the simple elastic waist skirt that is it. I kept thinking you sewed eyelet trim down the sides of each panel. The leaf motif at the bottom was an inspired idea. Love!

    • oonaballoona
      March 30, 2013

      it looks that way, doesn’t it? i might just start telling people i DID! i could announce the skirt like one of those late night “you won’t believe how easy it is amaze your friends and family!!!” infomercials 🙂

  • Rachel
    March 29, 2013

    Light grey and bright pink… SO FRESH! Love it! You have the best style, and this one is a knock out!

    • oonaballoona
      March 30, 2013

      thank you rachel!! i was trying to pair this pink with more bright colors, and the muted pairing wasn’t till the eleventh hour.

  • Amy
    March 29, 2013

    Two lace projects in one month! Fabulous! I think this lace skirt is quite perfect, and I can see you getting a lot of use out of it. So fun!

    • oonaballoona
      March 30, 2013

      yeah, two, but if i’d realized this easy make back when i set myself the goal, it would have taken WAAAAY less time. exceot for the handsewing 🙂

  • LaSandra Wise
    April 26, 2013

    Hello there… I love the skirt as many things you create.. I do have a question. My husband and I are watching Nurse Jackie and I notice a lady who looks a lot like you. I told him who I thought the lady was (you) and he disagrees with me.. I was so excited, because I recognized you (I hope) right away. So, with that said..Was that Oonaballoona? It’s killing me :))))))