City Breezes in Silk Chiffon

mood sewing network | anna sui silk chiffon | vogue 9076  | oonaballoona

I’m smiling but I don’t mean it. Really what I’m doing is grimacing at this janky, but quiet, corner of the city I minced about in for 30 minutes, trying to grab a few uninterrupted timer shots, my photographer having Actual Things To Attend To.

mood sewing network | anna sui silk chiffon | vogue 9076  | oonaballoona

Here’s me looking at the cop parked a few feet away.

This is Vogue 9076 in Famous Designer Silk Chiffon. I imagine this dress wafting about in a sunlit field in the south of France, not so much grazing the mix of concrete, dirt and graffiti at hand.

mood sewing network | anna sui silk chiffon | vogue 9076  | oonaballoona

Hey, here’s me NOT sitting on the ground! I am magically hovering 3 inches above earth thanks to years of yoga. Specifically the chair pose. Great for building up your quads for city gymnastics! Had to catch the lace covered leather bits and vintage buttons (all components from my stash, buttons from my girl Pandora Sews).

mood sewing network | anna sui silk chiffon | vogue 9076  | oonaballoona

Nope, still not sitting.

Playing with this border print was SO much fun. Which way should the cascading roses go? Black diamonds pointing up or down? Cut on the cross grain? Color or cream near my face? It delighted my eyes the entire weekend I sewed it up!

mood sewing network | anna sui silk chiffon | vogue 9076  | oonaballoona

And the sweep of this baby is glorious. One of those fabrics that requires constant fondling. I decided I wanted a layering maxi piece, and so left the front skirt open…any little breeze catches it and sends it flying. I threw it over a jersey knit catsuit. SUPER CHIC. Like the location, not exactly what I pictured for this dress!

Once again I was left with fumes of fabric, I had one long strip of selvedge left, which I reattached at the hemline to create a double border. Speaking of creating, I’d like to conjure up a reshoot with some faded vintage flares, a scoop neck ribbed tank, a cucumber gin fizz, and that sunlit Loire Valley field…maybe even a hat!

I know, the hat is a pipe dream.

Comments


  • Mary Beth
    May 12, 2015

    Think you need to pose in a lavender somewhere in the South of France, Oona. That’s one amazing dress. I love how you’ve left the skirt open to make it a layering piece. Great idea. Now you can lounge poolside with this dress!

  • Mary Beth
    May 12, 2015

    lavender field somewhere in the South of France.

    • oonaballoona
      May 12, 2015

      ooh, i never considered the poolside aspect! what a multi purpose garment ;)

  • Karen
    May 12, 2015

    This is exquisite!

  • carolyn roemer
    May 12, 2015

    Just lovely.

  • Becky
    May 12, 2015

    Great dress! Look at all the beautiful colors – Excellent job and it looks beautiful on you!

    • oonaballoona
      May 12, 2015

      thank you becky! i was surprised at my love for this fabric, it’s admittedly paler than i normally go for :)

  • Lori
    May 12, 2015

    Stunning dress and beautiful use of fabric.

  • Md Razaul Karim
    May 12, 2015

    Not bad the dress and i think that most of people choose silk chiffon particularly sub continental country’s lady. Thanks ……….

  • Laurie
    May 12, 2015

    Beautiful dress! I also made a dress with this silk but not nearly as glorious as yours. I love the creamy butter ground with the gold fabric accents
    . Lovely

    • oonaballoona
      May 13, 2015

      oh, i’d love to see what you did with it if there’s any online evidence! it’s always so interesting to see what people create with the same materials.

  • crystalpleats
    May 13, 2015

    Leave it to you to interpret this pattern into something amazing. Lace covered leather?! Interesting! You’ve convinced me I need this pattern just in time for the next Joann sale.

    • oonaballoona
      May 13, 2015

      i LOVE this pattern, so many options to mix up some fabric! definitely grab it!

  • Peter
    May 13, 2015

    Expert pattern placement — and I love the yoke with button loop closures. Gorgeous!

    • oonaballoona
      May 13, 2015

      thank you peter! the button loops were a last minute decision, it was a very fever-ish weekend.

  • Carol S
    May 13, 2015

    Poolside: 57th Street Holiday Inn or McCallern Park?

    • oonaballoona
      May 13, 2015

      HAHA! i should try that holiday inn! i wonder if they do guest passes…

  • sallie
    May 13, 2015

    Love it!!! You had me with the first photo – but then when I saw that this dress split down the front and could be worn over catsuits?!? I’m not sure I’ll be able to get a solid nights sleep ever again…

  • Amy
    May 13, 2015

    Oona – it’s gorgeous! You do know how to make the most of a print!

  • Najah
    May 13, 2015

    Wait. What? Lacey leather bits and a double border using leftover selvedge? Why do you always blow my mind like a cool breeze?! Rhetorical question, I know. Just loving this so much right now.

  • Baye
    May 13, 2015

    LOVE the dress, love the photos, but mostly love the back story of how you got the photos. What I would give to have been there to see you working this photo session out! Yay, you for getting such great photos under such trying circumstances.

  • Amanda S.
    May 13, 2015

    Wow, that’s an inspired use of a border print! You are SO creative! I loved that fabric too, but didn’t realize it had so much black along the border and now I love it even more. Too bad it’s completely gone. Boo.

  • Sarah Gunn
    May 14, 2015

    You are one amazing woman and so is this dress :)

  • Fiona
    May 14, 2015

    You’ve gone and done it again, picked the perfect garment to turn a print into! This is stunning and I love how you have placed the border

  • DebB
    May 14, 2015

    What a magical and inspired interpretation of that pattern! That just takes my breath away.

  • Ginger
    May 15, 2015

    Wowza! This is so glamorous! I love that you left it open to catch the breeze- such a fun idea!

  • Md Razaul Karim
    May 18, 2015

    Your field selection is perfect and the lady is looking a faerie queen. Thanks for a awesome moment.

  • Linda LaMona
    June 2, 2015

    Beautiful dress! So you!