Cotton and Coconuts and Curls

Printed thakoon cotton dress

If I look self satisfied, IT IS BECAUSE I AM.  The reasons are twofold:

1. I conquered this cotton.

2. I conquered myself.

I CONQUER, YO.  I AM A CONQUISTADOR OF COTTON.  (that may not mean what I think it means, but I’m going with it.  I have a sazerac in hand and no desire to use my dictionary widget.)

Printed thakoon cotton dress

Last month, I decided to try my hand at what my fellow Mood Sewing Network bloggers are old hat at: ordering online from MoodFabrics.com. Within a minute, I stumbled upon this Thakoon cotton, and these decorative coconut shells. It is almost certain that I would not have paired these two up had I been in the store– if only because the coconut shells are placed about 5 feet in the air above my head, and I rarely look up that high. Nothing of note is taller than my 5’3 frame, you see.

Except these rooftop shoots….

Printed thakoon cotton dress

THOSE are taller.  The images don’t do the edge of the building  justice.  That’s a steep ramp right up to a free fall on a windy day.  FUN.  And, quite dangerous.  I thought the location fitting, considering the vicious way I started this garment.  One breezy saturday afternoon, Ruggy caught me chopping– literally chopping-– into four yards of this luscious stuff.  Oona, he said, don’t cut angry.   I was angry–irate, in fact, for reasons which are boring and not worthy of telling.  Suffice it to say the sound of my shears gave my mood away.

Printed thakoon cotton dress

And he was right: Don’t. Cut. Angry.  The reasons for this are twofold:

1. You might hack off a finger.

2. You will most definitely cut into what was an ample amount of designer cotton, forgetting that you needed six panels instead of four for the sweeping maxi skirt.  You will insanely and wantonly cut three on the bias. You will then spend the next five days trying every possible combination to make the five panels you eked out work in some strange jigsaw puzzle configuration.

But then of course you’ll be totally full of yourself when you DO.

Printed thakoon cotton dress

Hey didja notice those bust darts?  ME NEITHER! I would say I planned it that way, but I don’t like to lie.

Printed thakoon cotton dress

Truth be told, I’m even okay with the back, which was where the real jigsaw came in. The bodice is a vintage Vogue pattern, and the six-come-four gored skirt is of my own drafting. I used two bias cut panels for the center front and back, and two regular joes for the side panels. However, the center back panel was sliced up the middle to accommodate the invisible zip–in hindsight I should’ve done a slash zip opening, but I was still a little peeved and not thinking correctly…one might even say, still angry

Printed thakoon cotton dress

I am nothing if not hard headed.  Was counting on that fact, in case of a skyscraper fall.  By the way, does my dress remind you of anything?  Any New Yorkers out there care to hazard a guess on Thakoon’s inspiraton?  I don’t know for sure if my hunch is right, but let’s just say I found the city view… appropriate…

Editor’s note: Click here for our collection of scrumptious prints from designer Thakoon, who is known as a master of prints. We think these fabrics are so perfect for your spring and summer sewing.

 

Comments


  • Meg the Grand
    May 14, 2013

    Oh. Mah. Gawd.

    It’s just so amazing! The colors are positively GORGEOUS, and I love that you managed to eke out those pieces for the skirt because the fullness is PERFECT. 3rd picture from the bottom is my absolute favorite of you – and no, I didn’t notice those bust darts 🙂 You are a total wonder, and I’m sending you lots of hugs to protect you from things that make you angry. Let me know if you need me to shiv anyone. XOXO

    • oonaballoona
      May 15, 2013

      i know you would!!! i think the fullness worked out too… but i’m eyeing some silk to try my original scheme…

  • Angela
    May 14, 2013

    Ok….I am being shamed into getting on my summer sewing! That is an amazing dress! I need to finish my spring cleaning and gardening today and tomorrow so I can get some sewing done.

    • oonaballoona
      May 15, 2013

      ah, i hope you got to it! this dress makes me feel like i can MAKE summer come.

  • Sarah Gunn
    May 14, 2013

    You got style and you got nerve. Style + nerve = Oonaballoona sittin on top of the world in a gorgeous maxi! Did you know what you were going to make when you ordered the fabric or did the fabric inspire you? Either way it’s a great dress and it’s so you!

    • oonaballoona
      May 15, 2013

      that sounds like a cheer. an AWESOME cheer.

  • Lauren
    May 14, 2013

    You are amazing and so is that dress. I wouldn’t be surprised if you caused several accidents by sitting on the roof in that gorgeousness… distracting drivers and tearing eyes away from cell phones.

    • oonaballoona
      May 15, 2013

      i did think about the possibility of someone screaming SHE’S GONNA JUMP!!!

  • Debi
    May 14, 2013

    Hell yeah! This dress is OONATASTIC!!

  • Carolyn
    May 14, 2013

    Love the picture of you peering over the edge in your Oona Original! Whatever you were angry about sure got worked out in that dress because it’s gorgeous!

    • oonaballoona
      May 15, 2013

      man, if i wouldn’t have worked this dress (and the sitch) out… MEH. it’s good to be happy!

  • Erica B.
    May 14, 2013

    Fabulous Oona! That fabric is incredible (and on my list) and worked perfectly with your design!

  • kaitui_kiwi
    May 14, 2013

    Oh Mood! Please hurry up and offer us International shipping options so that we too can be Oona-tastic! 🙂

    Oona you crazy gal, you make me want to look at fabric through your eyes, come to NZ one day and we’ll go fabric shopping together! 😀

    • oonaballoona
      May 15, 2013

      i do believe they’re working on it! and i’ve been finding lots of great prints on the site lately!

  • Kathy F.
    May 14, 2013

    Couldn’t agree more. When will we in Australia and New Zealand get international shipping options? The cost of postage from Mood to Sydney is currently $AU150.00. THAT’S ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS. WHY?

    • oonaballoona
      May 15, 2013

      YIKES. shipping is hard! i got SOAKED at the post office yesterday, even usps is going crazy. fingers crossed they’ll get to you soon!

  • Lori
    May 14, 2013

    Oona, that dress is amazing. Great job and it looks like the anger passed and sewing happiness filled the air. Great job.

    • oonaballoona
      May 15, 2013

      thank you lori, it did and it does!

  • KristiEllKay
    May 15, 2013

    You couldn’t possibly stay angry while looking at those colors! C’mon, now, be real. Haha!

    It’s amazingly fabulous, and I may have peed a little when I realized how high up you were for your photo shoot!

    • oonaballoona
      May 15, 2013

      ha! thank you, you’re right, i put this on and have to smile!

  • Sandra
    May 15, 2013

    The dress looks just perfect, the pattern suggests that the dress should have been that way anyway.
    Please Mood international delivery to New Zealand would be amazing!

    • oonaballoona
      May 15, 2013

      man i made it hard for myself with those bias panels though… 🙂 thank you!

  • Carrie C.
    May 15, 2013

    Love the dress, the bias cuts, the awesome work put into it (angry or not) and the photo shoot setting.

    • oonaballoona
      May 15, 2013

      thank you carrie! i think the anger paid off in the end 🙂

  • Lynda Grigg
    May 16, 2013

    Oona, I am another New Zealander, have been to Mood and lovvvvvvved it. Yes when can New Zealand be included in the good postage rates and I just LOVEEEEE your dress. I love all the things you make. I would love to be like you but am unfortunately a bit older.

    • oonaballoona
      May 16, 2013

      you are never too old (or too young) to stand on rooftops in technicolor cotton!!:)

  • Liza jane
    May 17, 2013

    Fantastic!

  • Ginger
    May 17, 2013

    AHHH! This is awesome! I NEVER would’ve known that you struggled with this dress– it looks totally planned and totally cool! It’s not very metrocard, either. Love it! 😀

  • Kay
    May 17, 2013

    You look lovely in the dress. The colors suit your complexion!

  • Hazel
    May 18, 2013

    Absolutely love this dress! I’ve been eyeing up that fabric online for ages now, its lovely to see it made up. And you’re totally rocking it!!