Denim & Velvet Wiggle Dress

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ARGH THIS DRESS TOOK FOREVER!  At one point, I told Ruggy this might be the longest I’ve ever spent on a dress. Really, I’m not sure, because it was started in Texas and finished in New York…travel plays tricks on the mind…

I ordered this delicious medium-weight denim & velvet flocked yardage from Mood Fabrics online back in late July.  It seemed totally appropriate for the middle of the summer.  That’s sarcasm. But the fabric is amazing, it has a bit of stretch to it, and the velvet looks almost CGIed. It was meant for a maxi dress, but then my eyes fell on Butterick Retro 5880, and for once my heart strayed from the land of floor length!

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Hello legs.  Isn’t it odd that we want to drape our bottom halves in yards of fabric in summer, and expose them when a chill hits the air?  I even took about 6 inches off altogether.  Our building super stumbled upon us mid photo shoot and said Woooow, I like.  Don’t you have black shoes?  You need longer earrings.  Have a white flower at your waist.  I think it should be shorter.  

I do think I’ll be taking that flower suggestion, but more Billie Holiday than floral belt.

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The weight of the denim was perfect for the angular neckline. In a maxi it would have sat stiffly.

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But that said, it did have plenty of flow for the draped section!  Real talk, this fabric is made of magic.

Per Ruggy’s suggestion, I “lined” the edge of the drape– the pattern calls for it to be lined in fashion fabric, but that would have been One. Heavy. Drape.  I was leaning towards leaving the raw edge exposed, but he thought a little trim would finish the dress off.   He was right.  So many opinionated men in my life!!! I used three yards of tiny chain link to sandwich the edge of the drape, and hand stitched it down on either side.  You might have caught me toiling away with in metal and thread on my instagram.

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And now, I present to you the guts.  HA!  IT’S A CIRCUS SHOW UP IN THERE!!!  This printed cotton was meant for the back bodice of the previously intended maxi dress.  Sort of a surprise when you turn around.  Now it’s a surprise when you take it off.

NO ONE LIKES STRANGE SURPRISES WHEN TAKING SOMETHING OFF.

The pattern combo could’ve worked in a fun & funky way on the outside of a casual dress, but I don’t think it was the best choice for the innards of this formal frock!   It has a stiffer quality, again, that would’ve played well on the outside…c’est la vie.  I used a Hong Kong finish on the seams to try and make it look more…intentional….

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Maybe I’ll just keep the lights dimmed when unzipping.

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Comments


  • Carolyn
    September 24, 2013

    This is gorgeous! Glad to know now why you were using so much of that chain. Seriously gorgeous dress!

    • oonaballoona
      September 26, 2013

      thank you carolyn! i was itching to show you this!

  • Clare Szabo
    September 24, 2013

    WHOAAAAAA! That’s incredible..time and the details definitely make this dress stand out. Drooling.

  • Marianne
    September 24, 2013

    Awesome! Love that neckline!

  • Amanda S.
    September 24, 2013

    Wow! Love the drape AND that neckline!

  • Heather Lou
    September 24, 2013

    Good god woman, how does Ruggy not just explode with sexy love joy whenever he sees you? This is so beyond glam I can’t deal. I need me some wiggle in my life….. and I like the funky insides. Takes some edge of the polish and feels a little badass, don’t it? I also love that your super is a total fashion critic. I gotta disagree and say you need that white flower in your hair, not at you waist. Rock the Billie magnolia on the street and car accidents will abound.

    • oonaballoona
      September 26, 2013

      HA! oh, i’m with you on the magnolia. i was editing his critique to suit me in my head as he was talking, though i loved every bit of it… he was on his way to fix the boiler.

  • Peter
    September 24, 2013

    I think you look marvelous in that retro silhouette, Oona. Great job!

    • oonaballoona
      September 26, 2013

      :) i’m fond of it myself. fall might bring more!

  • Lauren
    September 24, 2013

    GIRL WHAT THIS IS INCREDIBLE I CAN’T EVEN

  • Denis
    September 24, 2013

    I LOVE this!!!

  • Rachel
    September 24, 2013

    That is amazing! Denim + velvet + retro pattern = super hot glamorous? Who knew! Just fabulous.

  • Amy
    September 24, 2013

    Wow wow wow wow wow. Even if this dress did take two states to complete, it was well worth it. You look fabulous!

  • Sueann
    September 24, 2013

    That is one really great dress and you look fabulous in it. Way to go! I agree the insides are fun. Sexy on the outside, fun on the inside – what could be better?

  • Grace
    September 24, 2013

    Excellent pattern choice for the fabric! I think the denim has just enough body for that awesome drape and I really love the chain detail. The fit is fantastic. Good job!

    • oonaballoona
      October 12, 2013

      it wasn’t at all what i planned…i almost never go with my original plans, come to think of it!

  • Erica B.
    September 24, 2013

    Va Va Va Voom! I love this on you! I was wondering about the placement of the chain. I love what you did there!

  • Lori
    September 24, 2013

    This is beautiful fabric used to create an equally beautiful dress. Amazing job.

  • Kim
    September 24, 2013

    Wow I really like the neckline! And the fabric is super cool too, great job!

  • Geneva Jones
    September 24, 2013

    What a beautiful dress. Wish I could match up fabric and patterns as well as you do….how expensive was the chain link? I have a piece of silk taffeta that could possibly look good with this pattern. Your choice is always excellent!!!!!

    • oonaballoona
      September 26, 2013

      just 3 bucks a yard! there’s a link to come in my blog :)

  • crystalpleats
    September 25, 2013

    You look amazing. What an awesome collar. You made the right choice with this fabric.

  • Sarah Gunn
    September 25, 2013

    You look all grown up in this magnificent dress! I echo all of the WOWs :)

  • Steph
    September 25, 2013

    Yowza! Ok, I have to get this pattern now.

  • june Lovell
    September 25, 2013

    elegant and beautiful: looks like something Suzy Parker would wear on the runway…

    • oonaballoona
      September 26, 2013

      i just googled her… YES PLEASE!

  • puu
    September 25, 2013

    i love that retro vibe on you…it’s unexpected and fun!

  • Elizabeth
    September 25, 2013

    Totally gorgeous! What pattern did you use?

    • oonaballoona
      September 26, 2013

      butterick 5880, link coming on my blog today :)

  • liza jane
    September 25, 2013

    Girl, you can wear anything! You look fabulous in that silhouette. I love the fabric, love the pattern and love the details. Beautiful!

  • Cissie
    September 26, 2013

    Gorgeous dress. Love the fabric, the drape at the side, everything. Your hard work really paid off.

  • oonaballoona
    September 26, 2013

    ***y’all, thank you SO MUCH! wordpress is hollering at me that i’m replying too quickly (hey wordpress don’t tell me what to do), so i’ll have to give you a big group THANKYA. :) ***

  • Ginger
    September 29, 2013

    WHOOOOAAA!!!! This is amazing and so unexpected! Love love love it!

  • Mood Sewing Network
    September 30, 2013

    I think the contrast lining is my favorite part! What a great addition to a gorgeous shell fabric and pattern.

  • sharon
    October 10, 2013

    I love the Candy Colored Lace skirt. Did you use a commercial pattern or self design?

    • oonaballoona
      October 10, 2013

      hi sharon! the lace skirt was a self design (if you can call it that)… just two rectangles, elastic waistband, lined. i did handsew the side seams and hem to match up the pattern of the lace.

  • Timi55
    October 10, 2013

    Hi oonaballoona! I have not been on burdastyle for a while, but I guess you are all over the place:) Understandably, because you are looking fabulous as usual. Great dress!

    • oonaballoona
      October 12, 2013

      hi timi! yes, i’ve been MIA at burdatsyle for awhile :) . thankya for the lovely compliment!

  • Doris
    October 11, 2013

    This is gorgeous!