Firecracker Cotton

italian cotton printed dress

 

This Fourth of July, I decided to go a bit less literal. I’ve tried the red, white ‘n blue route before, but the outfit usually ends up doomed to the costume section of my closet (there’s also a cow print skirt in there for when I have to audition for the role of Hooker With A Heart Of Gold).  So when I saw this symphony of Italian stretch cotton color online at Mood Fabrics, I gleefully jumped into four yards of firecracker.

I had previously pounced on a double face neoprene as well, found in-store at Mood Fabrics NYC before my dash to Dallas.  When the two met in my hotel room, sparks flew.  One can never stand in the way of true love, especially when it possesses the overpowering personality of neon.  I put the Do Not Disturb sign on the door and left them alone for awhile.  The front desk received several complaints that day.

italian cotton printed dress

Chastised, Neon decided to show its chill side.  The grey tone brought the noise level down just enough to make everyone happy.  This split personality yardage was the perfect candidate for By Hand London’s newest (fabulous amazing holy cow) pattern, the Victoria blazer– lining and shell all in one!

italian cotton printed dress

Um, how amazing are those style lines?!  And the fabric holds up beautifully, firm but with just enough drape– I think I need a dramatic cinched waist coat out of this stuff.

italian cotton printed dress

Let’s chat about the stretch cotton, we don’t want it to get jealous.  This Italian can tell you, jealousy in a relationship is a killer.  I’d snagged Simplicity 2212 on a Joann’s grab-every-blue-envelope-sale-run, and the stretch was perfect for the figure hugging curves.  I spent a good five hours laying out my pattern pieces–although I knew I didn’t have enough to match up the print on this 14 piece pattern, I didn’t want any twinning going on.

italian cotton printed dress

Or any firecrackers exploding in the wrong areas.  Mount Crackatoa is dangerous.  Safety first, yo.

italian cotton printed dress

Happy Fourth to those stateside! May you be covered in color!

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Comments


  • Carolyn
    July 3, 2013

    Okay first I hate you! *LOL* I had that fabric pinned for a July purchase but now I will have to go another way because there is no way that I will do the fabric the justice that you have! Dang girl is that a cute outfit! I’m loving all of your maxi looks this summer and just wish I could wear more of them to work too! Your outfit is just fantastic!

    • oonaballoona
      July 4, 2013

      awwww come on do it!!! i would LOVE to see what you do with this print!!

  • Elaine
    July 3, 2013

    Great post and a FABULOUS dress for the 4th. There couldn’t be a better fabric for the holiday out there. The pairing with the neoprene is genius.

    • oonaballoona
      July 4, 2013

      thanks elaine! and the neoprene feels delicious, too.

  • Heather Lou
    July 3, 2013

    Everything about this makes me happier than a bumblebee in a field of wildflowers. Including the fact that this outrageously perfect outfit is topped with the prettiest afro ever on the prettiest lady ever.

    • oonaballoona
      July 4, 2013

      can tell you how much i love that you love my ‘fro? i’ve been wearing it super natural this summer!

      • Heather Lou
        July 4, 2013

        I’m so down with your natural. Like Angela Davis down.

  • Peter
    July 3, 2013

    Wow, what a phenomenal dress. Brilliant pattern placing!

    • oonaballoona
      July 4, 2013

      thanks peter! i swear, it felt like a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle on hour three…

  • ThisisCarrie
    July 3, 2013

    Fantastic dress! The pattern placement makes all the difference and it’s one of those things I always want to rush through.

    • oonaballoona
      July 4, 2013

      nope, i don’t believe it, not with that genius placement on your silk dress…

  • Amanda S.
    July 3, 2013

    Okay, I would NEVER have thought to use such a big print for a princess seamed dress WITH gores but the effect is simply awesome! Perfect for the July 4th holiday.

    • oonaballoona
      July 4, 2013

      teehee thanks amanda! i did feel like i was breaking some rules hacking up this print :)

  • Erica B.
    July 3, 2013

    Such great fabric!

  • Ginger
    July 3, 2013

    Ooooooh, this is so cool! I love it! And the jacket is TO DIE FOR! What a great use for double-faced fabric!

    • oonaballoona
      July 4, 2013

      girl, you GOTTA grab some neoprene. it is hella fun to work with.

  • Debi
    July 3, 2013

    Love! Happy 4th my dear!

  • Wanett
    July 3, 2013

    You look gorgeous!!! I must get on my maxi dress making!!! I love how those colors worked out in the jacket. And you are the ONLY person I know who could make these two pieces work so perfectly together!

    • oonaballoona
      July 4, 2013

      i don’t see you in enough maxis. maybe i should have a maxi birthday is year…

  • Lori
    July 3, 2013

    Fabulous dress for the 4th or any occasion. I love your jacket, too, I have been wanting to order that jacket, now I want to even more!

    • oonaballoona
      July 4, 2013

      oh lori, you MUST. the pattern is perfectly drafted, and comes together SO quickly. you would rock it!

  • Amy
    July 3, 2013

    Fabulous! I love your interpretation for the Fourth. Bravo!

    • oonaballoona
      July 4, 2013

      i had to make a maxi, as i was consumed with jealousy over your last mood make!

  • Pia
    July 3, 2013

    Fabulous! Jaw-droppingly fabulous. And creative.

  • Sarah Gunn
    July 5, 2013

    Red, White and Oonabaloona! Great ensemble!

  • Lauren
    July 5, 2013

    Omg you did some kind of sexy magic with that pattern placement. Simply AMAZING!! And I agree with Heather- you have the best Afro in all the land. Maybe even extending out to space, I bet.

    • oonaballoona
      July 6, 2013

      sometimes i feel it touches the moon…

  • Nycbookwriter
    July 5, 2013

    I just salivated all over myself. I can’t even properly state how much I want to steal that right now.

    • oonaballoona
      July 6, 2013

      i think you got your point across quite nicely :) !!

  • Mimi
    July 12, 2013

    Beautiful! It really helps seeing these larger scale prints in action. I would never have given that fabric a second glance. The website pics don’t do it justice. You are gorgeous too, BTW.