Fur & Pleather Pleasure

Dress made from reptile print faux fur bought at Mood fabrics NYC.

IS MOOD CLASSIN’ ME UP OR WHAT.  This is my third non-technicolor dress!  Second in black AND white!  I am going to name this combination Rejectnocolor.  It rejects color!  Especially of the Technicolor genre!!

But close up, this fabric from the Mood Fabrics NYC store is just as insane as any Oz-toned yardage.  Behold:

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Lookit the furry amazingness!  LOOKIT!!!  Yep.  This was another one I ran around the store with, unwilling to lose sight of its three dimensioned deliciousness for a moment. Editor’s note: This ivory faux fur with an embossed reptile print in black is also one of our favorite fabrics to stop and pet at the NYC store. Call 1-212-730-5003 and ask for the wool department to order. UPDATE 12/18/13: Waah! We are all sold out of this fabric! —Meg at Mood

Dress made from reptile print faux fur bought at Mood fabrics NYC.

She was labeled poly fleece, and she was ever so easy to sew with… supple, with a great amount of stretch.  Although I usually serge my stretchy stuff, I sewed this pattern up (vintage Advance 9545) with a longer straight stitch for the fitting, and found I didn’t need any more insurance than that.  In the end I didn’t even need a zip.

Dress made from reptile print faux fur bought at Mood fabrics NYC.

OONA LEVITATES AWAY ON CLOUDS OF WHITE FAUX FUR

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I thought I’d create side seam slits, wrapped in pleather bias tape: in my mind it was going to be a tuxedo effect.  But, I veered off into godets at the last minute.  As you can see, the godet, she is ripply, so I may have a seam ripper in my future.

Dress made from reptile print faux fur bought at Mood fabrics NYC.

 

That’s actually A-O-Diddly-K with me, because while I’m at it maybe I’ll add some pleather cuffs… and rhinestone buttons… I swear, I thought this dress was finished, but seeing the pictures, and remembering how fun this was to sew up, I wanna dive back into it.  And I gets what I wants.

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Comments


  • Carolyn
    December 10, 2013

    First – are those black pumps I spy?! Second – this fabric is soooooooo you. Leave the godets alone they will be fine. When you walk no one will notice any wrinkles only the pleathery goodness. Third – I co-sign the pleather cuffs they will only add to the Oona amazingness. Finally, love this!!!

    • oonaballoona
      December 10, 2013

      umm… maybe? kiiinnnnnda?

      the pleather cuffs are ON!

  • Wanett
    December 10, 2013

    Everything that Carolyn said!! This is amazing!! An Oona-tastic rejection of color which ends up SO completely non-basic only you could wear it so well!!

    • oonaballoona
      December 10, 2013

      oooh i LIKE that, non-basics are my basics!

  • Ginger
    December 10, 2013

    I love this! Leave the pleather inserts– they look so cool!!!

  • Elizabeth
    December 10, 2013

    Love. This.

  • devra
    December 10, 2013

    yes! so glad you got that fabric! and look at you remembering to add walking ease to your wiggle skirt. i’m kvelling! :-)

  • Heather Lou
    December 10, 2013

    I want to marry that fabric. And you in it. A black and white vision in 3D!

    • oonaballoona
      December 10, 2013

      it IS kinda 3D right? proposal accepted. ruggy will expect pillowfights nightly.

  • Erica B.
    December 10, 2013

    This fabric is everything! I love that you used it for such a classically cut dress!

    • oonaballoona
      December 10, 2013

      thanks erica! i really couldn’t see it as anything else :)

  • Jenny
    December 10, 2013

    Wow! I love that it looks pretty classic from a distance but close up… well, who *wouldnt’* want to wear a fur/reptile skin dress, I ask you?

    • oonaballoona
      December 10, 2013

      crazy people wouldn’t, jenny. Crazy. People.

      it does sneak up on you :)

  • Laura
    December 10, 2013

    Wow – this is awesome! Love that bizarre fabric and the fact that it even occurred to you to make a dress out of it. I never would have thought of it, but it most definitely works. :)

    • oonaballoona
      December 10, 2013

      thanks laura! i do gravitate towards the bizarre stuff, it calls my name!

  • BeckyW
    December 10, 2013

    You make the cutest things!!

  • Lori
    December 10, 2013

    This is awesome fabric and you look fantastic in your new dress. Pleather cuffs would be so cute on this dress.

    • oonaballoona
      December 11, 2013

      thanks lori! i am definitely gonna get on those cuffs.

  • Sandra (Sewist-Stitch)
    December 11, 2013

    Oh I heart this fabric. I really want to touch it, cause that’s the best part about fabric! Your dress looks amazing.

    • oonaballoona
      December 11, 2013

      it is CRAZY touchable! i invite everyone who comes over to fondle it. for real. they are, to a person, shocked.

  • mokosha
    December 11, 2013

    i love seeing you in all the black and white thingies, it feels rebelious and wild.. and that fabric is amazing, if we ever meet, i advise you not to wear this dress, because i’ll have to caress it frequently, and that might freak you out

    • oonaballoona
      December 11, 2013

      sis, we need to have a LIST of don’t wears when that day comes!

  • Sue K
    December 11, 2013

    I love, love, love this dress on you. I love the godets exactly as they are. At first glance, i thought they were really high slits, they just disapppear.

    What did you use around the neckline? It looks like it’s bound in white something, and is a perfect treatment.

    I’m pretty shocked how much i love this on you, who would have thought you’d make a faux fur dress?

    • oonaballoona
      December 11, 2013

      thank you sue!

      ah shoot, i meant to take a close up of the neckline– i topstitched 3/8 away from the neck edge and cut off the little pleather bits, revealing more fur underneath. sort of like taking sequins out of a seam allowance, only furry!

      • Sue K
        December 13, 2013

        Brilliant!

  • La flora negra
    December 11, 2013

    This fabric is FLYING out the door ladies!
    $30 per yard – didn’t get the width b/c I have to call back in 5 minutes.
    I’m making a skirt with a possible contrasting electric blue or a funky red (cliche) side band.

    THANKS GIRL!!!! TOTALLY OUT OF THE BOX ON THIS ONE!

    • oonaballoona
      December 11, 2013

      you are so welcome, i’m glad you snagged some!! just wait till you feel it, you are not gonna be able to stop petting it. heheh. no other way to say it :)

      i think a red side band would be fantastic–i’m coming to realize that’s what good about black & white, errrrrythang goes with it. who knew.

  • Sallie
    December 11, 2013

    This fabric is blowing my mind!! It’s fur!! No! It’s a pleather-a-saurus!! Gahh!! It’s BOTH! And I ditto all the other commenters, I love how you paired this fabric with such a classic silhouette, and how it plays all sweet and coy from far away… but when you move in closer… BAM! Ditto leave the godets alone, they are saucy. Ditto pleather cuffs, they will add more sauce to the sauce. And who doesn’t love double sauce?

  • Kimberly
    December 11, 2013

    You did a wonderful job on the dress and it looks great on you. I too am digging the pumps.

  • Amy
    December 16, 2013

    What a killer fabric. You sure do know how to pick them. One of these days I’m going to make it to Mood and find something fabulous like this piece. And, I think you paired it with the perfect pattern. Something simple to let the fabric take the show.