Hit And Miss

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Please excuse the pseudo artsy filtered image, but this little floaty top makes me feel like I’m walking around in a real life Instagram. Wait, hold on…

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There you go! Back to reality.

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CLOSE UP REALITY. Where you can see aaaaaallllll of the wrinkles in my second pair of Birkin Flares! I consider this pair practice in the process of making jeans, not so much a win in the process of filling the holes in my separates closet.

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The fabric, a Marc Jacobs denim, has far too much stretch for this pattern, which is hit-you-over-the-head obvious in the fabric content– it’s a rayon/viscose/cotton blend with 2% spandex. TONS of one-way stretch. But I chose to focus on the “vintage gold rush” portion of the description and went for it. I’d love to know what this denim SHOULD be used for! Have a look and lend your thoughts, wouldja? This newbie to casual wear is stumped!

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I might have spun a whammy on the denim/pattern combo, but this Crinkled Silk Chiffon “Famous NYC Designer Print” was love at first sight.ย (Take a wild guess at who the designer is. Go on. I SWEAR I’M NOT DOING IT ON PURPOSE). Hey, it’s still available! Please don’t buy it all. I want more for a full length maxi floaty buttony thingamajig. Which I forcibly restrained myself from making this time. Such willpower! Must have more Everyday Separates!

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This is a simple copy of a super cheap RTW top. I say simple… the copying itself was simple, it’s just made of shapes with some gentle curves– but the execution was fiddly by nature of the (glorious) fabric. I used all the usual suspects for fine materials: straight stitch needle plate, microtex sharp needle, light weight thread; and I slowed myself waaaaaay down to be sure I was getting all of that topstitching right. It is, after all, neon coral thread. Errrrry mistake shows.

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And yes indeedy, there are mistakes.ย The plackets are interfaced, natch, and it’s quite possible I should have used a lighter weight fusible– I think it caused the buttonholes to smoosh out (technical jargon). But, it did make the execution of the buttonholes easy! You win some, you lose some. I think that’s the mantra of this ensemble!

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I do love my top. It’s quickly become a staple in my slowly growing separates closet! But I’ll likely repurpose the jeans, so suggestions are welcome…

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Comments


  • Grace
    March 23, 2016

    Love the top fabric and the jeans make you look super leggy. I think maybe that would have been a good “skinny jean” fabric choice.

    • oonaballoona
      March 24, 2016

      i was thinking that too– but i wonder if there isn’t enough recovery! maybe a pencil skirt?

  • Lusty
    March 23, 2016

    I think you look fabulous in both. And I kinda wish I had the Anna Sui karma you clearly have.

    • oonaballoona
      March 24, 2016

      it’s like i’m a truffle dog for anna sui…

  • Mary Beth
    March 23, 2016

    I”ve had my eyeballs on that chiffon…dare I say it’s by Ms. Anna Sui? It has a washed out 1940s floral vibe.

    • oonaballoona
      March 24, 2016

      bingo! and yes, that washed out vibe was what sold me. really great fabric!

  • pia
    March 24, 2016

    What’s wrong with the jeans? It looks fabulous! Is this a test??? You look fabulous as usual!

    • oonaballoona
      March 24, 2016

      HAHA! yes, you only pass when you see me moving around IRL and realize the err of my ways ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • sallie
    March 24, 2016

    I love both!! Together, especially! You’re like my 70’s dream come true, and you look about 7 feet tall. And I really really REALLY want that tank. Like really bad. Like I’m thinking I need to fly to NYC to steal it. Or if I’m feeling generous (I guess) to trace it.

    • oonaballoona
      March 24, 2016

      you just come to NYC and trace ALL of my patterns! i’m tracing it for a homegirl, i may clean it up and send it to you too, it would be super cool to see my favorite ladies rocking it!

  • Peter
    March 24, 2016

    I would use that denim for jeggings. It’s jeggings denim. Challenges aside, I think the silhouette of this outfit looks fabulous on you. Of course, being 6 feet tall helps! LOL

    • oonaballoona
      March 24, 2016

      i think that’s it–not skinny jeans; JEGGINGS. which means i may make a nice throw pillow out of it.

      (the height is all in the hair, but you know that. got that for wig handy ;)? )

  • Sarah Gunn
    March 25, 2016

    Great separates – I’m sure you’ll come up with a solution for the jeans ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Fiona
    March 25, 2016

    Super cute! Love the neckline! I’ve got some Marc Jacobs denim waiting to be turned into my first pair of jeans but I’m a bit concerned about the amount of stretch effecting the fit and how to judge that and adjust for it! Argh, I guess the best way to learn is try!

  • Linda L
    March 25, 2016

    Love the top!

  • Laurielrh
    March 25, 2016

    Call me old-fashioned but I am most comfortable in 100% cotton jeans. I have been wearing them for over 55 years. Why stop now? But this lovely denim would make a wonderful dress, jacket or , as you suggest, a pencil skirt. I am also addicted to the Anna Sui chiffons and have used many of the fabrics that I see in your postings. This tank is charming and summer is coming soon.

  • Amanda S.
    April 1, 2016

    I like the entire outfit – very 70’s which you look like you’d fit right into that decade. Aren’t all the “Famous Designer” fabrics from Anna Sui? Nobody is fooled, Mood!

  • Amy
    April 4, 2016

    What a cute combo. Sorry about the jeans and the interfacing, but you can’t really tell they’re a miss from the photos. You look stunning! Separates really suit you, though I’ll always imagine your closet as filled with a rainbow of dresses.