in a blue mood and loving it

Anna Sui SIlk Dress

I AM SO HAPPY WITH THIS DRESS!!!

i’m not lying to you when i say i sang songs to this dress. i cooed and petted it. diane reeves and i serenaded it many an evening. the three of us harmonize quite well together, if i do say so myself.

Anna Sui SIlk Dress

when she is quiet (or, at least, as quiet as this print can be) she looks like this. but when she gets frisky…

Anna Sui SIlk Dress

PEEP SHOW YO!

Anna Sui SIlk Dress

i adore this panel print. she is silk. she is anna sui. she is from mood, los angeles locale, i haven’t been able to find her online, but she’s still available there. i defy you to stand in front of the anna sui section there and not choose something. DEFY.

Anna Sui SIlk Dress

i first spied this delicacy rolled up in the remnants box. misha (my mood la muse) happily unrolled it for me, then, upon seeing my dismay at the lone panel, pointed me to the actual bolt. i walked out with 4 yards (16 dollas a yard!) and another 6 yards of feathers.

yes, feathers. the feathers did not make it to their final destination of le hem. i was vehemently voted down, several times. more on that to come.

Anna Sui SIlk Dress

and she is completely draped! i had 4 yards. that equaled 4 panels. my remnant amputee panel was lonely, so after a good swig of courage (whiskey), i sliced the remaining 3 panels into separate squares, then box pleated each square once to hide the smaller design. the middle of each pleat became center front, side seams, and center back zipper (a slash zipper insertion right down the middle of the box pleat). i sewed the 4 pleats down to about mid hip level. each panel was then reattached, making pretty much a large tube, which i then took in until i had the shape i wanted. maka de sense? no? i could whip up some drawings if you desire…

Anna Sui SIlk Dress

the side seams open and close at will as well.

Anna Sui SIlk Dress

and the panels ended up to be just right for my desired length. well, i mean, there were supposed to be 5 inch long feathers which would have made it floor length… but apparently that would have made the dress “tacky”. again, evidence and arguments to come. however, i could not be stopped from using a leatherish bias tape along the neckline (which you can see in the first shot).

i don’t know how to end this post. all i can think to do is holler THIS DRESS ROCKS AND I AM A GOLDEN GOD but somehow that has an air of pomposity to it. that said, this dress rocks and i am a golden god. ‘kbye!

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Comments


  • Mood Sewing Network
    September 17, 2012

    Marcy, you know how much I love this dress. You are a rock star!

    • oonaballoona
      September 19, 2012

      thank you, in SO many ways!

  • Molly
    September 17, 2012

    This is gorgeous!

  • LaFortunaStudio
    September 17, 2012

    Gorgeous! It is wonderful when you make something so beautiful and makes you look beautiful. Congratulations on your fabulous new love!

    • oonaballoona
      September 19, 2012

      thanks so much, i really was (and am) so happy with it 🙂

  • Alethia
    September 18, 2012

    This dress is absolutely gorgeous!!

  • Levone
    September 18, 2012

    Beautiful! I love the addition of the binding.

    • oonaballoona
      September 19, 2012

      after the feather veto, i really went back and forth on the binding. glad you like it!

  • Els
    September 19, 2012

    What a wonderful dress, beautiful fabric! You look gorgeous.
    You and your dress a perfect match. Front page worthy!
    Greetings from the Netherlands
    Els

    • oonaballoona
      September 19, 2012

      thank you els, what a lovely thing to say!!

  • CK
    September 19, 2012

    fabulous dress and even better commentary – thanks and you did rock that dress – you rocked it hard

    keep up the good work

    • oonaballoona
      September 30, 2012

      thanks ck! especially for the commentary 🙂

  • Sewjourner
    September 23, 2012

    Stunning dress.

  • Suzanne
    September 23, 2012

    Though I am seething with jealousy, I will tell you: Amazing dress. Love the peek-a-boo panels. What incredible fabric.

    • oonaballoona
      September 30, 2012

      ah, jealously. i know it well. thanks girl 🙂

  • Barbara Vogelman
    September 29, 2012

    LOVE the dress. I would love to make myself one of these. But, the size I am now would be a MOO MOO. But, I will wear this by spring. I can just picture this with BEAUTIFUL embroidered applique on the front and on each of the FLOWING panels. That will be a SHOW STOPPER. When I make it I will come back and put it on here for you to see. I just love the flow and the femininity of this dress. Really excited to get it made.

    • oonaballoona
      September 30, 2012

      barbara, that sounds exquisite! promise to make good on that spring threat….

  • Leigh
    September 30, 2012

    Gorgeous, just gorgeous. You are a goddess in that dress. 🙂

  • Betsy
    September 30, 2012

    Stunning!

  • Claire
    September 30, 2012

    Unbelievable, awesome, gorgeous dress! You definitely rock!!

  • Shirley
    September 30, 2012

    Love the dress, the photos and your sassy attitude!

  • RobinDenning
    October 2, 2012

    wow! You may defy me to stand in front of these fabrics and get ideas – but honestly- you are so good at picturing what to sew from the fabric you see! I seem to start with a pattern idea, and then search for a fabric.
    I do imagine you will wear this with great satisfaction 😀
    GORGEOUS!

  • Valencia Couture
    October 2, 2012

    Love the dress! Very, very beautiful. Print is Truely outstanding.

  • katzies
    October 2, 2012

    Oh my! I am in prints heaven! Beautifully done, such marvelous creativity. I am drooling……

  • Sharylb
    October 2, 2012

    Wow luv this dress and you look freakin fab in it , beautiful pictures. You’re a very talented young lady!

  • Colleen
    October 2, 2012

    Wow, I love this dress, fabric, you name it. And you write well, too. 🙂

    I look forward to seeing/reading more. I

  • JenAlden
    October 2, 2012

    Holy gorgeous. May be the best DIY dress I have ever seen. You *are* a golden god, and I am completely inspired.

  • Donna
    October 3, 2012

    You have vison! Beautiful vision to create!

  • Deb Stewart
    October 3, 2012

    Wow! U do Rock! and I 2 am in love with this dress!

  • Candice R
    October 4, 2012

    This dress is absolutly stunning! The feathers would have distracted from the beautiful print in the dress. It would have been way too much, in my humble opinion; save them for another project!!