Linen Decorated Mini Dress

 

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | anna sui linen mini dress

Guess who ran into some more Anna Sui at Mood. I swear, it’s like I’m one of those dogs that sniffs out truffles. It’s not like she has a specific named shelf. Sure, I find her in the “Designer” section…but this yardage was lounging on the bottom floor, in a colorful little bin of medium weight cotton & linen bolts. Next to shirting. NEXT TO SHIRTING.

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | anna sui linen mini dress

No offense, Shirting. You’re just not my cup of tea.

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | anna sui linen mini dress

But this craziness was right up my alley! My first thought was a maxi skirt, but in the end, it wanted to be short. It told me so, in very loud tones. And luckily (tragically?) the weather is playing nice… I had zero problems wearing this out on the street today. Ladies and Gentlemen, I think we have arrived at that period in humanity’s history where the closet needs to be All Seasons All The Time. Like an All Skate for temperatures!

(Imagine Fall and Summer, clumsily skating hand in hand, like a couple of awkward teenagers…makes it way less apocalyptic, no?)

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | anna sui linen mini dress

Oh, would you like to know about the dress? ME TOO. Let’s just get full armageddon here, and talk about how fast time is flying. Time is literally fleeting at a hopped up rate. Go on, google it. Like Climate Change, this is an Actual Thing Happening Now. Fun.

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | anna sui linen mini dress

Too much time has passed for total recall. My brain has just enough space for the twelve things I’m working on at any given moment, and when something is completed, GET OUT. NO VACANCY!

But I do recall using the bottom portion of the Salme Yoke Dress, and the By Hand London Polly top. It was intended to be a playset, but I didn’t like the proportions. I ripped off the skirt waistband, and used the box pleats as a guide to cinch in the top, attaching it to the dress. With 8 pleats altogether, it feels as if I’m wearing a super comfortable belt– which, actually, I probably would do, when wearing in “real life.” Do you find that you don’t accessorize as much when taking blog shots? Gotta see the sewing!

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | anna sui linen mini dress

My favorite part of this dress is also the part that gave me the most headache: the hem. Banging out that decorative stitching in neon thread was super fun, but then…I fringed the edges of the linen. It hung so stiffly, I looked more vintage Cher than trendy Bohemian. So I cut off the fringe, turned the (unseen) third row of diamonds under, and added two more rows of stitching. The hem stands out now, almost as if I had inserted horsehair. I love it!

If you’re craving some linen, there’s a nice array here– this romantic number is 10 per yard. And if you feel like sniffing out some truffles, check under the Famous Designer & Famous NY Designers categories. There are a LOT of gems in there, and who knows what name will arrive at your door! (And if you end up with Anna Sui, expect me for cocktails.)

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Comments


  • Debbie
    October 22, 2015

    So very cute. I love what you did with the hem. I’m thinking that this dress would also look very awesome layered with a black shirt and tights in cold weather. and BTW, I have a similar problem with Oscar when I fabric shop. We’ve been on a first name basis for a long time now ;-) .

    • oonaballoona
      October 26, 2015

      i like your layering advice! i never go further than a jacket, time to change that up.

  • Manju
    October 22, 2015

    This dress is cute but I love that hem treatment! How to elevate a gorgeous piece of fabric to something even greater…

    • oonaballoona
      October 26, 2015

      thank you manju! those extra rows of stitching make it my favorite part.

  • Peter
    October 22, 2015

    It’s adorable and really love it with the shoes!

    • oonaballoona
      October 26, 2015

      those shoes…killer in every sense of the word. ruggy was terrified for me :)

  • Kimberly
    October 22, 2015

    That is pretty Oona. I love the rich colors and the neon stitching is striking. It actually looks like an added ribbon.

  • mokosha
    October 23, 2015

    super cute! print is gorgeous, and hem really makes the dress stand out

  • Sallie
    October 23, 2015

    This makes me really REALLY wish my machine had fancy stitches!! Love that neon detail SO MUCH! Amazing fabric too, and a super cute finished look. Also, no, I never accesorize much when taking blog photos!

  • Robin McBride
    October 23, 2015

    Looks wonderful and great choice of shoes. How did you do the hem? Is it attached separately on a curve? I want to do something like it. What embroidery machine did you use? Thanks for the fun story.

    • oonaballoona
      October 26, 2015

      hey Robin, thank you! i used the decorative stitches on my Pfaff 4.5, right on the hemline, using wash away stabilizer underneath. i’ll have more info about that on my blog!

  • Becky
    October 23, 2015

    That hem treatment is fantastic. I thought you’d found a nice border print until I saw the detail shot!

  • Diary of a Chainstitcher
    October 24, 2015

    Yowzers! What amazing fabric! Love the way you’ve done the hem, so inventive!

  • Linda Galante
    October 25, 2015

    Love this dress; it’s definitely swoon worthy. The linen is gorgeous and I think adding the decorative stitching to the trim was genius as it draws your attention to the lovely flare of the skirt.

    • oonaballoona
      October 26, 2015

      thank you, linda! now that you mention it, i can see how it draws your eye to the flare!

  • Meg
    October 26, 2015

    That fabric! That hem! Those shoes! All of it is DIVINE. Fabulous job, darling!!

  • Amanda S.
    October 26, 2015

    So fun! I love the fabric and the embroidered border.