Linen lovin’

oonaballoona | mood fabrics sewing network | anna sui maxi skirtAre you shocked to see me in blue? With a black tank top, no less?! Me too.

oonaballoona | mood fabrics sewing network | anna sui maxi skirtA warm toned gal, I am I am, so obviously the wall needed to bend to my fiery will.

oonaballoona | mood fabrics sewing network | anna sui maxi skirtAnd once again, I’ve bent to the will of Anna Sui. This bolt of luscious linen positively leapt out from the shelf at Mood NY and punched me in the heartstrings. Surprise surprise, selvedge says: it’s Sui.

If memory serves, I grabbed 2 yards, and immediately kicked myself when I got home and got to thinking. I wanted a maxi skirt to make the most of the print, but didn’t consider all those lovely shapes and lines and buds– I had just enough for a skirt, but not enough to cut side seams and leave the print undisturbed.

That is, not enough to cut proper side seams…

oonaballoona | mood fabrics sewing network | anna sui maxi skirtWhere are my side seams anyway?! Those white chevron-y arcs descending from my waist have a pleat in the center, where the side seam would normally fall. After pleating the skirt on my dress form, I cut right down mid-booty to create my front panel. So instead of side seams, I have mid-booty seams! There are two of them, one for each cheek ;).

(I suppose you could also call them princess seams, but let’s face it. I am no princess.)

I cut those mid-booty seams, then used the remaining fabric to make up the center back panels. Three seams in all, and two slits up to the backs of my knees– the skirt doesn’t have a large sweep, and I’ve learned the hard way that walking ease is actually important.

oonaballoona | mood fabrics sewing network | anna sui maxi skirtEating ease could have been considered as well. That exposed zipper does indeed close, but not after delicious pizza. Them’s the breaks.

oonaballoona | mood fabrics sewing network | anna sui maxi skirtPizza and Anna Sui though. Zipper fail. Life WIN.



  • Mary Beth
    July 14, 2015

    Oh my more Anna Sui! Be still aorta! Does this fabric live on the Mood Fabrics website, camp out at night on the blog, maybe take a nap with Swatch?

    • oonaballoona
      July 15, 2015

      it doesn’t! 🙁 but i bet it had a few ZZZs with swatch in-store 😉

  • Kimberly
    July 14, 2015

    I like how you did what you did.

    • oonaballoona
      July 15, 2015

      well thnakya, i like doing what i do!

  • Lauren
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  • Debbie
    July 14, 2015

    Oh you have reminded me that I desperately need a lusciously loud print, maxi A line skirt. Your skirt is divine. I LOVE the blue, but I’m biased towards blue on the best of days. In fact, I swept past my wardrobe the other day and it is almost entirely blue, grey, white, and a little green. I think I need to shake things up. Now, if only I could find the perfect print. I think that was what put a hold on my plans last time…

    • oonaballoona
      July 15, 2015

      ah yes, the search for perfection… just find a print and get going, i’m always rabid to see what you make!

  • Meg
    July 14, 2015

    Your maxi skirt is DIVINE. LOVE THE PRINT SO MUCH!

  • LaLa Sews
    July 14, 2015


    It’s uncanny how often you find Anna Sui fabric. Maybe she is your spirit animal?

    • oonaballoona
      July 15, 2015

      HAHAHAH!!!!!! you know, you might be right… i had decided it was Michael McDonald but i might have to change that!

  • Amy
    July 15, 2015

    Oona! I love how you take a fabric and let it figure out what it should be by draping it on your dress form. I’ve currently set up my sewing area in our unfinished basement. It sounded like such a good idea for space reasons. But, I’m afraid to drape anything on my dress form for fear that it’ll touch the dusty concrete floor. You and your beautiful skirt have helped me see the light! Something’s going to have to change! 😉

    • oonaballoona
      July 15, 2015

      oh, you gotta get draping dirty! in an NY summer, with windows open, it is literally impossible to keep the floors squeaky clean–i’d have to mop them DAILY. if my fabric brushes some dust, a little dirt is what washing machines are for!

  • mandyc
    July 15, 2015

    Your skirt is amazing! Such beautiful fabric and you are so clever. Absolutely fabulous.

  • Sallie
    July 15, 2015

    Yes to ALLLLLL of this!! Those squiggly white hip arcs are making all the little happy receptors inside my brain that respond to things like perfect pattern placement do the craziest of jigs!!

  • Liza jane
    July 15, 2015

    That is the coolest linen print I’ve ever seen. Well done on figuring out how to use it. Love those slits at the back.

  • Lori
    July 15, 2015

    You are so good at letting the fabric evolve into the perfect garment!

  • Sonja
    July 16, 2015

    Eeeeeeep! This turned out beautifully!!! Love love love it!

  • Fiona
    July 20, 2015

    Wow that is an amazing fabric! And you’ve found the perfect use for it yet again! Love the design of this and love that the fabric led you to it

  • Erica B's DIY Style
    July 22, 2015

    This skirt is breathtakingly amazeballs!

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    July 25, 2015

    Maxi skirts: one can never have too many. Love it. Very very you. Plus I love black and blue together, it’s like peas & carrots to me.