Little Bouclé Dress

LBD made with wool bouclé from Mood Fabrics and a By Hand London pattern.

I don’t really know what hit me.

Let me rephrase. This black bouclé hit me like a freight train, I seized the roll, hugged it to my breast, and dragged it around the third floor of Mood until Kway and Eric assured me I could leave it by the cutting tables, it would be safe.

YOU KNOW I WORRIED ABOUT IT, LIKE BAMBI’S MOTHER, TILL THE FIRST SNIP.

LBD made with wool bouclé from Mood Fabrics and a By Hand London pattern.

There was no need for concern, the third floor is truly a piece of heaven. And apparently they filter something mind-altering into the air up there, as I not only chose a black bouclé, I chose the black side of the black bouclé. Editor’s note: Tons of bouclés online here. Just make sure to choose a lighterweight bouclé if you’re going the dress route like Oona

Yep, this scrumptious yardage works on either side, and one is heavily charged with gold. But something about that dense deep dark made me go for the more “demure” side.  Maybe it’s the change in lighting in the US? Losing a hour of daylight may have taken a piece of my mind with it…

It definitely took a piece of my photo skills.  Dark  + cold = indoor blogger photos.  I’ve heard it’s hard to photograph black. As I’m usually photograpping prints of multi- and  techi- colors, I’ve never suffered this problem. It’s troubling.

LBD made with wool bouclé from Mood Fabrics and a By Hand London pattern.

Whoops!!! What happened back there?! Weeeeeell, I decided to be smart and cut the side back & front elisalex bodice panels on the bias, thinking it would look really cool. It does, in real life, I was super OCD careful about pattern placement and getting everything  just so, underlined it with organza, silk thread basted it, the whole shebang…

But this dress, I beat her to death, I forgot that my dress form IS my measurement up top, and is SMALLER THAN than my measurement down below, not the other way ’round, and well. Hilarity ensued. I unpicked this thing till the cows came home.

LBD made with wool bouclé from Mood Fabrics and a By Hand London pattern.

I’m pretty hard on my fabric, truth be told. Much like my electronics. And my dishware. My cat. The whole lot, really. I simply expect everything to work as hard and be as tough as I am, so I treat it as such. AND LET’S FACE IT I’M ROCKY TOUGH YO.

This bouclé did not disappoint in strength. It really took a nonstop beating– I was on vacation without my sewing machine, and when I got back I basically went on a maniacal bender, on this very fabric, any moment I could get. Like a lost weekend that lasted two weeks.

LBD made with wool bouclé from Mood Fabrics and a By Hand London pattern.

And truth be told there’s still more pummeling to do! I have eight “petals” cut out and ready to go, with great schemes of making them into a removable overskirt. That’s still happening…. I just need to get over the bouclé hangover first.  I think a little color will help.

 

 

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Comments


  • Carolyn
    November 20, 2013

    This dress is lovely! And these shoes work perfectly with it!

    • oonaballoona
      November 21, 2013

      thanks carolyn! too bad i can only last an hour in them :)

  • Ginger
    November 20, 2013

    Absolutely gorgeous! It’s fun to see you in a classic shape and color– you still look like you! I’m excited by this petal overskirt idea… looking forward to it!

    • oonaballoona
      November 21, 2013

      those poor petals have been cut and ready for weeks…

  • Houseofpinheiro
    November 20, 2013

    Perfection…

  • Roberta
    November 20, 2013

    I am absolutely drooling over that dress.

  • Heather Lou
    November 20, 2013

    OONA IN NOIR? Is the sky falling? Doth hell freeze over? I’m really liking your “basics” bender – this looks like the dreamiest little LBD ever. Boucle – wool’s tarted up sister.

    • oonaballoona
      November 21, 2013

      I KNOW RIGHT? and i bought more black yardage last week!!!

      “wool’s tarted up sister”– i like it.

  • The Nerdy Seamstress
    November 20, 2013

    Omg! This looks amazing on you! I love your fabric too! Another great classic and almost solid!

    • oonaballoona
      November 21, 2013

      thank you! that reminds me, i forgot to add a picture of the completely un-solid guts.

  • Peter
    November 20, 2013

    Classic! Great job on a challenging project.

  • Steph
    November 20, 2013

    Wow, who knew boucle could be a siren in disguise? So scrummy and luxe! The hard work always pays off.

    • oonaballoona
      November 21, 2013

      if that’s true, i should be a millionaire over this dress. it would be new money, but hey, dough is dough :)

  • Amy
    November 20, 2013

    As always – a great Oona make. I would have never thought boucle for a LBD, but now I want one! Also, I wish I could go with you to Mood and watch you carry your bolt du jour around. If I were feeling mischievous, I’d follow you a little too closely and make you very, very wary about what would happen if you let that bolt our of your site for even a second. No, really, I think I would just enjoy sharing in the love of beautiful fabric with someone who always seems to find killer pieces.

    • oonaballoona
      November 21, 2013

      amy, it’s a date! but you should now that i’d probably follow you right back and stand too close at the cutting tables.

  • Angela
    November 20, 2013

    It looks like Chanel Couture! Can’t wait to see the petal piece!

    • oonaballoona
      November 21, 2013

      ack! thank you! i considered doing hand quilting, then considered my sanity :)

  • Sallie
    November 20, 2013

    Oona, you look stunning in black boucle! I love how classic this dress is, but like Sonja said, you still look like you (thank GOODNESS!) I am also very intrigued by the petal overskirt…

    • oonaballoona
      November 21, 2013

      teehee, i must admit i shocked myself by picking the black side. petals coming!

  • MB@YarnUiPhoneApp
    November 20, 2013

    Absolutely darling…and the petal skirt is going to be a conversation piece…make one petal a pocket for your cell phone, a debit card and a lipstick and you won’t need a purse where you’re going…everyone’s going to buy you a drink, Oona!

    • oonaballoona
      November 21, 2013

      whoah whoah WHOAH, hold the phone (literally) that is a stellar idea!!!! and a loverly compliment :)

  • Lauren
    November 20, 2013

    You + that dress + those shoes = match made in heaven, as far as I’m concerned.

    • oonaballoona
      November 21, 2013

      add +you for a fancy night out of drinks…

  • Angela
    November 20, 2013

    Great dress! Glad to hear that I am not the only one that beats my fabric to death :)

    • oonaballoona
      November 21, 2013

      oh, i cause it serious pain. i don’t know why it doesn’t run away.

  • Chris
    November 20, 2013

    Looks Fantastic on you! And the Red Belt is perfect with it…
    Nice!
    :-)

    • oonaballoona
      November 21, 2013

      thanks chris! i’ve heard tell that you can wear any color with black…apparently the rumors are true :)

  • Geneva Jones
    November 20, 2013

    Hi just a wee bit jealous. You always look quite stunning. What pattern did you use. I live in Alabama, and wish for a visit to the third floor, instead my only access is online. Must say I’m always looking forward to.what you and the others sew…..keep it up.

    • oonaballoona
      November 21, 2013

      thank you so much geneva! if you ever get a chance to visit, beat feet to the third floor.
      i used simplicity/leanne marshall 1876 for the skirt (petals still to come) and by hand london’s elisalex for the bodice (link in post). hope you try them both, they’re fun makes!

  • Sarah Gunn
    November 20, 2013

    Beautiful dress and fabric – love this pattern too! It all came together perfectly Oonaballoona ! Great work :)

  • Christy Packard
    November 20, 2013

    I love this dress….the endless styling is lovely, just lovely….this would probably be one of my go-to dresses….Awesome!

    • oonaballoona
      November 21, 2013

      thank you christy! i need to start thinking of this as a go to dress. my brain sees black and thinks it can only be worn once a year… but i could probably dress this down, too…

  • Debi
    November 21, 2013

    That boulle is AMAZING… Ok, I’m dying to see the over skirt!

  • Debi
    November 21, 2013

    Stupid auto correct… boucle… I said BOUCLE, hahahaha

    • oonaballoona
      November 21, 2013

      ha, i love it! maybe i’ll call it my bullion dress.

  • Amanda S.
    November 21, 2013

    Pretty! Looks like you got the perfect fit. Boucle is super hard to rip stitches out of, I can understand beating the fabric to death. I can’t wait to see the petal skirt!

    • oonaballoona
      November 22, 2013

      yes, hard to rip–especially when i got tired of switching out my bright green, easy to see basting thread and stuck with black….

      thanks amanda!

  • Lori
    November 21, 2013

    This looks amazing on you and a perfect fit. Love the mental picture of you protecting your bolt of fabric! Can’t wait to see the skirt.

    • oonaballoona
      November 22, 2013

      imagine a small wild animal, quite hairy, with bared teeth and a loud cackle.

  • Leila
    November 21, 2013

    Sweet! I’m a huge fan of solids- not a popular thought, haha- but I also love texture and this boucle is rockin!

    • oonaballoona
      November 22, 2013

      i’m with you!!! thank leila

  • mokosha
    November 21, 2013

    sis, screw the petals, this dress is perfect as it is..

    • oonaballoona
      November 22, 2013

      HA! love you sis. even removable?

      • mokosha
        November 22, 2013

        the truth is, that i was quite drunk last night when i wrote my first comment.. this sober me would think that removable petals are actually a great idea (and you can add them to many more things, that’s a bonus)

        • oonaballoona
          November 22, 2013

          i love both you-s. all four of us would have a ball.

  • Grace
    November 21, 2013

    Classy! you look fantastic!

    • oonaballoona
      November 22, 2013

      i LIKES to be classy!!! thanks grace!

  • Clare Szabo
    November 21, 2013

    Wow wow wow! This is so worthy of many more wows. I love this. Looking super chic lady!

  • Anna Christina
    November 21, 2013

    Definitely far from boring! So glad the anticipation is over.

    • oonaballoona
      November 22, 2013

      ah, it was killing you, i know!!!

  • Christie
    November 23, 2013

    oh, pure class. very nice.

  • Tracy
    November 23, 2013

    What a gorgeous wiggle dress! I love that name, wiggle dress’s its so apt!!!

    • oonaballoona
      November 24, 2013

      oh yeah, one DEFINITELY wiggles in this. no other choice :) !

  • Sandra (Sewist-Stitch)
    November 24, 2013

    WOW your dress is stunning.

  • Scooter
    November 25, 2013

    This dress is on FIRE! You look ah-mah-zing (and the shoes are giving me life). I have never sewn with boucle, EVER, but I love it. I just purchased a dress from Banana Republic so similar it’s scary!!! I may have to try my hand at making my own.

  • Tiny
    November 28, 2013

    I love this dress. It looks great on you.