Ruggy’s Mad Over Plaid

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Oh Ruggy. Will I ever sew you anything?

This plaid flannel was truly meant for my husband. I had all the best intentions of making him a cozy fall shirt, partially egged on by Amy’s rage-inducing make for her soulmate. WHATEVER AMY. As I pored over Mood’s online site, bookmarking fabrics to my portfolio (I love that wee feature, I can see all my wants right on one page), my mind quickly wandered back to myself, and I let out a little gasp when I saw this chenille. Unfortunately, Mind-Reading Ruggy heard my gasp, looked at my screen, and asked when I might be making something with my Mood allowance for my loving husband.

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Must learn to keep emotions hidden.

I promised I would pick up something for him the very next time I was in the store, and indeed I did… after spending an hour and a half poring over boucle for myself. By the time I got to shirtings I think the fuzz from wools had coated my brain. Aided by Nate, I dug into the racks, looking for something that wouldn’t bore me half to death. When the strapping Nate yanked this bolt off the shelf, he deemed it edgy without being Oona crazy, and I was sold. But I was too precoccupied with the boucle in my arms to actually touch it. Arriving home, I was still too enamored of my own find to really touch it, shoving it in for a pre wash so I could get back to fondling wool. Later, as I ironed it, I patted myself on the back for the sheer magnitude of my kindness in making my husband the second shirt of my five year sewing career, trumpeting to the general public of cats and man that it would be killer, with pearl snaps and a contrasting back yoke made out of thick olive green jersey.

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Then I noticed the plaid wasn’t quite matching up… had it gone off grain in the wash? I asked Ruggy to pull opposite corners with me. After all, it was destined for his closet, he could do a little work. So we pulled… and realized I had purchased a flannel with Lycra that was surely meant for the likes of Stretch Armstrong. I’m talking trampoline-worthy.

Now, my Ruggy is picky man. He eyed that stretch, and I knew it wasn’t for him. Sweat glands like a delicate flower, that one. No matter! I happily chirped. I’ll just make something for myself and I’ll get you some nice 100% cotton next time for sure kaythxbye!!! And I was off to my pattern stash.

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I chose Simplicity 2337 of the Project Runway line, my favorite of the big 4 for sure. Seriously, if I’m near a chain store with a sale, I just open up the drawers and pull out every blue envelope that doesn’t have a child on it. I love the variations in these patterns, and this time I was moved to try my own: a dolman sleeve. Which I royally fuka’ted. See how that seam curves down to the front of my arm? Yeah, I TOTALLY meant to do that, it’s a design element, thankyaverymuch.

The rest of the pattern went together like a charm, princess seams on the front, two darts in the back, vent.

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Oooooh and my current trick for dealing with the excess fabric around my back shoulder section: cut the offending excess out! HA. I call it the dancer’s posture adjustment. I love a good DPA.

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The neck and hem are finished off with bias trim (can I just say I hate facings? I HATE FACINGS. I said as much to Carolyn the other day. I love it when someone who really knows what they’re doing tells me it okay to do whatever hairbrain thing I might be doing at the time). The neckline is actually sandwiched in trim, and since I had to rip out the very last bit by the zipper head so many times it was a holy mess I just decided for the fun of it to add this little ribbon & pearl embellishment at the top.

Ruggy snapped these photos for me. Wearing an old Gap sweatshirt. Oh, the humanity. A police van was parked next to us. A female officer leaned out the window: Okay, I gotta ax. You took like a hundred pictures already, whaddayouDOIN. After some shouting about sewing and Mood, I informed the officers that the plaid was meant for the man behind the camera, and that sent me and the male officer into gales of laughter. He seemed to understand completely. My Ruggy grinned acceptingly like the wonderful guy he is.

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I would say I’d make it up to him soon… but I don’t like to lie.

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Comments


  • Cidell
    October 17, 2012

    What a fun post and an awesome fitting dress. Love this line “, I just open up the drawers and pull out every blue envelope that doesn’t have a child on it” Poor Ruggy. He’ll survive :)

    • oonaballoona
      October 23, 2012

      Works like a CHARM, though the ladies carefully looking up pattern numbers thnk I’m crazy.

  • Amy
    October 17, 2012

    Hahahaha! I can’t believe Ruggy was thiiiiis close to getting an Oona-made shirt only to be foiled by lycra. I guess that’s one benefit from having to order all of my Mood fabric online. I have to judge what the fabric is going to be like from its clearly labeled content. So far, so good. Anyway, good use of this fabric. As always, you look fabulous!

    • oonaballoona
      October 23, 2012

      And I mean, the tag was right there!! Was blinded by boucle. Win win.

  • Erica B
    October 17, 2012

    Oona, that plaid looks great! It was the perfect marriage of fabric and pattern.

    • oonaballoona
      October 23, 2012

      Thanks Erica! I shocked myself. Ruggy and I don’t go for the same print, I never would have bought this for myself but I love it!

  • Carolyn
    October 17, 2012

    First can I say that I love the trim and the button on your beautiful dress and that somewhere in the history of my sewing, I’ve done the same thing. I told you those aren’t harebrained ideas, they are design decisions – you know something a designer makes. And who are you going to believe, a book or a celebrity?! *LOL*

    • oonaballoona
      October 23, 2012

      Celebrities ALWAYS tell the truth!

  • Teena
    October 17, 2012

    Adorable!

  • Ginger
    October 17, 2012

    I looooooove this! Sorry, Ruggy, but this was meant to be a dress! I’ve been claiming that I’ll make a shirt for Man Friend for some time now, but we all know that sewing for the menfolk is LOW priority… sorry, babe!

    • oonaballoona
      October 23, 2012

      Maybe we can get them to hang out n watch football while we sew.

  • maddie
    October 17, 2012

    Love this dress! The silhouette is very old school and I’m glad you didn’t make a shirt for your man!

    • oonaballoona
      October 23, 2012

      Thanks Maddie! It does feel old school, I walked around talking like Peggy before our shoot :)

  • Amanda S.
    October 17, 2012

    Fun dress! The bias piping was an inspired idea. And don’t feel bad about the husband sewing – I’ve never made mine a thing and he really never seems to mind.

    • oonaballoona
      October 23, 2012

      But HOW?! mine is constantly eyeing my machine!

  • Teresa
    October 17, 2012

    You should be a model, you are a natural! Love your blog, love your dress and my guess is Ruggy loves it (on you) to.

    • oonaballoona
      October 23, 2012

      Why thankya! But I think I’m about a foot too short. And prolly from the looks of them, a foot too wide. HA.

  • Becky
    October 18, 2012

    Looks like a great fall dress to me! And poor Ruggy….I can imagine how crushing it must be to be THIS CLOSE to getting an Oona original, only to have the fabric snatch itself out of his hands! (Should I feel fortunate that my fiance has already told me he doesn’t want me to bother with sewing for him? He’s so incredibly picky about his shirts that I think he’s afraid he wouldn’t like anything I made!)

    • oonaballoona
      October 23, 2012

      What a WONDERFUL arrangement. If only I could get ruggy to see that line of thought. Unfortunately, he sees his pickiness as a reason I SHOULD sew for him. Meh.

  • MB@YarnUiPhoneApp
    October 18, 2012

    Almost makes me want to sew plaid…I should at least get *some* plaid sewing in my life this fall. Some! I’m all over bias tape for finishing…and it’s great to find and buy it pre-printed…which is actually giving some ideas right now as we speak.

    • oonaballoona
      October 23, 2012

      I’ve gone plaid crazy this fall– and bias tape crazy last summer, couldn’t make enough of the stuff. Great scrap buster!

  • Diana Deap
    October 22, 2012

    Very sophisticated and classy. Your poses are very Anthropologie-esque!!

    • oonaballoona
      October 23, 2012

      Ah, thank you! I’m constantly drooling over their windows…