Shimmering Separates, Still Single

It’s weird, but there’s a specific time of day, in each specific season, when I can’t get enough of the skewed view from our apartment.  It’s well into cocktail hour as I type this, and the light hitting the buildings that fill our windows can’t be described as sun, more as afterglow.  indeed, even the use of “building” as plural is going a bit far.  There are two beasts that eat our glass rectangles onto the world, both of different brick, different perspective even, blonde diagonal on left and straight ahead redhead on right, and when you stare at the view for too long you believe you’re looking at some strange faux hollywood backdrop.  This view lasts for about three minutes before it disappears.  Golden hour in one hundred and eighty seconds.
Apparently the close beverage and the distant view make me wax poetic, but one must always focus on a bit of breadth when toiling at the computer, to save one’s peepers.  And thus endeth your PSA for the day.  Lest I fall back into old habits and talk about everything but the sewing (and o believe me, I WILL) let’s get down to the garment.
This skirt, my designer inspiration garment, was supposed to have a mate, but in the end, I decided it was better to just make her as well as I could, rather than hammer through two singles as fast as I could.  Why hastily introduce separates before they’re mature enough to handle a relationship??  I don’t want one night stands in my closet anymore.
Really though, I shot myself in the pied (my high school french comes back to me the more I imbibe, thank you Mme Minor for passing me with a C grade)… I could have made a match, had I been able to concentrate on the lovers at hand.  But, like a speed dater, I flitted happily between so many runways, I can’t even remember half of them anymore. I got all the way through minute 8 with an Anna Sui dress, but then Altazurra whispered sweetly to my right, and I was off to the next table.
YUMMMM.  Come sit at my table, if indeed you can sit in your skirt, m’ladies.  I hope you can, cause I can full on lounge in mine!  Oh, excuse me, I haven’t even mentioned the third player in this love triangle– or is it a foursome now?  EGADS.  The charlotte skirt, from…you know them, I do so hope you love them….my favorite indie gals…the ladies at By Hand London!  how I’ve not made this pattern yet is beyond me.
It has been said that I’m not the brightest bulb in the box.
BUT I’LL SHINE IN ORANGE N GOLD BOUCLE LIKE A HUNDRED WATT FABRIC BULB
I took 4 inches off the length, from above the hemline, and that’s the one adjustment I made.  Uno.  Un. C’est tout.  And I went ruffle.  Because given the choice WHY WOULD YOU EVER NOT HAVE THE RUFFLE.
Here’s a shot of me passive aggressively “advising” Ruggy to get the shot right.  Bonus side effect, LOOKIT THAT SIDE SEAM!  Straight as an arrow!!  On a hiphugging skirt for godsakes!   BHL FOREVER.
It’s hard to photograph just how gorgeous this fabric is in real life.  Yes, that’s radiant orchid in there, and the gold is almost watery in its iridescence.  Her intended mate is a plaid chartreuse shot through with silver.  I like mixed marriages.

Did you find inspiration on the runways this season? For me, it was overload!

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Comments


  • Helena
    March 21, 2014

    Whoa! Yes, yes yes! That shape in that color and texture is amazing. I like the white shirt with it, too. You notice your beautiful face and then the knockout skirt. Perfect!

    • oonaballoona
      March 22, 2014

      what a loverly thing to say, thank you helena!

  • Cissie
    March 21, 2014

    Ooh, la, la — Oona. Stunning skirt on you! Shine on.

  • Ginger
    March 21, 2014

    Wow, what a beautiful color! And the skirt shape looks like it was made for you! You look like a happy, sexy koi!

    • oonaballoona
      March 22, 2014

      THAT IS THE BEST! I AM A TOTAL FISH!

  • Rachel
    March 21, 2014

    Stunning!, as always! :)

  • Kimberly
    March 21, 2014

    Oh Oona – you look BEA-U-TI-FUL. Wow.

  • Sue @ A Colourful Canvas
    March 21, 2014

    Ah, but you are indeed the brightest bulb in the box Oona! You’ve captured golden hour within your beautiful skirt. A lovely make, and I look forward to seeing her chartreuse companion.

    • oonaballoona
      March 24, 2014

      since winter is back, it truly might happen…

  • Liza jane
    March 21, 2014

    Gorgeous! The color, texture and shape are all fabulous. A work of art!

  • Anna
    March 21, 2014

    It is gorgeous and amazing! I adore it!!

  • Lauren
    March 21, 2014

    You KNOCKOUT! I was all about the skirt already – the ruffle with the dipped hem and somehow that length looks amazing on you (how?? I look like a short little doofus if my knees aren’t on full display) – until I saw the texture of the fabric. Be still, my heart!

  • Debi
    March 22, 2014

    Oh yes! This is amazing! I looooove the fabric AND the ruffle …like sunset flamenco dancing!

  • Peter
    March 22, 2014

    It’s beautiful and has a great late 50′s feel. Gorgeous fabric too! Hope you’ll make the mate some day!

  • Sarah Gunn
    March 22, 2014

    Dear Oonaballoona – does traffic not come to a standstill when you step onto the streets? My goodness, this skirt is dazzling!

  • Lori
    March 22, 2014

    Fabulous, stunning, amazing, gorgeous are just some of the words that popped into my head seeing that skirt. The colors, style and photo shoot are wonderful, you always look incredible in everything you make.

  • Kristin lion
    March 22, 2014

    Hot!!!!!!! I love the flounce so modelicious! I certainly don’t have the legs to pull that off! Rawr!!!

  • Cennetta
    March 22, 2014

    Wow! Beautiful statement skirt! This is certainly a conversational garment. I like it and you wear it well.

  • Eliza Brown
    March 23, 2014

    That is one fabulous skirt. I love the vibrant colours you use for your creations. Amazing!!!

  • MB@YarnUiPhoneApp
    March 23, 2014

    Really loving the skirt…you are going to knocked over with compliments on it. It’s full of drama and it’s definitely **not** shy (like you?).

    • oonaballoona
      March 25, 2014

      you guessed right, i am no shrinking violet! i was once, and well, i got bored :)

  • Fiona
    March 23, 2014

    Oo that fabric looks good enough to eat! Great choice of pattern to match it to, love the ruffle!

  • Amy
    March 24, 2014

    That fabric is all kinds of stunning! It looks really dramatic in this skirt.
    Umm can you walk? If not, it doesn’t matter. People should just come to you! How dare they expect you to risk creases to this lovely number ;-)

    • oonaballoona
      March 25, 2014

      this is definitely a Come Hither skirt. i like a demanding skirt.

  • Naima
    March 25, 2014

    So glad I found you!!! Love your writing style (FABU) and that skirt with you in it is indeed…EVERYTHING!!!

  • oonaballoona
    March 25, 2014

    *********THANK YOU ERRRRRYBODY!!************

  • Jet Set Sewing
    March 25, 2014

    That skirt’s too darn hot. Lurv that fabric!

  • Amanda S.
    March 27, 2014

    Somehow your clothes always reflect your personality perfectly, and it is no exception. LOVE the texture and colors of that fabric, and the dipped hem was an inspired choice.