Silk Cotton Maxi Dress

mood sewing network | oonaballoona | silk cotton vogue 9053

Last month, four yards of watery silk cotton slipped though my fingers for what felt like four years.

mood sewing network | oonaballoona | silk cotton vogue 9053

Intended as my birthday dress, this beautiful headache went unworn, until I donned it for these pictures.

mood sewing network | oonaballoona | silk cotton vogue 9053

To be honest, I put it in a time-out so many times, it has an aura of irritation about it that has yet to dissipate. Perhaps it needs a good dry cleaning, or a smudge stick. It’s not so much that I don’t like the finished product…I don’t like the memory of the work that went into it!

But that’s not the fabric’s fault. The fabric, my friends, is glorious. Stumbled into it on what I think of as “The Cotton Floor” at Mood Fabrics NY. It houses leather, jersey, and sewing classes as well, but lately the cotton section has been pretty stellar. Somebody went to town and organized the huge aisle of cotton into shelves of floral, shirting, stripes, blends…I pawed through the “silk cotton” shelf for a good twenty minutes. This painterly print drove the general vicinity crazy when I unrolled it. Haphazard watery technicolor blooms, rolling out in waves….

mood sewing network | oonaballoona | silk cotton vogue 9053

SO HAPHAZARD THAT I MANAGED TO GIVE MYSELF COCKEYED BUST POINT PLACEMENT.

I mean, really?

It was worse, much worse– on the left of your screen, that blossom was the perfect shade of fleshy pink before I took to it with my fabric markers.

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Not as bad from far away, but still. I’m flashing my pearly whites on the outside, and gnashing my chompers on the inside. (Vogue 9053, I got a beef with you. But, since this is about the fabric and not the pattern, I’ll discuss that tale of woe more on my blog tomorrow. I’d say it’s 30% my bad and 60% Vogue’s bad. Because this last shot puts me in a generous mood.)

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Comments


  • Mary Beth
    August 30, 2016

    So is there more yardage of this lovely silk cotton floral beauty?

    • oonaballoona
      August 31, 2016

      it was still there a couple weeks ago! it looks much plainer rolled up on the bolt– you might be in luck ;)

  • Peter
    August 30, 2016

    Puleeze — that dress is gorgeous! It looks perfect from where I’m standing (ok, reclining). Eagerly await the full blog post!

    • oonaballoona
      August 31, 2016

      HAHA! i can picture you eating lobster on a chaise wicker lounge, judging silk cotton! perhaps i need that frame of mind to change my mind on this dress

  • Goodbye Valentino
    August 31, 2016

    I must need better glasses because I don’t see any of the issues you describe. Beautiful all the way around. :)

    • oonaballoona
      August 31, 2016

      thank you sarah! maybe it’s one of those sews that falls into the “absence makes the heart grow fonder” category.

  • Tasha
    August 31, 2016

    soooooooo beautiful *swoon*

  • Okay, I’ve got the solution for you. Put it in the back of your closet and don’t pull it out until next spring. By then your bad thoughts will be gone and I promise you won’t remember those nagging little nit-picks that are bothering you now. Ask me how I know. This happens to me all too often. It turned out beautiful and I’m sure you will love it in a season or two. Happy belated birthday!

    • You are SO right. I had to forcibly restrain myself from hacking it off at the knee right after these shots, just to change it up. It’s going in the back of the closet!

  • PsychicSewerKathleen
    August 31, 2016

    I so love this fabric I can’t gush enough :) It’s GORGEOUS and one of my favourite fabrics is cotton/silk blend. I have some of that in my stash and every once in the while feel it flow through my fingers – I haven’t decided yet what I’m going to use it for but you’ve scared me a bit I confess! It does feel awfully slippery. I loved your idea of permanent fabric markers just in case there is something you’d like to change – what an absolutely BRILLIANT and original idea. Another notion…sigh :)

    • Oh, don’t let me scare you, it was all in my choice of pattern! Just be patient with it :) It’s too pretty to sit on a shelf!

  • Fiona
    September 1, 2016

    O this dress is so worth all the trouble Marcy! You look AMAZING. Love that slightly dipped hem and the fullness of the skirt with the movement of that fabric are a perfect match.

  • Lori
    September 12, 2016

    Marcy, I love this dress on you, beautiful. I am sure next spring it will be one of your favorites, it is too pretty not to be.