Stretch cotton border print set!

 

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Man, is my man good at making me look tall! Went for my annual physical last week, and was, as always, SHOCKED to be told I am just barely all of 5’2. Surely there’s something wrong with their equipment.

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | stretch cotton set

I mean, look at me. I’M GIGANTIC.

You know, I enjoy my delusions. Like the assumption that I can keep track of multiple sewing projects. I cannot. As my beloved grandmother always used to say, I got a head like a sieve.

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | stretch cotton set

Actually my noodle is pretty good at multitasking. I’m at my most happy place when I’m infatuated by multiple projects. But not so much when I’m so entranced by the fabric at hand that I can’t decide what to sew it into, and want to sew ALL OF THE THINGS.  Two projects and two prints were filling up any available space in my brain during the making of this combo. When I couldn’t choose a course for either of them, I decided to crossbreed  Vogue 9075 of the current culotte craze, and By Hand London’s Holly jumpsuit. Here we have Holly pants and Vogue top, and the rest of this pattern monster will make a very colorful appearance on my blog shortly. Indecision at its best!

Ruggy tells me this is “monkey brain.” I prefer a prettier handle. I float like a butterfly from fabric to fabric! And when it stings me in the booty I make up a solution!

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | stretch cotton set

Sometimes. Not so much here, per se. I judiciously decided to wait to cut out the sleeves, in case I had to mess with the (non muslined) bodice fit– well, I did mess with it, I shaved 5/8s off the back shoulder of the top, then floated and flitted like a drunken butterfly over to my other whimsical crossbreed, then floated and flitted back days later and went and cut out the dang sleeves without accounting for the 5/8s. I was working on fumes of fabric at this point, having played with the border print until it could take no more. Cue me wagging an unearned finger at Vogue’s pattern drafting.

NOOOOOOOOPE, THAT’S ALL YOU, SIEVE GIRL. Bunchy sleeves for the butterfly brain win!

Speaking of my forgetful noggin, this top zips from north to south and slips right over my head. That was my solution to making this colorful non-separating zipper work…that, and scooping out a wider bateau-ish neckline. I have a surprisingly large noggin for 5’2 of woman.

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And let’s not forget the derriere. She fits nicely in the back, yeah? No wedgies, I’m stoked! This is Holly without any pattern adjustments, I  just decreased the seam allowance in the crotch curve when the first try-on showed frown lines. Or was it smile lines? Lines, either way.

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | stretch cotton set

However, as you can see here, the front crotch length is still a little long, which is noticeable in certain positions and totally disappears in others. Since then I’ve played with shortening the pattern at the hip line (as you would shorten a bodice pattern for a short waist) and wow, is that better! How do you deal with pants fitting? So many areas to play with!

My weirdo decision to crossbreed these patterns worked out in the end–this stretch cotton is fairly heavy, making it up into a full length jumpsuit and walking out to dinner in it would have felt like a workout (like my Mood firecracker strapless maxi dress? In hindsight, not the best marriage!).

Sadly, and you know what I’m gonna say, this bad boy sold out shortly after I tweeted about it…..  I like to enable so I’m TOTALLY taking credit for that! But there are some really nice geometric stretch cotton options here and here. I may just dive into another print and try this one again, hopefully sans butterfly brain snafus.

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Comments


  • Sallieoh
    April 30, 2015

    Yes!! I snagged this fabric too and have no idea what to make with it! Now, clearly I need to copy you into wide pants/crop top matchy matchy funland! So good!

    • oonaballoona
      May 1, 2015

      you would slay in holly pants!!! twenty six feet tall!

  • Debbie
    April 30, 2015

    Ok, this is quite simply a perfect outfit. I love the matchy little crop top with those pants. Wide leg pants just make me swoon. Full stop. It’s the best of a jumpsuit without the painful bathroom undressing. And I’m totally on to you. You’re way more than 5″2 in those photos. Those legs are at least 5 feet tall in themselves, or I’m delusional, or you’ve been pinching stilts from the circus workers and have them hidden under your pants.

    • oonaballoona
      May 1, 2015

      i definitely had you on my brain while stitching these up. and i HAVE been know to wear a few stilt-ish heels ;)

  • Ginger
    April 30, 2015

    ACKKKKKKKKKKK I’m so sad that my order didn’t make it through before it sold out! This is fabulous and you look AMAZING. Also AT LEAST 5’3′”! ;)

    • oonaballoona
      May 1, 2015

      i’m full on mad ! i would have loved to see what you came up with!

  • Amanda
    April 30, 2015

    Butterfly sieve girl, you really have great taste in fabric – and good call on the two piece over the jumpsuit in this case, it works, and you’re workin’ it! :D

    You really need to set Ruggy up teaching a photography class for all our poor clueless partners who manage to make us look shorter and wider than we are, while simultaneously not getting any usable pics of the garment at all LOL.

    Also, can I get a what what for that Holly pattern drafting?? I have made both the jumpsuit and the pants alone, and they fit perfectly with almost no alteration whatsoever… let’s get those BHL girls to make us more pants patterns, yeah? ^__^

    • oonaballoona
      May 1, 2015

      you should see him on the street, he looks crazy down on the ground!

      yes, those pants are beautifully drafted. we must twist their arms for more…

  • Amanda S.
    April 30, 2015

    LOVE! This is perfect for a gal who likes the look of a jumpsuit but not the hassles involved. Also your border print placement is divine! Like angels singing from heaven divine. Must.Remember.This!

    • oonaballoona
      May 1, 2015

      oooo, i like that compliment, thank you!! your last border print placement was so inspired, i just couldn’t wait to get my hands on a border print. my next garment is border. too!

  • Donna
    April 30, 2015

    You are to stinking cute but I have stood next too you several times and Im 5’4″ dear.. lol Im saying though we all cant be greedy with height.. lol Your outfit is adorbs!

    • oonaballoona
      May 1, 2015

      and even standing next to each other, i will swear up and down i’m just as tall or taller. :)

  • Lauren
    April 30, 2015

    You look like an Amazonian Queen!! And if it makes you feel any better… I’m 5’2″ as well, but your hair will always always make you tower over me ;)

    • oonaballoona
      May 1, 2015

      i asked the nurse to add the hair!!

      • Lauren
        May 1, 2015

        I stand by that! I mean, the hair *is* part of your body, after all ;)

  • Cennetta
    April 30, 2015

    Marci, You are so funny. It’s always I pleasure to read your reviews. I love your outfit.

  • Erica B.
    April 30, 2015

    Such a great two-piece look!

  • Sew Well
    April 30, 2015

    What a fabulous border print. And, you used it so well! You always do know how to match fabric with pattern. Even when it takes three patterns to get it right!

  • Peter
    May 1, 2015

    Love the fabric and the fit of this two-piece ensemble. In my next life I want to be as tall as you! ;)

  • Lori
    May 2, 2015

    Such a fabulous outfit and wonderful review.

  • Sarah Gunn
    May 3, 2015

    You’ve outdone yourself again Oonaballoona! Very chic :)

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    May 3, 2015

    Stylish! Like you, I was rather amazed by how tall a two-piece set made me look… and I’m a huge 2 inches taller than you. I love the outfit… I especially love the Holly pants. In fact if you weren’t two inches shorter I might steal them…

  • DebB
    May 4, 2015

    Your outfits always make me smile – your reviews make me laugh out loud! Love that look on you! I never would have guessed your true height.

  • Linda L
    May 4, 2015

    I love how you used this fabric. Great job! (as usual)

  • Fiona
    May 5, 2015

    That is a stunner of an outfit! You have such a great eye for detail, like using that exposed orange zip. The fit is fab and you look fantastic!

  • Md Razaul Karim
    May 18, 2015

    This brilliant work and the fabric color, design i choose obviously . Thanks for sharing it.