Strips And Stripes


When I ordered this striped cotton voile at Mood Fabrics online, I had no idea what I was going to do with it.  But white-n-black combos were on sale, and if something on sale piques my interest, that’s a chance to get enough yardage to fearlessly cut and piece and drape till I like what I see. (Apparently I’m not the only squirrel, she’s gone online, but there are more striped voiles here, and peep that blue floral one!)


Signs that I am binge watching Game Of Thrones: there are no zips, no snaps, there are only drawstrings.  They made swords, you’d think they could swing a zipper… no matter, these drawstrings are pretty much the most elegant medieval accessory ever: strips of Carolina Herrera silk chiffon.  Oh yeah.  She jumped in my cart too.  I thought the two prints would pair nicely in some sort of paneled way, but the chiffon has a grayer tint against the voile. There’s a delicious high relief twisty strip of bias running the length of the chiffon, so I just ripped a few yards every inch and boom! Designer drawstings, no fray.


Teehee!  I get excited looking at the back! So, there’s a long chiffon strip encased in the front neckline, and another across the lower back panel.  The upper sides are folded under & topstitched, leaving 4 ends to tie up any way you choose, gathering up as much or as little neckline as you like in the process. As you can see from the top photo, the hemline reacts equally to how you choose to tie & gather (and I probably would have chosen multiple action/reactions for the camera, but mais, the photographer: he must be kept happy, and it was well into cocktail hour at this point.)


But I’m getting ahead of myself.  After creating front and back panels on the crossgrain, I cut two godets on the bias to give it sweep…


And sweep she has!  What she ain’t got: lining.  What is it with me and voile?  I couldn’t bear to put anything more than skivvies between us.  She just feels so cool.  Maybe she’s meant to be worn with a bathing suit.


Well, if I must.



  • Kimberly
    June 3, 2014

    Handle your business Oona. This is well made.

    • oonaballoona
      June 3, 2014

      that is probably my favorite compliment EVER.

  • Ginger
    June 3, 2014

    Ooh, what a fun, summery dress! I love the back view, in particular, and the godets- amazing!

    • oonaballoona
      June 3, 2014

      i need to be in it right NOW. FAST FORWARD THROUGH SPRING MUCH??

  • Fiona
    June 3, 2014

    Girl you are a draping genius! You look stunning in this and I love the drawstring/strap engineering you’ve got going on!

    • oonaballoona
      June 3, 2014

      thankyou fiona! i just love a sale, makes draping soooo much less scary 🙂

  • Lori
    June 3, 2014

    That is stunning, you do such amazing work.

  • Debbie Iles
    June 3, 2014

    Seriously woman, are you reading my mind?!!! I have literally been on ebay, etsy and random sites all morning trawling for that exact pattern…in an effort to enable my laziness and buy what I could possibly drape myself. I settled, but now having seen this, I am going to have to put my big girl knickers on and get draping for what I actually want.

  • Peter
    June 3, 2014

    Completely fabulous — I love the fullness of it. It really has a timeless look — as do you!

  • Heather Lou
    June 3, 2014

    This is basically what I would like to wear every hot day for the rest of my life. Such clever straps/design.

  • The Nerdy Seamstress
    June 3, 2014

    Can you look any more beautiful and stunning in your pictures? Right, your dress absolutely amazing! The godets, , I love it because it adds interest . You make me want to make a maxi even though I have a terrible fear because I’m short. Amazing Oona!

  • Angela
    June 4, 2014

    Beautiful summer dress, great job draping! Love the lightness of it. Who needs lining? You look great in a Maxi!

  • Sallie
    June 4, 2014

    Ugghhh!!! Can I just steal this off your back?!? Definitely need this sort of dress in my arsenal – it’s already sweltering here and when the heat hits, there’s only one way to go – draped and billowy! Love this.

  • DebB
    June 4, 2014

    Love the godet action. The drawstrings – genius!! Another winner.

  • Cennetta
    June 5, 2014

    Great summer dress! You always look fantastic! Two snaps up.

  • CharlieKlein
    June 6, 2014

    I am jonesing for this exact voile dress and your mad skills with which to make it. Bazinga, baby.

  • liza jane
    June 6, 2014

    Gorgeous! You should definitely wear it over a bathing suit… and traipse around some tropical island.

  • Doni
    June 7, 2014

    Okay I have decided when ii grow up I wanna be just like you!! I first encountered your work on Craftsy, and have just spent the last two ours looking at you work here on Mood!!! I love they way you use and wear color, i have always been afraid to wear color although I have some really beautiful colored fabrics in my stash!!! I have been inspired I feel like a Caterpillar turning into a butterfly!!! LOL!!!

    • oonaballoona
      June 9, 2014

      doni what a wonderful compliment!!! fly, buttahfly!

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    June 13, 2014

    You are so cool (and must feel so cool in that voile) that you could chill drinks just by walking past them. Love it.