The “Oona Made Me Do It!” Top

Friends. The internet is a dangerous and scary place. One minute you’re innocently setting up a Twitter account, and the next you’re accepting dares from a madwoman! BE VERY, VERY CAREFUL.  #Sewingdares spread like wildfire!

Obviously, I’m no sissy, so I immediately agreed to this dare and headed off to Mood with Oona!  She pulled out bolt after bolt and wrapped me in vibrant colors and prints from head to toe. It was a difficult decision, but, like the loose cannon she is, that girl decided at the last minute to up the ante and dare me to use TWO prints. WHAT? I’m a plain Jane, yo! I do NOT mix prints!

But. I’ve been looking for justification to download the super rad and sporty Simone Top from Victory Patterns, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to pull the trigger.  I thought its modern lines might work well with these abstract prints.  Plus I just really wanted to buy it.

Silk Print Top

But let’s get back to the fabric for a minute! The blue with the larger print is sold in 1-yard panels, which pointed me towards the top option rather than a dress. It’s a stretchy silk blend of some sort. The gray and orange fabric is silk charmeuse (I used the wrong, less shiny side). I had a sudden inspiration to separate these two partners in crime with handmade piping (chartreuse crepe de chine– find some here!).  I love the extra pop of color it provides, even if it’s a bit over the top. [Editor’s note: Find some of our silk charmeuse prints here.]

I really liked both the main fabric and the contrast, but they were a nightmare to stitch together. The slippery charmeuse and the stretchy blend slithered and bunched together around the curves of the placket and back yoke– it wasn’t pretty. I unpicked those seams so many times that I eventually lost count (even though I hand basted all of the seams before machine stitching!!), and it definitely took a toll on the fabric (and my psyche… I cried… SEVERAL TIMES…). I was ELATED when I finally finished it!  Make it easy on yourself and use fabrics with a similar weight and hand if you try this at home!

Silk Print Top

Holy crikey, am I really that pale?!

I’m not 100% certain that I would go down the print mixing road again, as this is pretty different from what I would ordinarily wear.  But, I actually like this top quite a bit– it’s so vibrant and fun!

So, what do you think of this? Am I successfully channeling our beloved Oona? Did I do her fabric choices justice? And what about you guys– are you bold mixers of print, or timid when it comes to the wilder side of the fabric store?  Would you let Oona pick your fabric?  Anybody having fun with sewing dares lately?

Editor’s note: Watch the Mood Sewciety blog for a forthcoming tip on sewing silks.

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Comments


  • Lauren
    February 28, 2013

    I never would have thought to pair those two fabrics together but they look pretty amazing in the end result. I love the addition of the piping as well. Ack! Maybe I should let Oona pick my fabrics…

    • oonaballoona
      February 28, 2013

      dare me to. dare me.

      • Carolyn
        February 28, 2013

        Lauren – be afraid be very afraid! This woman can NOT tell red from pink so you could end up with ANYTHING! *LOL*

        • Amy
          March 1, 2013

          I see a future theme in the works…

          • oonaballoona
            March 1, 2013

            PINK TOTALLY HAS RED IN IT.

            amy, would the theme be oona made me do it? i likes it. i likes it very much.

          • Ginger
            March 6, 2013

            Don’t empower this madwoman! I can’t be held responsible for her actions!

        • Amy
          March 7, 2013

          Why yes it would. You seem to know everyone and everything in Mood. I think it would be perfect! But, we’ll have to first see if everyone survives the lace challenge…

  • oonaballoona
    February 28, 2013

    WOMAN. THIS IS GLORIOUS!!!! i love this pattern choice, the fit is delicious, you can feel the drapey swing movement popping off the technicolor screen!! I DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH EXCLAMATION POINTS FOR THIS!!!!!!!

    • Amy
      March 1, 2013

      !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Love it… Couldn’t help but add a few more exclamation marks to Oona’s!)

      • Ginger
        March 6, 2013

        Thanks, gals! Y’all are making me blush!

  • Tina
    February 28, 2013

    I would never have put these together either, but they look great! You need to wear color more often!!! Love the pattern, too!

    • Ginger
      March 6, 2013

      Thanks, Tina!

  • Milena
    February 28, 2013

    That top is gorgeous, even if it was a pain to sew it was worth it!

    • Ginger
      March 6, 2013

      Thanks, Milena! 🙂

  • Seattlerain
    February 28, 2013

    Your piping is genius! I can’t pull off chartreuse but this gives me copy cat ideas!

    • Ginger
      March 6, 2013

      It’s a tough color to wear in huge quantities, but I bet you could rock it as an accent color!

  • Sue K
    February 28, 2013

    This is really flattering, and a great fabric choice, Oona! I also would never have picked the chartreuse, but it’s the perfect offset to the other two fabrics. Very well done, i hope you wear it often with pride.

    • Ginger
      March 6, 2013

      Thanks, Sue! 🙂

  • Carolyn
    February 28, 2013

    Sonja – Oona actually showed me the fabrics she picked for you and I have to tell you that you made an amazing top from that combo. Hey I was scared of those fabrics but you did a fabulous job! Love, love, love the piping!

    • Ginger
      March 6, 2013

      Hahahaha! I was scared, too! 🙂

  • Lori
    February 28, 2013

    Those prints look amazing together. The top is gorgeous and your look fantastic. Nice piping!

    • Ginger
      March 6, 2013

      Thanks, Lori! 🙂

  • Becky
    March 1, 2013

    It turned out really fun! And the piping was a great idea, IMO. It’s good to have a little separation between the colors. To answer your question, for all my love of prints, I haven’t really done too much mixing with them, either in the same outfit or the same piece of clothing! But I would like to try it sometime.

    • Ginger
      March 6, 2013

      Thanks, Becky! 🙂 I bet you could pull off print mixing!

  • Charlotte
    March 1, 2013

    Ooohhh, pretty. The chartreuse piping is so, so genius, and really ties it all together. You did such a fantastic job.

    I think we should just have an Oona Picks! program, where Oona prompts (forces) we the pattern-averse to jump into the deep end of the pool.

    • oonaballoona
      March 1, 2013

      yes, please. i am happy to (force) enable.

      and i must give all credit to sonja for that genius chartreuse piping. brilliant pick!!

      • Ginger
        March 6, 2013

        Try it, if you dare, Charlotte! 😀

  • Suzanne
    March 1, 2013

    I CAN’T BELIEVE OONA MADE YOU CRY. Anyway, Love that pattern. LOVE the prints. Need that pattern…but maybe not the tears. Oh dear!

    • oonaballoona
      March 4, 2013

      THERE IS NO CRYING IN SEWING.

      • Ginger
        March 6, 2013

        Oona’s a harsh mistress, a playground bully, even!

  • liza jane
    March 1, 2013

    The piping was genius. Genius! I say Oona was a good influence. I love this top.

    • Ginger
      March 6, 2013

      Thanks, LJ! She’s a good fashion influence… can’t say if she uses her powers for good in other places, like, say, the bar! 😉

  • Amanda S.
    March 1, 2013

    How fun!!! I loves me some yellow so you can bet I adore that piping detail. Great top!

    • Ginger
      March 6, 2013

      Thanks, Amanda! 🙂

  • iambrenna
    March 2, 2013

    LOVE THIS LOVE THIS LOVE THIS!!! I’m blown away! Have to say I was nervous when I saw the fabric options (in photos on Oona’s blog) but they look great; I think it was the added contrast piping that really makes it work! Just enough difference to pop the other difference!

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Ginger
      March 6, 2013

      Thanks, Brenna!

  • Karin
    March 4, 2013

    I like everything about this top: the fabrics and the mix, the style and the execution. I can imagine it was a pain to assemble. those fabrics… Congrats on your cooperation! Great work!

    • Ginger
      March 6, 2013

      Thanks, Karin! 🙂

  • KristiEllKay
    March 4, 2013

    That chartreuse piping was seriously inspired! And I really love how using the different prints really shows off the pattern lines. I might not’ve noticed how awesome that back was if it was all done in one fabric!

    Side note: I’m kinda happy you used both “charmeuse” and “chartreuse” in this post; I always get the 2 mixed up haha!

    • Ginger
      March 6, 2013

      Thanks, Kristi! 🙂

  • LaSandra WIse
    March 7, 2013

    This is awesome…I absolutely adore this top ..Dare well done 🙂

    • Ginger
      March 11, 2013

      Thanks, LaSandra! 🙂

  • Rachel
    March 11, 2013

    That top is awesome. Are those two pieces of fabric available on the Mood Fabrics website?

    • Ginger
      March 17, 2013

      I don’t think so, but you should call the store and see if they can send them to you! They still had them in stock last weekend when I was there. 🙂

  • Diana Deap
    March 24, 2013

    That’s one fun looking top . Love the combo of fabrics!!

    • Ginger
      March 24, 2013

      Thanks, Diana!