oona does it!: scary movie
this week's challenge came, unwittingly, from the goddess tanit-isis of tanit-isis sews. you prolly know her here in the sew weekly community as well, she churns out garments daily (i think she uses her children as a mini sweatshop), and would rather make a fully lined coat than most anything else. (i mean, REALLY.)
over at le blog, i lamented my misguided use of some beautiful laser cut leather as an embellishment on a denim print maxi skirt. it turned out quite western, with a side order of little house on the prairie. i was able to salvage the denim for a wearable muslin of a petite burdastyle pattern, but the mutilated leather remained, dejected, on the forsaken waistband. miss isis commented:
Good save, although what a shame about the leather lace! I hope you can salvage it for something else (individual applique motifs maybe?)
this comment turned my stomach like i was watching the exorcist. (have y'all seen it? when she flips out and crawls down the stairs backwards on all fours? NO MA'AM.) i have come to realize that "abject terror" is exactly what an oona does it! challenge is supposed to evoke in me. the thought of ripping out all those tiny stitches made me want to run screaming, so it was on.
going through the stash, this crazy unknown origins fabric hollered at me. the print is bananas, and although that is usually the golden rule in my choice of fabric, for years i didn't know what to do with it.
what they were thinking when they made this print? did they have curtains in mind? were they really wanting to design wallpaper for a living?
i grabbed some gold chiffon too, and forked over another fiver for burda's petite sized gathered jersey dress.
i am now seriously considering knocking myself back down to beginner on my burdastyle profile.
i guess i'm a visual learner, because without the help of drawings, the instructions for the intended buttons and flap were greek to me. so i abandoned ship on that. oh yeah, and after carefully tweaking the paper pattern (sway back, short waist still by 1.5 inches even on petite sizing, widen shoulders, add the GODFORSAKEN SEAM ALLOWANCE) i dove into cutting… and cut the front 2x instead of on the fold. that was fun. i spent so much time making sure that the bird motif didn't end up on my rear, i ended up slicing wee hummingbird heads off on both center seams. i have also discovered: i do not like gathering. no, let me rephrase: I ABHOR GATHERING. it looks cool but it is a complete killjoy for me. i'm always gathering to the perfect length, then my big orangutan hands tie the knot too hard and suddenly my perfectly matched yoke is too large for the bodice. so i appliqued the leather to the yoke, and went to pleat town on the bodice.
i also gave control of the camera over to ruggy. ruggy does not really like to take pictures, but i thought what with our snazzy new canon it would be a different story. as a matter of fact, he tried to get all fancy with it.
(it is a hot summer day. oona and ruggy have found a spot of shade amongst the columns of new york's historic 34th st post office. ruggy begins to rapid fire shots while turning the camera on a drunken angle above oona's head.)
oona: why are you holding it over my head? you have to get the dress.
ruggy: because you'll look like a madden girl.
(oona reflects on this statement. ruggy is a football fan, to be sure, but she is not sure how to take this. does this dress make her look like john madden?)
ruggy: you know, a steve madden girl, back when they had those ads with the big heads and big eyes and teeny bodies.
(oona smiles. ruggy is a mystery, wrapped in an enigma.)
you may have noticed, i am not showing you the back. there is no back. it is back-less. ruggy had to walk behind me the whole day.
okay, we forgot to get the back. it is exactly like the front. truly. cut off bird motif and all. in our defense, we were suffering from severe dehydration at this point. it's hot like cujo up in here.
speaking of terror, got a challenge for me? holler at me with your horror stories! i'll make the popcorn!