oona does it!: black hole
when mena first put the word out on oona does it!, darling debi fry and her debonair david cracked open a bottle of wine and went to town on a laundry list of challenges for me. literally. they came up with eleven challenges, folks. ELEVEN.
a few of these challenges had to do with my own raucous ruggy, and i've ticked off one for this week:
4. Do an outfit based on Ruggy's favourite heroine from a movie.
keeping it to myself that this was a challenge, i innocently asked ruggy one saturday morning who his favorite lady of the film was. NIKITA. that took about 2 seconds of deep thought. then: leelu! meryl streep in out of africa! audrey hepb–
acknowledging my own eagerness to cheat and choose MY favorite from his growing list, i nodded solemnly and stuck with the first outburst. a good choice. la femme nikita is one ridiculously good movie. i'm not talking about the tv series (never seen it), or point of no return (saw it, wish i hadn't), i'm talking about luc besson's original. in french, mais oui.
uh oh. SOLIDS.
when i think nikita, i think little black dress. but the costume designer definitely mixed it up. at one point she's performing a hit in strawberry speckled bra and panties. and i LOVE this kooky hat she wears. i mean, she's supposed to be a super secret trained killer for the government, a sexy little stealthbomb that can glide in and out unnoticed, and she's walking around in a micro mini and SUV sized sunhat complete with multiple sunroofs.
a combination just crazy enough to sway me into black.
i paired burda magazine's petite jersey dress, mod. 115, (2009, before they added the style) with some black wooly knit. the pattern came equipped with sunroof-in-back already…
and i added a few in front for kicks. with no vilene in my stash (i think, if you have a subscription to this mag, it should come with a steady supply of the EVER suggested vilene), i did some improvising. i placed little strips of stitch witchery hem tape all along the inside of each circle, then cut a circular facing strip for each. using the steam heat of my awesome black & decker retro iron, i fused the facing to the inside of the dress. then i clipped into the fused circle edge about every inch or so, turned the facing in, and blind stitched around the circle. which made for a LOT more work than i thought this challenge would take. i liked the finish so much, i used my new glue trick on the hem, arm and neck edges too. yeah baby! who knows if it'll hold! hopefully i won't get into any secret agent fights in this number. since i didn't go micro mini, the official length of super secret agents, i think i'm safe.
i could say this challenge satisfies the MYRIAD requests i've had for something in black (que que que? what are you ladies trying to tell me?) but no, i won't cheat. that day is still to come. i now have two black garments in my closet, one a RTW piece i've only kept because it truly was the only black i had. will i really have three shades of noir? it boggles the mind.
in the film, nikita climbs a spiral staircase as a criminal, and comes back down a lady. a super secret killing lady. whaddaya think? have i ascended in my garish prints, and come back down a stylish new yorker? or should this dress stay, erm, a super secret?
and while you're opining… add a challenge to my list. just keep in mind: black is SO covered.