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11 July

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    Jul 11, 2014, 01.22 PMby ScarlettKitsune

    Hello, love your dresses! Hope you don’t mind the add.

30 October

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    Oct 30, 2013, 04.18 AMby Lauren Fortgang

    Visiting Oona! I think a new project is up my sleeve which brings me back to my old haunt, Burda…and reminds me of you! I hope you’re sparkling. I’m so glad to see you’re smiling face. Remember the days when you cropped out that charming head?!

    :-) Lauren

6 June

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    Jun 6, 2012, 02.36 AMby NYAM Afia Cayee'

    HI OONABALLOONA, I love your blog! It is such a joy to see all of your creations and read your stories. Fabulous Job! You creations are really pretty! Love it! Afia

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      Jun 11, 2012, 05.16 AMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      thank you so much afia! life has been crazy here but i’m hoping to get more updates in soon. hope you’re sewing!

13 January

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    Jan 13, 2012, 07.31 PMby suzysewing

    You are thinking on Spring already! I’m still too cold to think of Spring (or usually just jump ahead of Spring and start thinking Summer). Look forward to your spring creations :)

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      Jan 13, 2012, 10.30 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      i just CAN’T WAIT FOR IT! winter in the city right after the holidays is horrible, peeps get really irritated by like, everything. if i sew spring, it will come :)

12 January

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    Jan 12, 2012, 05.01 PMby Lucypie

    Hi Oona, I’ve been cyber-stalking you on this site and your blog for weeks because we have the same measurements and a similar…..Dunno. I can’t really think, because I got really good news at work this morning, meaning I could leave, go home and sew and nap today and send an email or two. Then I checked Burdastyle and my first project was in a picture – nothing I made, mind you, just a pretty cut-out. Celebrated a bit, too early in the day, and now must nap. Thanks for being a great inspiration, miss Sassy-Skirt.

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      Jan 12, 2012, 07.44 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      well hello lucypie and you’re welcome! what a nice compliment. congrats on your project!

      i just got home from work myself and i plan to sew the REST OF THE DAY! hope you’re stitching too :)

16 November

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    Nov 16, 2011, 06.22 PMby shkoober

    The hubby is a fan of Almendrado, and Con Memorativo, although in the house at the moment we have Corralejos triple distilled and 1800. Next time we visit the familia in Tenochitlan I’ll pick up and send you a bottle of something, I gotta give back! Keep you posted

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    Nov 16, 2011, 02.23 PMby shkoober

    I’m glad you’re posting the tute, after all, you are la professionelle I got a lot of activity on that project post, and fully credited you! SO happy you like it!

15 November

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    Nov 15, 2011, 04.31 PMby shkoober

    Hey Oona, I managed to whip up a Spy Dress, check it out in ‘my studio’ Hope you like it! Would love to get your feedback!

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      Nov 16, 2011, 04.20 AMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      oh my god, i literally JUST saved the last words on a blog post for the tutorial!!!! i wonder if it was showcased on the site somehow, because suddenly i got several requests for it and i felt guilty enough to write the damn thing… am headed to your studio!

11 November

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    Nov 11, 2011, 05.04 PMby Amor Allure

    hey how did you do the spy top!!!!!!!! i would love to make a spy dress…. can upload a tutorial

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      Nov 15, 2011, 05.01 PMby Amor Allure

      View C: Pullover sweater has bodice extending to hood and full length sleeves. Topstitching.



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      Nov 16, 2011, 04.21 AMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      tute is written & going up before the holiday….

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      Nov 16, 2011, 04.29 AMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      scratch that! shkoober’s dress is so awesome, i’m putting the tutorial up on my blog & here at BS tomorrow, mainly because i’ve just got to know if she found an easier way!!!

4 October

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    Oct 4, 2011, 12.26 PMby monikapullerits

    Congratulations on making Top 25! Yey for us!

16 September

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    Sep 16, 2011, 11.12 PMby ladykatza

    If you drink enough they stare back, and talk too.

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9 September

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    Sep 9, 2011, 08.01 PMby wzrdreams

    I watch Royal Pains on Hulu while I sew and guess who I just recognized!?!

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11 August

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    Aug 11, 2011, 01.14 PMby Jules20

    OK Ok so not a sewing question here, but I watched Royal Pains last night and the waitress Betty looked exactly like you. Was that you?

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      Aug 11, 2011, 02.23 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      yep :). i totally forgot it was airing last night!!!

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      Aug 11, 2011, 08.57 PMby Jules20

      I knew it. you were great one glimpse a the beginning and I was like that is oonaballoona and I went straight to find out if blogged about it about but you didn’t but I was pretty convinced it was you from the 1st scene :)

27 June

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    Jun 27, 2011, 04.04 PMby ladykatza

    RE: Ideas duking it out – I have that same problem. I think they should have a cage-match.

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      Jun 27, 2011, 08.19 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      your wall comments are proving dangerous…

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      Jun 27, 2011, 08.33 PMby ladykatza

      So once I go back on my overnight schedule and I’m in a sleep deprived state of delirium, I’m gonna challenge you to a wrestling costume contest. (Or maybe just giggle gleefully at the thought and drink more vodka)

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      Jun 27, 2011, 08.45 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      YESSSSSSSSSSS! but do you really need sleep deprivation to put that gem in circulation?

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      Jun 28, 2011, 02.46 AMby ladykatza

      Not really. But I hang out with people that dress up like elves and hit each other with sticks. So hey, what’s a fictional wrestler outfit to that?

17 June

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    Jun 17, 2011, 01.19 PMby Laura Currie

    Hello. I’ve just looked at your projects which are all beautiful. I just wanted you to know that I think you know how to work your colours. I tend to shy away from colours and patterns because i don’t know how to wear them. I bet your so proud of your projects. Well done love xxx

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      Jun 21, 2011, 02.04 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      thank you so much! i love color, but i need to figure out how to make things i can wear together:). the best way to start with color is pick something bold & cheap and see what happens… that way you’re not sad if it’s a bomb!

8 June

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    Jun 8, 2011, 10.33 PMby ladykatza

    That peacock wants you to use its feathers.

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      Jun 9, 2011, 02.10 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      i laughed like hell, told my mom in law what you said, and she replied: YES! i have feathers, can you use them?!

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      Jun 9, 2011, 04.33 PMby ladykatza

      Seriously? That’s AWESOME! When we lived in Cali back in the 70’s (i was just a wee tot) the cemetery down the street was having a problem with teenagers going in and having a ‘recreational’ good time. Their answer? They got a couple of albino peacocks. Could you IMAGINE?

25 May

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    May 25, 2011, 07.40 AMby anaalves

    congratulations on your 60th project post! I love your work! thank you for the inspiration.

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24 May

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    May 24, 2011, 08.05 PMby Krystal Lin

    hey i found ya :) saw your pic on Burdastyle’s fb :) It was great meeting you a few wks ago at BurdaStyle’s meetup :)

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      Jun 27, 2011, 12.43 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      hey girl!!! i missed a few days of activity & just saw this. it was so great to meet you :)

16 May

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    May 16, 2011, 10.59 PMby wzrdreams

    Hey Oona (I so want to call you that in real life!) It was great to see you again at the Burdastyle event at Purl. I just started reading your blog – it’s DELIGHTFUL. Keep it up. :)

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      May 23, 2011, 08.42 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      i just saw your wall note! you can call me oona. it’s hard to switch :)

      i’m so glad you like the blog! i’m having a grand old time with it lately. it was great to see you too— we should do a summer garment district day (you know, if summer ever comes. july?)

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      May 24, 2011, 03.10 AMby wzrdreams

      Wicked. Let’s do it up when the sun is out.

13 May

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    May 13, 2011, 07.20 PMby rachelnyc

    So fun to see you last night at BurdaStyle Day celebrations! I just loaded the photos on our Flickr, see here

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      May 13, 2011, 08.52 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      you too girl, it was awesome! i wish you’d gotten a close up of those earrings :)

      sometime soon, we have to have a hang with more booze. maybe while cutting into expensive fabric.

14 April

12 April

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    Apr 12, 2011, 06.55 PMby loulourosa

    Hello, don’t we all make mistakes while making clothes,…stiching the sleeves the wrong way, frogetting to add seames. I swear a few times verry hard and start undoing the seems, or whatever that went wrong. Sewing can drive you mad! ;-)

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10 April

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    Apr 10, 2011, 08.00 PMby Lauren Fortgang

    Hi mama! Howdy, hello, ahoy! I have had a long hiatus from the ol’ Burda site. Popped by for a peek and there you are! Looking great! How exciting to finally see your FACE in the shots of all your fab clothes. Meow! Prowling around for a toddler t-shirt pattern. I found a nice easy one somewhere but now can’t remember where. Hmm? Thoughts? Also I think there’s a good t-shirt neckline tutorial here, so maybe that’s what I’m thinking of. Anywhoo, just breezing by. Summer’s coming and I’m bound to get inspired again! Hello to R!

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      Apr 11, 2011, 04.38 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      well helllllloooooo! hmm… toddler t-shirt… i guess the pregger azalea pal’s tot has arrived & grown? kid’s clothing…. no clue. they grow too fast to warrant sewing, in my highly selfish opine. glad you’re back & hope you get some stuff up SOON!

6 April

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    Apr 6, 2011, 07.28 AMby loulourosa

    Hmmm wine AND chiffon, this combination will certainly lead me to a trés avantgarde dress! By the way I think this number of Burda WOF is doomed, because the dress i’m making is from the same as yours,…

11 March

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    Mar 11, 2011, 03.50 PMby gedwoods

    Inspiration drought, ooonaballoona? Not you! I don’t believe it for a moment! Just a lull while the next set of projects prepare themselves in your unconscious, I think! :)

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      Mar 11, 2011, 07.53 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      no, it’s TOO TRUE!!! i haven’t sewn in over a week. i couldn’t even get up the will to re-hem an RTW shirt yesterday. i did embrace the lulling, but 48 hours of it is all i can take. i’m sewing something today even if it’s a complete fail from the first stitch!

5 March

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    Mar 5, 2011, 12.02 AMby kelepso

    OMG! I’m doing taxes too and it’s my 2nd day. Lol! Hated it -

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      Mar 5, 2011, 02.33 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      isn’t it HORRIBLE?! day three!!! may you finish quickly and have the weekend to sew— it’s my goal…

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      Mar 5, 2011, 10.09 PMby kelepso

      I just finished this morning (day 3) and filed this afternoon with my tax preparer at H&R Block. Good luck to you. It was torture for me this year, especially because I wait until the end of the year to organize and document my receipts. Lol!

7 January

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    Jan 7, 2011, 09.55 PMby nidhi

    Thanks a bunch!

29 November

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    Nov 29, 2010, 02.37 AMby gillz

    Thanks :D Im still working to replicate it exactly though

24 November

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    Nov 24, 2010, 10.35 AMby carottesauvage

    Hello Oona!Nice to see your sweet face! Glad I had a ‘preview’ of it when I met you in NY! Are you planning to live there for a while? How’s your job going? I am already saving money for a plane ticket for the Burdastyle book launch (sure there will a celebration of some kind).XX

29 July

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    Jul 29, 2010, 06.11 PMby wzrdreams

    Are you going to hand deliver your variation to the Burdastyle office? If so, me too! I need to finish a few last little steps tonight then I plan to get if over there tomorrow.

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      Jul 29, 2010, 08.00 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      oh yeah, no fedex for me… i have a little bit to do still, so i was thinking monday or tuesday (you know, it just wouldn’t be me if i wasn’t at the VERY last minute), but lemme know when you’re going in case i’m done!

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      Jul 29, 2010, 10.03 PMby wzrdreams

      I will! I don’t suppose it would be cheating if we saw each other’s creations before the book comes out. I’m kinda hoping to get a sneak peak at pieces that have already arrived.
      Good luck with the hand sewing!