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BERNINA 3 SERIES: rococo rain

Added Nov 23, 2010

by oonaballoona

New York, New Yo...






this contest got me sewing again, thank you burdastyle!

a little bit of the 1720’s by way of watteau, a little bit of the 1980’s by way of prince…

i draped and cut and pintucked, no pattern was used, but i was also inspired by the butterick walkaway dress of the 50s.

the back can be worn open or closed, as you like…

if you want to go the prince route (anyone remember the sexy mf performance with the exposed lace buttcheeks?), wear it without a slip! only your sides are exposed, though— this ain’t that kind of party.

blogged about here

Material Notes

wonderful stretchy lace,

and vintage pins from my grandmothers :)




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bohemian, Evening Wear, Rock, Romantic, Vintage

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    Jul 15, 2011, 01.30 AMby joyful-d

    This is wonderful! And the colour!!! Oh my word, it’s perfection.

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    Apr 25, 2011, 06.38 PMby ladytiti


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    Dec 3, 2010, 07.34 PMby strawberrydestruction

    Where do you find purple lace like that?

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      Dec 3, 2010, 11.32 PMby oonaballoona

      i lucked into this lace at chic fabrics in NY, they rotate their stock and have a $1-$3/yard sale section at the front of the store.

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    Dec 3, 2010, 07.33 PMby strawberrydestruction

    The design of this dress is gorgeous!

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    Dec 2, 2010, 09.50 AMby ambermarks

    Very sexy dress….this is so femine..I like this lace:)

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      Dec 2, 2010, 10.30 PMby oonaballoona

      thanks! i’ve wanted to play with lace for awhile but fear stopped me.this was on sale for 2 (!) bucks a yard so i felt safe.

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    Nov 30, 2010, 09.00 AMby Vivat Veritas

    i love this! i love how the back can be worn two ways! very clever:)

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      Dec 2, 2010, 10.30 PMby oonaballoona

      props to you :) every time i see an open back dress, i think of yours!

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    Nov 27, 2010, 06.13 PMby fashionfreek

    Me dear you have done an excellent job! Well done.I love draping…you kinda nailed it from the pics that I see. All the best to you. My hubby and I love Prince and that purple colour is sooooo divine. I love purple…erm and black and ..white….ok all the colours :O)

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      Nov 27, 2010, 11.10 PMby oonaballoona

      thank you so much! the whole one solid color thing is actually new for me; usually i need at least seven in a garment :)… ah, seven, one of the most awesome prince songs, back when he changed his name to a made up symbol…

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    Nov 24, 2010, 12.43 AMby momsgotanewhobby

    The bodice is awesome! Perfect pleating in “Prince-ly” purple. Taking me back in time…

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      Nov 25, 2010, 02.33 AMby oonaballoona

      ah, back when prince was amazing… i mean, he’s amazing now, but kind of insane.

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    Nov 23, 2010, 09.42 PMby paranoire

    I was so intrigued by the name of your creationw hen you mentioned it in your comment that I had to take a look – and it was so worth it! AWESOME draping! Stunnung color! I love it :)

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      Nov 25, 2010, 02.33 AMby oonaballoona

      if only i had seen your beautiful dress first so i could’ve swiped the neck!! ;) teehee

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    Nov 23, 2010, 08.38 PMby carottesauvage

    phrraor….‘I believe in miracles… where are you from….you sexy thing’! Prince and Watteau what a good ‘analogy’ Spread the news: Wendy and Lisa are officially retiring today (no hope for a ‘come back’ from now on)!

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      Nov 23, 2010, 09.50 PMby oonaballoona

      “come back”—- pun intended!

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    Nov 23, 2010, 08.08 PMby Filipa Nobre

    fun and flirty, love it!

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      Nov 25, 2010, 02.32 AMby oonaballoona

      i love your GLASSES!

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    Nov 23, 2010, 07.41 PMby assets

    Excellent!!! A Winner

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    Nov 23, 2010, 04.15 PMby nidhi

    how beautiful and romantic! I so want to wear this dress! Good luck for the competition!

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      Nov 23, 2010, 07.46 PMby oonaballoona

      i have my fingers crossed :)

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    Nov 23, 2010, 03.18 PMby kelepso

    Ooooooooooo! Love the play with the flesh tone under the lace. Very romantic and sexy!

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      Nov 23, 2010, 07.45 PMby oonaballoona

      thanks kelepso! my hubs said: it’s kinda sheer, are you going to wear a slip? my answer was a confident NO, until i saw the pics….

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      Nov 24, 2010, 03.10 PMby kelepso

      But that isn’t your bare skin showing though, is it?

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      Nov 25, 2010, 02.34 AMby oonaballoona

      erm… almost… i have some nude foundation on but i think i will be wearing more next time!!!

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    Nov 23, 2010, 12.50 PMby nadia42

    Very cool techinque! Love the low back :D

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      Nov 23, 2010, 02.54 PMby oonaballoona

      thanks naddles! the back was once closed, that’s where the watteau aspect came in— then it morphed into this.

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    Nov 23, 2010, 09.42 AMby anajan

    Pleated lace – such an unexpected detail! It looks amazing, well done!

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      Nov 23, 2010, 02.57 PMby oonaballoona

      you know, i didn’t think of this as unexpected till these comments! thankya anajan!

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    Nov 23, 2010, 08.52 AMby cutemei

    So cool, good job!

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    Nov 23, 2010, 07.01 AMby mixtlii

    I never thought of making pleats on lace, but it is so beautiful! Good job :)

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      Nov 23, 2010, 02.58 PMby oonaballoona

      i used the roses in the lace to be sure i had everything lined up, the best thing was i didn’t even need markings!

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