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mambo italiano

Added Jul 17, 2012

by oonaballoona

New York, New Yo...






this dress will forever be my italian friend. is this brocade actually from italy? i don’t know. but mood has dubbed it “italian night out”, so there you have it.

the fabric was scrumptious to work with. so soft on the reverse, it didn’t need a lining. as far as the pattern turned out, there’s a flaw or two, but i still love it. something’s going on with that back waist. i don’t know if it’s a pattern problem or an oona problem. could be a whiskey problem.

more info, pics & story on my blog, oonaballoona: hello, my italian friend

Material Notes

brocade & pleather piping




Garment Type
Bohemian, Evening Wear, Punk, Rock

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    Jul 22, 2012, 09.46 PMby kess

    holy moly! pleather piping? where did you find such godly perfection??

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    Jul 22, 2012, 12.09 AMby sewsweetviolets

    In the first photo you remind me of Ertha Kit! great dress.

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      Jul 22, 2012, 07.38 PMby oonaballoona

      what a compliment, thank you!

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    Jul 18, 2012, 10.03 AMby kess

    I love the piping (is it really piping or just my imagination?) in the unexpected color! it also gives your body a nice feminine defining shape and I’m not even going to start about the mouth watering side affect to the booty. thanks for the inspiration!

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      Jul 22, 2012, 07.39 PMby oonaballoona

      it is indeed… hot pink pleather piping (naturally). thanks for the booty love :)!

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    Jul 18, 2012, 02.57 AMby Testosterone

    Oona, you clearly have figured out your best proportions and style lines.

    VERY flirty!

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      Jul 22, 2012, 07.39 PMby oonaballoona

      ha! now if only i could remember them every time i sew!

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    Jul 17, 2012, 06.05 PMby janene

    Oh I just knew this dress pattern was going to be a winner. Looks gorgeous on you…the style, the fit, the length, everything! Thanks for the tip off about the instructions. I will make this at some point. It has gatecrashed the list!!

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      Jul 22, 2012, 07.40 PMby oonaballoona

      gatecrasher, i LOVE it. that’s so much more appealing than thinking about patterns in wait….

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    Jul 17, 2012, 09.50 AMby SassyT

    You are so talented anyway, but this dress is AMAZING! Already told you this on da blog lol.

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      Jul 17, 2012, 03.22 PMby oonaballoona

      whassup sassy!!!!! thank you :))

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    Jul 17, 2012, 07.30 AMby monikapullerits

    Love the neckline, so elegant!
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      Jul 17, 2012, 03.22 PMby oonaballoona

      thanks monika! the neckline is my favorite part.

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    Jul 17, 2012, 06.52 AMby Mary Athey

    Oh!!!! this is gorgeous. i love the fabric colour piping and shape.plus its.fab on you. i read.your.blog!! very amusing. Xx

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    Jul 17, 2012, 06.12 AMby janetheclerk

    i think what’s happening at the back is that the back waist measurement is too long for you. if you can pin it up and tuck the extra away without destroying the look and the length, it should get rid of the problem. it is lovely!

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      Jul 17, 2012, 03.21 PMby oonaballoona

      thank you jane! yes, i agree about the back— but what’s weird is it didn’t happen in the muslin… i think maybe i threw the armhole balance off somehow… anyway. ;(. i may get the courage to take ye olde seam ripper to it when i’m reunited with my serger, for now i hate to rip open my hong kong seams!

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    Jul 17, 2012, 02.11 AMby BeYou TiFul

    Just Fabulous, both dress and fabric!

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      Jul 17, 2012, 03.21 PMby oonaballoona

      hey girl! thank you!

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