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the new york dress

Added May 17, 2013

by oonaballoona

New York, New Yo...






whoah, been a minute since i’ve been here!

this dress nearly made me cry, AND THERE IS NO CRYING IN SEWING. i just kept making the wrong move— for example, near the finish line, i eked out the sleeves, only to find my bottom piece was shaved off at the sleeve cap. like, a good INCH of shave. so i cut both the damn shoulders off and forged ahead!

the earrings are coconut shell embellishments from mood, just stuck them on wire. new yorkers: this thakoon cotton print reminds me of a metrocard, dontcha think?

more pics & gory details on my blog, oonaballoona

Material Notes

soft, drapey cotton. harder to work with than i imagined! it has the slippery quality of a silk.




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Beach, Bohemian, Casual, Evening Wear, Ethnic


fabric, from mood
earring shells, from mood

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    Jun 27, 2013, 10.40 AMby nkaiy

    it was worth it at the end. Lovely, great fit

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    May 24, 2013, 09.04 AMby loulourosa

    Looks stunning! great fit!

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    May 24, 2013, 09.02 AMby loulourosa

    Looks stunning! great fit!

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    May 20, 2013, 03.21 AMby neveenkarnes

    nice dress, beautiful farbic !!

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    May 19, 2013, 10.29 PMby annie-s-1

    I love your dress. The fabric is amazing

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    May 19, 2013, 06.45 AMby becprentis

    Rocking it! :)

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    May 19, 2013, 05.04 AMby caramia-made

    I LOVE that fabric!!! Woooooooooooooo!!!!!!!

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    May 18, 2013, 02.39 PMby jadealamode

    Worth all the hard work! Lovely

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    May 18, 2013, 10.08 AMby marmota-b

    Well, it definitely does not show in the finished result!

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    May 18, 2013, 06.15 AMby martinK

    something is allways going wrong in my projects, too. It’s a beautyful dress and the print is amazing! a real New York dress :-)

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    May 17, 2013, 08.51 PMby marie-michelle

    Crying, pulling out of hair, nail biting, throwing of sewing appendages, yelling of expletives…. ahhhh… but isn’t it all worth it in the end when you look that fab?! Congrats!

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    May 17, 2013, 08.03 PMby annickbyl


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    May 17, 2013, 07.32 PMby nellyvdb

    Bright and stunning, Oona style. I love it. There IS crying in sewing.

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    May 17, 2013, 06.25 PMby Yellowcat

    beautiful! i love it!

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    May 17, 2013, 03.31 PMby Pamela Kinnett

    I love the fit and all that bright and happy color! Well worth the tears…bravo!

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    May 17, 2013, 03.03 PMby Mary Athey

    fabulous fabric. i love this on you, you look amazing and the photos are gorgeous x

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    May 17, 2013, 02.25 PMby Marina von Koenig

    absolutely love the dress and the styling is perfect – you are a print genius, always said that :)

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    May 17, 2013, 02.16 PMby cris orange

    Amazing fabric! First crying, then laughing, that’s alwasy the same in sewing :)

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    May 17, 2013, 01.23 PMby kisses

    Love the fabric and the dress is lovely

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    May 17, 2013, 01.21 PMby orchiddream

    Of COURSE there’s crying in sewing!! Love the dress!

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