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Added Aug 9, 2011

by marcy harrie...

New York, New Yo...






i got on a separates kick last week after completing an oona does it! separates challenge… i used the top portion of BS’s cap sleeve dress pattern (altering it by raisng the waist & neck lines, squaring the neck and gathering the sleeves together), then went to town on a wee cotton halter RTW dress that had been the victim of a violently hot wash and dry. i just hacked off the halter top, reattached the waistband & zipper, and added a few embellishments. instant skirt!

this outfit marks #70 in my burdastyle studio!

you can read more about it over at oonaballoona: hipper than hip, in which i also visit some hipster wildlife in the concrete jungles of brooklyn…




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual
Cotton, Knits/Jersey, Tulle

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    Feb 29, 2012, 11.09 AMby archanav

    this is gorgeous!!

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    Aug 27, 2011, 04.58 PMby chula123

    Am loving the colours on this, and the little red thing around the waist fits perfectly. I would never think of mixing such different patterns, but it looks great on you !!! And what a fab idea to gather the sleeves, I shall have to try that next time. made two dresses with that pattern and still couldn’t figure out how to stop the wide neckline from gaping. Thanks so much for this tip !!!! Also congratulations on your 70 projects , WOW !!!

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      Aug 29, 2011, 01.43 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      thank you chula! and yes, gathering the sleeves really help with the wide neck— but i also raised it a couple inches.

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    Aug 27, 2011, 10.37 AMby Deborah Zimmerman

    You look beautiful in this outfit! Your styling choices are great too; love the stripes with the floral skirt.

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    Aug 10, 2011, 06.51 PMby LimeSoda

    I didn’t even read what you’d written as a description and assumed this was a one piece dress with a two piece look. Wonderful detailing on the skirt and combination of prints. Lovely. ;-0

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      Aug 10, 2011, 07.47 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      thank you! i’ve been mixing so many prints lately, i thought it would be nice to have even more mix-ability :)))

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    Aug 10, 2011, 08.58 AMby monikapullerits

    Love it love it love it! The fit is amazing, the little red …lack of better word… rope :P makes it and the strioes wonderful! Well done! And nr 70!! Wow!

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      Aug 10, 2011, 12.47 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      i don’t know what to call it either! it has tiny circles on it, i kind of want to buy some in every color.
      thanks for the love!

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    Aug 10, 2011, 08.27 AMby loulourosa

    How fast you are working! nice top and skirt!

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    Aug 9, 2011, 11.18 PMby vasgarcia

    I really love the gathering on the sleeves. Such a great idea! Congrats on 70 (holy cow) projects here!

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      Aug 10, 2011, 02.29 AMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      thanks girl! i gathered the sleeves to prevent the wiiiiiiide neckline gaping. stays where it should!

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    Aug 9, 2011, 08.47 PMby eunnyjang

    man, everything you sew/write/photograph is super-inspiring. Love this!

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    Aug 9, 2011, 07.30 PMby hdk100

    I really love all the stuff you make – and the words that follow! :) I’m just making my own dress from this pattern. I wish I had a concert to go to in it when ready. Ha!

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      Aug 10, 2011, 02.32 AMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      this should be called the concert dress; one must always find live music to wear it too.

      be careful when you’re cuting the two rectangles for the skirt, if you’re making the full cap sleeve dress. since the waistline of the bodice is curved, so shall your hem be! i found this out the hard way when i made a leopard print version, hoping to use the carefully saved selvedge edge as the hemline…

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