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the emerald city

Added Feb 23, 2011

by marcy harrie...

New York, New Yo...






bias cut silk gown, draped and topstitched to death by me :)

but not for me… it was made for a wee pixie. and i’m sad about it.

come on over to oonaballoona if you’d like to know more about it. i’m too sad to tell the story again.

Material Notes

silk, 12 tons of thread, invisible zip




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bohemian, Evening Wear, Other, Rock

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    Mar 16, 2011, 10.10 PMby analogue

    Stunning dress! Such a beautiful shade of green as well…

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    Feb 27, 2011, 08.59 PMby kbuckfeen

    this is lovely. it looks like a lot of work, but even more fun! beautiful

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    Feb 25, 2011, 01.53 PMby agirlnamedflo

    This is great! I am so inspired. “You got to be seen in green.”(The Wiz reference)

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      Feb 27, 2011, 08.54 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      i LOVE the wiz, in fact i was thinking of doing a whole you-got-to-be-seen-green week at my blog (i have 3 other green dresses to show soon). by the way, your profile pic is great! love the buttons.

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    Feb 24, 2011, 10.02 PMby designerroya

    Love it! I don’t know if I could ever get that complex!

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      Feb 27, 2011, 08.55 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      just make sure you have plenty of thread on hand and start stitching. that’s what i did :) actually it was easier than working with a pattern!

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    Feb 24, 2011, 04.01 PMby robygiup

    Wow, what a GORGEOUS dress!!!!!!!!!! :D And I love that colour, it’s my favourite!

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      Feb 27, 2011, 08.57 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      thank you robygiup! the wee pixie picked the color, i actually don’t go for that shade but i think there’s a hole in my wardrobe now…

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    Feb 24, 2011, 02.21 PMby nidhi

    absolutely gorgeous!

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    Feb 24, 2011, 12.17 PMby lilostich69

    Bonjour je suis nouvelle j adore votre model j aimerais avoir un esprit inventif comme le votre tres beau travail

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      Feb 24, 2011, 02.29 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      so, armed with four years of high school french, i translated: “hi i am new i love your american model and inventive spirit beautiful work.”

      it’s nice to translate into whatever compliments you want to hear :)

      google fixed a few errors in my very rusty french, so: thank you! i’m the model, and i’m excited to see what your creative mind can do!

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    Feb 24, 2011, 09.55 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    this dress is amazing. especially the colour, and the detail and the…EVERYTHING :)

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    Feb 24, 2011, 06.18 AMby magdamagda

    beautiful color, I have a weakness for it! I love all the games going on, it’s so very creative!

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    Feb 23, 2011, 09.09 PMby milnay3

    Wow! That is one of the most stunning gowns I have seen in a while! It’s something a little different but not so out there like some of the whacky gowns we see at red carpet events!

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      Feb 23, 2011, 09.11 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      ha, thank you! what a cool compliment. now i REALLY don’t want to give it back to the wee pixie…

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    Feb 23, 2011, 08.32 PMby vintagegal

    Love it! The color is gorgeous! A modern day Tinkerbell, if it had wings. Mind a little sewing tip? Put the invisible zip in the side seam instead, if you can. You can stabilize the seam first with a little fusible interfacing(very, very, lightweight; tricot-like type), then do your thing with the zipper. I love invisible zippers, but working with such yummy fabrics can be a royal pain in the &*#!

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      Feb 23, 2011, 08.39 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      i don’t mind tips at ALL! i really wanted to go for a side seam, but i had designed the dress to be a wrap of sorts, and when it morphed there just wasn’t a good line on the side, if that makes sense. i had no idea about the light interfacing, i bet that would’ve helped with the back install too?

      modern day tinkerbell, teehee! :)

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    Feb 23, 2011, 06.01 PMby sandoz18

    Amazing work! Love, love, love it!

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    Feb 23, 2011, 05.31 PMby lanternwaste33

    Oh my gosh, the technique on the bodice totally took my breath away. I must make something with pleated silk like that. Wonderful job!

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      Feb 23, 2011, 08.40 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      thank you! the bodice is where i began, i didn’t know what the dress would be until i started pleating.

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    Feb 23, 2011, 05.21 PMby carottesauvage

    A stunner! What a labour of love!

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