Tribute Month – More Marcy!

Tribute Month - Oona Maxi

I love this dress. It’s my ideal combo of too-crazy-to-be-sold-in-stores but still comfy, bright and cute! I would wear this to work or to a music festival, and feel badass either way.

Ready to see all it’s billowy cocoon glory?

Tribute Month - Oona Maxi

Tribute Month - Oona Maxi

I’ve had this cocoon shape stuck in my head since rewatching Amanda Valentine’s season on Project Runway earlier this summer. She did a series of cocoon-shaped maxi dresses which I loved.

When I found this ITY knit, I thought the large-scale print was perfect for a really bold maxi! The fabric was actually a border print, with the multicoloured stripes running along one selvedge. I wanted them centred instead, so hidden in the dress is a sneaky seam attaching more orange stripes to make it symmetrical!

Tribute Month - Oona Maxi

If you know me well, you can probably guess the pattern I used for the shoulders: Hey June Santa Fe! I wanted something I knew would fit well, and the cut-in shoulders continue the overall diamond shape of the dress. From the armscye, I used a straight ruler to angle out the side seams, then angle them back in just below my fingertips. No scientific reason for the height of the angle – I just wanted it far enough below my hips that my hips weren’t the widest point!

Tribute Month - Oona Maxi

I was planning to put a centre-front and centre-back slits in the skirt, but I decided not to for a few reasons. First, I hate fussing sewing, and was afraid of trying to get the slit perfectly finished and following the stripes exactly! Second, the ITY tends to collapse on itself and not hold a shape, so a slit would fold over itself and look messy. The hem of the skirt is about the same circumference as my hips, which seems to give the right amount of walking easy! I didn’t even bother to hem it.

Tribute Month - Oona Maxi

In the right-hand picture, you can see that there is a slight flaw in the fabric. there are bands of blackish colour going across the orange stripes every half metre or so. I didn’t notice it when I bought the fabric, and I chose to ignore it. With so much going on in this dress, I hope that most people won’t notice it!

Tribute Month - Oona Maxi

I had a lot of fun taking these pictures – wearing glam make-up, tons of jewellery, and taking tripod selfies just outside the downtown core of my city! So many people walked past – and as always, I just walk over to the camera as they approach and pretend to look intently at the viewfinder as if it’s a totally normal thing to do! It took me 4 locations to find the right light – I love golden hour, but I don’t have the skills to handle direct golden sunlight. Once the sun set behind the hills, boom, perfect light! Lesson learned: don’t rush the light.

Tribute Month - Oona Maxi

Tribute Month - Oona Maxi

I’ve been watching lots of Lightroom tutorials lately, and I had grand plans of doing dramatic orange-and-teal edits to these pictures… but I couldn’t find a cool-coloured background wall to make that easy! I’m wondering about doing a Better Picture Project miniseries about trying out editing techniques from specific tutorials – do you think that would be fun? In the end, I split-tone the highlights to a warm yellow and the shadows to a cool purply-blue, with matte blacks, and I’m digging the more-dramatic-than-I-usual photos!

Now of course, this is a Tribute Month project, and my second tribute to Marcy! It wasn’t based on any one particular dress, but I wanted to capture some of her fashion fearlessness and joie-de-vivre. Here was my planning sketch:

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Marcy posted her own Tribute Month project on the Sewcialists blog last week, and my jaw dropped when she mentioned me as an inspiration to wear florals. No matter how long I blog, I still feel like that kid who had 11 followers, and I’m shocked when people even know who I am. Thank you, Marcy, and thank you for letting me take you as inspiration not once but twice! ❤

Tribute Month - Oona Maxi

As Tribute Month wraps up, I want to say how honoured I am that so many people took part! The Sewcialists had more volunteer authors than we could accept, and there is a tremendous team of 30 volunteers in the Facebook group who are stepping up to write posts, edit, handle emails, and plan for the next theme month. Every single one of the bloggers submitted fantastic posts on time (or early!) and there has been lots of activity on the Instagram page. I’ll say all of that over on the Sewcialists blog too, but I wanted to thank you, my readers, for really making it possible! If you didn’t read and subscribe to the Sewcialists when I announced it was back, our community would not have gotten back off the ground! Thank you.

 


29 thoughts on “Tribute Month – More Marcy!

  1. Your dress is of course STUNNING Gillian 🙂 It suits you so well one would think it was made for you! 🙂 I love it – the billowing is just in the right place but the fit across the neck and shoulders is perfect. You could only get this accuracy of fit if you made it for yourself. I was trying to figure out where you took those photos…the bridge looks familiar but I can’t place it in my memory. I laughed at the visual of you scurrying back to the camera to look like you’re “fiddling” every time someone walked by. I bet looking at your glamourous self with a camera they figured out you were taking photos of yourself – after all Waterloo was voted the most “intelligent” city in Canada 😉

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  2. I love EVERYTHING about this look! And koodos to you for walking around with your tripod and taking your own pictures. I take my own blog pictures indoor but never ventured outdoor alone… I always wait for my sister or partner to take my outdoor pictures. You totally convinced me to give it a try! Let me get a remote lol!

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    1. You know, it’s not that bad! As long as you can find a place that is quiet enough you don’t have to worry about someone stealing or knocking over your camera! 😉 Awkward, but I get into the groove pretty quickly now anyway!

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  3. Love how the stripes meet in the middle! I’m definitely interested in your idea about a Better Pictures post about editing and also, maybe, alternative ways to photograph projects. Lately, I’ve been admiring Rosie Martin’s (at diy-couture.blogspot.com/) pictures. She always finds such interesting ways to photograph people and objects.

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  4. Great project and very good photos! Thank you again for revitalising the sewcialist network! And I would love another photo advice series, or maybe a post with links to the best tutorials?

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