Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Meet the Designers: oona from oonaballoona



Oh HAI.  My name is oonaballoona, and I have a problem.  AND PROJECT SEWN IS TOTALLY ENABLING IT.

But really, I can't place all the blame on Elizabeth & liZ.  I've been a sewing addict for seven years running now (and no itch in sight).  It all started when Ruggy and I moved briefly to LA, land of actors. A dear friend told me: if you want to stay sane out here, get a hobby.  And for once I did what I was told. Immediately, it was clear that sewing was going to be much more than a hobby.  It was an instant obsession.  I didn't have to wear the whims of chain stores anymore, I could literally wear my heart on my multicolored sleeve.


My addiction has been well documented on my blog, oonaballoona, which was initially created to share our LA adventures with our family.  In fact, oonaballoona from kalkatroona is one of many nicknames bestowed upon me by my parents as a wee girl-- marcy carsy and moosie catoosie also made appearances.  These multiple monikers were certainly harbingers of my schizophrenic style to come. Add actress to the equation, and you have a tipsy combination that sometimes sends fashion sense (or maybe sense of any kind?) running for the hills.

Joyfully, life has found us (mainly) back in New York for some time now, but when the cold starts to creep in, I struggle with how to keep my personal style going.  And oh, Project Sewn, you beautiful enabler, you're pushing me to bring all the things I love into my winter wardrobe: Color. Fancy. Irrationality. Noise. Fun.  Y'ALL ARE THE BEST PUSHERS EVER. 

So here's to making what we wear, and wearing what we like, whatever that may be... I raise my happily full glass to alla y'all!

51 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see what you've been making - I love your use of color!

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    1. AAAAAAAAAH LLADYBIRD HOW ARE WE GONNA DO THIS

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  3. I love it...I LOVE IT! Good luck xx

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  4. you bring so much fun to this competition… aren't we having a special project sewn cocktail? my glass is ready!

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    1. Oh. MY. GOD. how has this not happened yet?! i will get ruggy on it ASAP!

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  5. Yay!! I am soooo glad you are in this, I can't wait to see all of your new creations!

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    1. thank you kelly! my closet is gonna need some curating fo sho....

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  6. Ready, set, SEW! You go girl! With luck, your brilliant clothing will thaw NYC!

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    1. frOm your mouth to yahweh, yoda, buddha & god's ears. CANNOT TAKE THE COLD ANYMORE.

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  7. So looking forward to seeing all your Project Sewn makes Oona!

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    1. thank you faye...i'm looking forward to your teal-quoise coat!

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  8. I always read your blog even if I never until now make comments, I find your sewing so inspiring and jealous at the same time since I have not much time to sew that much for myself, only for my kids. So I'm hopping that in a year that my lil one goes to preschool my creative mind will run wild!!! Thanks for sharing so much with us and helping us on our journey to per-sewation!

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    1. ah, a little jealousy is good for creativity, it fuels 80 percent of my makes! also, you could always use your wee one as a "helper." :) i hope you're able to join us for a challenge!

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  9. Cheers Oona and good luck! Can't wait to see what you make!

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  10. Cannot WAIT to see the colour and fun and fancy that you bring!

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    1. heheeeee....i've actually been on color overload. hold me back!

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  11. Oh Ms. Oona!!!! Can't wait for you to brighten up the winter blues!!

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    1. WILL WINTER EVER LEAVE?! let's chase it away with neon.

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    1. haha! be careful where you elevate my brat status to, all that power could corrupt!

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  13. I'm beyond excited that you're doing Project Sewn! This is going to be a battle royale, my friend!

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    1. it's like a cage match with all my favorite sewists. impossible.

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  14. Good luck Oona!! Love your work ;)

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  15. OO lala I'm gonna chew some scissors too...the anticipation! Can't wait to see your creations!

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    1. i recommend a good kai, the rubber has a nice texture.

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  16. I frequently feel like girl with wide eyes biting on a pair of scissors in a yellow striped top. What I mean is, you're so relatable, M. :-)

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    1. ha, i was just told that yesterday on a completely non-related topic, i love it!

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  17. I love your style and I can't wait to see what you make... but your use of schizophrenic was a bit incorrect.

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    1. thanks hazel! yeeeeah, i malaprop a lot... it drives ruggy bananas.

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  18. Yay! I CANNOT wait! Your sewing makes me all giddy inside!!

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  19. I've always admired your fearless style, and I know you're gonna kick but at this challenge!! Good luck!! :)

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    1. that's *butt*... stupid autocorrect LOL

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    2. haha! cursed autocorrect! i turn the damn thing off so i can write in lowercase:) thankya symon!

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  20. I can't wait to see your "winterized" projects!! I've been having trouble figuring out how to sew fun, stylish, yet winter-friendly things, so I'm extra excited to see what you come up with!

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    1. i think i've come up with a few (extremely wacky) solutions. i laugh like a loon every time i look at the (STILL unfinished) pieces of my first outfit!

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  21. You are blessed my dear. Your positive spirit is unstoppable! Best of luck! Xo..

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  22. LOVE you style, fashion and color sense - just picks me up. Do have a questions though - where did that unbelieveable coat fabric come from?
    Thanks,
    Pat E

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