It’s Oonapalooza Time!


This July, we’re getting inspired by one of our own: the powerhouse of print and colour that is Oona Balloona from Kalkatroona! If you read Oona’s blog (and I assume you do!), you’ll know that the clothes she makes are as loud, bubbly, and one-of-a-kind as her personality. Summer seems like the perfect time to add a little of that spirit into our own wardrobes!

Oh course, it all started on Twitter. (Doesn’t it always?) One minute we were discussing if we should continue the colour-of-the-month challenges through the summer, and next time you know, the brilliant Lady Katza (aka. Elizabeth aka. shouted out “What about Oonapalooza?!?”

Here’s the goal: Oona is known for her bold use of colours and prints, saucy silhouettes, and sense of exuberance. So make anything you want – but let it be loud and joyous, either in terms of colour, shape, or improvisation! 

Myself, I’m going to imagine that Oona is the voice urging me to more adventurous as I sew. “Hmmm… I wonder if I could just change this neckline a bit…” Yesssss. “Should I put a thigh-high slit in?” Yesssss. “These two prints are both kinda crazy – Should I combine them?” YESSSSS! (Does that make Oona the good angel on my shoulder, the wee devil, or both?)

If you make anything with a twist of Oona during the month of July, upload pics to the Sewcialist Flickr group – and maybe, just maybe, there will be a prize to win courtesy of Oona herself! If you blog about Oonapalooza, be sure to grab the graphic above from the Flickr pool, or use the hashtag #oonapalooza on IG or Twitter!

So, do you have any fabric in your stash that is just begging to be Oonafied?