Memorable or Forgettable? Vogue 8570

30 Jun Memorable or Forgettable? Vogue 8570

“Fashion is made to become unfashionable.”  Coco Chanel

I tried to keep this quote in mind while admiring Kate Spade’s new black and white paisley garments.

This snappy print is featured all over the website in the form of a skirt, a top, a dress, handbags and other accessories all seen here.

Fun, yes!

Classic, no!

Would I have if I indulged in one of these memorable pieces of clothing if I were shopping this year? I’d like to think not at $238.00 for the skirt, $238.00 for top, $398.00 for the dress and now $498.00 for a silk dress of the same print at Saks, but who knows…….

Realizing these cute clothes have a short street life, I  probably would have worn  my purchase more than it was intended just to get my money’s worth.

There she is wearing that black and white paisley again….

Fortunately for me, $10.00 of fabric and a pattern from my stash

cured the urge to splurge!

 I found the fabric on Mood Fabrics website and decided to make a tunic version of this pattern I’ve admired for years.  Now I have my own memorable garment for the summer. I hope I can avoid wearing it around the same people repeatedly 🙂

For now I’m opting to wear a pin at the neckline in lieu of the button, allowing me to change the look for different occasions. Here I’m wearing a pin my aunt made from antique buttons.

I know my tunic is no Kate Spade but it serves the same purpose as the $400.00 dress and I won’t feel bad should it receive an early retirement.
 It is actually one of my best sewn garments inside and out!

Memorable or forgettable?

The clothes – most likely forgettable.  The year –  definitely memorable.

I can hardly believe I’m concluding Month 10.

Best wishes for a great weekend!

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  • Emmy Lou
    Posted at 00:35h, 30 June Reply

    Very cute pattern and love the fabric. I am all for common sense approach to fashion. You excel at it. I think my 32 year old daughter would love this style…..aaawwwh to be 32 again and no ham arms to spoil the effect. I am now off to Mood to see if you left me a yard! LOL!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:24h, 30 June Reply

      Thank you for the comment, Emmy Lou. Aren’t you lucky to get to go to Mood whenever you want to!

  • Heather
    Posted at 02:05h, 30 June Reply

    I really like it too. And you are right it will be memorable and great for this year. 10 months seems to have flown by – it looks like it has permanently changed your shopping, how much will stick do you think? And do you know what your first purchase will be?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:28h, 30 June Reply

      Thank you, Heather! It’s amazing how quickly a year passes. I really don’t know what my first purchase will be but I’m definitely buying a black sweater set once I’m back in the retail world. I wish I had bought one before I started this year of no shopping!

  • Pauline Droy
    Posted at 02:26h, 30 June Reply

    this looks lovely and actually nicer the the KS version. 10 months – I am still keen to see if you continue after the year is finished!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:34h, 30 June Reply

      What a nice comment, Pauline! Actually the KS clothes never seem to fit me the way I want, so I doubt I would have bought it, but it’s fun to dream, huh?

  • CherryPix
    Posted at 04:24h, 30 June Reply

    Another beautiful black and white! Could you just purchase double the amount of fabric you usually buy and send half to me??? I love your fabric choices. That style looks great on you too.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:35h, 30 June Reply

      Hi Cherry and thank you! Yes, I’ll be happy to buy twice as much fabric from now on if you will buy me airline tickets to the UK for delivery 🙂

      • CherryPix
        Posted at 09:12h, 30 June Reply

        Sure…I’ll send tickets and meet your in the UK…we could do all the fabulous markets and Goldhawk Rd in London, catch up with some UK bloggers then keep flying, down to Sydney, Australia (where I live) 😉

        Imagine an international sewing tour where we took our fellow bloggers to visit fabric shops / textile-fashion museums / short courses in our home towns….then joined the group to visit other places….

        what a hoot that would be!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:20h, 30 June Reply

      Oops! I thought you were in UK all this time. A ticket to Australia would work too! … and the international sewing tour idea is the best yet 🙂

  • sue
    Posted at 05:05h, 30 June Reply

    Great top – wear it to death while you can! 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:38h, 30 June Reply

      Thanks, Sue! I think I’ll get my money’s worth out of this one 🙂

  • prttynpnk
    Posted at 06:14h, 30 June Reply

    The dress looks like a Lisette pattern- I love lIsette but your Vogue choice is alot more stylish and tailored. I like the brooch closure too- you can throw a pop of color at it if you so chose.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:42h, 30 June Reply

      Many thanks and a great idea about adding color at the neckline! Can’t wait to see your finished Simplicity dress!

  • sewbusylizzy
    Posted at 06:16h, 30 June Reply

    I’m so curious… are you looking forward to the end of the year? How much do you think this year has changed you? Do you think you will revert or are you reformed? Semi reformed?
    I found myself in a clothes shop last week and caught myself thinking ‘cute dress’ and then I thought ‘it’s just a pleated skirt with a double dart bodice and a scooped neckline – easy to make’. I left the shop empty handed with a smile on my face. I’m finding I am much more critical about what I buy and why. That’s a good thing.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:49h, 30 June Reply

      Hi Lizzie!
      I’m looking forward to having a choice and not feeling pressured about sewing. I’m not sure where this year will lead and will let things unfold naturally, but yes – at the moment I’m feeling quite reformed from blowing $$$$$$ on clothes!

      • sewbusylizzy
        Posted at 07:52h, 30 June Reply

        It’s an inspirational journey you have taken and I hope you continue to share your sewing adventures and the odd shopping indulgence too.

  • Patty
    Posted at 08:17h, 30 June Reply

    You hit the nail on the head with this one! Cute!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:55h, 01 July Reply

      Many thanks, Patty! I hope I don’t overwear it this summer 🙂

  • Tracey
    Posted at 08:33h, 30 June Reply

    As always, fabric, pattern and fit are right on the mark! The top is too cute and you will be happy to have it in this blazing heat!

    I too, would love for you to continue your blog after your year of sewing. Whenever I see a ruffle,, I think of Miss GoodbyeValentino!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:56h, 01 July Reply

      Thank you so much, Tracey! That Etsy dress has quite the ruffle!!! 🙂

  • Lori
    Posted at 08:37h, 30 June Reply

    Very pretty style and fabric, I like the tunic length, too. Ten months with no buying is amazing, good for you.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:58h, 01 July Reply

      Many thanks, Lori. It might be harder re-entering the RTW world than it was exiting

  • Becky
    Posted at 08:42h, 30 June Reply

    I hope you keep sewing after this year. Your creativity and interpretations of fashions you have seen is so inspiring. I think your style improves those things that you would have bought in the past. I hope you have enjoyed doing this because I have certainly enjoyed watching you!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:53h, 30 June Reply

      What a nice comment, Becky! You never know what you can do until you try! I have enjoyed this venture immensely.

  • Gail
    Posted at 09:12h, 30 June Reply

    I love black and white and your fabulous tunic is no exception.

  • Cissie
    Posted at 09:50h, 30 June Reply

    So cute! Love the back,too! I’m guessing that you’re going to find it hard to return to retail. I know that I’ve been able to do very little in the past two years. I only succumb to really well-made RTW. And usually things that are difficult to replicate, I do hope you’ll continue on this journey as it is so inspiring to so many!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:56h, 30 June Reply

      Hi Cissie! Thank you for the comment. What I’m most afraid of is sales……. Hopefully I can follow your experience and by only those things I cannot make.

  • Becky
    Posted at 11:51h, 30 June Reply

    I think your version is adorable! It looks so well made too.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:57h, 30 June Reply

      Many thanks, Becky! It is truly the most well made garment I’ve made to date – lots left to learn!

  • Carolyn
    Posted at 12:05h, 30 June Reply

    I love your interpretation of the inspiration garment. Great job.

  • katy
    Posted at 14:36h, 30 June Reply

    Love this one! Looks great on you.

  • Andrea
    Posted at 15:22h, 30 June Reply

    Hi… I noticed you use a lot of 100% cotton fabric. How do you care for the fabric to keep it from fading or getting limp? Do you have to iron everything? Dry clean or do you wash?

    I love this last top! I am starting to get inspired to sew again. Right not I am altering clothes from losing weight – yeah!!! Although alterations is not my favorite thing to do.


    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:03h, 30 June Reply

      Thank you, Andrea! Many of the cottons are blended with lycra which of course is a huge help in retaining shape and color. However, I line almost everything I make especially 100% cotton garments. It makes the world of difference. I prewash the fabric before sewing and then wash in cold water. Congratulations on your weight loss!

      • Andrea
        Posted at 10:04h, 02 July Reply

        One last question. What type of lining fabric do you use? I’m going to Mary Jo’s today!!!

        • goodbyevalentino
          Posted at 10:13h, 02 July Reply

          It depends on the fabric….. sometimes poly/cotton batiste and other the silky polyester stuff. Mary Jo’s has two types one of which I prefer because it has a slight texture making it easier to handle. Have fun!!

  • Violet Martin
    Posted at 19:25h, 30 June Reply

    You obviously have always had an eye for quality in clothing. Now you can really create that quality on your own. I find, as some have said, that it is hard to pay for items that I know I can make (especially) easily. Did you imagine that you would become a talented sewer in the process?
    Your projects are all really exceptionally well done (imho). What an inspiring journey you have been experiencing! Thank you for bringing us along.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:03h, 01 July Reply

      Violet – Thank you so much for this lovely comment! Thirty years ago I bought my first “good” dress and was hooked on quality clothing though I couldn’t always afford what I wanted. After taking the Couture Dress class I have more appreciation for high end RTW and am trying to aspire to that quality with my sewing but it’s not easy for me. Fitting is the hardest part for sure!

  • Nancy Winningham
    Posted at 19:25h, 30 June Reply

    Wonderful! Isn’t it great to be able to sew something up , wear it as much or as little as you like, and know you didn’t spend a fortune? Love the top!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:05h, 01 July Reply

      Thank you, Nancy! Yes, it is quite nice to have that choice without the guilt! I love your gravatar/profile description 🙂

  • sarah
    Posted at 20:37h, 30 June Reply

    I found your blog through the couture class on Craftsy. I had so much fun reading all your posts over the last week. Congrats on 10 months! It has been inspiring!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:07h, 01 July Reply

      Thank you so much for your comment, Sarah! The past ten months have been quite fulfilling and educational 🙂 Are you taking the Couture Dress class?

  • Opal
    Posted at 23:05h, 30 June Reply

    I love your top, it looks great on you. Your sense of humor put a smile on my faceq.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:09h, 01 July Reply

      Thank you so much, Opal! I LOVE your daughter’s prom dress 🙂

  • Karen
    Posted at 12:04h, 02 July Reply

    I like your version much better than the Kate Spade ones! It is so attractive -and foregoing a button for a different choice of pins every time you wear it is a brilliant idea! (Plus – no buttonhole needed!)

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:21h, 02 July Reply

      Thank you, Karen! It never occurred to me I wouldn’t have to make a buttonhole 😉 🙂 …… Seriously, I’m glad I opted for the pin – great versatility!

  • sewellen
    Posted at 21:08h, 03 July Reply

    I love this! Great fabric, pattern, everything

  • Myra
    Posted at 19:26h, 04 July Reply

    This is so pretty! You did a beautiful job on this on! Will you continue to do you own clothes after this year?

  • Kari
    Posted at 10:49h, 13 July Reply

    I LOVE that fabric!! It’s perfect for the pattern!

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