Author: goodbyevalentino

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31 Oct Scuby Dooby Doo & Giveaway Winner!

Although sewing Halloween costumes are but a fond memory these days,  I could not resist the vivid holiday colors in this Scuba Knit ordered from B & J Fabrics. What does the dress really look like under the 20-year old Eileen Fisher cardigan, you wonder? Here is the front, and here is the back ;) What a fun dress this was to sew! If you have never sewn with Scuba Knit I encourage you to try it. Many scuba knits feature high-resolution digital printing almost resembling photographs. It is nearly impossible to make a garment too tight when sewing with this fabric  - scuba knit...

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27 Oct A New Giveaway and Demo!

“DRAPING is the term for using fabric to create a design directly on a mannequin or dress form. It is an essential skill for a fashion designer.” _________________ As in almost every subject, the possibilities for learning and growing are endless. Sometimes I think the more I sew the less I know, but the good news is that can easily change :) I have always associated draping with ancient Athenian clothing until yesterday upon opening a package from Laurence King Publishing. I was asked to promote an upcoming class in New York led by Karolyn Kiissel, author of DRAPING, The Complete Course. Laurence...

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26 Oct Save the Silk!

Shame, Shame, Shame! The only thing that saved my latest from being a wadder is the beautiful crepe de chine from Mood Fabrics. It's all I can do to smile. The search for the perfect tunic pattern is taking a hiatus. I outsmarted myself by combining pattern pieces from my favorite tunic patterns, including Butterick 4856 Simplicity 4149 and Simplicity 1461. I liked the bodice of Butterick 4856, the two-piece back of  Simplicity 1461 and the placket of Simplicity 4149. After coordinating the measurements from the different patterns I assumed all was safe but I met near disaster at almost every juncture :( Saving the...

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05 Oct Famous Frocks Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Marla Cooprider, the lucky winner of the Famous Frocks Little Black Dress book! Please contact me by email at goodbyevalentino@gmail.com by Wednesday, October 8 or a new winner will be selected. I have enjoyed this book enough to order one for myself, and truly look forward to sewing several of these classics! Did you sew this weekend? ...

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01 Oct Famous Frocks Giveaway!

The kind staff from Chronicle Books sent me a newly released book to review entitled, Famous Frocks - The Little Black Dress by Dolin Bliss O'Shea. (not to be confused with the book Famous Frocks by Sara Alm and Hannah McDevitt) What a beauty! Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly. . . . Each of these women had an influential take on the most classic wardrobe staple of all: the Little Black Dress. In this chic sewing book, patternmaker Dolin Bliss O'Shea pulls inspiration from famous LBDs throughout history—including Mary Quant's mod mini, a classic wrap dress worn by Liza Minelli, Princess Diana's smart A-line,...

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29 Sep Silk Tunic #2

Hubs and I were among the passengers of some 2,000 cancelled flights to Chicago this past weekend………. The only upside of missing our friends’ wedding was the unexpected weekend of sewing time, and I resumed my tunic mission. Better? Many thanks for providing such great suggestions for raising the bar on tunic sewing. I especially enjoyed receiving this Pinterest link loaded with tunic inspiration! Like many of you said it’s in the details and I got busy modifying the Simplicity 4149 tunic pattern I made last year. Relaxing the fit of my existing muslin allowed for a better drape which is easy to see...

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20 Sep Simplicity 1461

It’s Tunic Time again meaning my ongoing attempt to make the perfect tunic has resurfaced! Hubs was determined to get a photo of me with dolphins in the background. Do you see any? All I wanted was for the wind to calm down. Then it was time for a football game, and our photography session abruptly stopped. By the way, the colors I am wearing are not associated with any football teams. It’s not a Halloween costume either. Greetings from Edisto Island where I am enjoying the last weekend of summer :) I found the front princess seams in the  Simplicity 1461 tunic pattern flattering, and...

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