Author: goodbyevalentino

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03 Feb A Wearable Muslin – the Granville Shirt

While patience is a virtue, and a quality I attempt to pursue, I would not consider it  to be my best attribute. Many sewists truly enjoy using the PDF patterns. I too love the instant gratification of downloading a pattern, but assembling 30-page patterns is an event in and of itself. I wanted Sewaholic's Granville Shirt  enough to download the pattern late one evening. Online access to sewing patterns is certainly advantageous, especially for re-printing purposes, but printing and assembling a pattern adds additional responsibility and time. It takes patience for sure! After assembling and cutting my pattern, I chose to skip out on the muslin...

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28 Jan Meet Andrea Birkan

  Dear Readers, You must meet Andrea Birkan, a 2014 and 2015 RTW Faster! Andrea's  garments display such inspirational creativity that I asked her to write a guest post. I'm writing very little to avoid spoiling the lovely text and photos to follow. Read on to learn more about Andrea, and visit her blog at: http://sewbusy.weebly.com Enjoy! _________________________________________ I discovered Sarah’s blog while searching for some fabric off the Mood Fabrics website one morning, and have been an avid reader of the blog ever since. I’ve always had a love for sewing, but she really inspired me to get back to sewing on a daily basis. By doing...

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25 Jan Vogue 9022

How many times have you seen a ready-to-wear garment that you KNEW you could make… if only you had the pattern? That was certainly my reaction upon seeing this Akris Punto dress, and when I noticed some similarities in Vogue 9022 to the $995.00 dress, I couldn’t resist. True, the pattern is split vertically rather than horizontally, but I was feeling adventurous, and besides, I loved the pockets.   How did I do? What I really like about the Akris Punto dress is its unstructured but not too oversized nature. I have avoided kimono sleeves because they appear so large, however, Vogue describes this pattern as fitted. After making...

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19 Jan Notebook Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to N MacGregor, the lucky winner of  A Sewist's Notebook! Please contact me at goodbyevalentino@gmail.com by Wednesday, January 21 or another winner will be selected. For readers interested in purchasing A Sewist's Notebook, Beth is offering free shipping through today (January 19) by adding the code SHQ15 during checkout. Many thanks for the great comments and enthusiastic participation! I hope to complete my current project soon ~ my own twist on Vogue 9022 inspired by an Akris Punto dress.     Until soon :)...

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17 Jan A Comment from Marcy Tilton

Dear Readers, I intended to make a correction to my last post on Monday, January 19, when I announced the Giveaway winner. However, upon receiving a comment from the pattern designer  Marcy Tilton, I decided the subject needed a separate post. From Marcy: I refer to these as skinny pants, not leggings (or tights or jeggings etc) as they are really a narrow pant. They can be made with very little ease, or, depending on the fabric with more ease. I must have 12 pair in different weight fabrics. Knits like ponte are a natural, but I make them in stretch woven fabrics...

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16 Jan Marcy Tilton Leggings & A Notebook Giveaway

Many readers asked about the Marcy Tilton Leggings I was wearing in the last post. Believe it or not, they are the first pair of leggings I've sewn. I bought several yards of a polyester two-way stretch fabric at Mood Fabrics in 2013, some of which I used it for the inserts in this dress in October. It seemed appropriate legging material and so in late November I started the pattern which I just recently finished. If you are a Pattern Review Website reader, you know one of the review questions is - Does your garment look like the one in the pattern photograph? Well, yes...

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14 Jan Supersize Me!

  Maybe it’s just me but on January 2, I was craving an oversized shirt to hide my holiday indulgences…. and when I’m in an unattractive state of mind, the  fabric I like to turn to is silk. This Famous Designer Black and Off-White Animal Print Crepe de Chine was the perfect antidote for my post holiday doldrums.  I feel better already! My pattern of choice was Simplicity 2447, but it wasn’t just oversized, it was supersized!  Before cutting into the silk I made a full muslin which required one alteration after another. The photo below shows the muslin after the excess is pinned out...

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09 Jan Introducing the 2015 RTW Fasters!

This year the 2015 RTW Fasters are going at it alone, but I would hardly call them a ship without a rudder! It is truly a thrill to sponsor this group of new and returning RTW Fasters on the blog. Why sew rather than buy clothes for one year? I started my first Ready to Wear Fast in 2011 to save money, but the RTW Fast led me on an interesting journey of self discovery and enlightenment. No doubt I improved my sewing skills, but the fast led me to experiment with new styles and colors, develop a sense of discipline and a sense...

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31 Dec The Kitchen Sink

Dear Readers ~ Many thanks for your enthusiastic responses to my last post! It was simply heartwarming to hear from you :) The end of the year roundup is not one of my favorite posts to write. I find it difficult to choose favorites with anything. I can’t name my favorite song, meal, movie, book or vacation spot, however I find it very important to review, reflect and learn from my experiences. Sewing during 2014 took on a life of its own with a second Ready-to-Wear Fast accompanied by a wedding. I bought nothing yet sewed fewer garments than I expected, which...

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26 Dec Happy Holidays Giveaway!

  In a world where there is no such thing as bad publicity, I managed to let a November GOMI thread get to me. Who would have thought refashioning my husband's 10-year-old cashmere sweater would have set off  pages of fallacious comments about my lifestyle by the snarkers? During this holy season and busy month I completely removed myself from the negative GOMI energy and returned to my musical roots. This December instead of sewing, I practiced the piano and presented two Christmas programs with my father. The break was refreshing and renewing, and now I'm ready to get back to sewing and...

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