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17 Dec Merry & Bright in Sequins!

I'd say the catch phrase this holiday season is Merry & Bright, and I fell right in line upon seeing Mood Fabrics' glittering silver baby sequined fabric! I've owned a few formal sequined dresses over the years, and while sequined ball gowns are still around, shifting trends in the fabric now feature more relaxed styles from cocktail dresses to t-shirts. I made the dress for an annual Christmas dinner party and chose a simple pattern to keep the dress from appearing too formal. My base pattern is  New Look 6524, a shift pattern I purchased a while ago for the sleeve variations. My original...

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08 Dec Style Arc – Coral Cardigan

What would you do if you received a scarf with which you had nothing to wear? 1 - "Thank you for the scarf but I never wear these colors. Please give it to someone who can enjoy it." 2 - Put it in the closet and forget about it. 3 - Sew a new garment to wear with the scarf. LOL - The scarf is gorgeous and while it looks good on black, it didn't look good on me on black. Decades ago when people 'had their colors done'...

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02 Dec The Holiday Tunic

From the moment I resumed sewing garments in 2011, I was obsessed with learning to sew the cute $$$ RTW tops I could never justify buying for myself. My second blog post was about recreating Milly peasant tops, and thus began my journey leading to The Tunic Bible. My first top, a silk peasant top looked quite homemade, but I was blinded by enthusiasm and after my investment of time and effort, I wore it with great pride. My mother bought the silk in Asia and I wanted to please her as much as myself. Six years later I see the progress I've made...

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08 Nov Giveaway Winner and a Pattern Hack

Greetings! Many thanks for the comments and tips regarding machine embroidery. It's coming along very nicely and I'll get there eventually. Congratulations go to PAMELA GIANNETTO winner of the monogrammed towels giveaway! Please send me your contact information to goodbyevalentino@gmail.com by Friday, November 10 or a new winner will be selected. In the meantime I've begun a new dress. Below is the inspiration ~ another Oscar de la Renta from the current Ready to Wear Collection. Lovely isn't it? What I like about this dress is the way it skims the body. Upon first glance the construction looks quite simple ...

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