Ebony and Ivory

21 Jan Ebony and Ivory

 Some people are influenced by what they read.

Some people are influenced by what they hear.

And some people are influenced by what they see.

 Since I started, over four months ago, sewing my clothes instead of buying my clothes for a year, I’ve become absolutely obsessed about my wardrobe. Even though I spent a fortune on clothes in the past, I never had an obsession about them.

During the last four and a half months I have been abnormally aware of my visual surroundings, but only recently have I realized their impact on my life.

While visiting NY in December, I lingered around the Bergdorf Goodman windows for nearly 30 minutes, spellbound by the intricate details of the spectacular displays.    
The next morning I walked out of Mood Fabrics with this fabric though I was unaware of what was going on.

What happens to a woman who gives up RTW in exchange for sewing her wardrobe for a year? I hope, at least in my case that she lives more creatively and maybe that’s what I’m doing.

As I was searching for a pattern to showcase this fabric, I decided to have some fun with this lively knit and selected this McCall’s pattern. It was easy to construct and the dress came together quickly.

   
I love the dress, but what I really love is the artistry of the world that brings such pleasure and creative energy to my life!

Have a great weekend!

goodbyevalentino
goodbyevalentino@gmail.com
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  • Carolyn
    Posted at 23:11h, 21 January Reply

    You picked just the right pattern to showcase this awesome fabric! You did a great job and you can tell that you are really starting to enjoy the creative process that sewing provides.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:31h, 22 January Reply

      Thank you, Carolyn. I’ve always loved fabric and made quilts at one time, but making clothes is bringing me unexpected pleasure!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:32h, 24 January Reply

      Carolyn,
      I’m having a difficult time leaving a comment on your website but I want to tell you how beautiful your collection is. It’s not starting to look like a collection, it IS a collection! I look forward to seeing the additional pieces.

  • prttynpnk
    Posted at 05:50h, 22 January Reply

    Thats wonderful- and as always the joy is having something that no one else has that fits you to a t. Enjoy!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:33h, 22 January Reply

      I’ll be scared if I run into another person wearing this dress ~ that’s for sure! I really think I’ll enjoy this one. Thanks for writing.

  • Billy
    Posted at 06:27h, 22 January Reply

    Beautiful as always

  • Karen Lachance
    Posted at 08:08h, 22 January Reply

    That looks great. The simple pattern is perfect for showcasing that special fabric. What a fun dress.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:36h, 22 January Reply

      Many thanks, Karen. I like the scalloped skirt on your blog and don’t even show me those molasses cookies! I can eat an entire batch 🙂

  • MissMuslin
    Posted at 09:14h, 22 January Reply

    Stunning dress.
    I agree.
    As your skills become more attuned, as you begin the sewing journey at home, your senses are heightened. I also find myself staring at fit issues with what others are wearing. I am sure my lack of eye contact while I am talking to someone, as I deconstruct their jacket in my mind, causes them some concern….
    🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:29h, 22 January Reply

      That’s what I was trying to say….. my visual senses are heightened – thank you! Many thanks for the dress compliment too. Speaking of dresses, I love the dresses you’ve made that are on your website – v e r y n i c e !

  • Art Attack
    Posted at 11:36h, 22 January Reply

    Thanks for the birthday wishes and the compliment! At this stage I’m just trying to keep what I’ve got…however, having said that, even if given the chance I would never go back.

    I found your post so very inspirational and the dress is simply stunning! What a great pairing of show stopping fabric with a simple, classic design. I’m so happy you are enjoying the creativity process. It has been an integral part of my life for as long as I can remember. If I stray from sewing it’s only because some other pursuit like painting has stolen me away. I’ve even been lucky enough to find work that allows me to sit and write all day. In fact, I think I will write a book about sewing addiction; its pitfalls and rewards. Thank you for being my muse! I may be asking if I can quote you!

    Have a great week,
    Dorcas
    (Art Attack)

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:37h, 22 January Reply

      Many thanks, Dorcas and feel free to quote me for whatever purpose!

  • Brenda
    Posted at 12:48h, 22 January Reply

    You have showcased your fabric perfectly. Once again…fantastic job!

  • goodbyevalentino
    Posted at 15:38h, 22 January Reply

    Thank you, Brenda. It was a very fun project!

  • Sophia
    Posted at 06:36h, 23 January Reply

    Absolutely beautiful. This was truly the perfect pattern to show off such a print. Just think, if you hadn’t been subconsciously influenced by the window displaces you may have overlooked this fabric.

    You hit the nail on the head about one of the best parts of sewing. Being able to create a look that’s in my head has been amazing for my creativity. In the past, I was at the mercy of the stores and if they didn’t have what I was looking for or if it wasn’t made for my body type, I just had to settle for second best. Sewing frees you from those constraints.

    Good job! I look forward to seeing what’s up next for you.

  • Bethsews
    Posted at 22:09h, 23 January Reply

    I love this! Really looks sharp on you. I think your heightened senses are bringing you a better wardrobe!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:27h, 24 January Reply

      Thanks, Beth – I was intimidated by the fabric for a day or two and then decided to go for it! Before Christmas a friend told me that since I since I gave up shopping for a year and started sewing – my clothes are the cutest they have ever been. Maybe they are and maybe they aren’t but, I believe that results are evident when we give serious attention to something. (and my wardrobe needed serious attention )

  • Adrienne
    Posted at 03:12h, 24 January Reply

    Gorgeous!!

  • goodbyevalentino
    Posted at 05:53h, 24 January Reply

    Thanks, Beth – I was intimidated by the fabric for a day or two and then decided to go for it! Before Christmas a friend told me that since I since I gave up shopping for a year and started sewing – my clothes are the cutest they have ever been. Maybe they are and maybe they aren’t but, I believe that results are evident when we give serious attention to something. (and my wardrobe needed serious attention 🙂 )

  • Nicole
    Posted at 09:47h, 25 January Reply

    Your dress is beautiful! I have been so inspired by reading your blog the past few months! (I have the stash to prove it). Back in December, I treated myself to a made-by-me red silk skirt after reading about yours. I may just have to copy this one as well. Keep up the fabulous work!

  • judy roberson
    Posted at 06:28h, 07 February Reply

    Beautiful dress. Love the fabric.. Sewing just opens up a brand new wardrobe world, doesnt it? Happy sewing.

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