Famous Frocks Giveaway Winner

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05 Oct Famous Frocks Giveaway Winner

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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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24 Comments
  • Lauren
    Posted at 19:42h, 05 October Reply

    I think you are right about the gold studs, but really from the photo I didn’t realize what they were and didn’t mind the look from a distance. All that aside, I really think older women wearing tights is the real issue. Never a good idea if you are over 30.

    • neucarol
      Posted at 10:37h, 06 October Reply

      Please, let’s not limit clothing styles to specific ages. There is absolutely nothing wrong with tights/leggings over 30 unless worn with a crop top and then it’s not appropriate for any age unless on the beach or in the exercise room.
      Take a look at Queen Latifah on her TV show. She is certainly over 30 and not a size 10 but is fashionable and appropriately dressed, often appearing in leggings with long, over-sized tunics.

      • Katalin
        Posted at 05:42h, 08 October Reply

        I do wear leggings a lot also, mostly for walking my dog around the country side. I’m 35, but don’t look it at all and my legs are my best assets! :-))) I do wear high quality ones though, same thing as skinny jeans as far as I’m concerned, and many celebrities and even royalty over 30 wear those.

        • Laura Casey
          Posted at 08:36h, 08 October Reply

          Amen Sister……

  • Myra
    Posted at 19:57h, 05 October Reply

    I think it’s really cute on you and I love the gold studs, they’re really cute on you! I think you hit it on the mark with the last three to links you’ve done I really like them all!

    I haven’t done any sewing this weekend for myself, it’s been spent altering five pair of jeans for my youngest son! Glad that’s over! Hope you had a great weekend!

    • Myra
      Posted at 19:58h, 05 October Reply

      I meant to tunics, not “links”!, LOL!

  • Mary Lynn
    Posted at 00:56h, 06 October Reply

    Having had a muslin and 2 wadders (one of which I wore to a bbq and got the “that’s so precious once it was known I had made it! and then my daughter told me it was way too short!) i took them to a Sandra Betzina workshop at Mulberry Silk ( which is such a gorgeous fabric store in NC and such wonderful people working there – love it!) and wound up throwing them in the trash. Sandra has a new tunic pattern coming out and her patterns really are meant for the “gracefully aging
    figure”…… So I have hopes for that, but she also pointed out that most of them are so boxy and need busts darts and some shaping. I also have come to the conclusion that the softer and drapier the fabric the more flattering – plus much longer than most of patterns call for. By the time
    I figure this out – I sure they’ll be out of style or I’ll be on my walker and people won’t notice because they’ll be running to get out of my way!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:55h, 06 October Reply

      Hi Mary Lynn – I doubt tunics will ever go out of style! My fabric, a cotton voile had a lovely drape until I put a stiff band around it…… and it’s too short, but live and learn. Look forward to seeing the new tunic pattern 🙂

  • Amanda
    Posted at 01:18h, 06 October Reply

    Well done Marla! I have this book on my Christmas list and found it on Amazon in the UK! Hope you or Marla get a dress made soon so we can see how they sew up! I have just finished a Ruby dress from Simple Sew patterns. It is a plaid fabric to fit in with the Autumn collections here in the UK. It was very easy and has a fab twirly skirt! Will post next week!

  • Becky Bagwell
    Posted at 07:43h, 06 October Reply

    Too, cute. Go Wofford!

  • Laura Casey
    Posted at 08:18h, 06 October Reply

    Sarah….I think the tunic is fine, and I know you looked better than 90% of the people out @ the game…..sewing is not always a success, but this is, just not a knock-out…..you said you needed more casual stuff…..well this is what I learned from your post-better if tunics have some drape, make sure it’s the right length (your’s is) and less is more….nice detail around the neck….but maybe more work than needed.

    I feel my last comment on your tunic top may have come across sounding harsh….and it wasn’t meant to be…I think all of your sewing is fab….your an inspiration to me….and every-time I get a post it’s the first thing I read! So please accept my apologies….I think you’re great! Laura

  • Laura Casey
    Posted at 08:20h, 06 October Reply

    Sarah….I think the tunic is fine, and I know you looked better than 90% of the people out @ the game…..sewing is not always a success, but this is, just not a knock-out…..you said you needed more casual stuff…..well this is what I learned from your post-better if tunics have some drape, make sure it’s the right length (your’s is) and less is more….nice detail around the neck….but maybe more work than needed.

    I feel my last comment on your tunic top may have come across sounding harsh….and it wasn’t meant to be…I think all of your sewing is fab….you’re an inspiration to me….and every-time I get a post it’s the first thing I read! So please accept my apologies….I think you’re great along with your sewing.
    Laura

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:59h, 06 October Reply

      You’ve never uttered a harsh word on my blog, Laura so please don’t apologize!
      Ugh….. I made sew many mistakes on this one. The cotton voile fabric had a lovely drape until I put a stiff band around it. It’s too short and the studs are too much with the dotted fabric. Live and learn and believe me, I learned from this one 😉

  • barb632@gmail.com
    Posted at 10:25h, 06 October Reply

    Hi Sara — LOVE your blog, and like the other commenter (a word?), I read it right away when I get the email. I think your tunic is good, One thing I learned when watching “What Not To Wear”, is most women look better with a little shaping right under the bust area. I agree most tunics are very boxy, especially without some darts or whatever to provide some shape. I, too, look forward to the new Betzina pattern. I plan on a tunic (soon), but to be most flattering on me, the length will have to be at least mid-thigh. Thanks for brightening my day again!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:18h, 06 October Reply

      Thank you for the nice comment, Barb! I made several mistakes on this tunic. The front is shaped with darts and the fabric draped well unit I added a stiff band….. I think it’s a little short too. Ugh….. I learned way too many lessons on this one!

  • Eileen
    Posted at 16:08h, 06 October Reply

    Sarah- I have to comment on Lauren’s statement that women over 30 should not wear tights.
    I see 19 year olds walking down the street that should not be seen in tights. I see young Moms
    (40ish) dropping their children off at daycare at the YMCA and then going off to their spinning and yoga classes. They are wearing tights, leotards, etc. They look amazing. I met a 76 yr. old last week that is taking ballet classes and has a lead role in a local theater production. I bet she looks pretty darn good in a leotard. There are no hard and fast fashion rules in today’s world. I think that you have demonstrated that you have a great sense of style and are always “age” appropriate if there is such a thing!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:23h, 06 October Reply

      Thank you so much for your comment, Eileen 🙂
      Everyone is entitled to their opinion but I tend to agree with you. Age is irrelevant to fashion these days. I find one’s level of fitness and state of mind drives clothing choices over chronological age.

  • Julie Starr
    Posted at 22:21h, 06 October Reply

    This book is wonderful, Sarah. I ordered it right after reading your first post and spent a few hours Saturday reading it cover to cover. Not only is it packaged beautifully, it’s well written and a fun look back at LBD history. The patterns themselves are pure bonus and I can’t wait to try a few. Thanks so much for featuring it. Re the tunic comments, in my mind there’s a big difference between tights and substantial weight leggings and it looks to me like you’re wearing the latter with your cute tunic. Women of every age, shape and size have embraced this look and look fabulous in it.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:39h, 09 October Reply

      I’m not sure why the thread on wearing tights started, but I’m wearing Style Arc pants with this tunic and I think they are too baggy. I too enjoy wearing leggings. Many thanks for your comment, Julie!

  • Katalin
    Posted at 06:04h, 08 October Reply

    I have not done any sewing this weekend, but did order 2 tunic patterns. 🙂
    As far as I’m concerned, I came to the conclusion that you would more than likely look good in anything!
    I’m looking forward to ordering this book from amazon UK, but had just been on a book shopping spree (books are my addiction) and if one more books comes through the door I think my husband will kill me! :-))
    I really look forward to seeing what you are going to make from this book!

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