01 Dec Invitation!


RTW Fast invite

That’s right, dear readers! It’s time for me to fast from Ready-to-Wear again, and I’ve got a wedding coming up this year!

Hope you’ll join me in the festivities of sewing during 2014. You’ve got a whole month to prepare for a whole year of sewing, saving and looking fab!

  • Laura Casey
    Posted at 07:57h, 01 December Reply

    Oh boy! What a challenge!!….I’ll need to get an online photo album and picture…..but want to participate…..I’m excited…..Laura@Waechter’s!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:14h, 02 December Reply

      Fabulous, Lauren. Just email me a photo and the album address when it’s set up. Looks like you’ve influenced others to join in as well. Thanks so much!

  • Carola
    Posted at 08:10h, 01 December Reply

    Love it Sarah! Go girl!! I always loved reading about your fasting days and was so sad when it ended! Glad you’re taking it on for another year! I am still sewing and will continue in the background. Hopefully do more sewing this year. Thanks for you support during my fasting year! It was a wonderful experience. x

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:18h, 02 December Reply

      Many thanks for your nice comment, Carola and for joining in the first time around. You sew beautifully!

  • jstarr4250
    Posted at 08:32h, 01 December Reply

    I don’t even need to think twice about this, Sarah. For quite some time now I have had your challenge in the back of my head and I can honestly say that on the rare occasion I am in a clothing store I use it as an opportunity for inspiration only. It’s fun to look at details, fabrics and styles, confident in the knowledge that I can produce a garment that is just as well made. I have no problem at all walking out with nothing but a few notes and photos (except for that Calvin Klein zip front sweater dress that was just to good to pass up :)). Count me in!

    • L
      Posted at 08:35h, 01 December Reply

      Laura@ Waechter’s here again……Yes, this challenge has been in the back of my mind as well….I’m going to figure out the needed technology and do it!

      • Carolyn
        Posted at 21:42h, 01 December Reply

        I have been thinking about this as well since a lady in Asheville told me about this. I have some gorgeous red wool that would be a good first item. I, too, go to higher end stores to get ideas for sewing.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:19h, 02 December Reply

      That’s just great, Julie! You will be an enormous inspiration to others πŸ™‚

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:20h, 02 December Reply

      Carolyn – Hope you’ll join in too!

      • Carolyn
        Posted at 22:00h, 18 December Reply

        I plan to participate in this challenge. I will have to learn how to do the technical stuff, but I can do that. I am excited to begin.

  • Cissie Wellons
    Posted at 09:14h, 01 December Reply

    Count me in for another year, Sarah. Nothing makes me happier than looking in my closet and seeing only things that I have made!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:23h, 02 December Reply

      …. and you sew so beautifully! Thank you, Cissie for continuing to inspire other sewists to reach a new level of sewing πŸ™‚

  • Alethia
    Posted at 09:22h, 01 December Reply

    I’m in! However, I’ve been contemplating buying a couple of jeans. But then Again, this may be the opportunity to go ahead and catch up on those JalieJeans I’ve been wanting to make for some time now.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:24h, 02 December Reply

      Great Alethia! ……. or you can buy those jeans this month πŸ™‚

  • Wendy Huss
    Posted at 09:52h, 01 December Reply

    I’m in! I’ve been following you for months now and you have been a great inspiration for me. I haven’t bought any RTW since August. I’ve been sewing for twin 2 year olds up until now. But with Christmas upon us, I’m taking a leave from that and am going to concentrate on my wardrobe. I retired a couple years ago and must say my selection is old and sad. It’s time to spruce it up!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:25h, 02 December Reply

      Wonderful, Wendy! I’ll look forward to having you on board πŸ™‚

  • Debra
    Posted at 09:59h, 01 December Reply

    I would love to do this but I am a fairly new at REALLY sewing. I can knit, quilt, and make simple stuff. Am I biting off more than I can chew?

    • Laura Casey
      Posted at 10:45h, 01 December Reply

      YOU can do this….just make simple stuff……straight lines, and buy a couple of classes on CRAFTSY….Good luck!

      • Terry kretzmer
        Posted at 10:59h, 01 December Reply

        We can help each other

      • debberak
        Posted at 17:08h, 01 December Reply

        Thanks for the support Laura!

      • debberak
        Posted at 17:09h, 01 December Reply

        Terry… We can certainly help each other. Encouragement goes a long way.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:29h, 02 December Reply

      Debra, When I did this the first time I had barely sewn clothes in 25 years….. maybe something once a year. I started sewing very easy patterns (and often still do). I was amazed how my sewing skills started to improve. It was the best thing I had ever done for myself. Hope you’ll join in !

      • Debra
        Posted at 10:42h, 05 December Reply

        OH that is encouraging news – Thanks Sarah! I like the idea of starting a blog to make myself accountable.

  • abailey0674
    Posted at 10:18h, 01 December Reply

    I’m in! This would be fun and I have so much on my list to sew and knit. Like you said…one month to prepare πŸ™‚ I don’t have a blog but maybe I will start one.

    • Laura Casey
      Posted at 11:59h, 01 December Reply

      I’m on fire with this Challenge! I’ve just signed up with which is an email/newsletter site….I’m hoping to post my RTWNOT along with a picture of me….Yikes!…if it goes well, then I’ll do a blog. Thinking about my first outfit……wish I looked as good as Sarah….oh well will do the best I can do…..LAURA

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:31h, 02 December Reply

      Oh good! I’ve found blogging to be an incredible way to hold myself accountable and keep track of what I’ve sewn πŸ™‚

  • Emmely
    Posted at 10:32h, 01 December Reply

    Yes, I think I will join you! I don’t think it will be very difficult since I already don’t buy much RTW (I don’t like shopping). The big challenge will be trousers but now that I am getting better at fitting I think this is a good opportunity to conquer this fear. I assume it is alright to continue wearing the RTW that I already own?

    • Laura Casey
      Posted at 10:43h, 01 December Reply

      Emmely….go to their having a sale, and you can get a class on how to fit slacks…..just an idea…..I’m in on this one too!

      • Emmely
        Posted at 10:52h, 01 December Reply

        Do you mean the Sandra Betzina course? I already bought it and am plucking up the courage to actually start on adjusting the pattern. My only attempt at a pair of trousers was a HUGE failure, and huge can be interpreted in two ways in this case since I probably could have fit two of me in them. That was years ago though and my skills have definitely improved since then.

        • Laura Casey
          Posted at 11:53h, 01 December Reply

          Well yes, Emmely, I was thinking of that class….why don’t you contact a community college, they have lots of classes….with sewing machines etc… an be your gift to you from Santa….I’ve signed up to do a newsletter for this challenge….from….so I can post photos etc.
          Good luck, Laura

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:32h, 02 December Reply

      Wonderful, Emmely! Yes you may continue to wear RTW clothes πŸ™‚

      • Angela
        Posted at 05:14h, 07 December Reply

        If not I’d be out immediately! LOL!

  • La Mona
    Posted at 10:33h, 01 December Reply

    That would be challenging! One year without buying pullovers, cardigans, leather jackets, jeans … i do nearly all in sewing, including lingerie, but I have to think it over. Maybe you can get me motivated – who knows?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:34h, 02 December Reply

      πŸ™‚ Just think it over, La Mona! I completely understand your decision either way.

  • Sandy B
    Posted at 10:37h, 01 December Reply

    Stepping out from behind the lurking tree to say I’d love to join you in the fun. The timing is great especially after my Black Friday shopping trip with my girls. I kept thinking in my head, I can make that! Thanks for organizing this Sarah!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:37h, 02 December Reply

      Oh good, Sandy! Look forward to having you on board πŸ™‚

  • AJW
    Posted at 10:43h, 01 December Reply

    I have neither a blog nor online photo album but I do have an intense interest in this challenge. I plan to join “virtually” and do my best to stick to this commitment because my wardrobe needs some updating. Thanks for issuing this invitation, Sarah — 2014 promises to be an inspiring, creative year.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:50h, 02 December Reply

      Wonderful AJW! Setting up a Flickr account is quite painless and I’ve found photographing your clothes is a great way to track you progress and develop your style. I also believe it’s important to share your sewing with others for motivational purposes. πŸ™‚

  • Traci
    Posted at 10:45h, 01 December Reply

    I definitely want to try this. I haven’t sewn in quite a while but I see many garments on different blogs that I would love to try & recreate myself.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:51h, 02 December Reply

      Great news Traci! Wonderful having you on board πŸ™‚

  • sarogreen
    Posted at 10:49h, 01 December Reply

    Ooh I am tempted but I am due next month and am not an expert seamstress. I am SO tempted though!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:53h, 02 December Reply

      Hmmm…. πŸ™‚ You will certainly be considered Wonder Woman should you go on the RTW Fast after giving birth! Think it over and I completely understand your decision either way!

  • Terry kretzmer
    Posted at 11:16h, 01 December Reply

    I would love to do it. I will have to work on learning how to get you photos. I really don’t buy much RTW now except for slacks, jeans and shorts. So personal challenge will be to get a slim fitting pair of jeans with a stretch denim, leggings out of a thicker knit and a pattern for dressier slacks. I was hoping maybe someone can tell me what patterns they have had luck with. i have tried Silhouette patterns and love the yoga pants. The other slacks just don’t work as well for me. My favorite jeans are a Lee slim cut size 10 which are a higher waist. Love it that it pulls in the tummy. Any suggestions as to which patterns to start with? I have some fabric. Ha!ha!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:55h, 02 December Reply

      LOL! I must get some Lee slim cut before I go on the fast πŸ˜‰ So happy to have you on board, Terry!

      • Terry kretzmer
        Posted at 11:26h, 02 December Reply

        Yes i should go buy some things before the end of the year. Another kind that fits is the Not your daughter jeans. But what i really want is to find a pattern and wanting feedback as what patterns people have had luck with.

    • Barb
      Posted at 00:22h, 13 December Reply

      Take a pair of your Lees (that fit) that you do not wear anymore and take them apart and use the pieces as your pattern…..

  • Jamye
    Posted at 11:23h, 01 December Reply

    After taking a break from blogging and somewhat from sewing for almost a year I am in on this one. I see one of my good pals Laura is too. Awesome! No doubt I’ll be shopping at Waechters again soon. This will be great fun. Have a feeling some of the Craftsy classes are in my future too.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:56h, 02 December Reply

      So wonderful to hear from you, Jamye and glad to have you on board! Craftsy classes enormously helped my sewing.

  • The Nerdy Seamstress
    Posted at 11:40h, 01 December Reply

    I’m in! πŸ™‚ I have a couple of weddings next year too! One of it is in Paris. I’m up for the challenge!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:57h, 02 December Reply

      Fantastic! A wedding in Paris sounds dreamy πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • Mary Jo Barclay
    Posted at 12:25h, 01 December Reply

    I’m in! I have not purchased wtw for almost a year now. Love following your blog you are a real inspiration. My next challenge, jeans!

  • -N-
    Posted at 12:39h, 01 December Reply

    I’m in too . . . and since my other goal is to finish my weight loss, I’m going to have to sew!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:59h, 02 December Reply

      Congratulations on the weight loss, N! You’ll have a blast sewing for the new you πŸ™‚

  • Ann
    Posted at 12:49h, 01 December Reply

    Although I am a beginner, I have been sewing a resort wardrobe for a trip to Florida and the Caribbean in January. So far, I have made 15 things, and find my confidence growing with each one. As I already undertook this challenge for my vacation, why not extend it to the entire year? I just now opened an account on Flickr to share photos. This will be an important, exciting, inspiring New Year’s Resolution. Thank you for the invitation!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:01h, 02 December Reply

      Thank you for the comment, Ann! Sounds like you’ve sewn an impressive wardrobe for your upcoming vacation πŸ™‚ So glad you’ll be joining in the 2014 RTW Fast!

  • Sandy
    Posted at 12:49h, 01 December Reply

    Include me in! Now that the kids are gone, I’m doing more sewing for myself and less shopping.

    Thanks for starting this up.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:02h, 02 December Reply

      Super news, Sandy! I started sewing as soon as my youngest moved out and it was great consolation and perfect timing πŸ™‚

  • Margaret Winters
    Posted at 12:56h, 01 December Reply

    Hi Sarah, I’ve been following your blog for almost a year, and this is just the kind of motivation I need — please count me in!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:07h, 02 December Reply

      Great news and wonderful to have you on board, Margaret!

  • accordion3
    Posted at 13:35h, 01 December Reply

    OK – I’m in too. I’m also losing weight and need new clothes. I may have to buy jeans as y machine does not get along with denim.

    Looking forward to this!

  • Alexandra
    Posted at 14:22h, 01 December Reply

    I’m in!

  • Yana
    Posted at 14:22h, 01 December Reply

    Yes, I would like to join you too. I don’t have a blog. What do I need to have to join you? Thanks, Yana.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:15h, 02 December Reply

      Great news, Yana! Just set up a FLICKR account and send me the online address. I’ve found photographing your clothes is a great way to track you progress and develop your style. I also believe it’s important to share your sewing with others for motivational purposes. πŸ™‚

  • Cindy C.
    Posted at 14:33h, 01 December Reply

    I’d like to, but I’m currently shrinking several sizes and can’t custom fit and sew fast enough to fill in all the emerging gaps in my wardrobe. But I’ll be with everyone in spirit!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:16h, 02 December Reply

      Congratulations on the weight loss, Cindy! We’ll certainly need some cheerleaders too πŸ™‚

  • Cheryl Scott
    Posted at 15:22h, 01 December Reply

    I’m glad you’re doing this again. I only found out about the last one a few months ago, and I figured I was out of luck. . .or would be doing it all by myself πŸ™‚

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:17h, 02 December Reply

      Well now you can join the fun, Cheryl! Welcome aboard πŸ™‚

  • Maria B.
    Posted at 16:19h, 01 December Reply

    I am excited and yet quite scared to start! But I’ll give it a go. :=D I am glad that you are doing this again…I tried to do it before with very horrible results!!! But now, life has settled into a nice rhythm, so I want to try it again! m.b.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:19h, 02 December Reply

      Maybe 2014 will be your year, Maria! So glad you’ll be joining in πŸ™‚

  • onedabbles
    Posted at 16:48h, 01 December Reply

    I’m very much a beginner but I’m going to jump in and do this – what a way to learn. Crash or crash through!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:21h, 02 December Reply

      Fabulous! …. and you already have a blog. I’d say you are ready, Claire!

  • Angela
    Posted at 17:58h, 01 December Reply

    I think I might… although I am scared because my skills aren’t all that fantastic yet. I don’t have a blog or online photos. What can you or any reader recommend for someone who has basic computer skills, but nothing fancy. I take it you just want us to post photos of whatever we make?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:23h, 02 December Reply

      Hi Angela! All you need to do is set up a FLICKR account online. It’s painless and a great way to track you progress and develop your style. I also believe it’s important to share your sewing with others for motivational purposes. πŸ™‚ So glad you’re thinking about this!

  • Robin
    Posted at 20:10h, 01 December Reply

    Am almost ready to say yes, but am so computer illiterate-no blog and dont know how to upload photos!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:25h, 02 December Reply

      Hi Robin! All you need to do is set up a FLICKR account online. It’s a great way to track you progress and develop your style. I also believe it’s important to share your sewing with others for motivational purposes. Uploading the first couple of photos might seem complicated but you’ll catch on quickly. Good luck and hope you join in!

  • Maggie Edger
    Posted at 22:18h, 01 December Reply

    I don’t do much sewing anymore so I won’t join you girls but I sure enjoy reading your blogs and seeing your finished garments!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:26h, 02 December Reply

      Well, we certainly need people to cheer us on! Thank, Maggie πŸ™‚

  • Sandra Wylie
    Posted at 22:40h, 01 December Reply

    I would also like to join, I love reading about everything you sew. I have not sewn for several years and I think its time to start I have had a fantastic November 3 years cancer free and last week Santa came early with a new Pfaff sewing Machine. I do not have a blog but I do know how to upload pictures, Just tell me where to upload them to. Thank you for inspiring me to start sewing again.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:29h, 02 December Reply

      Congratulations on your 3rd cancer free year, Sandra!! I’d say a new Pfaff is a great way to start off a Ready to Wear Fast! FLICKR at is a great online photo album and easy to set up. So glad to have you on board πŸ™‚

  • sewdooley
    Posted at 22:55h, 01 December Reply

    Hmmm, this would be a challenge, but then I haven’t bought any RTW in months because it is so hard to find something worth buying, which fits. There are a lot of ugly clothes out there. Maybe this could motivate me to get going on all the projects I have planned. My rare shopping binges could be limited to shoes and lingerie. I was just watching the preview of Downton Abby Season 4, love all the details in the clothes, maybe if I sew enough I get make it past construction and fit issues and move on to design details. I’ll commit.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:32h, 02 December Reply

      Wonderful! I found it fun to buy lingerie and shoes during my last fast. Lingerie was something I usually ignored but my collection of Hanky Pankys grew into a lovely collection!

  • Gjeometry
    Posted at 23:02h, 01 December Reply

    Oooh, ambitious but an excellent sewing resolution!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:32h, 02 December Reply

      Will you be joining us? πŸ˜‰

      • Gjeometry
        Posted at 12:00h, 02 December Reply

        Yes, I’d definitely like to. I was getting cold feet, thinking “suppose I have to buy something though?”. But, I think I”m good for things that I don’t really know how to sew, like waterproof winter coats. It will be an excellent challenge.

  • Art Attack
    Posted at 23:15h, 01 December Reply

    I will continue to be “in”. I think I’m on year 4 of fasting, I’ve sort of lost track. My goal is no longer just fasting but fasting with couture. You and Cissie are ahead of me on that, for sure! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:37h, 02 December Reply

      Fabulous, Dorcas! Cissie is ahead of everyone. Your clothes are creative, beautiful and an inspiration in their own right. So glad you’ll be part of the fast πŸ™‚

  • Vanessa
    Posted at 23:46h, 01 December Reply

    I am nervously IN!!!! I love a good challenge, and this is a good one. I love that I have a month to prepare, and I have already purchased a few Craftsy classes. This will stretch my sewing skills, and I am looking forward to seeing how my skills develop over time.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:40h, 02 December Reply

      Hooray! I’m nervous too Vanessa, especially with a wedding ahead of me. Your sewing skills will improve dramatically for sure πŸ™‚

  • Madeline
    Posted at 00:29h, 02 December Reply

    I would love to join you as well. I would like to know how many hours you spend sewing on a weekly bases to put out the beautiful clothes you make! I work and I have to be realistic about this. For me I would succeed if I made half my daily clothing!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:43h, 02 December Reply

      Madeline, So glad you’ll be joining in the fast. I sew sporadically, my average is 10 to 20 hours a week, though I haven’t sewn at all this week!

  • Jean
    Posted at 01:38h, 02 December Reply

    I’m definitely going to give this a try. I can’t even remember the last time I bought a piece of clothing for myself, other than underwear anyway.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:44h, 02 December Reply

      Wonderful Jean! You sew beautifully and am so glad you will be part of the 2014 fast. πŸ™‚

  • themateriallady
    Posted at 05:22h, 02 December Reply

    I have a mammoth fabric stash that needs to be used so this challenge might be just what I need to force me to sew for myself. I don’t buy vast amounts but …….I’m in!

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  • Holly Clifford
    Posted at 07:25h, 02 December Reply

    Oooh Sarah . . . that’s a scary commitment! I’m not sure my skills are up to winter coat standards. Can I join post-January sales (or is that cheating)?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:36h, 02 December Reply

      LOL! I thought about starting the fast mid-January so I could shop post January sales, but I knew it had to start on January 1. I’m hoping for some good after Christmas sales, but may have to wait until 2015.

  • Hanh-Trang Ginocchio
    Posted at 09:32h, 02 December Reply

    Sarah, you’re such an inspiration! I thought many times this past year to join the fast, but were unsure because my increasing work load. Still, this may be what I need to get back to sewing to dwindle my stash and learn some new skills.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:21h, 02 December Reply

      Wonderful and I hope you’ll join in! My sewing improved dramatically during my RTW fast 2011 – 2012 πŸ™‚

  • Marlene M
    Posted at 10:09h, 02 December Reply

    Oh, I am so tempted! Talk me into this Cissie!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:22h, 02 December Reply

      If you’re friends with Cissie, then you’re in good shape πŸ™‚ Hope you’ll join in, Marlene!

    • Cissie Wellons
      Posted at 14:56h, 10 December Reply

      Come on, Marlene! With all of the weight you have lost in the last 2 years, you probably need an entire new wardrobe!!! It really is fun — and challenging!

      • Marlene
        Posted at 09:36h, 29 December Reply

        You’ve convinced me Cissie, I’m in!

  • Sharon
    Posted at 10:56h, 02 December Reply

    Oh Boy! My heart is pounding and finger tips are sweating – no I didn’t just poke a hole in my favorite piece of silk fabric. I’d love to accept the challenge but just don’t have the courage – yet. I’m taking classes through craftsy & I’m getting a cruise wardrobe together in the meantime (sewing most of it). I wish all the challengers much fun and success and look forward to reading their blogs!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:23h, 02 December Reply

      Sharon – I understand πŸ™‚ We’ll need some cheerleaders too!

  • Diane Doherty
    Posted at 10:59h, 02 December Reply

    I just got some basic fabrics at my local place, been sewing up my favorite silhouette patterns! and my favorite Marci and Katherine Tilton pants. Drapy sweaters galore, too.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:24h, 02 December Reply

      What fun, Diane! My sewing room is under a slight renovation and I’m having withdrawals πŸ˜‰

  • Heidi
    Posted at 11:54h, 02 December Reply

    I am intrigued by the idea, but hesitate to take it on here in the Upper Midwest where parkas and sweaters are worn daily because the thermometer can go for weeks without getting above 20 degrees F (or colder). Those are challenging types of garments and the fabrics for them are not readily available. The Fast sounds like an interesting warmer weather proposition, though.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:26h, 02 December Reply

      I understand your decision Heidi! How do you survive those frigid conditions?

  • creativediva728
    Posted at 12:48h, 02 December Reply

    Hi Sarah. I’m there with the Material Lady as I haven’t bought retail in a very long time. But my fabric stash, er.. collection is out of control! I’m going to join you and perhaps this will get me motivated to start building a much needed wardrobe.

  • Becky Bagwell
    Posted at 14:30h, 02 December Reply

    I’m in, but if you see me at a Christmas party in my birthday-suit you will know why.

    • Angela
      Posted at 16:08h, 02 December Reply

      LOL!! I completely understand! That’s is exactly why I have hesitated to make it official..

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:51h, 02 December Reply

      LOL! Good thing you’re in such good shape, Becky πŸ™‚ So glad you’ll be part of the Fast!

  • Steph
    Posted at 16:40h, 02 December Reply

    I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and considering staging my own personal challenge. But there’s no reason not to join a whole pack of ladies dedicated to sewing, not buying.
    My fabric collection certainly has reached StABLE proportions and I keep buying fabric and awesome patterns that I plan to make “soon”. This past year I’ve been focused on building up my historical costume wardrobe, and now that that’s established (but certainly not finished), I need and WANT to concentrate on building my everyday wardrobe of sewn garments. I’m a real hard-core dress girl, so that’s what I’ll mostly be sewing; however, I do have several tops planned as well. I WANT to wear more clothes that I’ve made. And I definitely have enough of a purchased wardrobe to last me quite a long while without needing to replenish any staples or special items. So, I’m in!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:52h, 02 December Reply

      Fabulous and you sound like you are ready to go, Steph πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • BiKΓ©
    Posted at 18:32h, 02 December Reply

    This is such an inspiration. This is my 2nd time on your website and I love all you’re doing. I’m joining the challenge. πŸ™‚ I might not be in all the way having 2 young girls 9 and 5 yrs and a full time job. But I will definitely be doing a lot of sewing. I will be uploading photos on my blogsite and might also open a flickr account.
    I think it will be fun seeing different inspirational photos from everyone. πŸ™‚ cheer leading all the way. !!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:25h, 04 December Reply

      Thank you, BiKe for your nice comment! Look forward to having you on board πŸ™‚

  • beth
    Posted at 20:29h, 02 December Reply

    Hi Sarah,
    Thanks for the invitation! I’m in! My blog is

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:26h, 04 December Reply

      So glad you are joining, Beth! I’ve got you down πŸ™‚

  • Tammy
    Posted at 22:08h, 02 December Reply

    I don’t have a blog, online photo or photo album. I have been “shopping” my current wardrobe since July and have joined the RTW fast by sewing anything new that I want. I am inspired by everyone here!! Jalie sewing patterns from Montreal has underwear, tights and socks patterns. Bra Makers Supply from Hamilton has bra patterns. The only thing I can’t find is shoes. I may have to set up a FLICKR account. My Xmas present to myself is an industrial machine with a servo motor, so I can start sewing my own jeans now, too. I’m sew excited!

    • Laura Casey
      Posted at 08:48h, 03 December Reply

      Tammy, Laura here….Flickr is SO easy! You can put a picture of yourself on it as well. I’m going to start a little newsletter from MadMini……jump right in!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:24h, 04 December Reply

      You sound serious with a new industrial machine! You’ll have a whole year to make lots of knockout jeans, Tammy! Glad you are joining the group for 2014 πŸ™‚

  • Irene
    Posted at 07:48h, 03 December Reply

    I’m in! There – I said it, and now I officially have an excuse to not waste time pretending to shop for clothes. I don’t even remember the last time I actually bought anything RTW, but now this makes it official.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:21h, 04 December Reply

      Great news, Irene! You make the most beautiful clothes!

  • Ruth
    Posted at 13:25h, 03 December Reply

    YES this invitation is what my sewing room NEEDS. Since May 2012 I have lost 85 pounds. Needless to say I NEED clothes. I have purchased some from one particular store but the sizing isn’t terrific. I thought all figure faults go away with weight loss…DUH. I have a HUGE stash of knits that are screaming for my attention. I also have videos from The Ultimate T-Shirt: Fitting & Construction, Pant Construction Techniques, Pant Fitting Techniques.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:22h, 04 December Reply

      WOW! Congratulations, Ruth on losing 85 pounds! You are going to have so much fun sewing for the new you! Glad you’ve joined the fast πŸ™‚

  • Sharon Lauzon
    Posted at 14:35h, 03 December Reply

    I am also going to participate. This is something that I have always wanted to do, now I have the motivation to do it! Thanks

  • Denise
    Posted at 17:33h, 03 December Reply

    I think I’m ready to challenge myself and do this. I don’t shop much anyway (except for fabric). I’ve been thinking about this since I saw it in October.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:27h, 04 December Reply

      Denise,During my first fast I found it only took a few weeks to forget about clothes shopping. I hope the same is true next go around. Glad you are joining in. πŸ™‚

  • Diana
    Posted at 18:22h, 03 December Reply

    I can’t believe I’m doing this, but I’m in. I slowly weaned myself off clothes purchases this year by buying thrift/consignment pieces; I’m also a rabid knitter, which helps with sweaters, accessories, socks, etc. I sewed all the way through high school, and over the last year I’ve gotten back into it with excellent results, probably due to having a more patient disposition in my dotage. On top of this, I’ve lost weight, am determined to jazz up my SAHM wardrobe, and have a huge stash of beautiful fabrics. It’s time!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:29h, 04 December Reply

      Well it sounds like a good time for you to take the plunge, Diana! Congratulations on the weight loss. You’ll have lots of support to get through the upcoming year without RTW!

  • Sandra (Sewist-Stitch)
    Posted at 04:34h, 04 December Reply

    Hi Sarah, I only thing I’ve bought this is year is shoes, oh and how I love shoes πŸ™‚ I have not missed not buying clothes at all, but I have thoroughly enjoyed making exactly what I want to fix exactly the way I want. I am SO joining you again for another year. I’ll flick you an email with an updated photo and brief. Bring on 2014!

  • Gaye Proctor
    Posted at 04:53h, 04 December Reply

    I’m in too. (Albeit a little nervously) I’ll be posting at and have now found lots of other blogs to follow too- yah!!!

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  • Eleyna
    Posted at 15:24h, 04 December Reply

    Wow, *deep breath* count me in! This is a big deal for me because I find myself tip-toeing in and out of a clothes shopping addiction. I know I have enough fabric to last me for the whole year so why not, right?! Thank you so much for the inspiration – I feel as though, if I can do this, I can do anything – and because you’ve done it, I know it’s possible! πŸ™‚

  • Sarah Liz
    Posted at 19:26h, 04 December Reply

    Hello Sarah Beth
    I’ll join in. I’m in the middle of some major life changes – next year I study my fourth year in Psychology – changing careers in the late 50’s is challenging. What i find is that I tend to stop sewing when studying, but I want to keep going, just a bit every day – otherwise I’ll find myself, once again, with nothing to wear.

    I’m also running a challenge of my own – Make a Garment a Month – you can find that on my blogger blog – I think one of your RTW fasters will be joining that too.

    Next year I will be changing my blog setup to reflect my new life. As you know, I’ve tinkered with WordPress, and I will officially move next year – only under a new name. Or I might use Weebly or Typepad – I’m still exploring which platform to use. I will let you know by 31st December.

    I have always loved your blog and style – but funnily, through blogging, I have found that I am developing a sense of style self too – something I never had before πŸ™‚ Blogging does make you think about all these aspects of clothing, as you say – it makes you more accountable.

    • Terry kretzmer
      Posted at 20:16h, 04 December Reply

      I agree with your thoughts about developing a style. This is something i have been thinking about lately. I go shopping for fabric but don’t always think about what goes with what. Taking pictures will make me think about styling an outfit before showing it to people. I have to figure out the posting picture think. What is the easiest format to use for the not so techi person.

  • Sarah Liz
    Posted at 19:57h, 04 December Reply

    P.S. Sarah Beth, if you like I’ll let my group know about your challenge – I’m sure a few would like to join – and read your blog. Is that okay with you ?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:45h, 05 December Reply

      That’s great Sarah Liz! Please let your group know. I’d love for anyone to hop on board πŸ™‚

  • Debbie Alton
    Posted at 01:12h, 05 December Reply

    A friend told me about your blog and I have been following your sewing adventures ever since. When you put out this challenge I decided I would give it a try. I’m not too savvy with the computer however I did set up a flickr account as you instructed. Today I got out my fabrics and patterns. One question, do you make your own sweaters?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:43h, 05 December Reply

      Wonderful to have you join, Debbie! You’ll get the hang of Flickr in no time!
      I do not knit but have made a couple of sweaters with sweater and/or jersey. One of the garments on my list before starting the 2014 fast is an ivory cable pullover πŸ™‚

  • Debbie
    Posted at 08:40h, 05 December Reply

    I’m on board. This will help me sew up my stash – that should keep me busy all year!

  • Lois
    Posted at 10:34h, 05 December Reply

    I am so tempted to join but I am very new to sewing! I’ve also been fascinated lately with the refashioning posts all over the web and want to try that in 2014. Would re-sewing a thrift store garment violate the spirit of the challenge?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:29h, 05 December Reply

      Take your time and make a decision that’s right for you, Lois! It’s perfectly acceptable to refashion thrift store clothing that you already own or are gifted. πŸ™‚

  • theresa
    Posted at 10:46h, 05 December Reply

    I also would like to accept the challenge. I am not very skilled but you only get better if you pratice.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:27h, 05 December Reply

      You’re absolutely correct, Theresa! My sewing improved dramatically the year of my fast!
      Happy to have you on board πŸ™‚

  • Sue Augustyn
    Posted at 11:51h, 05 December Reply

    Hi Sarah!
    I may have responded to the wrong address earlier, probably not a good sign of my organizational skills! I have been intrigued with the idea since I have been reading your blog and just decided that now is the time. I am turning 65 next week, am semi retired and officially a senior citizen so no time like the present to start a new challenge. I have been sewing most of my life, but I realize there is always so much more to learn and there is such gratification in creating your own garments. You have inspired me through your blog and I am excited to get started.
    I think I see lots of shoes for me in the new year!
    Cheers to you and everyone who has joined.
    Sue Augustyn

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:26h, 05 December Reply

      Thank you, Sue! I received your email and haven’t had a chance to respond to personal emails yet, but I’ve got you down and am delighted to have you join in!

  • theseedsof3
    Posted at 13:52h, 05 December Reply

    totally in!! I’ve haven’t bought clothing in over a year anyway – all me made!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:25h, 05 December Reply

      Great! This should be a piece of cake for you, Melanie!

  • sewexhausted
    Posted at 15:38h, 05 December Reply

    I am IN! So excited about this. I have almost finished a full year (my first) of a ready to wear fast. I even made my own panties! Going to step it up this year and challenge myself to some jeans and pants! YIKES! ~Laurie

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:24h, 05 December Reply

      Goodness, you make your own panties? During my first RTW Fast I rewarded myself with store bought panties πŸ™‚ So glad to have you join in!

  • Natisha
    Posted at 17:44h, 05 December Reply

    I’m in, just emailed you my blog:)

  • Charlotte
    Posted at 17:53h, 05 December Reply

    I’m in! I don’t have a blog, but just got a Flickr account. I am at a place where this really appeals to me.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:58h, 05 December Reply

      Wonderful! Just email your Flickr account address to me as soon as you can.Glad to have you on board!

  • Andrea in Colorado
    Posted at 18:24h, 05 December Reply

    I’ve watch your sewing skills wonderfully and thought how much fun it would be to do it myself. It’s a little daunting, but I love the things you’ve sewn and feel ready to do it myself! I’ll get my Flicker account and I’m ready to go!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:24h, 06 December Reply

      Wonderful Andrea! You’ll enjoy doing this for yourself πŸ™‚
      Please send me your FLICKR address at your earlier convenience along with a picture (headshot if possible) to goodbyevalentino@gmail.

  • Andrea in Colorado
    Posted at 18:28h, 05 December Reply

    Yikes, I did a little editing and left out two words on the above post! I guess I’ll have to be more careful with details in my sewing:-)

  • Lucy
    Posted at 18:45h, 05 December Reply

    Hi Sarah,
    I would like to make it official and declare a RTW Fast for 2014 since I’ve been unofficially doing this for the past two years.
    I have a flickr account where I post everything I make. My photos are mostly headless. I’m wondering it that is O.K. with you. I have no trouble submitting a photo of myself for your blog.
    I understand completely if this does not work for you and will not be offended in the least bit. I appreciate you sending out the invitation and providing encouragement for the sewing community (and what a wonderful community it is!!!) If this does work for you then I must quickly go purchase a new leather jacket and a pair of jeans. I’m determined to make a pair of jeans in 2014 but I need a pair to hold me over πŸ˜‰
    Thank you for the Craftsy class recommendation. I ordered this morning.
    Enjoy your new sewing room!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:25h, 06 December Reply

      What a thrill to have you on board, Lucy! Your sewing will inspire so many others πŸ™‚
      Headless photos are fine but I would love to have a headshot of you for the RTW Fasters new page.
      Many thanks!

  • shawnta715
    Posted at 20:34h, 05 December Reply

    This is great! With the Artisan Square SWAP close to starting I had been thinking about sewing my entire wardrobe so this is a great push.

  • Relynn Johnson
    Posted at 20:44h, 05 December Reply

    I’m IN!!! I’m also losing weight (down 40 so far!) and I’m going to need pretty much everything. I’ve been wanting to have a mostly sewn wardrobe for a while now. 2014 is my year to do it, thanks to you! You are so inspiring and I just love your blog! Thanks for the invite!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:26h, 06 December Reply

      Congratulations on your weight loss and wonderful to have you on board, Relynn!

    • Angela
      Posted at 05:18h, 07 December Reply

      Way to go!! I’m in the process of losing about 30 pounds right now. I had a much easier time putting it on!

      • relynndare
        Posted at 14:48h, 07 December Reply

        Thanks! I know! It goes on SO much faster than it comes off! lol I still have around 30 to lose. I’m working my tail off to get it done, but I do love exercise so I’m enjoying the process and the results.

  • Treva Putsche
    Posted at 22:07h, 05 December Reply

    I’m giggling from the post above me, I too am losing weight but half to say its been so long since I bought any thing new that I don’t think I can fast for the whole year. So I will have to do a partial fast and join in around June. I know but usually what happens when I shop is get dissapointes in fit vs quality vs price. :-* I can’t even predict a size at the moment I ordered 2 tops for thanksgiving vacation and half to return them because they are grossly too big. So I’m altering and tossing a lot. I so enjoy your blog though. πŸ˜‰

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:27h, 06 December Reply

      Congratulations on your weight loss and many thanks for your comment πŸ™‚ !

  • La Mona
    Posted at 08:51h, 06 December Reply

    I thought it over for a few days – should I or not? What a challenge! I’ll give it a try – please count me in! (I’ll go on shopping tour before New Year to bye some few missing things :-), my focus for shopping next year will be on shoes …).

    You’ll also get to see a lot of lingerie next year (I hope so), but of course a lot of other things, too,

    I’m glad to join you from a few thousands of kilometers away, from good old Europe.

  • Jenny
    Posted at 17:29h, 06 December Reply

    I’ve been toying around with this idea and then stumbled upon your challenge! I’m in! The most difficult part for me will be having to make jeans and pants… something I’ve never been able to get the fit right on.

  • Jenny
    Posted at 19:28h, 06 December Reply

    I was contemplating doing this already and then happened upon your blog post. It’s fate! I’m in. The most difficult challenge for me will be slacks/jeans/shorts. I’ve been sewing for years but can never get the fit quite right on these. Maybe this is my year!

  • BeaJay
    Posted at 21:01h, 06 December Reply

    After 2 years of sewing I finally feel confident enough to join in your challenge. Very excited to ditch the commercial dollar and sew sew sew.

  • Karen Viser
    Posted at 22:23h, 06 December Reply

    Yes, I’m going to join, too! I’m tired of saving my beautiful fabric for later and wearing bad RTW. I’ve just about perfected a bra pattern so I can narrow my purchases to splurging on good shoes and accessories. A friend and I did try our hand at making shoes in high school but it was not a big success… I’ll get my daughter to help me set up a FLICKR account over Christmas and I’ll be ready to begin! What a great idea. Thank you.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:47h, 09 December Reply

      Great, Karen! Look forward to getting your Flickr account πŸ™‚

  • Anne Szabo
    Posted at 06:45h, 07 December Reply

    I want to join the RTW challenge. I need to lose wt and therefore, have not been sewing very much. I think I may start a blog that deals with both the wt loss and sewing. I did have a flicker account so will see if I can still access it. I will be getting together with family over the holidays. I hope to get a fast tutorial from the younger set on posting my pics and/or starting my blog. Anne

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:04h, 07 December Reply

      Welcome aboard, Anne! Please send a photo and blog and/or Flickr address at your earliest convenience!

  • Emma
    Posted at 07:56h, 07 December Reply

    I’m definitely in – stared sewing around august and have a massive stash which needs making up into clothes! Excited for this ace challenge, love your blog Sarah πŸ™‚

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:33h, 08 December Reply

      Thank you, Emma and I’m so glad you’re joining the group!

  • Christy
    Posted at 08:09h, 07 December Reply

    Okay (deep breath), I want to join this challenge. I wanted to do something like this for 2014, but I just couldn’t pull the trigger. Working with a group? Yes, I can do that and stay motiviated.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:34h, 08 December Reply

      Great, Christy! It will be a piece of cake with this large number of comrades πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • thesewingsecretary
    Posted at 08:12h, 07 December Reply

    Okay (deep breath), I need to do this in 2014. I was contemplating how to go about it and then I read Sarah Liz’ most recent post and knew I had to come over and join this challenge (I am even going to use my never used wordpress blog rather than blogger blog to make it more official. Long story short. I’m in!!

  • Terry kretzmer
    Posted at 09:12h, 07 December Reply

    It is great that so many people have signed up and looking forward to seeing what people are making. Since i am new to blogging, how do we or will we see what others are submitting?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:44h, 08 December Reply

      I’m creating a 2014 RTW Fasters’ page on the blog which will include a first name, photo and online address, as well as a private FB page. πŸ™‚

      • Terry kretzmer
        Posted at 10:50h, 08 December Reply

        Thanks, i will check it out.

  • Ruth Bourne
    Posted at 09:24h, 07 December Reply

    I’m definitely with you on this one.
    I tried it in 2012, but took it a bit further, allowing myself to buy no RTWs, and no fabric. All I made had to be from my stash. Linings, interfacings, buttons and threads weren’t counted, along with shoes etc. If you saw my stack of patterns, and my room full of fabric, you would understand that it was not hard, and I only broke my New Year’s resolution once, and that was for a beautiful piece of fabric I found in a thrift shop for a ridiculously low price. Looking forward to 2014, when I can clear some more stash!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:45h, 08 December Reply

      Now THAT’S tough! WOW! This ought to be easy for you πŸ™‚

  • Angela
    Posted at 16:58h, 07 December Reply

    Ok, I’m in (said with a very deep breath). After all the money spent on a new machine, notions, etc. I truly need to get myself making use of things. This group challenge will be just the thing! To clarify – I will get my Flicker address, etc in after I get a picture of myself. And then… any guidelines besides posting what we make? Will this be a group where we get everyone else’s info so we can check in or what? I’m just wrapping my head around what I’ve agreed to do….

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:47h, 08 December Reply

      HI Angela! I’m happy you’ll be part of the group. I’m creating a 2014 RTW Fasters’ page on the blog which will include a first name, photo and online address, as well as a private FB page. My readers will have access to the RTW Fasters page, but the FB page will be just for the Fasters. πŸ™‚

      • goodbyevalentino
        Posted at 06:49h, 08 December Reply

        PS….. anyone can comment on the Fasters page as well.
        Midway through the first group of fasters a FB page was created which worked very well. We had a Google group page but there may be too many of us this time around πŸ™‚ !

  • Kathleen
    Posted at 19:02h, 07 December Reply

    Yes. No blog, but will email my Flicker account to you.
    I’ve pretty much done a fast since Jan/13, with the exception of shoes, socks, underwear- other than second-hand buys, to wear as-is or to refashion. I should probably swear off fabric or patterns as well, but will add no 2nd hand to my fast, other than for refashioning. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:50h, 08 December Reply

      Great, Kathleen! Look forward to getting your information πŸ™‚ A blog is not necessary, and FLICKR will work just fine.

  • Joy Bernhardt
    Posted at 19:47h, 07 December Reply

    Well, shoot! I thought I left a comment already, but I don’t see it here. I will join you in making my own clothes in 2014. My goal is to learn to line things.

  • La Mona
    Posted at 07:22h, 08 December Reply

    Is it allowed to take the logo from your invitation to announce this challenge on my blog?

    • Laura Casey
      Posted at 11:24h, 08 December Reply

      I’d like to get that logo too. For my newly formed (in the process) newsletter…..How do we do that, Sara…maybe you know LaMona… me out here.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:46h, 08 December Reply

      Sure – however I’m going to create a new and updated on which should be ready soon!

  • Terry kretzmer
    Posted at 14:18h, 08 December Reply

    Hope you have time to sew with all the work you are putting into the fast challenge. Thanks for doing it! Did you expect such a turn out?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:48h, 09 December Reply

      Renovating my sewing room took me out of the loop and I’m currently out of town leaving no time to sew at the present. The turnout is overwhelming!

  • Faye Lewis
    Posted at 15:13h, 08 December Reply

    Hi! I’m coming in on the tail end, but please add me to your list of people who will be joining your RTW Fast for 2014. I already sew about 90% of everything I wear, so this shouldn’t be that hard for me. Looking forward to a great sewing year. You can find me

  • Kathy
    Posted at 17:18h, 08 December Reply

    I want to say thank you for all your posts. You are quite an inspiration! I am joining the rtw fast but don’t have a blog. I do have a flickr account.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:50h, 09 December Reply

      Welcome aboard, Kathy! I’ve got you down πŸ™‚

  • Barbara Carlon
    Posted at 17:58h, 08 December Reply

    I just emailed you. I’m very excited about the RTW fast for 2014. Thanks for organizing this.

  • Lenore Boroughs
    Posted at 18:01h, 08 December Reply

    I would love to join the RTW Fast challenge. It will also motivate me to get my web page going, as well as having a unique wardrobe. My fabric stash is holding the house up!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:52h, 09 December Reply

      Thanks for joining, Lenore! Good luck reducing the stash πŸ™‚

  • Timea Schmidt
    Posted at 18:12h, 08 December Reply

    I’m in! It is about time to make all my clothes myself. I own a custom tailoring and one of a kind clothing shop, it should be mandatory for me:)) More money for shoes is good reason also!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:53h, 09 December Reply

      Wonderful, Timea! Please send a flickr and/or blog address at your earliest convenience πŸ™‚

  • Linda
    Posted at 18:56h, 08 December Reply

    I am gonna do this!. I make most of my own clothes now. Can I trade my sewing with a knitter? I just made my first coat and I have built a good wardrobe of me made clothing. Pants are a bear, but I am gonna do this! Thanks for your inspiration.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:54h, 09 December Reply

      Welcome aboard, Linda! Yes, you made trade, borrow, or sew. Just no shopping for clothes. πŸ™‚

  • Julie Hix
    Posted at 19:33h, 08 December Reply

    I’m in!! I hate shopping, love things that are well made (the two seem to be at odds?) and have a fabric collection that needs to be visited often. I don’t have a blog yet, but that will be taken care of soon. Fitting is my issue……………….I’m over 70, zoftig and love classic fashion with a modern twist. Looking forward to this!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:54h, 09 December Reply

      Thanks for joining, Julie! I’ve got you down πŸ™‚

  • Fabric, Thread, Clothes?
    Posted at 21:35h, 08 December Reply

    After much thought, I’m in! This is going to be so much fun…I hate to shop anyway and already make a lot of my own things. I think the only article of clothing I’ve never made is socks! πŸ™‚ Maybe someday I’ll tackle those. πŸ™‚ Here’s a link to my blog.

    Thanks so much for encouraging us!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:55h, 09 December Reply

      Great! So glad you’ll be part of the group πŸ™‚

  • Loretta Moffit
    Posted at 22:13h, 08 December Reply

    Sounds interesting. Can’t afford to buy ill fitting clothes anyway. Have lost of fabric brought at yad sales. Go into a store and thinkI can make a better garment that that and walk out without any thing. Need to get out of T-shirts and slacks.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:56h, 09 December Reply

      Wonderful, Loretta! Please send a photo and your online photo album and/or blog address at your earliest convenience.

  • allenesewingyear
    Posted at 01:02h, 09 December Reply

    You inspired me a year ago to go RTW free. I ended my year in September and have still not been able to buy any clothing from out of the store. I’m all in!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:56h, 09 December Reply

      Wow! 2+ years of sewing and not shopping. I’m amazed πŸ™‚ Thanks for joining in !

  • Patti
    Posted at 09:10h, 09 December Reply

    I have read every post you have written and love to sew… so add me to the list as a RTW Fast Member for 2014!! It makes me very nervous to contemplate… not because I buy a lot of clothes, but because I worry about keeping up with the challenge of actually sewing something that fits and I like. Of course, if I never start, I never will accomplish that!! I will let you know when I have an online photo album or blog spot. Thank you for the inspiration!!

    • Angela
      Posted at 10:45h, 09 December Reply

      Patti, I COMPLETELY understand what you are saying. I signed up and feel exactly the same way. I buy very few clothes, my wardrobe is tiny tiny tiny and not very nice (something my hubby complains about regularly….). But, keeping up with the challenge to sew things that fit and I wear is still a big one for me. I tend to get stuck in a rut of not-very-attractive clothes. When I have gone shopping I have such a hard time finding anything to fit or that looks decent.

      So, with the above and the fact that I have a new machine… I have no excuse to not just force myself to get started!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:29h, 09 December Reply

      Fabulous, Patti! Look forward to getting your info πŸ™‚

  • allenesewingyear
    Posted at 11:14h, 09 December Reply

    I also understand. Fitting was my problem last year when I started my challenge. One of my sub-goals was to also learn to sew even though I had been sewing all my life. Although I still gave a way to go focusing on technique and fitting throughout the year has made a big difference. My husband commented after my last garment that he has seen the progress, and so have I.

    I think after the year is up you’ll be amazed at what you will be able to accomplish.

  • Darcie
    Posted at 15:14h, 09 December Reply

    Just found you yesterday from Mood’s post. I think I have to do this. I need a challenge to keep myself on task!

  • Towanda
    Posted at 19:05h, 09 December Reply

    I’m in. After I got serious about sewing, I stopped buying clothes. The only garments that I have bought in the last two years are jeans and camisoles. I rather spend time in my sewing room that the mall. I hate to shop. I have enough fabric to keep me busy for a while. I need to replace my knit sweaters so I bought a bond knitting machine so that I could see if it is something that I would stick with before I invest any serious dollars into knitting.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:09h, 09 December Reply

      Towanda, So glad you are going to join the RTW Fast! Please send your photo and online photo album such as Flickr/and or blog address at your earliest convenience πŸ™‚
      Many thanks πŸ™‚

  • Kathy
    Posted at 19:54h, 09 December Reply

    I’ve got a question – are we posting what we’ve made someplace as the year goes along? I’m thinking we all aren’t going to tie up your blog!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:25h, 09 December Reply

      You will post on your blog or online photo album. I’ll create a special page on my blog linking to all of the fasters as well as a private FB page πŸ™‚

      • Kathy
        Posted at 18:23h, 11 December Reply

        I suppose this means I’ll finally join FB πŸ™‚

  • Who wants to join in the fun? | ZIBERGIRL SEWS
    Posted at 20:26h, 09 December Reply

    […] a whole year!) I’ve done it before and it was a hoot. Luckily for me, and possibly you too, GoodbyeValentino, a contributor to Mood Fabrics, is organizing this event. She’s quite the seamstress, and […]

  • Nancy Cook
    Posted at 21:23h, 09 December Reply

    I just sent you an email to sign up! Never heard of anything like this, but I’m excited to try it. I don’t buy a LOT of ready-to-wear anyway because i’m not an easy fit. Can’t wait to see where this will go!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:14h, 16 December Reply

      Great, Nancy! I can’t wait to see where this will go either πŸ™‚

  • Leah
    Posted at 01:11h, 10 December Reply

    I’ll jump in and go for it with you. Funnily enough, I have no prep to do this month because I’ve been stashing for a while and not sewing it up. Can’t think of anything RTW I might need to buy to fill in gaps so YAY! Thanks for inspiring everyone to sew!

  • cathynd95
    Posted at 09:04h, 10 December Reply

    what a wonderful idea!! I am ALL IN! Will send you an email shortly!!

  • Mary Jane
    Posted at 15:37h, 10 December Reply

    Like I said in my email, I have only been sewing for about three months. So far, I have made a dress and a skirt. I figure that since I didn’t buy any clothes for myself in 2013, this Fast will be fun and motivate me to continue to sew! I am excited to get started!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:16h, 16 December Reply

      Mary Jane – Your sewing will improve dramatically during the year. Glad you’re joining in!

  • Debby Wagner Varela
    Posted at 00:13h, 11 December Reply

    Sent off the e-mail yesterday to join. I am pretty excited and so looking forward to doing this. Need to really get back to be creative again.

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  • Quiet Girl
    Posted at 13:09h, 11 December Reply

    I would love to participate. I took a Pants Fitting Class at Craftsy with no results. The teacher could NOT get me fitted.( I am skinny with a larger behind.) I can’t go a year with no pants.
    Suggestions on a pants fitting class for me? Thanks!

    • Debbie Alton
      Posted at 15:59h, 12 December Reply

      Hi Quiet Girl, I saw your comment on your pants fitting problem. I do pants fitting for people, I would be happy to give you some suggestions for free if you would like. What would be helpful if you’d like me to give you advice,is if you could either email me pictures from front and back and from the side. Or we could Skype. Let me know. Debbie

      • Terry kretzmer
        Posted at 16:22h, 12 December Reply

        Pants fitting that sounds interesting. Not sure if you are putting that offer out to everyone or not. Other than yoga pants from Silhouette patterns, i have never been satisfied with pants i make. What pattern do you like to use as a base?

        • Debbie Alton
          Posted at 16:55h, 12 December Reply

          Terry, I am new to blogs and didn’t realize everyone would get the message for Quiet Girl. I can give a few ideas. Most of my customers have one of two problems, either they have to roll their waistband over once or twice, or the crouch digs in to them. For the first group of people, they are short waisted, and Burda pants patterns seem to fits them very well. I would also suggest using one size larger than you normally use because they tend to run very snug. For the other problem, I have a set of patterns I bought as a block and I have samples in each size made up for my customers to try on. Fitting pants is a challenge. If doing it at home, it is mandatory to start with a muslin and I would suggest only making one adjustment at a time. A great source on this subject is Pants For Real People by Palmer/Pletsch. Good luck, enjoy your fast!

      • Quiet Girl
        Posted at 08:12h, 16 December Reply

        How do I get in touch with you Debbie?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:17h, 16 December Reply

      Great! Have you sent me your information yet?

  • Maryam
    Posted at 11:18h, 12 December Reply

    This is so awesome – I love the idea of a RTW fast. I’ll be a cheerleader this year, but next year – I’m down πŸ™‚

    • goodbye valentino
      Posted at 07:12h, 16 December Reply

      Do we ever need cheerleader, Maryam! Thank you πŸ™‚

  • Terry kretzmer
    Posted at 20:58h, 12 December Reply

    Thanks for your response, Debbie, i am knew to this blogging myself. We’ll learn as we go.

  • Mary Jane
    Posted at 11:47h, 13 December Reply

    So how will this work exactly? I have signed up but can’t wait to learn how this is all going to work together.

  • Chris Johnson
    Posted at 23:39h, 13 December Reply

    Wow! I am going to join you on this sewing expedition. After thinking it over since you posted the invitation, I do believe this could be just the right year for accepting and meeting this challenge. I retired in June after 4I years of teaching middle school math. I have the time, PLENTY of fabric, loads of patterns, and a wonderful space for sewing. I began occasionally reading your blog during the first year of no-store-bought-clothes, and was intrigued by the idea. After perusing the very interesting group about to embark on this journey, I am even more excited to join in. I too must open a Flickr account and learn how to post photos.


    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:25h, 17 December Reply

      Great news, Chris! I’ll put you down but please send a photo and FLickr address soon. πŸ™‚

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    Posted at 14:00h, 15 December Reply

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    Posted at 17:05h, 15 December Reply

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    Posted at 17:57h, 15 December Reply

    This is just the challenge I need to start actually making things for myself and not just other people, it’ll certainly be a learning experience about my own fit and style…

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    Posted at 17:21h, 16 December Reply

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  • Kath
    Posted at 19:25h, 16 December Reply

    I’m in. I’ll have to set up a pinterest page to show what I make.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:09h, 17 December Reply

      That’s great, Kath! It may work better to set up a FLICKR account. Glad to have you join in πŸ™‚

  • Matilda
    Posted at 20:22h, 19 December Reply

    Thanks for the invite, I’m joining your challenge! I’ve been reading your blog over the past year, and your challenge is just the impetus I need to start sewing my own clothes. I’ve been so disgusted with the poorly constructed, ill-fitting clothes in stores that I haven’t bought any for a good two years. This will force me to stop wearing the old stuff, make some new clothes for myself and, hopefully, greatly improve my sewing and fitting skills. I need to set up a FLICKR account, but please count me in.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:03h, 20 December Reply

      Great to have you on board, Matilda! You’ll be amazed at how your sewing skills will improve when you quit shopping and start sewing πŸ™‚

  • Teri
    Posted at 20:43h, 19 December Reply

    Wait, our first one is over? I still haven’t bought any RTW clothes since it ended in October. If I can get to the store and stock up on Wrangler jeans, I’m in. πŸ™‚

  • boonetowneseamsta
    Posted at 21:35h, 19 December Reply

    After much deliberartion, I am throwing my hat into the ring!! I’m a little worried about what I might be wearing this time next year, but I love a challenge. Heaven help me, I too will be going on a RTW fast for 2014! Thanks for the inspiration!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:00h, 20 December Reply

      Wonderful news! Based on your blog you’ll be in fine shape come next December πŸ™‚

  • My Sewing Suite
    Posted at 09:59h, 20 December Reply

    I am in…I was a little worried I wouldn’t have the time to sew all my clothes but realized we only have to stop buying RTW, I thought back and the only things I have purchased for myself over the last year has been jeans, shoes and a few vintage skirts. I can probably do this and.I have wanted to start sewing my own Lingerie for a while and tackle some things I find challenging like pants…so I am in! What a great way to start the new year. Thanks for inspiring us to do this.

  • Joanne
    Posted at 12:28h, 21 December Reply

    I have been following your blog for a while and have been really impressed with your sewn garments. They are very beautiful and I love your sense of style! I am ready to join the challenge!
    One little problem… my daughter just got engaged and I am not sure that my sewing skills are wedding worthy so I may need a get out of jail free pass! Thanks so much for the inspiration and will email my flicker account info to you.

  • Linda Turske
    Posted at 16:41h, 22 December Reply

    I have a question….. is purchasing items from the thrift store with the intent to remake them allowed? What about items people choose to purchase for you for a gift???? My mom will often purchase me a clothing item….. also can the “album” be a page we create on FB? I have a webpage but rarely log onto it anymore…… it’s not an easy one to use and I get too frustrated with it!

  • Chris
    Posted at 05:06h, 23 December Reply

    Is there a “2014 Ready-to-Wear Fast” button we can use on our blogs?
    πŸ™‚ Chris

  • Mary Collins
    Posted at 13:36h, 23 December Reply

    I am in! I have been taking a bit of a break from the sewing room after shutting down my business, but I’m ready to return to it and my blog, and I think this is the way to do it!! Thanks.

  • Lisa P
    Posted at 03:52h, 24 December Reply

    Hi I am so ready to take you up on this offer. You have been such an inspiration and I have followed your progress over the years. I did have a blog but I closed due to not having the time to keep it upto date, I haven’t blogged for well over a year but I am still sewing. However I have created a new blog and I will just post pictures on my dressform. I work fulltime and with two young kids getting my hair and makeup right for the blog just isn’t going to happen. Good luck to all who attempt this challenge in 2014.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:16h, 27 December Reply

      Hi Lisa! Posting on a dress form is just fine and I’ve got you down πŸ™‚

  • Carolyn
    Posted at 21:43h, 25 December Reply

    I am in on this. I love to sew my own clothes, but need encouragement to sew more of them. Looking forward to seeing what people make and getting inspiration.

  • Annette
    Posted at 19:31h, 27 December Reply

    I would definitely love to join. I sent my blog address by email.

  • Sharon
    Posted at 06:43h, 28 December Reply

    I am definitely joining you here. It’s the inspiration I need to continue growing my sewing skills, and to learn more about fitting. Thanks for the opportunity and for connecting us all in such a creative and positive way. I have already sent you through my new blog address. Cheers

  • Virginia
    Posted at 10:33h, 28 December Reply

    My heart is beating quickly as I write “count me in”. I am very excitedly nervous making this commitment but think it will be great fun. Sarah I have been so inspired by your blog and lovely clothes that I am back to sewing for myself. Thank you for that gift. My lifestyle requires more casual outfits and so that will be my concentration. Signing up for a flickr account right now.

    • Laura Casey
      Posted at 09:36h, 29 December Reply

      Okay kids I have a Flickr acct. and a yahoo address….but not sure what to give to Sarah…can someone out there help me??
      Yikes…making a red silk linen vest to show to the Fasters…but need a little help on the above.

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    Posted at 01:00h, 29 December Reply

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  • Diane Osborn
    Posted at 01:32h, 29 December Reply

    Count me in, better late than never. Look forward to it!

    • Anne Szabo
      Posted at 09:58h, 29 December Reply

      I have a Flickr account and would like to add Ready to Wear Challenge.Β  I also intend to trial uploading pics. Looking forward to the challenge.Β  Do I need to do anything more for you.Β  ThanksΒ Β  Anne Szabo

  • Marlene
    Posted at 09:49h, 29 December Reply

    I’m in! Cissie helped nudge me and I do need to use my new serger. I do have several challenges-I will need a new lab coat this year (anyone ever make one?) and exercise wear. I have signed up for the 3 Day Walk and will need advice on patterns for shorts. But, if I see a gorgeous cashmere sweater on sale , well we just won’t tell anybody about that will we?

  • Louise
    Posted at 10:55h, 29 December Reply

    I am in Sarah! I have been so inspired by your blog!

  • Lois
    Posted at 11:04h, 29 December Reply

    I took the plunge! Created a Flickr account and sent in my email. I have a Fabulous Fit kit on order so that I can retrofit my dress form to match my current size and can’t wait to sew in 2014!

  • Judy
    Posted at 22:09h, 29 December Reply

    Please count me in, I have followed your blog since your first RTW Fast and am so inspired by you. I am really excited about what the next 12 months will bring.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:58h, 29 December Reply

      Wonderful, Judy! Please send an online photo album or blog address and photo πŸ™‚

      • Judy
        Posted at 23:02h, 29 December Reply


        Thanks for your note. My blog is if you need photoΒ’s in addition to what is on there, please let me know. The blog is in its infancy and I plan to post all my Β‘makesΒ’ there from now on.

        Warm regards and happy new year. J

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:34h, 31 December Reply

      Judy,I’ve got you down. Welcome aboard!

  • Debbie
    Posted at 12:37h, 30 December Reply

    Count me in. I have been thinking long and hard about this and have decided to give this a try!

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    Posted at 21:25h, 30 December Reply

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  • Sandra
    Posted at 23:07h, 30 December Reply

    I’m in. I need to make a few more separates and this year my personal challenge is to make pants. I assume the no rtw is about buying clothes and you can still wear your wardrobe that you currently have.

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    Posted at 01:23h, 31 December Reply

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    Posted at 11:01h, 31 December Reply

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  • Angela
    Posted at 23:11h, 31 December Reply

    Anyone else getting more nervous now that the time has arrived?

    • mzsweetpea
      Posted at 09:43h, 02 January Reply

      Nope, not nervous….too busy cutting out my first vest! Using Sewing Workshop’s Icon shirt pattern, without the sleeves. My girlfriend gave me 2 yds. of red herringbone silk….hope to finish this coming week. But plan to wear something else for my Downton Abbey party that I made and will post over the week-end!
      Take a deep breath my friend!

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 23:35h, 31 December Reply

    What a wonderful idea! I’m in! A hand made wardrobe is my goal for this year, even going to make a try my hand at some swimwear and lingerie.

  • Graca
    Posted at 02:17h, 01 January Reply

    Count me in, if it is not too late to join in.

  • Janneke
    Posted at 08:02h, 01 January Reply

    What a great idea to make your own clothes for a year. I didn’t sew my clothes for a long time, so for me it;s a real challence. I;m from the Netherlands and I found your blog on the facebook of Mood designer Fabrics.

  • Marnie Rieber
    Posted at 08:38h, 01 January Reply

    I’m on board. I follow your blog and was happy to see your invitation. I’m retiring in April and I will have time to explore my creative side. I do not have a blog but that will not deter me. Excited and somewhat fearful but ready to take on the challenge.

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  • Maryall
    Posted at 12:03h, 01 January Reply

    This is a nice challenge… hope I’m not too late to join in! I really need to renew my wardrobe, but as I’m a beginner sewist, I don’t own a LOT of fabric… so it’s double challenge, finding the right fabric for my projects!

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