Mardi Gras, anyone?

Tonight I’m attending a Mardi Gras carnival that serves as a fundraiser for the Healing Arts program in my community. Last year was our first annual Mardi Gras carnival and I wore a brown and black dress.


Why would I show up in brown and black when most people were in costumes or festive Mardi Gras colors? Possibly because I’ve been attending pancake suppers through the years and didn’t know what to wear, or else I just didn’t have anything to wear.

This year I made a purple dress using this New Look pattern.

I was hesitant about sewing another New Look pattern after this, but the dress on the pattern cover was so cute I couldn’t resist! I’m hoping this was a mishap because New Look has released several good-looking patterns for Spring that I can’t wait to try!

 The dress is actually sewn in a plum wool jersey blend that I ordered from Mood Fabrics. By the time I add a few Mardi Gras beads and accessories, I think I’ll be festively dressed and it sure beats what I wore last year!


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  • prttynpnk
    Posted at 07:32h, 21 February Reply

    Wait, what? You not know what to wear? I don’t believe it- you always look perfect! This dress is no exception!

  • goodbyevalentino
    Posted at 07:45h, 21 February Reply

    It’s true. I showed up in brown and black and looked like I was going to a funeral instead of a Mardi Gras carnival. I really got it wrong 🙁

  • Catherine
    Posted at 08:51h, 21 February Reply

    Hi Sarah, I have just discovered your blog after seeing some photos you posted on Sew Weekly, something I have also recently discovered. I just wanted to leave a comment telling you how much I love the clothes you are making and how fabulous you always look. I love the idea of your years long challenge, surely a very difficult thing to do!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:44h, 21 February Reply

      Many thanks for your nice comment, Catherine! I have a running list of clothes I want to make which is making the year fly by! This is a challenge I have thoroughly enjoyed so far 🙂

  • Lizzie
    Posted at 09:17h, 21 February Reply

    Have to agree. “This” was super-horrible. But we’ve all got at least one “this” to our credit.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:41h, 21 February Reply

      So true! Hard to appreciate the good without the bad 🙂

  • sheila
    Posted at 10:42h, 21 February Reply

    Gorgeous dess and love any dress with a cross over bodice…. great color too.

  • goodbyevalentino
    Posted at 13:42h, 21 February Reply

    Thank you, Sheila – I feel another dress from this pattern coming on……. I love your blog!

  • Margaret W. Edger
    Posted at 16:30h, 21 February Reply

    Another great dress! A. Maggie

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:32h, 22 February Reply

      Thanks, Maggie! This was an easy one to construct and the fabric was great to work with. I didn’t have enough fabric to make the belt and will look for one, though I didn’t need one last night with all of the Mardi Gras stuff.

  • Calico Stretch
    Posted at 19:30h, 21 February Reply

    Oh I like it. Very glad you have moved on from black and brown ….. lordy!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:34h, 22 February Reply

      Yes, what was I thinking? 🙂
      This worked out great last night! Thanks for your comment.

  • Heather
    Posted at 14:24h, 24 February Reply

    That’s a great dress, really good colour on you too. I am thinking of little else other than spring. It is now light in London at 6 p.m. and yesterday it was warm which made it feel like spring is really around the corner, the snowdrops are all out and the daffodils have come out this week. Hyde Park looks beautiful. I have cut out three dresses and am looking forward to a week-end of selfish sewing.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 14:34h, 24 February Reply

      Your comments make me want to catch the next flight to London – forget sewing!
      All kidding aside – many thanks for the nice comment and good luck making your dresses 🙂

  • Pauline Droy
    Posted at 16:07h, 24 February Reply

    I ditto what Heather says, weather has turned really warm – its wonderful. Love your dress hope you have a nice time.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:48h, 27 February Reply

      Many thanks, Pauline. The dress had a nice debut and I’ve already worn it two more times!

  • Carolyn
    Posted at 02:17h, 25 February Reply

    You look very chic. What a lovely plummy colour! And that necklace is the perfect accessory for that lovely deep flattering neckline!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:52h, 27 February Reply

      Thank you, Carolyn. This dress turned out nicely and I’ve already worn it two more times (but without the “crown jewels” necklace) !

  • sheila
    Posted at 10:00h, 27 February Reply

    I had to have NL6097 and purchased it this weekend… Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Allison
    Posted at 15:47h, 29 February Reply

    I love the dress, but even more, the necklace! Where is it from?
    I’ve actually been thinking about buying this pattern, I might have to now.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:43h, 01 March Reply

      Hi Allison!
      I found the necklace at a Kate Spade outlet in Palm Springs, CA. It was 70% off of the retail price 🙂 I wasn’t sure how much I’d wear a purple necklace but I’m finding or creating lots of opportunities to do so. I’m not sure if the outlets have a website but it would be worth checking out! At the time I was there, the necklaces were in other colors as well.

  • lorrwill
    Posted at 00:23h, 13 April Reply

    You have made this pattern look so good that I am going to buy it now.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:54h, 14 April Reply

      Thank you! I highly recommend it and want to make it again. Good luck!

  • theperfectnose
    Posted at 08:25h, 24 April Reply

    Oh cool, I’m cutting into mine now and just came across this post while review checking online =D Thanks for sharing.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:23h, 24 April Reply

      Great! It was an easy project and I plan to make it again. Have fun!

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