It’s done. I love it, and I’m glad it’s over. My Missonish fabric has become a dress!

It was one of those sewing projects that didn’t come together until the very end…. as in when I basted the hem in place.

I glanced over nearly 100 reviews of this very popular

Very Easy Vogue 8379 pattern on the Pattern Review website before retrieving it from my pattern stash.

One promise I made to myself during this 365 day challenge is that

I will not be in a hurry when I sew,

and I dutifully made a muslin of the top before I cut the fabric… but I skipped out on the bottom after convincing myself it was unnecessary.

HELLOGoodbye Valentino meets poodle skirt.

I then nipped and tucked this lovely fabric one hour after another until I reduced the skirt’s sweep by 25 inches before getting the look I wanted!

Perseverance pays off and maybe this is the lesson I will take away from the year. In the past it was simple to walk away or even throw away a dubious project, but I’m learning commitment to completion brings forth one’s best efforts, and our best efforts ultimately lead us where we belong.

Have a great weekend!

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  • prttynpnk
    Posted at 08:16h, 14 January Reply

    Another beautiful creation- your knowledge of what colors and shapes work well on you is something I wish I had- you always sew a work of art and it always works on you!

  • goodbyevalentino
    Posted at 08:30h, 14 January Reply

    Thank you so much. I’ve had my share of making garments that looked terrible whether it be the pattern, fabric or style etc….. I think this is mainly why I quit sewing clothes for myself. Now I think very carefully about the pattern style….. whether I’ve tried on a garment like the pattern and if so how it looked on me. The hardest thing for me is not to select a style designed for 20 somethings – fortunately my daughters watch out for me in this respect.
    Many thanks for your kind comments.

  • Peggy
    Posted at 10:11h, 14 January Reply

    What a gorgeous dress! The color and style are perfect on you. I am seriously envying the fabric!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 05:44h, 15 January Reply

      Thank you, Peggy – I was relieved and delighted when it all came together. Whew!

  • Art Attack
    Posted at 10:12h, 14 January Reply

    You’re SO right…and so wise. I, too, used to be in a big damn hurry to finish one and get on to the next one. And I was usually disappointed with the results. When I started garment sewing last spring I took on the attitude that you have now…slow down, pay attention, and be in the moment. Now I enjoy the process as much as the results. Thank you for stating it so eloquently. Will post my comments on the fabulous dress on PR.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 05:54h, 15 January Reply

      Thank you for your nice comments on Pattern Review and here. I think you are a step ahead of me because I can’t quite say I enjoy the process as much as the results – but I am able to look for solutions when I stumble into sewing dilemmas which I wasn’t willing to do years ago. Maturity, perhaps?? 🙂

  • Elaine
    Posted at 10:36h, 14 January Reply


  • AllisonC
    Posted at 19:54h, 14 January Reply

    Your dress is gorgeous, I’m glad you were able to make the pattern work for you and that gorgeous fabric!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 05:59h, 15 January Reply

      Thank you so much. You were such an inspiration to me during this project! After finishing my dress I went back and read your blog more thoroughly which I truly enjoyed.

  • MissMuslin
    Posted at 22:19h, 14 January Reply

    A truly lovely dress.Very RTW!

  • Jamye
    Posted at 22:42h, 14 January Reply

    I love what you did with the skirt. I walked away from this pattern just this afternoon because of the ginormous skirt that I didn’t want. Didn’t even think about redrafting the skirt. Yours turned out so well, I think I’ll try it after all!

  • goodbyevalentino
    Posted at 06:06h, 15 January Reply

    Don’t give up! I might have done the same thing had I not been sewing on special fabric. Have you visited Allison C’s blog at http://allisoncsewinggallery.blogspot.com ?
    She just made this dress reducing the skirt volume too. It’s a wonderful pattern otherwise.
    Good luck!

  • Carolyn
    Posted at 12:33h, 15 January Reply

    This is a gorgeous dress and I’m glad that you worked through the challenges to end up with the dress you wanted!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:24h, 15 January Reply

      Thanks so much Carolyn- I think I’ll really enjoy it now that it’s done. I love your blog!

  • Beth
    Posted at 10:07h, 31 January Reply

    Lovely! I have some of that fabric (in the pink) and am planning on making a top out of it this afternoon. I also just bought that dress pattern after reading so many of the positive reviews on PR. I never thought to combine them. We’ve had this Missoni fabric at the store where I work for almost a year and I could never figure out what to make with it other than infinity scarves. You’ve motivated me to take another look at it. The colors are so beautiful.

  • goodbyevalentino
    Posted at 11:30h, 31 January Reply

    Thanks for your comments, Beth! I bought this fabric without a plan other than making a dress of some sort, but I am pleased with the result. Let me know if you end up making something from this fabric – I’d love to see it!

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