New Blogroll & a Thrift


26 Jun New Blogroll & a Thrift

Blogging has expanded my life unlike any other undertaking due to the many connections I’ve made – real life and virtual.

Goodbye Valentino links to nearly two hundred sewing blogs through the Mood Sewing Network, the RTW Fasters’ Page, the BurdaStyle 2014 Bloggers, and now my new Blogroll located at the top of the page.

In addition to filling in the gaps with a new Blogroll, I’m writing today to introduce you to two bloggers – one very new, and one new to me 😉

Maybe you already read Featherstitch Avenue. If not, read it.

Alabama Chanin Parts 2 and 3

The blog was created in February 2015  by Tracey Hogan, one of my classmates in a Susan Khalje course and her husband, Santiago, a professional photographer. Featherstitch Avenue’s weekly posts feature stunning photography, edgy clothing sewn by Tracey and authentic narratives.  In the photograph above, Tracey is modeling her latest Alabama Chanin creation.


The second blog which is new to me is Creating in the Gap.

Creating in the Gap

Margo, it’s creator has been blogging for three years, and I’ve missed it! Margo’s style is one I identify with. Her outdoor photography is lovely and her posts feature completed clothing and to the point text.

Most of the blogs I’ve listed are ones I’ve been reading for a while, but I’m always happy to learn about more! Feel free to share with me those sewing blogs I’ve overlooked that inspire you. While 200 links seems like  a lot, I am sure I’ve only scratched the surface. 😉


In closing I’m sharing an easy summer thrifting project. Have you seen the cute aprons made from men’s shirts?


They are great church bazaar items, hostess gifts etc… After seeing one in a retail kitchen store for $50, I got busy 😉

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Not that you need one, but several tutorials are available on Pinterest –  here’s one featuring different options.


The contrast ties might be more effective slightly larger – another time perhaps, as now……  it’s time to start sewing – I mean cooking 🙂


Best wishes to all for a great weekend!




  • Jeannie Crockett
    Posted at 09:45h, 26 June Reply

    Dang, that’s a cute apron! Super idea—I’m heading to my husbands closet right now.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:43h, 26 June Reply

      Thank you, Jeannie! They are a cinch to make 🙂

  • Rachel
    Posted at 10:22h, 26 June Reply

    The apron is very cool! And I’ll be sure to check out those bogs. Thanks for the recommendations!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:44h, 26 June Reply

      Many thanks, Rachel! I think you’ll like them 😉

  • Jennifer Shaw
    Posted at 10:45h, 26 June Reply

    I love this apron idea, I have a couple of shirts and I do need some aprons. Thanks for posting more wonderful ideas!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:45h, 26 June Reply

      I see apron sewing in your future! Have fun 😉

  • Cissie Wellons
    Posted at 11:15h, 26 June Reply

    Cute apron! But isn’t it too hot to cook? That’s what I keep saying around here.

    I’ve been in a couple of classes with Tracy and find her lovely and charming, with a very unique sense of style. Glad you recommended her blot. The photography alone is worth the visit.

    Now to check out “creating in the gap’.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:47h, 26 June Reply

      Oh, I don’t get hot making smoothies 😉
      I agree, Tracey has a very unique sense of style and so does Santiago!

  • Linda Galante
    Posted at 11:19h, 26 June Reply

    That apron is so great! Besides sewing, I bake, especially at this time of year (in spite of the heat) because I love a good fruit pie 🙂 so I just might have to whip up an apron or two. Love the idea!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:47h, 26 June Reply

      Thanks, Linda! I love to bake pies too 🙂

  • Barbara Speer
    Posted at 12:07h, 26 June Reply

    Love the apron idea. I need to make some as thank you and hostess gifts for summer weekends. Also appreciate the blog roll. I always get so much out of your blog.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:48h, 26 June Reply

      Thank you so much, Barbara! They make great gifts 🙂

  • Sue @ A Colourful Canvas
    Posted at 12:20h, 26 June Reply

    Okay…now that apron is so clever. Messy me will really benefit from the full frontal coverage, LOL.

    Such a pleasure to see Margo featured on your blog. She has a beautiful style sense!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:49h, 26 June Reply

      LOL! I can’t believe it took me so long to discover her!! Many thanks for the comment, Sue.

  • Roxanne
    Posted at 13:10h, 26 June Reply

    i love featherstitch avenue! She has great style, very much my taste. And the photography is amazing.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:49h, 26 June Reply

      It’s an amazing blog!

  • Sharon kane
    Posted at 13:37h, 26 June Reply

    Thanks for such a refreshing blog. I super enjoy your sewing projects and learn a lot your editorials. And how unselfish of you to share the wealth by suggesting other blogging sites (and good ones I might add). You’re a “keeper” Sarah!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:51h, 26 June Reply

      Many thanks for you nice comment, Sharon! I couldn’t keep these to myself 🙂

  • Margo
    Posted at 14:07h, 26 June Reply

    Love your apron!!! Husband has quite quite a few shirts I could “borrow” 😉 thank you for featuring my blog! So sweet of you. I am absolutely flattered that you identify with my style …when I have always loved your classic style!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:51h, 26 June Reply

      Thanks, Margo! I’m sorry it took me so long to find your blog 😉

  • Almeda
    Posted at 16:30h, 26 June Reply

    I recently met Margo at a fabric store here in Nova Scotia. I was thrilled to meet her – in fact, it was like meeting a celebrity. 🙂 You two have a lot in common. I am enjoying your blogs and look forward to every new entry. 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:53h, 28 June Reply

      Well maybe one day I’ll meet Margo too! Many thanks for the comment, Almeda!

  • Barbara
    Posted at 17:06h, 26 June Reply

    Cute/clever apron and good to meet somè other bloggers,thank you.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:03h, 27 June Reply

      Thank you, Barbara!

  • Christy
    Posted at 17:42h, 26 June Reply

    Wow – two new blogs! I like them both. Keep them coming!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:05h, 27 June Reply

      Yes, they are both great blogs – I hope readers will return the favor and share some of their favorites with me!

  • Myra
    Posted at 09:16h, 27 June Reply

    Oh my gosh Sarah, I have to have one of these aprons! Yours is absolutely adorable! I’ll be so glad when I retire in a few short weeks so I can spend more time blogging and sewing! Work has been so crazy busy over the last few years and it’s almost taken away my passion of Sewing… I cannot let that happen! So I’m taking my…So I’m taking my hubbies advice and taking the plunge!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:46h, 27 June Reply

      All it takes is 30 minutes, Myra! Sounds like you’ll have that time soon and congratulations on your upcoming retirement!!

  • Julie Starr
    Posted at 14:02h, 27 June Reply

    What an original and clever idea these aprons are, Sarah! I can’t wait to raid the rarely worn shirts around here. They’re just right for when you want to give a handmade gift and not have to deal with size. I’ve followed Margo for a while now and along with loving her style, I am always struck by the quality of her photos. There’s just something about the lighting that she always gets just right. Thanks for steering me to Featherstitch….Tracy has been added to my blog roll. I already have Alabama Chanin envy.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:48h, 27 June Reply

      I wish I could claim the idea as my own, but I’m not that clever 😉 I don’t know how I’ve missed Margo for the past few years, but am glad to have finally discovered her. Many thanks for the comment, Julie!

  • Linda Maki
    Posted at 00:00h, 29 June Reply

    Now that apron is a good idea. I like it!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:19h, 29 June Reply

      Thanks Linda! It’s easy and fun to make – no two are ever alike 🙂

  • Ginger
    Posted at 11:00h, 08 July Reply

    Oh my gosh, what a cute refashion! I’ll have to make these for hostess gifts- awesome idea!

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