New Look 6910

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01 Mar New Look 6910

It’s the time…. of the season…. when love runs high……

That means all things wedding around here. With two twenty-something daughters, the fun never stops as someone is always getting engaged or married. Three years ago the wedding season caught me off guard and I spent a fortune outfitting everyone for wedding related occasions. Now, I’m always in the Mood for a wedding.

Sewing has given me access to the world’s greatest designers in an entirely new dimension, especially when sewing with fabric from Mood!

IMG_4389I’m wearing Carolina Herrera to the next wedding 🙂 (check out Mood’s Carolina Herrera fabrics here)

I love Carolina Herrera so much I created a Carolina Herrera Moodboard on the Mood Fabrics website for reference. The only problem is these beauties don’t last long!

My pattern is New Look 6910

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I bought the pattern in hopes of making View A or D, and even went to the trouble of making a muslin,

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 but the beautiful Carolina Herrera silk brocade was intended for structured clothing rather than draping or pleating.

IMG_4373As much as I wanted a slightly longer and fuller skirt, the fabric spoke loud and clear, leading me to sew a combination of Views B and C.

 Keeping in style with the fabric, I embellished the belt with a rhinestone buckle in lieu of the self-fabric flower, then hand-stitched the belt to the dress before inserting the zipper.

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 Though the pattern instructions call for lining only the upper bodice, I lined the complete dress with this gold China Silk from Mood. While other options for lining exist, the silk tolerates the hot iron very nicely, not to mention how nice it feels on the skin.

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I made two muslins to get the fit I wanted in the upper bodice,

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Time consuming – yes, but stay tuned……. Now that I have the perfect muslin for all of the pattern variations I intend to make it worth my while since so much love is in the air!

IMG_4387Until soon 🙂

goodbyevalentino
goodbyevalentino@gmail.com
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  • Julie Starr
    Posted at 08:44h, 01 March Reply

    Oooo so chic! I seem to remember this fabric appearing in an earlier post from you and wondered what you would make from it. The neckline has a wonderful shape and the two darts below the waist seem like they would offer a little wearing ease. Beautiful pattern choice, Sarah!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:51h, 02 March Reply

      Thank you, Julie! You’re right I thought about sewing the silk in a Butterick pattern with a ruffled neckline……my how a little time can change so much 😉

  • Kathy
    Posted at 08:47h, 01 March Reply

    Perfect fit! Very flattering color and really nice detail with the belt buckle. Fabric and pattern perfectly matched.

  • Carolyn
    Posted at 08:50h, 01 March Reply

    Sarah the dress is lovely and will look fabulous at the wedding. However, I was wondering if you could share more info on the belt construction specifically how you handled it in the zipper area? Thanks!

    • Becky
      Posted at 09:37h, 01 March Reply

      Ditto! I was wondering the same thing. Beautiful dress, and I love the post! It will have to get warmer here before love is in the air.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:58h, 02 March Reply

      Carolyn,
      Thanks for your comment!
      The belt is constructed from a bias strip of fabric which is folded and sewn on the long side forming a double layer of fabric. The instructions stated to attach it to the dress just covering the waistline seam. I’m not home and don’t have access to the pattern instructions but they may have instructed topstitching it. I instinctively slipstitched just under the top and bottom edges. I used an invisible zipper to avoid bulky seams in the back. When I return home in a few days, I’ll show photographs of the back. Hope this helps in the meantime 🙂

  • Carolyn
    Posted at 08:51h, 01 March Reply

    Just gorgeous Sarah! The color will be perfect for a spring wedding (assuming it ever warms up!). I love the addition of the rhinestone buckle – it really elevates the entire look. : )

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:59h, 02 March Reply

      Many thanks, Carolyn! It may never warm up – I’m in NC for a few days and it is supposed to snow again ;(

  • The Renegade Seamstress
    Posted at 08:51h, 01 March Reply

    You are a wizard at getting the perfect fit, Sarah. This is so beautiful. Bring on the weddings, you are ready for anything!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 23:00h, 02 March Reply

      LOL! I’m definitely ready for the weddings 🙂 Many thanks, Beth!

  • Martha
    Posted at 09:03h, 01 March Reply

    I love reading your blog! Such an inspiration! I am wondering if you will be deciding what to do with that lovely piece of coral silk that you blogged about oh so many months ago:-) Especially with the festivities coming up this year!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 23:01h, 02 March Reply

      Hi Martha! Thank you so much for the nice comment 🙂 I’m considering what to do with the beautiful Thai silk. I might use it for the MoB dress. What do you think I should do?

      • Martha
        Posted at 11:34h, 03 March Reply

        I see you in an elegant long dress– are you thinking long? Almost like a long version of the royal paisley dress with the beautiful neckline that you made not too long ago! Of course, your knack for fit and style will make whatever you decide to settle on be beautiful and appropriate:-)

  • Maggie Edger
    Posted at 09:24h, 01 March Reply

    Lovely. Looking forward to seeing you in all your wonderful designs. A. Maggie

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 23:01h, 02 March Reply

      Thank you, Maggie! I’m now in NC for a few days 🙂

  • oonaballoona
    Posted at 09:33h, 01 March Reply

    g.o.r.g.e.o.u.s. sooo beautiful, sarah!!

    now, may i be completely nosy and ask why you don’t take more shots in that breathtaking living room?? though i believe that’s the type of room you’d call a “great room,” isn’t it….ah, NY apartment living.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 23:04h, 02 March Reply

      Thank you, Oona! ……. You need to teach me how to take pictures of the same quality as yours. We do have the same camera you know. My living room pictures seem to come out less clear than outdoor photos. Also my clothes usually clash with the furniture, rugs etc….
      but we do love the room 😉

  • Pauline (pdiddly)
    Posted at 09:43h, 01 March Reply

    beautiful dress ideal for a wedding

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 23:05h, 02 March Reply

      Thank you, Pauline! Boy I wish you were close by to advise me on the MoB dress 🙂

  • Alethia
    Posted at 09:44h, 01 March Reply

    Outstanding fit….gorgeous fabric…stunning look!!! I am a long time fan of Carolina Herrera,too!

  • Janice
    Posted at 09:48h, 01 March Reply

    My sewing mantra has always been: beautiful fabric, simple patterns. You’ve validated my mantra with your Carolina Herrera. Lovely, lovely!

    • Virginia
      Posted at 15:28h, 01 March Reply

      You are so very right! My most favorite RTW items are very simple designs made with quality fabric. Then I use scarves or jewelry for punch (similar to Sarah’s rhinestone belt).

      • goodbyevalentino
        Posted at 23:06h, 02 March Reply

        Thank you, ladies! I’m on board all the way with simple patterns and gorge fabric 🙂

  • Linda (phila burbs)
    Posted at 09:57h, 01 March Reply

    Wow. That is stunning and classy. You are my hero.

  • Annette
    Posted at 10:00h, 01 March Reply

    You definitely made the right choice by changing silhouettes. Now you’re have to find a fabulous fabric for the fuller drapier version. Just remember that it is not acceptable to outshine the bride.

    • Pam
      Posted at 23:08h, 01 March Reply

      I’m not sure that you will be able to prevent outshining the bride! Gorgeous fabric, perfect fit…just…Wow!

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

      Many thanks! I’m in no danger of outshining any bride…. especially the ones getting married this spring 😉

  • Myra
    Posted at 10:04h, 01 March Reply

    What it absolutely darling dress! Beautiful construction, beautiful fabric selection, just absolutely gorgeous! I bet you’re very happy you have the perfect muslin. Now you have a quick go to for beautiful dress! Job well done!

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

      Absolutely Myra and I’m ready to make it again! Many thanks for your nice comment 🙂

  • Emmely
    Posted at 10:28h, 01 March Reply

    It’s a beautiful dress! I actually think the pencil skirt is more flattering on you than the fuller skirt.

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

      I thnk you’re right, Emmely, but I was itching to try something new 🙂 Many thanks for writing!

  • Debbie Ericson
    Posted at 10:48h, 01 March Reply

    First, why making a muslin first is the key to fantastic fit, and my favorite,using silk to line. I love silk and grab whenever I can..and good point most don’t know, using high heat on silk. Thanks for the reminder of Mood fabrics.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 23:10h, 02 March Reply

      I’m NEVER sorry when I take the time to make a muslin! Many thanks for the comment, Debbie 🙂

  • Victoria
    Posted at 10:49h, 01 March Reply

    Gorgeous job Lady!!! The results are just marvelous! That fabric is the ultimate in feminine and beautiful!!! You look wonderful!

  • Gjeometry
    Posted at 11:02h, 01 March Reply

    Ooooh, I didn’t even know they had Carolina Herrera fabrics, very exciting! You’re right, this looks much better as a structured dress, the fit is beautiful and the belt! Love it with that bling buckle! Happy Wedding Going!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 23:11h, 02 March Reply

      Oh yeah…… Mood is loaded with Carolina Herrera, but the fabric moves quickly. Many thanks for the comment!

  • zibergirl
    Posted at 11:11h, 01 March Reply

    Lovely dress and beautiful fabric. I like the idea of hand-sewing the belt to the dress. We’re all curious about what you did when you got to the zipper. ;). I love Mood, they have such great fabrics! Thanks for sharing.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 23:14h, 02 March Reply

      Thank you, Barbara! When I got to the zipper I basted the layers although it was stitched on both top and bottom and added an invisible zipper. I had originally planned a hand picked zipper but there was too much fabric. The invisible zipper helped me avoid a bulky look in the back. I’m away from home through the week, but will send you a photo when I return 🙂

  • Maris Olsen (@sewmaris)
    Posted at 11:25h, 01 March Reply

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! The color and style suit you right down to the floor, Sarah!

  • Jayne
    Posted at 11:30h, 01 March Reply

    I am amazed how you can look at a pattern and visulize a wonderful outcome. I have looked at that pattern in the pattern books and thot it was Cute and to youthful looking….but you! You have made it into something extremely sophiticated and elegant. YOU ARE MY HERO!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 23:16h, 02 March Reply

      What a nice comment, Jayne!! I’ve been studying Anna Wintour lately and wanted to make the fuller dress based on many of the dresses I’ve seen her wear. She’s 64, so I knew the style could work depending on the fabric choice 🙂

  • Orange-Lingerie (@orange_lingerie)
    Posted at 11:32h, 01 March Reply

    Such a beautifully fitted garment and the design choices are just perfect for that lovely fabric!

  • Sandra Wylie
    Posted at 12:02h, 01 March Reply

    I love everything about this dress, fabric, style color, it looks rich and expensive and what a fantastic fit it looks stunning on you. My opinion of New Look Patterns has now changed.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 23:18h, 02 March Reply

      Thank you, Sandra! I think studying the line drawings is so very helpful when selecting a pattern. Sometimes I’m even distracted by the photos of the dresses made up. 🙂

  • Miriam
    Posted at 12:05h, 01 March Reply

    Oh that dress is lovely and so classy. I’m also interested in what you will be wearing it with (ie: little jacket?) You have great arms, I would need to cover mind that’s why I’m asking.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 23:20h, 02 March Reply

      Thank you, Miriam! I have a feeling I’ll forgo a jacket because the weather will be warm soon. HOWEVER, I have enough fabric to make a bolero style jacket which would be cute! I’ll think about it.

  • Margaret
    Posted at 12:08h, 01 March Reply

    You look lovely in this new dress, Sarah! The pattern seems a great one to re-make several times over the summer in floral prints and such, for a completely different look. Can hardly wait to see what you’re wearing to your daughter’s wedding!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 23:21h, 02 March Reply

      Thank you, Margaret! I’m at the nail biting stage of figuring out the Mother of the Bride dress 🙁

  • Roxanne Schaal Reynolds
    Posted at 12:17h, 01 March Reply

    Just lovely.

  • Lady Stitcher
    Posted at 12:33h, 01 March Reply

    Gorgeous – a really stunning party dress. Looking forward to seeing your next projects with this pattern!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:13h, 03 March Reply

      Thank you, Lady Stitcher! I hope to make a few more for sure!

  • Teri
    Posted at 12:46h, 01 March Reply

    Really lovely Sara. I love the belt, it puts the whole thing over the top wonderful!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:16h, 03 March Reply

      Many thanks, Teri! I went round and round deciding what to do. I knew the self flower would be a bust, then tried a taupe ribbon which was way too blah. Finally I came across the buckle in my stash of incidental notions 🙂

  • Lauren
    Posted at 12:52h, 01 March Reply

    Lovely fabric. Gorgeous. What jacket or cover up have you planned to go with it?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:18h, 03 March Reply

      Probably none, Lauren. I have enough fabric left for a bolero jacket but it gets pretty warm pretty quickly here. Thanks for writing 🙂

  • Rhoda K
    Posted at 12:57h, 01 March Reply

    Beautiful! I look forward to the full skirt version for summer or maybe another wedding.

  • sewdooley
    Posted at 13:35h, 01 March Reply

    Beautiful dress, it will be lovely for sunny weddings. Love the way the belt is attached. So smart with the muslins,, fit once, make again and again.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:40h, 03 March Reply

      Thank you, Denis! I certainly plan to make it again 🙂

  • Sharon Lauzon
    Posted at 14:07h, 01 March Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous! The fabric is stunning and the fit is perfect. I really like the covered belt with bejeweled buckle. Thanks for sharing your wonderful dress with us!

  • A Sunny Day in LA
    Posted at 14:22h, 01 March Reply

    It’s always interesting to see what the fabric dictates compared to what you have planned for it. I’m SO not surprised you’re a Caroline Herrera fan, her style suits you so well…your dress turned out beautifully!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:41h, 03 March Reply

      Many thanks! I’m glad I listened to the fabric 🙂

  • Carolina'sCallin'
    Posted at 15:09h, 01 March Reply

    Love it! This will be perfect for wedding events 🙂 The fabric from Mood is beautiful – perfect choice for this pattern view.

    Enjoy all the fun surrounding this special event!

  • Virginia
    Posted at 15:35h, 01 March Reply

    You win the prize by custom fitting such a versatile pattern. It is the perfect three season dress and can have so many uses determined by the choice of fabric. Actually, all it requires to be a year round design is a little jacket or sweater. You are well prepared for whatever events come your way.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:42h, 03 March Reply

      Thank you, Virginia! …… or long sleeves, perhaps?

  • Vicki
    Posted at 16:06h, 01 March Reply

    Beautiful dress! The belt treatment is perfect.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:43h, 03 March Reply

      Thank you, Vicki! The belt didn’t come in to play until the end……. actually the entire dress changed moment by moment 😉

  • Dilliander
    Posted at 16:23h, 01 March Reply

    Enjoy the wedding, your dress is stunning.

  • Vanessa
    Posted at 16:33h, 01 March Reply

    Soo beautiful! Your dress ia perfect for the upcoming wedding!

  • Bunny
    Posted at 17:02h, 01 March Reply

    Looks wonderful, Sarah. You are more than ready for the season of Love!

  • www.thisblogisnotforyou.com
    Posted at 17:13h, 01 March Reply

    Stunning dress and absolutely wonderful fabric! Great choices! It fits you like a glove!

  • Frana Graco
    Posted at 19:08h, 01 March Reply

    As always gorgeous! I was wondering what fabric you use for your muslins. Even poplin is around the 6 dollar mark in Australia. Thanks for your motivating posts. I always want to get to the sewing machine as soon as I can after looking at your garments. Thanks, Frana

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:20h, 03 March Reply

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Frana! I use ‘muslin’ fabric which is around $2.99/yard here. It’s not always on grain so I find it important to go through the bolts to get a good piece of fabric. 🙂

  • Joan
    Posted at 19:54h, 01 March Reply

    Wonderful job, Sarah! And thanks for the nitty gritty details on your fitting steps (love seeing your “in progress” photos!).

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:21h, 03 March Reply

      LOL! Thank you, Joan – my ‘in progress’ photos are anything but glamorous 😉

  • gingermakes
    Posted at 20:24h, 01 March Reply

    If I lived near you and was in your friend circle, I would match-make constantly in the hopes that I’d get to see all your wedding apparel! This is so, so beautiful! I’m always so amazed and inspired by your garments!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:22h, 03 March Reply

      Ah…… this comment is so sweet. Come on down and join the fun!!!!!

  • Sharon
    Posted at 20:55h, 01 March Reply

    Gorgeous dress for a spring/summer wedding, and muslins do pay off to get the fit just how we want it.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:23h, 03 March Reply

      Thank you, Sharon. I never skip out on the muslin for a new dress anymore 😉

  • Maddie
    Posted at 22:25h, 01 March Reply

    I was at Mood recently and I remember seeing this in the brocade section. Beautiful fabric indeed! I can’t wait for wedding season to begin. It’s a little to cold right now, but spring is on the horizon. Beautiful dress!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:24h, 03 March Reply

      Thank you, Maddie! I may wear this dress weather appropriate or not – SOOO tired of cold and snow 😉

  • Deborah R Penner
    Posted at 23:08h, 01 March Reply

    Lovely dress! I have purchased and made a few of the patterns you suggest. They look great. I like your style.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:29h, 03 March Reply

      Thank you, Deborah! I’m so glad my recommended patterns worked out for you! 😉

  • Ari T.
    Posted at 23:30h, 01 March Reply

    Such a beautifully structured dress; the fabric is perfect! Thank you for sharing!

  • Ari
    Posted at 23:31h, 01 March Reply

    The fabric looks stunning! Love the structure of the dress! Thank you for sharing!

  • Rachel
    Posted at 04:02h, 02 March Reply

    Your dress came together beautifully and really suits you. Good work realising that the fabric didn’t suit your original plans so well – saved you from heartache down the line. This will be the perfect dress for the wedding events and you look lovely in it.
    Rachel ☺

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:31h, 03 March Reply

      Thank you so much, Rachel! I love your tartan dress 🙂

  • Fifty Dresses
    Posted at 04:03h, 02 March Reply

    Part of the fun of weddings is dressing for them – and what a perfect dress in which to enjoy the event! The fabric is beautiful, the pattern lovely, and your creation worth the time of two muslins. I am intrigued that you attached the belt to the dress and am wondering why?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:34h, 03 March Reply

      Thank you, Karen! The instructions stated to do so so I did 😉 I’m away from home now and cannot reference the pattern but I believe the belt was machine stitched to the dress. My fabric was rather heavy and I thought hand stitching was more in keeping with the style of the fabric. I used an invisible zipper to address the multiple layers.

  • Alexandra
    Posted at 07:07h, 02 March Reply

    Beautiful dress! You have a real knack for finding gorgeous fabrics and matching them to he perfect patterns.

  • Shams
    Posted at 09:51h, 02 March Reply

    Very nice, Sarah, and you are very well prepared! I did not know you had two 20-something daughters! I have a 19 and a 21-year old, so mine are almost the same ages!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:35h, 03 March Reply

      Thanks, Shams! My daughters are 28 and 25. The older one is getting married in August 🙂

  • Wendy
    Posted at 11:23h, 02 March Reply

    What a gem! I’m getting ready for the wedding season as well! So much fun, sewing all those luscious dresses for special occasions. I just love, love, LOVE impractical sewing!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:35h, 03 March Reply

      I like the way you think, Wendy! Sewing impractical clothes is indeed fun 🙂

  • beth
    Posted at 11:28h, 02 March Reply

    This dress reminds me of the dress I wore to my daughter’s wedding! http://redplaidskirt.blogspot.com/2011/07/no-title.html
    It is very attractive on you, Sarah!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:37h, 03 March Reply

      Thank you, Beth! Your dress is very pretty too 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:38h, 03 March Reply

      Thank you so much, Beth! Your dress is very pretty too!!!!

  • Ann-Britt Uhrbom
    Posted at 12:03h, 02 March Reply

    It’s always nice with weddings, not least in order to see all the beautiful dresses. I´m sure your dress will outrank others’ dresses, it´s really wonderful. I admire your patience with making several muslins, but it really gives a good result. Have a nice wedding!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:39h, 03 March Reply

      Many thanks, Ann-Britt! I doubt my dress will outrank anyone else’s but I will enjoy wearing it for sure 😉

  • Your Friendly Home Economist
    Posted at 14:20h, 02 March Reply

    Beautiful fabric choice and it works so well with the simplified pattern. Inspiringly classic and simple.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:39h, 03 March Reply

      Many thanks! I’m really glad I chose the simple route 🙂

  • dramaqueenseams
    Posted at 14:47h, 02 March Reply

    What a great dress pattern. Love how they both turned out…

  • poppykettle
    Posted at 17:35h, 02 March Reply

    So, so gorgeous, Sarah! I’m in love with your fabric choice – and impressed at your savvy to listen to what the fabric wanted to be, rather than impose your own ideas onto it. I’ve failed that test many times and it never ends well! This will be such a gorgeous dress for a wedding… or anything, really! 🙂
    I cut into my wedding dress fabric over the weekend (I almost have a finished skirt – whoo!) and I’m so giddy in love with it that’s its all I can think about right now! hehe 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:41h, 03 March Reply

      Hi Mel!!!! I’ve been waiting for you to put your dress together….. Speaking of gorgeous……I cannot wait to see it :)!!!!!

  • Cindy C.
    Posted at 18:16h, 02 March Reply

    Well, I’ll be dipped. I have always thought of brocade as “old-fashioned” and too stiff and impractical for most patterns, but you’ve certainly opened my eyes. Your lovely creations highlight what a versatile and downright sexy fabric it can be. Consider me a convert!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:43h, 03 March Reply

      LOL! Thank you, Cindy! I ‘ve recently been inspired by Barbara Tfank, a Californian dress designer popularized by Michelle Obama. Her use of brocades is unbelievable 🙂 !!

  • Amanda
    Posted at 01:28h, 03 March Reply

    Gorgeous!

  • Cissie Wellons
    Posted at 13:19h, 03 March Reply

    Let me place my bet on who will be the best-dressed guest at the wedding!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:44h, 03 March Reply

      LOL! It won’t be me 😉
      You must be back from your wonderful vacation. I’m in Pinehurst at the moment….. welcome home to more freezing rain !

  • Carol V.
    Posted at 13:25h, 04 March Reply

    I recently found your blog and think everything you make is beautiful and so well made – I can only hope (at this point) to get as good. I do have one question for you or anyone else who wants to chime in. I grew up sewing but haven’t sewn for 20+ years; I am still haunted by all the garments I made that ended up not fitting well or not looking how I envisioned and the money wasted. I never heard of making muslins but now that I’m getting back into sewing almost everything I read talks about making a muslin but not really the reason for it and what you do with it. I see you make them too. Can you tell me the purpose(s) of them and what do you do with them after you make them? Also, can you suggest any places for me to get information on getting back into sewing? Thank you for any insight you can give me.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:52h, 05 March Reply

      Hi Carol! Congratulations on getting back in to sewing – it’s a whole new world! You’ll find sewing has changed for the better thanks to technology and the online sewing community.
      When I sewed clothes 25 years ago, I wasted a lot of money as well sewing fitting garments or messing up on something important towards the end of construction. Sewing a muslin provides a test run of the pattern checking on fit and technique before cutting into your fashion fabric. It is so worth the effort for new patterns and prevents the heartache you mentioned. After I finish my garment I fold the muslin and store it in a large plastic ziploc along with the pattern.
      To get back into sewing I would visit Craftsy.com where dozens of sewing classes are offered from beginning to advanced. Good luck with your return to sewing and stay in touch! 🙂

  • Joen
    Posted at 14:14h, 04 March Reply

    Love your pattern choice and fabric! Yes I have my friends daughter’s wedding in June and my own daughter has a Sept 2015 date (all 25ish). Here we go! Let the sewing begin!

  • Laura Casey
    Posted at 12:26h, 05 March Reply

    Oh yes, you look devine my friend! Yes the fabric tells you want it wants and needs to be….if we only listen :-)…Perfect for the wedding season….and thanks for the selection for the lining, have a new silk chiffon and need to line it…China silk it is!
    Love your posts!
    Laura Casey
    Asheville, NC

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