Do I  ever feel better!

I wasn’t willing to go through the weekend agitated by my setback and got back to work,  but first things first.

When I turned on my computer yesterday morning I knew immediately that  a positive experience had emerged from my unsuccessful New Look dress project.

The kind  comments from my Goodbye Valentino followers and Pattern Review friends truly lifted my spirits sending me back to the sewing machine.

Thank you so much – You are absolutely wonderful.

As you can tell I wasn’t about to sew another too tight dress and erred on the side of generosity. I bought this BURDA dress pattern because I really liked its neckline and clean shape.

Feminine without Ruffles – Feminine without Fuss.

My heavy, two way stretch fabric from Mary Jo’s  turned out to be a good choice  and I think I can wear this dress three seasons out of four. This was my first Burda pattern and I’ll definitely try another. The directions were sensible, there was no ease in the sleeves making for a smooth look and the pattern was cheap.

Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen 

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Many thanks again everyone –  Missoni is next.

  • sewingaddict
    Posted at 11:55h, 08 January Reply

    Way to go! You look uber-cool and sexy! And anyone who quotes Goethe is a friend of mine! Well done – I look forward to seeing the MIssoni print in this pattern.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:58h, 08 January Reply

      Thank you so much! One detail…… I doubt I’ll make the Missoni in this pattern – -explanation forthcoming.

  • Brenda
    Posted at 12:53h, 08 January Reply

    Beautiful!!! From the style line to the color of fabric, that is a great dress that can be accessorizes in so many ways.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:12h, 08 January Reply

      Thanks, Brenda!. Being 5’2″ I have to be careful not to over-accessorize but I agree that the dress can have many different looks depending on accessories. I was so happy to complete it yesterday that I put on some large earrings, boots and a scarf (not shown) and had a complete look, but I look forward to seeing what else I can do.

  • Elaine
    Posted at 16:52h, 08 January Reply

    So cute — and I definitely mean cute as a compliment. Bet the daughters approved this look.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:14h, 08 January Reply

      Thank you, Elaine! The girls haven’t seen it yet, but I think you’re right and it’s always a good feeling to have daughter approved clothes 🙂

  • Art Attack
    Posted at 18:31h, 08 January Reply

    Oh, I want that, too! You look sensational. Simple chic…lovely…

  • goodbyevalentino
    Posted at 19:16h, 08 January Reply

    Many thanks!! I love the dresses on YOUR website and plan to follow up with the fitting pattern and book you used. I have several of the patterns you made but I want them to fit like YOUR dresses fit you!

  • Rita
    Posted at 13:43h, 05 March Reply

    Hi there. I wonder if you have time to give me a bit of advice (or really, just break the bad news to me, if you have to). I’ve started working on this dress with this fabric:

    The pattern instructions call for folding the ends of the fabric into a center line and laying out the front and back pieces on the upper and lower folds of the fabric. I did that but folded the fabric with cut ends into the center (selvedges on the sides), rather than selvedges into the center. I lined up the pattern using the pattern as my guide to make sure I was on a straight grain. Ya think my dress is going to come out funky?
    Any advice you can give, is appreciated. You are great.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:01h, 05 March Reply

      Hmmmmmm…….I laid out my pattern as it was suggested.Is there a reason you need to lay it out otherwise? My skills are so average I try not to deviate unless I’m forced to.

  • Rita
    Posted at 14:29h, 06 March Reply

    The only reason is because I didn’t read all of the paragraphs in the directions before starting. (Doh!) Oh well, what’s done is done. I’ll just keep at it. Thanks

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 14:33h, 06 March Reply

      Well, I’ve certainly done much worse than that. I thought this was intentional on your part. Nothing you can do now so don’t worry about it and good luck!

  • Nicci
    Posted at 09:35h, 30 October Reply

    Hi your dress looks exactly like what I want to make but I see you converted the T-Shirt style sleeves to longer ones, was this difficult?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:04h, 30 October Reply

      Thanks for writing! I used the long sleeves from the pattern shown in version A. They worked nicely! Good luck 🙂

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