Sip & See

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28 Apr Sip & See

Dear Readers,

Since I started sewing again in 2011 I’ve made hundreds of garments whose total sum equals a complete wardrobe minus a bathing suit and lingerie.

My inspiration to sew initially came from high end ready-to-wear, but I quickly learned those garments were only the beginning of my inspiration. Through the years I’ve met many sewists with enviable skills, style and creativity who draw inspiration far beyond the ready-to-wear scene.

From a single blade of grass to exotic travels, creative inspiration abounds for those ready to receive, anywhere and anytime. I have learned so much from so many willing to share their skills, techniques and original ideas!

My friend and co-author Julie Starr credits her profession in luxury residential construction management as an everpresent source of inspiration reflected in her sewing style.

So what comes first, inspiration or instruction?

During a recent Tunic Bible workshop, Julie and I were encouraged to share the clothes we’ve made through the years in a trunk show format, and we are offering our first “Sip & See” next month.

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Join us for Happy Hour, followed by a presentation and trunk show featuring our handmade wardrobe pieces at Five Eighths Seams in beautiful Charleston, SC on Thursday, May 25th! Details are available on the store’s website here.  We will share our experience and advice on creating a customized wardrobe to suit your style, along with dozens of our creations for every occasion!

There’s a first time for everything and we would love to see any of you who will be in the Charleston area.

Many thanks for your support and I hope to see you on May 25th. 🙂

All the best,




  • Jeff Laskowski
    Posted at 09:18h, 28 April Reply

    Good luck with your event. I enjoy both of your posts!

  • PsychicSewerKathleen
    Posted at 09:32h, 28 April Reply

    I always enjoy reading your posts! I’d be at your event in a heart beat if I wasn’t so far away (Victoria BC Canada) All the best at your event – I have no doubt it will be a terrific success!

  • Susan Child
    Posted at 11:17h, 28 April Reply

    I faithfully follow you and Julie. If I weren’t so far away (Cheyenne, Wyoming) I would attend. Good luck – I am sure it will be an incredible success. You both are such an inspiration.

  • Barbara
    Posted at 22:41h, 28 April Reply

    I’d love to come…. but a bit far away in Australia. Have fun.

  • peggy leah
    Posted at 09:03h, 29 April Reply

    I too wish I could be there!, LOVE getting you’re blog. It
    is “tops”.!

  • Lisa Fredericksen
    Posted at 09:05h, 29 April Reply

    I hope you post loads of pictures afterwards!

  • Kath Truran
    Posted at 19:36h, 30 April Reply

    I always love reading your posts and admiring your creations. Too much to expect that you and Julie could visit Australia one day soon??? You would get a very warm welcome.

  • Margo//Creating In The Gap
    Posted at 20:17h, 01 May Reply

    What a fabulous idea! Have fun!

  • MaryEllen
    Posted at 19:51h, 02 May Reply

    Come to AZ & I’ll provide the wine & snacks !!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:17h, 04 May Reply

      Its a deal!!

      • Susan Child
        Posted at 10:21h, 04 May Reply

        I have family in Phoenix. If you travel there, I would make an attempt to get there.

      • MaryEllen
        Posted at 21:33h, 10 May Reply


  • Bonnie Wheaton
    Posted at 11:54h, 05 May Reply

    Try making lingerie! It’s fun and rewarding.

  • Maribeth Thomas
    Posted at 23:31h, 13 May Reply

    Sarah, I am returning to sewing and discovered you. What an inspiration you are to me! My return to sewing started with making clothes for grandkids. Now I am starting to sew for myself. I would love to attend this special event but live in Kentucky. How about a slideshow for us after the event?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:28h, 16 May Reply

      Hi Maribeth! Many thanks for the comment and suggestion, and good luck with your return to sewing 🙂 🙂

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