We’ve Only Just Begun…..


01 Jan We’ve Only Just Begun…..

Buying clothes that is….
It’s time for me and nearly 1,000 other women (and two men) to stop shopping and start sewing for an entire year .
fast-001.jpg-2Greetings on this cold winter day…..

I’m simply elated and happily overwhelmed that close to 1,000 sewists from around the globe have joined me to reap the benefits of sewing their clothes rather than shopping for one year.  New Year’s Eve brought a rush of people (400+) to the RTW Fast, and we are steadily working on organizing the group to present on the blog.

The first giveaway, a $100 gift certificate to Mood Fabrics will be announced once the Faster’s page is up and running.

My advice on day one?

J u s t   d o   i t .
Whether it’s organizing a sewing space or picking up the scissors, jump in and go!

Many thanks to all of the brave souls who have joined me to celebrate the wonderful world of sewing one’s wardrobe and nurturing our creative capabilities. A special thank you also to those cheering us on 😊

Before I get back to work, a little RTW Fast housekeeping:

1.Feel free to use this badge on your blog or social media.

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2. Make sure your Facebook account is set to the default email address for your Facebook account or you may have trouble joining the group.

3. When posting to Instagram please hashtag #2018rtwfast

Excuse today’s brevity – I cannot wait to get back to you!
Be back soon.

! H A P P Y   N E W   Y  E A R !

The invitation to join the 2018 RTW FAST will close today at midnight EST. 😟

  • Susan fogel
    Posted at 08:32h, 01 January Reply

    Happy New Year Sarah and Sewing Friends!
    I am ready to go.
    I have not received my invitation to join the Facebook group.
    All the best,

    • Linda Coleman
      Posted at 08:45h, 01 January Reply

      Susan, nor have I received my invitation. I got an email from Katie, so I hope it will be soon.. Looking forward to the inspiration and HUGE learning curve for me!

  • Gail M.
    Posted at 09:01h, 01 January Reply

    Oh, so excited to see your email posting this morning! I think the 2018 RTW Fast is going to be so (sew!) much fun!

  • Brenda Zedella
    Posted at 09:47h, 01 January Reply

    Somehow I never got the invitation, Sarah. Is it too late to sign up???

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:05h, 01 January Reply

      Please follow the instructions found herehttp://goodbyevalentino.com/invitation-2/
      I’m closing the invitation today. 😉

  • Suzanne Landau
    Posted at 09:54h, 01 January Reply

    Am ready to join. How do I do this?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:04h, 01 January Reply

      Please follow the instructions found herehttp://goodbyevalentino.com/invitation-2/
      I’m closing the invitation today.

  • Aran Jackson
    Posted at 09:59h, 01 January Reply

    Does buying second-time-around clothing disqualify?

    Either way, I’m in.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:59h, 01 January Reply

      Sorry but no shopping even at thrift stores!

  • Diane Fetters
    Posted at 10:10h, 01 January Reply

    I am wishing to join. Won’t be back home in my sewing room until first of February ….. so I am getting a month delayed start. Hope that is ok. I have been wanting to do this for a very long time…..now is the time. Thanks for all of your encouragement and inspiration.

  • Karen Jones
    Posted at 10:29h, 01 January Reply

    I would also like to join the RTW fast this year, even though It is likely I won’t have as much sewing time this year as I would like. I still need the inspiration. Hope it is not too late.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:05h, 01 January Reply

      Please follow the instructions found herehttp://goodbyevalentino.com/invitation-2/
      I’m closing the invitation today.

  • Heather Bell
    Posted at 11:50h, 01 January Reply

    What a great idea!! I only discovered your blog today, and wish that I could commit to sewing a garment a week, but my husband and I are currently renovating our house and the sewing time commitment is just not in stars for me at this time. But I am going to commit to not buying any RTW clothes, and will sew as many garments as I possibly can. I am very interested to see what other sewists out there can do! Good luck to everyone!

  • Teresa Kennard
    Posted at 12:03h, 01 January Reply

    I know it is too late to officially join, but I will be joining you on the sidelines. I don’t blog, don’t use face book anymore nor do I Instagram. I’ve already started by making my husband’s underbriefs,next will be his t-shirts, then his outer shorts.. And then I’ll go the same for me. I think I have enough fabric to last a year, but of course I won’t be taking any chances. Emmaonesock has become my favorite online fabric store. So good luck everyone.

  • Amber Zelenay
    Posted at 12:17h, 01 January Reply

    Just sent my email for invitation – can’t wait!!

  • Vanessa Thomas
    Posted at 12:32h, 01 January Reply

    I am in, and I am ready!! I got my invite, but think I need to check my Facebook email address, as I couldn’t access the FB group. Thanks for the badge!!

  • Mary Rames
    Posted at 12:46h, 01 January Reply

    I’m so excited to start as well! This group has already been extremely helpful even before getting started. Since the “heads up” about checking our Facebook default email, I delved into that and discovered a BIG mess! My business email, which hasn’t been used in a very long time, was the default setting. When trying to reset the default to the email I use every day, there was a problem. So, HOPEFULLY Facebook will get on it quickly so that I can be “IN” and not miss a beat. Sometimes technology can be a detriment!
    Happy sewing everyone and looking forward to seeing everyone’s beautiful makes! IF and only IF Facebook resolves this issue.

  • Lisa E.
    Posted at 12:52h, 01 January Reply

    I’m so looking forward to connecting with other women/men that share my passion! Happy New Year!!

  • Ann Fitzgerald
    Posted at 13:34h, 01 January Reply

    I signed up over a week ago and got an email saying that I would soon be receiving an invitation to the facebook group, but that invitation did not come in. What is the name of the facebook group so that I can search it up on Facebook and send a request to join? Maybe it’ll work that way.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:51h, 01 January Reply

      I’ve responded to your email.

  • Kirsten Houseknecht
    Posted at 13:34h, 01 January Reply

    i just sent my application to join today! looking forward to it!

  • Susie Hamlin
    Posted at 14:56h, 01 January Reply

    Trying again – this time using the correct FB email account – and this may inspire me to get back to my blog!! :-0

  • Deb Lap
    Posted at 15:09h, 01 January Reply

    I just sent my RSVP email to join. Thank you for this challenge, I am looking forward to it!

  • Myra Alkins
    Posted at 15:10h, 01 January Reply

    Started organizing. Found some fabrics that I forgot I had.. some beautiful wool that I won at the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo, some sheer fabric and some more coat weight wool.

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  • Kathy Shaw
    Posted at 19:34h, 01 January Reply

    Hi Sarah, can the cheerleaders on the sidelines join the Facebook group to follow everyone?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:27h, 07 January Reply

      Sadly I promised to all of the Fasters that the page will be private 😟 I know however, they will appreciate your support in spirit. Many thanks for understanding.

      • Kathy Shaw
        Posted at 12:09h, 11 January Reply

        I completely understand. I will absolutely be a cheerleader in spirit! Maybe those who have blogs would allow you to post links to their blogs for the cheerleaders on the sidelines? If not, no worries, we’ll still be cheering them on!

  • Becky Hopkins
    Posted at 19:44h, 01 January Reply

    YES! I started today. SEW excited! A friend of mine who has also joined the Fast lost her husband 5 months ago. We spent the day together working on a muslin for her. I also pretreated fabric for a cardigan for my daughter. Don’t worry…I’ll be sewing for myself soon!!

  • Kathryn Barnhill
    Posted at 20:47h, 01 January Reply

    I have spent the rwo previous
    days in hand to hand combat with my coverstitch machine. By actually following the instructions to the letter, downloading them and enlarging them on my computer screen SUCESS
    So, I started a poncho, need to redo the seams on a pair if pants from a Great Copy pattern I got at the free table at ASG because there is enough ease for a circus tent. My how patterns have changed, Then it’s straight on to my beloved Flat Bottom Flo Style Arc pants (and others too) until I have enough. I just retired and lawyer clothes are no longer suitable for my new lifestyle.
    The timing if this is perfect!!!

  • Angela
    Posted at 04:00h, 02 January Reply

    I got the invitation email twice, but still cannot join the fasebook group and I do not know why. What a pity. Nevertheless I will follow the RTW fast.

  • Angela Sams
    Posted at 13:02h, 02 January Reply

    Sewing machine tuned up and ready to roll!

  • Ruthe Ploskunyak
    Posted at 22:56h, 02 January Reply

    I, also, have not seen the invitation to join the FB group. I checked my FB account and it is set to one email, and I gave you the second one. I have a ghost FB account with that second email and have asked FB how to delete the ghost account so I can change the email so that this will work.

    In the meantime, thank you for your patient leadership on this. I am stoked to be in this RTW fast as I have done a couple in the past. Once you do this you’ll get hooked.

  • Sue
    Posted at 10:12h, 03 January Reply

    While I do plan to sew more this year than ever I know I could not give up ready to wear. But I admire you all and can’t wait to see what is posted.

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    I’m so excited to be participating with you and everyone else. I cannot wait!!! Thank you for the opportunity!!

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