Updates – Van Gogh Inspired

08 Oct Updates – Van Gogh Inspired

Excuse me for reposting, but yesterday an Instagram friend said she made a wrap dress from this fabric, and do you know where she bought it?

Fabric.com – Here it is.  

Honestly, the image slipped right by me 😉

The second update is based on a question I received. I was asked to elaborate on why sewing the jacket in the stretch jacquard & this knit were two different experiences.

  • The stretch jacquard is a woven fabric with stretch and the result of the pattern is more like a jacket. Sewing the pattern in this knit results in a sweater type garment.
  • I sewed the two garments exactly the same, although I stabilized the hem of this garment with a lightweight knit interfacing. My technique is here.
  • Below is the information from Fabric.com


Item number 0455410
Contents 96% Polyester/4% Lycra Spandex
Weight Medium Weight (6.6 oz/yd²)
Width 58”
Stretch 30-50%
Type Knit
  • Skirts
  • Dress
Reorderable Yes



This exquisite ITY jersey knit (Interlocking Twist Yarn) is perfect for creating flowy tops, fuller skirts and dresses with a lot of drape. It has a super smooth hand, fluid drape and about 40% stretch across the grain for comfort and ease. Colors include shades of blue, shades of green and white.


Following is the original post……………..

If I’m in a city with Van Gogh paintings, I will always make time to see them.

I guess it was no surprise that the first piece of fabric which caught my eye at Honolulu’s Kaimuki Dry Goods was a delightful knit with colors reminiscent of Van Gogh’s Olive Trees, Almond Branches and Wheatfield paintings, among others.


We’re not in Honolulu anymore Toto, and I’m nowhere near a Van Gogh, but I can carry a little of both with me in my latest.

Greetings from Edisto.

Originally, I envisioned making a Polynesian inspired maxi, but given the current state of my life and the world, I chose a casual cardigan.

I first made Style Arc’s Coral Cardigan blogged  here in a stretch jacquard. Sewing the pattern in this 4-way knit is a completely different experience!

Since I want to wear the cardigan with multiple clothes, I extended the front bands the full length of the cardigan to provide more options….and after doing so, I find this a far more flattering look on me.

As mentioned in the earlier post, the bands are serged on to the sweater so it doesn’t work to fold them back, but there are several reasons I chose to make the Coral Cardigan again.

  •  When I find an oversized pattern that doesn’t swallow me, I go for it. Although the pattern features dropped shoulders, it is not baggy in the shoulder or arm area.

  •  I love the inseam pockets!

  •  It’s an extremely easy garment to construct!

Style Arc Patterns are recognized for their good fit, and this is no exception. However, I did go down one size for this one.

Since the first garment was sewn in a solid the construction photos show the details much better. Here.


I often wonder what adventurous color palette Van Gogh would use if he was here to paint Edisto. Sky of blue? Sea of green? Waves of yellow and aquamarine?

While we’ll never know, I believe Einstein says it best….. Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Until soon 😊

Style Arc Website





  • Lodi Srygley
    Posted at 07:33h, 08 October Reply

    Lovely cardigan – the extended bands are perfect!
    I once spent a glorious Christmas day at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. You would LOVE it, and you have the perfect attire for a visit (when ‘this is all over’) !

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:45h, 08 October Reply

      Thank you, Lodi! The Van Gogh Museum has been on my bucket list for quite a while 😉

  • Katherine Finch
    Posted at 23:37h, 08 October Reply

    So you actually got the fabric at Kaimuki while in Honolulu ?
    I know our local Fabric Mart does online shopping , but didn’t think KDG did too (?) Anyway great jacket

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:13h, 09 October Reply

      I did! Kaimuki is widely known for its Japanese Cottons, but I couldn’t resist this knit. I was delighted to learn Fabric.com sells it 😊

  • Carolyn
    Posted at 10:40h, 10 October Reply

    I loved this cardigan when I saw it on IG and just wanted to note that here too!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:32h, 14 October Reply

      Thank you so much, Carolyn!

  • angela Regan
    Posted at 10:23h, 14 October Reply

    I love the cardigans, must try one myself.
    Now knowing that you like Van Goch, did you know you can buy beautiful embroidery designs? I have stitched several myself and they are wonderful. (No affiliation)

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:36h, 14 October Reply

      Thank you, Angela! These are uber cool 😊😊😊😊!

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